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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 recruitment policies in place will be crucial, according to research by coaching, team and leadership development business, Full Potential Group. Although 90% of senior managers expect organisational changes ahead of Brexit, 42% are not worried and 26% not at all worried. Some 79% of HR […]

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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 of people’s chosen football team affects how they feel and perform at work. The study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, was carried out in a Greek military unit among 41 male officers from across the country supporting a range of teams. […]

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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 highlighted the fragility of decision-making. A briefing paper released by the British Psychological Society at the end of September highlights patterns of thinking that get in the way of good decision-making. It makes a series of recommendations on how to overcome biases, including establishing support […]

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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. Biswas-Diener, an authority on positive psychology coaching and on strengths, culture, courage and happiness, was the event’s ‘provocateur’, synthesising the ongoing learning and contributing his expertise. Topics were based on coaches’ responses to the association’s 2015 professional development survey. Each area provided an opportunity to […]

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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 fellow researchers at Central Michigan University asked 52 female students to fill in a questionnaire to establish how much they like learning through written words and through pictures. They asked the participants to study and remember 30 pairs of words, then 30 pairs of pictures. […]

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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% said they had experienced physical, psychological or behavioural symptoms of poor mental health where work was a contributing factor. Just 11% of employees had discussed their problems with their line manager, and only a quarter said they felt able to talk to someone at work. […]

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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 because of socialisation, suggested practising neuroscientist and coach Dr Geoff Bird. Among some of the confronting myth-busting concepts presented by Bird at a recent workshop was the concept that the relationship between societal factors (including cultural factors) and gender differences – nurture rather than nature […]

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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, triple Olympian and international conflict diplomat, talked with passion about her experience of systems working for and against her, drawing parallels in both worlds around collaboration, building belief and systemised excellence. Prof Guy Claxton, writer on the topics of learning and creative capacity, explored coaching […]

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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 photos of him at various times in his life – from babyhood to life with his family, and as I looked around me at the dozens of people who had come to pay their respects, I glimpsed how rich and multifaceted is a human being’s […]

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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, if so, what does that mean? The BBC’s Last Night at the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the culmination of a series of classical concerts, with its many flags, had just happened, so that became an obvious part of the conversation. Matthew Parrish, writer […]

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