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UNSEEN FORCES – THE ORDERS OF SYSTEMIC CHANGE

Leading systemic coach Edward Rowland explains the “hidden architecture” in organisations and how leaders can work with it to create effective organisational cultures Working with leaders across the world for more than 17 years, supporting them to create sustainable and effective organisations, I have learned that achieving breakthrough coaching results requires skilfully navigating the client’s systemic context, and in doing so courageously stepping into the unknown. At the Whole Partnership, an organisation I founded to catalyse purpose-led leadership, we’ve developed a systemic coaching framework that pays specific attention to systemic factors – the complex human systems and relationships, often unacknowledged, […]

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FCC OFFERS DEFINITIVE GUIDE FOR EXECUTIVE COACHING

By Liz Hall Buyers, sponsors and providers of executive coaching now have a comprehensive guide to help them define, articulate, purchase and deliver high-calibre interventions in organisations.  (FCC), a multi-stakeholder group comprising volunteers from corporates, professional bodies, academia, research bodies and Coaching at Work, has produced a guidance document setting out definitions, principles and practices for professional executive coaching in organisations. The document, Framework for Professional Executive Coaching in Organisational Settings, seeks to define the boundaries of professional coaching in organisational settings, and to support internal coaching sponsors and buyers, and internal coaches and external coaches to identify boundaries and best […]

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COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2017: HAVE YOUR SAY

We’re gearing up once again for the annual Coaching at Work awards and would love our readers to help us pull together our shortlist for contenders in the following categories: Coaching at Work Article of the Year Coaching/Mentoring Person of the Year (internal) Coaching/Mentoring Person of the Year (external) Coaching Supervision Award Please email your suggestions by 15 May to the editor, Liz Hall: liz@coaching-at-work.com We do sometimes have other award categories, such as Lifetime Achievement or Contributions to the Field of Coaching Supervision and are open to suggestions for further categories in addition to potential nominees. Once we’ve created […]

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CLUTTERBUCK: TEAM COACHES SAY SUPERVISION ‘VITAL’

Team coaches grasp the complexity and demands of the process and the skills they need, and believe supervision, including group supervision, is vital to help them stand back from the team they’re supporting, according to research. Both team coaches and team coaching supervisors are acutely aware of the need to be able to work with group process and dynamics, and to manage the complexity of organisational systems and culture, finds a survey of team coaches and supervisors by Clutterbuck Partnership. Team coaches believe supervision is of paramount importance because it helps them develop awareness of self and of the potential […]

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NEW GROUP TO SUPPORT THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER

A community of professional coaches who coach people affected by cancer has been launched. The Cancer Coaching Community (CCC) seeks to enable people to deal successfully with the impact of cancer on their lives and to move forward from it in the way they need, said co-founder Barbara Babcock. She said the CCC “aspires to be the UK organisation that champions coaching for people affected by cancer, enabling them to access trained, knowledgeable and professional coaches who will provide dedicated support at one of the most challenging periods in people’s lives.” The community consists of coaches who have all either […]

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CO-OP: APPRENTICES BOOST TALENT

The Co-op Group plans to enable apprentices to reverse mentor ‘colleagues’ (employees) and is also looking at degree-level apprenticeships. The Group is one of a number of organisations being creative with apprenticeships to meet talent development needs. Interest in apprenticeships has increased as this month (1 May 2017) sees the UK’s Apprenticeship Levy kick in, requiring organisations with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million to invest 0.5% into the government’s apprenticeship scheme. The Co-op already welcomes older skilled apprentices, and existing colleagues wanting to develop a new knowledge area. Craig Whaites, group head of leadership and learning, […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF – MAY/JUNE 2017

Parental care Family-friendly working experts My Family Care has launched an online platform to help HR teams and line managers better support new and expectant parents. The Parental Leave Toolkit builds each user a tailored plan enabling and encouraging individuals going on leave and their managers and colleagues to have more informed and effective conversations about their work/life balance, career progression, working arrangements and well-being. It enables companies to provide parental leave coaching support to a much wider proportion of their workforce.   EMCC award winners The winners of the EMCC’s 2016 International Awards, announced in March, are: Coaching – […]

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EMCC CONFERENCE: INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL NEED A BLENDED APPROACH

As internal coaching continues to grow, we need collaboration and complementary activity, not competition between potential providers, and we need blended approaches to harness what external and internal coaching have to offer, according to a panel at the EMCC annual conference. Implications for external and internal coaching practitioners were explored by a panel consisting of Nora Dominguez from International Mentoring Association; Katherine St John-Brooks, author of Internal Coaching: the Inside Story (Karnac Books, 2014); Professional David Clutterbuck from the Clutterbuck Partnership, and Liz Hall, editor of Coaching at Work. Lise Lewis, president of EMCC International, chaired the panel. St John-Brooks […]

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EMCC CONFERENCE: POLARISED WORLD ACCEPTING ‘POST-TRUTH’ AS FACTS

In a seemingly increasingly polarised world, more and more unconscious biases are showing up, causing friction and poor communication among others, according to Jennifer Plaister-Ten and Carol Whitaker. In their session at the EMCC conference, the duo explored the unconscious biases people have in their daily lives, work and relationships with the world, and how polarised opinions are voiced daily, leaving little room for the kaleidoscope of options in between. They highlighted the pervasiveness of ‘post-truth’ in which opinions stemming from unconscious biases are presented as truth. The presenters suggested the current environment is allowing personal biases to be confirmed […]

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EMCC CONFERENCE: GEN Y & Z ‘LACK INDEPENDENCE’

Members of newer generations are not the independent, innovative creatures many think they are – they need more support, stability, structure and inclusion than previous generations, according to a large-scale European study. “We assume for no reason that they [Gen Y and Z] are the bright young things. Organisations expect people to be more agile and innovative, but people want less of this,” said David Ringwood, vice president of client development, EMEA, Management Research Group, which conducted the study. The study was carried out among nearly 9,000 individuals in Europe, examining differences in motivation between four generations: Baby Boomers, Gen […]

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