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Bring back joy

Unprofessional, fluffy? The idea of mixing mindfulness with ‘hard’ business has faced a difficult press. But the tide is turning, including within coaching. Mindful coach, Liz Hall, shares the results of her Mindfulness in Coaching 2012 survey and other research. Meditation used to be seen by many as the preserve of hippies and ochre-robed monks, not fit for the tough, hard-nosed corporate world. Coaches with meditation practices, myself included, would steer clear of mixing mindfulness with business, for fear of being branded unprofessional or fluffy. But this is changing. Mindfulness is being embraced in a number of secular settings, such […]

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Take cover

Is your practice covered by insurance? Chances are, you may never have felt the need. But as the industry becomes more established, legal cases may well arise. Varya Shaw examines the types of cover already available. What would you do if your client was unhappy with your advice and refused to pay? Or if a slip of the finger led you to post sensitive information about a client on the internet, and you were sued for breach of confidentiality? Or if you faced a disciplinary hearing from your professional body? These are some of the scenarios covered by professional liability […]

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Leading Ladies?

Are women still sitting waiting to be asked to dance? Mairi Eastwood reports on research on how to help organisations get more women into the executive group Now that the proportion of women non-executives is moving upwards, attention is focusing, rightly, on the pipeline of senior women in the executive group. Most chief executives we speak to now understand the issues, yet they’re still asking: “But what more do we do? We are trying most things. It’s not working.” Praesta Partners coaches 450 leaders a year, 50 per cent of whom are at board or executive level, and a further […]

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The S factor

Spirituality has the potential to connect us all, to let us know what it means to be human, but how can we unbundle it from religious traditions? Katherine Long presents the Refraction model, and the dynamic dance at its core that could give us all a glimpse of an elusive Oneness In spite of an increased openness generally, the words ‘spiritual’ and ‘spirituality’ still carry baggage for many of us. One of the first issues that emerge when I have a dialogue with coaches is the relationship between spirituality and religion. The challenge (or opportunity) here, is how we find […]

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Book reviews: Coaching at Work, volume 8, issue 2

Book

Title: Neuropsychology for Coaches – Understanding the Basics
Author Paul Brown and Virginia Brown
Publisher Open University Press
ISBN 978 0335 24547 5
Usefulness ****

The authors of this book set themselves a big task: “to set out a framework within which an executive coach might systematically start to use the immense power of the knowledge that is pouring out of neuroscience research labs worldwide”.

They launch a detailed approach to tackle this. Basic neuroanatomy and neurochemistry are covered, there are some useful coaching examples, and you are signposted to some other valuable resources, too.

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Toolbox: Coaching at Work road-tests DISC Personality Profiling

Is that really you?

1 The tool
What is it?
Is it possible to predict how a person will act in a particular situation? Would it be useful to know what motivates them and what their fears are? What about anticipating how they will react under stress? Can we know whether someone is suitable for a certain job?

DISC Personality Profiling answers ‘yes’ to all these questions. The assessment tool is based on the DISC personality theory developed by William Marston. A psychologist with a PhD from Harvard, as well as being the creator of the first lie detector, Marston (1893-1947) wrote Emotions of Normal People (1928), and DISC, Integrative Psychology (1931).

How does it work?

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How to… set up and develop a successful coaching practice

By Gladeana McMahon and Antoinette Oglethorpe This second article in the series identifies the decisions you need to make about whether your coaching practice will be full- or part-time, as well as the all-important financial considerations Part two: Planning your coaching business 1 Your practice: full- or part-time? One of the first and most important decisions you need to make in the planning phase is whether to set up a full- or part-time coaching practice. Many individuals begin their professional coaching career by seeing a few clients in the evenings or at weekends while continuing full-time employment. Doing this will […]

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Mentoring: We’re no poor relations

In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support physical and mental needs. This issue: disability mentoring

by Lis Merrick

Mentors are vital in helping help people overcome hurdles – both real and perceived

Many people with disabilities are frustrated by their inability to make progress in the corporate world. Even though organisations have great disability equality policies, getting the job in the first place can be the biggest hurdle that a mentor supports them with.

Designing programmes to aid people with disabilities at work can be incredibly difficult, because the wide range of mental and physical disabilities may need to come under a single programme.

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Research: radical coaching vs groupthink?

Collusion to preserve corporate ideology contributed to the credit crisis. Could critical coaching prevent such thinking, asks Dr Angélique du Toit, of the Coaching and Mentoring Unit at Sheffield Hallam University The notion of ‘groupthink’ is not new – we were first introduced to the concept by Janis (1972;1982). One of the major symptoms of groupthink is collusion and the lengths to which individuals and groups will go in order to protect the ideology of the group – in its extremes, leading to fundamentalism (Sim, 2004). The pervasiveness of groupthink in the corporate world is symbolised most strikingly by the […]

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Funny Peculiar: Abraham Lincoln

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, but a less well-known fact is that he was also the 16th President of the US Coaching Union (USCU). In 1861, Lincoln took on the poisoned chalice of President of the USCU. This job was a particularly toxic role as the group had split geographically on a fundamental issue – the definition […]

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