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PASSMORE LAUNCHES EUROPE-WIDE COACHING STUDY

What is thought to be Europe’s largest and most ambitious coaching research project is underway, exploring attitudes to coaching and mentoring across the continent. The project, at Centre for Coaching & Behavioural Change, Henley Business School, UK, is led by Professor Jonathan Passmore, with support from EMCC, along with AC, ICF Global, APECS and ILM, plus nearly 100 coaching and management organisations in Europe. While other research projects, such as the ICF 2015 survey, have looked at coaching practice on an international scale, these previous studies have tended to be focused on members of professional bodies and delivered in a […]

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STURGEON WILL MENTOR YOUNG WOMAN FOR A YEAR

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched a competition to find a woman between 18 and 23 years old to mentor for a year. She’s also called on women in leadership roles to follow her example and become mentors too. “I’m determined to play my personal part by becoming a mentor and I would urge other women in leadership roles to do the same. Together, we can be female role models for the next generation and encourage and empower young women to discover their own leadership potential,” she said. “It is not acceptable in 2017 for women to be under-represented in […]

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ATHEISTS AS DOGMATIC AS BELIEVERS IN UNSAFE TIMES

By Liz Hall During times of uncertainty, atheists as well as strong religious believers have a tendency to cling to dogmatic beliefs to allay anxiety, yet increased dogma increases prejudice, suggests research. Previous research has shown that dogmatic beliefs of strong religious believers can allay fears during uncertain times. Researchers at Jagiellonian University in Poland sought to investigate whether the same applies with atheists. The study, led by Malgorzata Kossowska, suggests that during times of uncertainty, dogmatic atheists are also motivated by the need for certainty and are prejudiced towards groups with opposing views. The study tested levels of dogmatic […]

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STRATEGIC USE OF STAR PLAYERS MARKS OUT TOP FIRMS

The best companies have roughly the same percentage of star players as the rest, but they work differently with talent, according to research by global management consulting firm Bain & Company. Bain performed organisational audits on 25 global companies, benchmarking their practices against those of best-in-class businesses. Bain also collaborated with the Economist Intelligence Unit to survey more than 300 senior executives from large companies worldwide, asking them to assess their workforce and describe their people management practices. The findings, published in Harvard Business Review (HBR) included: On average, 15% of a company’s workforce are ‘A players’ The amount of […]

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TJ AWARDS HONOUR SWAROVSKI’S GLOBAL MENTORING

Swarovski’s global mentoring programme has won two awards at the TJ 2016 Awards. The organisation and its partner The Conversation Space, picked up bronze awards in both the Best Coaching/Mentoring Programme and Best Commercial Programme categories. The programme, showcased at Coaching at Work’s annual conference last July, has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2014, and has now seen more than 200 people participate. Outcomes of the programme include increased trust in leaders and improved access for middle managers, to increased roles, responsibilities and project opportunities. Among the programme highlights are that all mentors and mentees meeting […]

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WOMEN TWICE AS LIKELY AS MEN TO DEVALUE WORK

Women tend to be more critical of their own performance than men and are more likely to be generous when it comes to rating that of others, according to research by business psychologist Psychological Consultancy Limited (PCL). PCL looked at data from more than 4,000 workers involved in 360-degree appraisals – with individuals rated for potential, rating their own performance and receiving ratings from clients and colleagues. The results were presented at the Division of Occupational Psychology’s annual conference, organised by the British Psychological Society, in January. They reveal that women are twice as likely as men to sell themselves […]

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CANADA: MENTORS CAN AID NEWCOMER IMMIGRANTS

Mentoring has much to offer newcomer immigrants, including helping them learn new skills; gain new self-knowledge; build performance and connect safely to their new community, suggests research by the University of New Brunswick in Canada. The study by Roxanne B Reeves of Renaissance College, University of New Brunswick, captures insights and offers guidelines for best practice for mentoring newcomer immigrant mentees in smaller/medium cities (SMC) with emerging immigrant populations. The research involved a literature review, a paper survey and face-to-face interviews. Mentors participating in the study identified seven key themes: learning about mentees’ culture; cultivating mentors’ cultural self-awareness; building relationality […]

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CIPD: HR MAY BE OVERSTATING OWN EMPLOYERS’ TALENTS

Many professionals fudge the facts to make their organisation look good, finds research by the CIPD. Hundreds of teachers and IT and HR professionals withhold or misrepresent the truth to cast their organisation in a good light. The report finds that HR professionals tend to identify more strongly with their employer than the wider profession, which could explain the gap between ambition and practice when behaving ethically at work. http://bit.ly/2kiTpC7

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IS REFLECTIVE PRACTICE A PATH TO INFINITE LEARNING?

British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP) conference, 9 December 2016, London Compared cheekily by one delegate to Morecambe and Wise, Professor Mary Watts and Dr Esther Cavett presented their work in progress in a double act that echoed the nature of the book they are writing together. Their presentation and forthcoming book are both entitled: Reflective Practice in Coaching: Infinite Learning. The session at the BPS SGCP annual conference was a demonstration of ‘living research’, reports Sarah Dale. Informed by learning theory including Kelly’s personal construct theory, Watts and Cavett used their work as coach and […]

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SELF-CARE SHOULD BE COACHES’ CORE COMPETENCE

British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP) conference, 9 December 2016, London By Sarah Dale How many people have been taught self-care, at school, university or work? Professor Sarah Corrie posed the question in her keynote to the BPS SGCP conference in December. Not many hands went up. In her review of mental health and in personal reflection, Corrie made a good case for coaches to be concerned with self-care – not just for our own benefit but for that of our clients, too. She went as far as to suggest it should be a core competence […]

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