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COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017: NEWS ROUNDUP

Alternative tyranny? In their interactive session based on their award-winning article, Is a coaching culture an alternative tyranny?, Karen Dean and Sam Humphrey involved delegates in small group discussions around questions including: What is a coaching custodian? What are the challenges and successes for coaching custodians? What’s the purpose of a coaching culture? How do you build a coaching culture? Dean and Humphrey see coaching culture as a means to an end rather than an end, which they felt organisations could run away with if these questions weren’t addressed, writes Sarah Dale.   Dorset revises strategy Dorset County Council has […]

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COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017: AQUILINA – TUNE INTO YOUR BODY TO SHOW UP WELL

In many companies, despite well-intentioned efforts, the success of change programmes doesn’t last, often because of a lack of attention to the wisdom of the body and the shape of the organisation, suggested Dr Eunice Aquilina. By Sarah Dale   Dr Aquilina opened the conference by inviting delegates to explore what they noticed in slides of people at work, set to Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s song, Human, involving the audience as she delivered her message that we need to focus equally on being and doing. In her keynote: ‘Living practices for navigating emergent change’, the author of Embodying Authenticity, said, “The […]

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COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017: MCCAIN CULTURE CHANGE INVESTS IN STAFF BEHAVIOUR

Integrating coaching strategy with business strategy, sponsorship at board level and ensuring ongoing long-term partnerships, have been key success factors in McCain’s pilot coaching-based culture programme. By Nicole Berg The programme, with Starr Consulting, has seen output from factories increase, sales and profit at the Scarborough plant (one of McCain’s largest) rise so significantly that it’s twice won a company award since 2010, and plants dismantle the ‘command & control’ structure, taking out five layers of management and reinstating one. At the global frozen food company, which has 47 manufacturing facilities on six continents, the programme has delivered other benefits […]

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COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2017: THE RESULTS

Our 7th annual Coaching at Work Awards took place in London on 5 July. Coaches and mentors from our growing industry came together to celebrate a year of achieve. Liz Hall reports This year’s Coaching at Work Awards saw Maria Symeon, Steve Ridgley, Claire Breeze, Alison Hodge, Peter Duffell and Carmelina Lawton-Smith win awards for their contributions to the coaching profession. Those highly commended were Ellen Peters, Annette Fillery-Travis, David Clutterbuck and Doug MacKie and Anne Welsh. The awards were announced by editor Liz Hall at a ceremony at the end of the annual Coaching at Work conference in London on […]

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EMBRACE THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST OF DIVERSITY – JACKEE HOLDER: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

In her keynote, Jackee Holder, leadership coach, coach trainer, coach supervisor and creative writing facilitator offered a personal lens on diversity and challenged delegates to question their own assumptions around clients’ and their own stories. By Ros Soulsby   Delegates were invited to name diversity rather than pretend it’s not there, and to challenge how we generalise about each other as coaches and clients. Holder shared her experience as first-generation UK Caribbean, living in London’s Brixton area. She highlighted how perspectives differ with the example that the Brixton ‘riots’ of the 1980s were to her, and her community, a political […]

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CROSS-CULTURAL COACHING – RECONCILE THE PAST WITH THE FUTURE: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Jenny Plaister-Ten, director of 10 Consulting, explored the richness and diversity of inter-cultural communication and presented an updated version of her model, the Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope. By Ros Soulsby   Drawing on seven years of research and being part of an inter-cultural family, Plaister-Ten has distilled her findings into a model and tool for inter-cultural coaching. The intention with the cross-cultural kaleidoscope is to help clients go beyond their stories around culture, reconciling their influences and experiences with the present to get to their true sense of identity, she told delegates at the Coaching at Work annual conference on 5 July […]

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EMPLOYEES STRUGGLE TO BE AUTHENTIC AT WORK: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Meetings are a microcosm for how people show up more widely, and it’s easier to come out as homosexual at work than to challenge others in meetings, said Neil Tomalin. By Ros Soulsby   Presenting early findings from his research on authenticity, at the Coaching at Work annual conference on 5 July, Tomalin said, “The microcosm for being genuine and authentic is how you perform at a meeting. It’s the real-time gladiatorial arena.” He said, “Meetings paralyse business and are the absolute test for how organisations reflect their diversity principles. It’s easier to come out as a gay man than […]

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COMPASSION IS AT THE HEART OF A HELPFUL FEEDBACK CONVERSATION: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Compassion is at the heart of a helpful feedback conversation: research presented at Coaching at Work’s annual conference on 5 July in London By Ros Soulsby   Despite designing an ‘immaculate’ competency system for an organisation Lise Lewis found that things remained as bad as before, including emotionally damaging behaviour when giving feedback, prompting her to research a different approach with compassion at its heart. In her session at Coaching at Work’s annual conference on 5 July, Dr Lewis, owner of Bluesky International and president of EMCC International, explored the activity of feedback, how we react to it and how […]

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