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COUNTDOWN TO BREXIT: MANAGERS READY FOR CHANGE

As the countdown to Brexit begins following UK prime minister Theresa May’s announcement that Article 50 will be invoked spring 2017, research shows senior managers expect organisational changes, but aren’t worried as they feel they’re getting better at managing change. However, senior managers recognise agility and responsiveness, and having the right learning and development, and […]

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FOOTBALL FANS: WHEN TEAMS LOSE, WORK SUFFERS

Prompting a client to seek out challenges, and to ask for performance feedback from colleagues, can be very helpful. But for some, Monday may not be the best day to choose, particularly if they’re a football fan and their team has played badly. Researchers at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece revealed that the performance […]

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BUILD IN PSYCHOLOGY TO IMPROVE DECISION-MAKING

An understanding of human psychology and how to overcome biases needs to be built into decision-making processes to enable politicians – and other leaders – to learn from their mistakes and make better decisions in the future. Recent political events, including the release of the Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq, Brexit and US presidential campaigns, have […]

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ICF ADVANCE EVENT EXPLORES SCIENCE OF COACHING

More than 250 professionals from 18 countries joined positive psychology coaching expert Robert Biswas-Diener and others at an International Coach Federation (ICF) event in Arizona, US. ICF Advance 2016: Science of Coaching, was held in Tempe in September 2016, and explored the theories that underpin coaching and taking skills and knowledge to the next level. […]

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CLIENTS’ PREFERRED LEARNING STYLES ARE ‘INEFFECTIVE’

Despite the lack of evidence that learning style influences performance, many coaches start a programme by exploring clients’ preferred method. A study suggests that learning style continues to be popular because when we learn through what we think is our preferred style, we feel we have learned more effectively, though we haven’t. Abby Knoll and […]

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MANAGERS LACK SKILLS TO TACKLE MENTAL ILL HEALTH

In the lead-up to the UK’s National Stress Awareness Day on 2 November, research highlighted how although two-thirds of employees have experienced mental ill health caused by work, less than 2% say they have discussed it with HR. In a poll of more than 20,000 people by UK charity Business in the Community (BITC), 62% […]

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SOCIALISATION, NOT BRAIN DIFFERENCE, KEY TO GENDER BIAS

Leadership coaches Megan Evans and Lindsay Wittenberg, with neuroscientist Dr Geoff Bird, examine the neuroscience of gender in the latest in a series of workshops   Diversity challenges in our society and organisations, and the lack of equal opportunity, exist not because male and female brains are as different as we tend to think, but […]

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COACHES MUST MAKE SPACE FOR NEW CONVERSATIONS

By Helen Tiffany With the success of the GB Olympic team still being lauded, the Association for Coaching UK conference on 1 September in London, with the theme ‘In the System’, opened with a reminder of how important a clear purpose is and how we are all part of a much bigger system. Cath Bishop, […]

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REFLECTIONS: WHAT LIES BEYOND?

In a coaching relationship, the client’s stories reflect a fraction of who they are. We must resist jumping to assumptions based on those fragments By Lindsay Wittenberg I recently had the sad experience of attending the cremation of a previous client who had died at the age of just 56. As I watched the projected […]

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THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: BE BRAVE, WAVE YOUR FLAG

The recent Brexit vote has made many focus on what’s important to them. In our client conversations, too, we must focus, using courage and boldness By Alister Scott and Neil Scotton A debate kicked off in September on the UK’s BBC Radio Four about flags: are we waving them more than we used to and, […]

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