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TOOLBOX: THE COACHING CULTURE READINESS BAROMETER

Readying the NHS for coaching What is it? The Coaching Culture Readiness Barometer was developed in response to a request from the NHS West Midlands to help trusts in its region develop their thinking about how to establish a coaching culture. The objective was to introduce people through a series of workshops to the principles of a coaching culture and how to bring it into being, and to emerge from those workshops with a tool that could be used to enable any NHS organisation in the region to understand their current status on their journey towards a coaching culture – […]

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TOOLBOX: TRIED AND TESTED – HOLDING THE SPACE. ART IN COACHING PART 2

Art works beyond words, offering a powerful way to create shift in coaching, reports Anna Sheather in the last of a two-part series on working with art in coaching One of the most powerful aspects of coaching and one of its great joys is witnessing the moment of transformational shift in our clients; those moments when everything falls into place for them. I also believe it is one of the main reasons why people come to coaching: looking for the ‘magic’ that will bring about the success they are seeking. Through my own research and practice I’ve discovered that using […]

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HOW TO… USE PSYCHOMETRICS IN COACHING

Psychometric questionnaires are used to increase self-awareness – something we, as coaches, strive for. They can also reveal the type of coach we will be. But which test is right for you?   By Jenny Rogers I guarantee that pressing questions for any newly qualified coach include, ‘What about psychometrics?’, ‘Do they really add value?’ and ‘What should I choose?’   The case for The main aim of most psychometric questionnaires is to raise self-awareness – it’s also one of the prime aims of coaching. So after taking and being debriefed on a good questionnaire, the client may understand for the first […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: LEADERSHIP TRANSITION COACHING IN THE NHS

Newly appointed senior NHS leaders must provide top-quality patient care within ever tightening budgetary constraints. Support is crucial if they are to succeed. Anne Gill and Dr Adrian Myers consider the contribution coaching can make The challenges confronting chief executives and senior leaders in the NHS are daunting even for the best and most experienced of leaders. Such challenges include providing high quality patient care within strict financial constraints, responding to increasing demands on their services and delivering transformational change while operating under intense scrutiny from the public, the media and the regulators (Rose, 2015; Timmins, 2016; Janjua, 2014). For […]

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MENTORING: TALK TO THE FACE

Lis Merrick considers the increasing trend in both virtual mentoring and delivering such programmes virtually In my early mentoring consultancy, it was usual for mentoring pairs to meet face-to-face and for preparation to be one or two days of face-to-face training for mentors and possibly mentees. Nowadays, about half of the mentoring programmes I work on use virtual mentoring as standard and approximately 80% of the mentoring programmes I deliver use virtual training and supervision to develop and support their participants. Many mentors and mentees don’t get the chance to meet at all!   What is ‘virtual mentoring’? Quite simply, […]

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BOOK REVIEWS

The Advanced Coaching Pocketbook Lynne Walley Management Pocketbooks 978 19066 1088 3 5 stars out of 5 The author’s new model, ‘SPACE’,* gives coaches a clear and comprehensive way to consider and reflect on their personal presence, their overall practice, and with their clients. The SPACE model is thorough and insightful, standing for: S = Concept of Self as a coach; P = the Physicality in which we coach; A = the Attention we give to our coachees; C = the Coaching styles we use, and E = the Ethics and values systems we employ as coaches. The model is […]

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IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

Give us a smile Women smile more often and men frown more often, but this could be due to cultural expectations, suggests research. The study, A large-scale analysis of sex differences in facial expressions, published in PLOS One, builds on prior evidence suggesting women smile more often than men, but considers a greater variety of facial expressions, revealing complex gender patterns. The US researchers used new automated facial coding technology to analyse the expressions of 2,106 people from France, Germany, China, the US and the UK as they watched video adverts. In addition to smiling more than the men, the […]

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