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THE BREXIT EFFECT: BRAIN DRAIN OR CHANCE TO REASSESS?

By Liz Hall Just over a year after the UK’s EU Referendum and after June’s shock snap election outcome in which Prime Minister Theresa May failed to get a clear Brexit mandate, researchers, industry commentators and coaches are highlighting a number of Brexit-fuelled challenges and opportunities. Potential challenges for employers include a brain drain and skills shortage crisis, while for some, Brexit offers the chance to reassess and reform, and to improve the quality of dialogue in organisations and communities through coaching. Some 75% of HR professionals say they are already finding it hard to hire the right people, and almost […]

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CIPD MANIFESTO FOR WORK URGES FOCUS ON SKILLS

The CIPD has called on the UK government to support investment in skills for all, particularly future-relevant skills and lifelong learning. In its Manifesto for Work, launched in May, the CIPD called on the government to support investment in skills, lifelong learning and improvements in employee wellbeing and engagement by reforming the apprenticeship levy as a broader training levy, and encouraging much greater support for and focus on lifelong learning. The CIPD also called on the government to rebuild trust between all stakeholders through better governance and remove the focus from short-term profit; promote inclusive practice that allows better access […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Rosinski rewarded Prof. Phillippe Rosinski has received the Global Training & Development Leadership Award at the World HRD Congress 2017 (in Mumbai, India – 133 countries represented). See: http://bit.ly/2s3i0gy   ICF Prism finalists The ICF 2017 International Prism Award finalists are: The Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University (USA); Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp (Canada); EY (UK); HP-Dalian Site (China), and St Michaels University School (Canada). The award honours businesses and organisations with coaching programmes that fulfil rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals, shape organisational culture and yield positive impacts. The winner will be […]

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GSK COACHING INITIATIVE BOOSTS FEMALE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Coaching has helped GSK address the issue of gender imbalance at middle and senior leadership levels, supporting females to become more self-aware and self-confident, among others. The Accelerating Difference (AD) initiative combined individual and group coaching, sponsorship and dialogues. It was put in place after an internal review showed the percentage of women was diminishing at increasing leadership levels. A study by GSK’s Sally Bonneywell analysed multiple perspectives from female leaders being coached, the coaches and members of the steering team of the AD initiative. According to Bonneywell, the overall finding was that the coaching “supported the development of female […]

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STUDY: SEEING WORK AS A ‘CALLING’ CAUSES BURNOUT

Many coaches encourage clients to find their calling, but such encouragement should come with a health warning, suggests research. Viewing work as a calling often leads to burnout and problematic behaviour, according to a study by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Sally Maitlis, professor of organisational behaviour and leadership at Oxford, said, “Because a sense of calling is often rooted in strong ideological beliefs, and in some cases bound up with identity and a sense of self, individuals can experience confusion and a painful tension between deeply held values and the realities of the work.” The study among 50 […]

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DELOITTE: MODEST GLOBAL RISE IN WOMEN ON BOARDS

Companies with a female chief executive or board chair have almost twice as many female board members as those led by men, suggests research by professional services firm Deloitte. The fifth edition of Deloitte Global’s Women in the Boardroom: A Global Perspective publication found that women constituted 29% of board members in companies with a female chair or chief executive, compared to 16% with a male chair and 15% with a male chief executive. Overall, however, despite continued efforts to improve diversity, women are still largely under-represented on corporate boards, the report highlights. The findings show there has been only […]

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SIR JOHN WHITMORE: YOUR MEMORIES

With news of Sir John Whitmore’s death, you share some of your stories and comments on a pioneer of the coaching industry and renowned management consultant By Liz Hall   Julie Starr, author, The Coaching Manual My first meeting with John came as we were both speakers at a leadership conference. I was new to speaking and more than a little apprehensive. When I spotted No 1. author and coaching legend, Sir John Whitmore, in my audience, I felt imagined pressure from a likely critic and judge. All my projection, and all the garbage thoughts of a panicked mind. When I […]

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NEW MINDFULNESS SUMMIT AND JOURNAL LAUNCHED

Coaches, leaders and academics gathered in the Spanish mountains near Madrid on 25-26 May for the 1st International Summit for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work Speakers included Dr Megan Reitz from Ashridge who spoke on mindful leadership, Aberystwyth University’s Rachel Lilley who spoke about mindfulness and social change, and Wisdom at Work’s Dr Joel Levey and Michelle Levey who highlighted the roots of mindfulness and shared stories from their 40 years’ experience introducing mindfulness into organisations including NASA and the US Army. Dr Reitz shared her research with Michael Chaskalson into the impact of mindfulness on leadership, which revealed mindfulness […]

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UK ICF CONFERENCE: ‘CAPITALISE ON OPPORTUNITY’

By Jackee Holder The importance of the ability to thrive, flexibility and embracing difference were key themes of this year’s UK ICF conference in London Speakers included Susan Goldsworthy, award-winning author and former Olympic finalist, whose engaging, passionate and energetic keynote started the day. One takeaway from her presentation that stood out were the 5 ‘D’s for Success: Disruption, Desire, Discipline, Determination and Development. I spoke to many coaches over lunch who talked of how welcoming they found delegates and how impressed they were with the quality of presentations. Hot topics included the increase in accreditation applications, which was also […]

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THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING: YOUR PIVOTAL MOMENT?

As you grow and evolve so too does your coaching. But how do you proceed if you and your coaching methods take different routes? What’s your bag? How long have you been a coach? Ten years, 15, 20 even? I’m imagining there have been various incarnations as your interests and experience evolved over that time, and you’re skilled at delivering them. But what about if you get bored? Or you notice your usual business is just not flowing to you like it did? You might be starting to wonder if this is it – it’s all going well but, you […]

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