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HERTS NHS TRUST TRIALS COACHBOT DIGITAL COACHING

By Molly Hall The Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), Unilever and Logitech are among the first organisations to use CoachBot, an interactive AI-powered digital teach coach. CoachBot, launched by team analytics company Saberr in September, digitises the team-building work traditionally done by an external human coach to help teams address and improve on issues including goal setting, decision-making and role clarification. The bot, built for team members rather than for HR professionals, is currently being used by teams at 11 companies. The HPFT, which provides mental health and learning disability services in Hertfordshire, is working with Saberr on a […]

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DOWNEY LAUNCHES SCHOOL OF COACHING INTERNATIONAL

Myles Downey, who founded the School of Coaching in 1996 with The Work Foundation, and sold up in 2009, is launching training business, The School of Coaching International (SoCI), with entrepreneurial company Growhouse. The School of Coaching, a leading coach training provider for coaches and managers in Europe, was sold to JMJ Associates “with a sense that the mission had been achieved”, according to Downey. But the business world has shifted, with mounting austerity-related pressure and low employee engagement. Meanwhile, “coaching hasn’t adapted or digitised and it has far too strong a focus on development at the cost of performance. […]

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ICF: GLOBAL CHAIR’S AWARD GIVEN TO MEMBERSHIP

International coach federation (ICF) converge 2017, 24-26 august 2017, WASHINGTON D.C., USA By Lisa Cunningham More than 1,600 coaches from 61 countries convened in Washington, D.C., in the US on 24-26 August for ICF Converge 2017, the International Coach Federation’s (ICF) first large-scale global event since 2012. ICF Converge provided a dynamic, interactive experience. Rather than staying on traditional learning tracks, attendees could float between four learning neighbourhoods, with sessions running concurrently. Content in the Community Center neighbourhood focused on the practice of coaching. In the Development Zone, attendees learned how to build strong coaching businesses and cultures. Converge University […]

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ICF GLOBAL STUDY SEES RISE IN COACHING AWARENESS

Awareness of professional coaching is growing worldwide, but many people believe coaching is not important at this point in their life or that they don’t need coaching, according to research from the ICF. Globally, 66% of respondents indicated that they were somewhat or very aware of the field of professional business and/or life coaching, with millennials the generation most likely to be aware of coaching, according to the 2017 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study. In the UK, 49% and 27% of participants are somewhat or very aware of coaching, respectively. Globally, millennials are also the generation most likely to perceive […]

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AFCC TAKES 2017 ICF INTERNATIONAL PRISM AWARD

by Abby Tripp Heverin Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) is the winner of the 2017 ICF International Prism Award, with EY (formerly Ernst & Young) this year’s honorable mention. The ICF International Prism Award programme “honours organizations that have achieved the highest standard of excellence in coaching programs that yield discernible and measurable positive impacts, fulfill rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals, and shape organizational culture”. Coaching is embedded in every aspect of the culture at AFCC, which was nominated by its head of HR, Glenn St. Onge, PCC. Located in British Columbia, Canada, AFCC is a joint venture […]

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NEWS RESEARCH: PERSPECTIVE – IS THIS YOUR BEST?

Are you the coach you think you are? Erik de Haan shares research comparing coach and client perspectives Executive coaches have a wide array of possible behavioural responses at their disposal which can be dizzying and a source of doubt and anxiety for coaches. As coaches mature and ‘professionalise’ they’ll continue to reflect on which ‘intervention’ to use and when. At the same time, coaching clients will wonder what to say, and when, and how to invite the coach in with their responses. Meanwhile, both parties are forming views of each other’s behaviours, and coaches are making inferences about what […]

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LETTR FROM INDIA: AN INDIAN SUMMER

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, has a strong reputation for success, and its high potential students are being coached to help them achieve their goals I belong to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India’s premier technology institute. Lots of students vie for a place every year. The brand is so strong, that just entering the institute means you have made it in life! In fact we are told we are the cream of the nation. The 500-plus acre campus is lush green, almost a jungle within the very busy city of Mumbai, with its own flora and fauna. Yet, once […]

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REFLECTIONS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Power and responsibility are given to you as an executive coach, both by yourself and your clients. Is it time to re-examine its implications?  By Lindsay Wittenberg The impact of the use of power has turned up for me in some unexpected places. In a triangular meeting at the start of a coaching programme a line manager frames his coaching objectives, and their achievement, as a tool for performance management. The coaching client not only considers the line manager’s objectives to be inappropriate for the successful fulfilment of his role, and has struggled to gain the line manager’s understanding of […]

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THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: CAN YOU LIVE WITH THIS?

What will your client do with the value you provide? If it isn’t for the greatest good nor bring you peace of mind, why do it? Joel and Michelle Levey have explored this powerfully in a programme for the US Army Special Forces Have you ever asked yourself ‘Should I really be doing this work, with this person/organisation?’ It’s a question we often find ourselves asking. And it raised its head twice at the recent Coaching at Work conference: once with a Master coach, asking themselves about their work with a CEO knowing that the CEO was being paid many, […]

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RELATIONSHIP SOS: THE CHALLENGING EMPLOYEE

Raising awareness of disruptive behaviours in relationships – Part 1. This issue: How can coaches help clients address behaviours and take responsibility for their part in creating an unhealthy relationship dynamic?  By Nicole Berg I was assigned a client some time ago – let’s call him Andrew – with whom all signs pre-coaching pointed to a challenge – as an employee and potentially as a client. Andrew’s line manager indicated that Andrew didn’t seemed very engaged or effective – in fact, I was advised that if he decided to leave the company off the back of our coaching, it wouldn’t […]

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