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SHERPA: LIFE COACHES SEE SHARP FALL IN EARNINGS

Hourly rates for executive and business coaches have risen since 2015, as have their annual earnings, but hourly rates for life or personal coaches have remained unchanged for three years, and their annual earnings are sharply down over the last two years (see box), according to the 13th annual Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey of around 700 coaches worldwide. Coaches still tend to be older – at least 55% of coaches are aged over 55 years – although more than one in four internal coaches are 45 years or younger. The majority of coaches have been coaching for more than 10 […]

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MUSIC TO LEARN BY? SWITCH OFF AND IMPROVE RESULTS

If you’re planning to make your coaching session groovier with some background music, think again, suggests an article in The Guardian arguing that listening to music hinders learning. The article cites research from Cardiff Metropolitan University showing students who revised in quiet environments performed more than 60% better in an exam than peers who revised while listening to music that had lyrics and that those who revised while listening to music without lyrics did better than those who’d revised to music with lyrics. Listening to music won’t help you or clients learn new or complex material, says the article. And […]

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FEMALE AND MALE BOSSES SHARE PERSONALITY TRAITS

By Liz Hall Female and male leaders share the same ‘classically masculine’ personality traits, suggests a paper published in Journal of Vocational Behavior. A research team led by Bart Wille at the University of Antwerp accessed comprehensive personality tests taken by nearly 600 top-level executives (including 143 female bosses) and more than 52,000 non-executives (including 17,643 women) from diverse industries in Belgium and other European countries. They found that how women and men in non-leadership roles differed in their personality traits was consistent with existing literature. Women scored higher than men on characteristics to do with being more agreeable, such […]

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MOST STAFF FEEL EMPLOYERS DON’T LIVE UP TO IMAGE

Only 19% of employees globally believe how they experience their employer matches up to its portrayed brand image, suggests research from PR consultancy Weber Shandwick. Those employers who are more aligned in terms of their image and the reality of working there are more likely to offer training and resources, and treat all employees fairly regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation or cultural differences, finds the report. In addition, such employers are more likely to have leaders who act in alignment with the organisation’s vision and values, and imbue trust in employees. More than half of employees who felt […]

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AI LEARNING HOW TO DISCRIMINATE

By Liz Hall As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more widely adopted, discrimination against some groups and individuals is set to become more common, warns a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). Machine learning systems are already being used to make life-changing decisions such as which job applicants are hired and which prisoners are released on parole. However, “while algorithmic decision-making aids have been used for decades, machine learning is posing new challenges due to its greater complexity, opaqueness, ubiquity and exclusiveness”, according a white paper from the WEF: How to prevent discriminatory outcomes in machine learning. Erica Kochi, co-chair […]

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PERSONALITY REBOOT

A 10-week coaching programme designed to bring about changes in personality significantly increased participants’ extraversion and conscientiousness, and significantly decreased neuroticism, finds a study published in The International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 16(1), 2018. These changes were maintained three months after the intervention. http://bit.ly/2FRnmpg

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MEYLER CAMPBELL

Meyler Campbell’s Unleashed leadership development programme has been awarded “Recognized Leader as Coach” status by the Association for Coaching. Meanwhile, Saverio Grazioli-Venier has joined the organisation’s faculty. An executive coach whose clients include FTSE 100 companies, athletes and actors, he is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard’s McLean Hospital.

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STOP CHECKING ME OUT

A third (33%) of SME employers check employees’ social media even though 9 out of 10 of employees feel it’s intrusive. Some 81% of employers believe their staff’s online content can have a direct effect on the business’s brand, according to the report by Digimax, Social media at work: Digimax reveal the difference between employer and employee perceptions. Although 36% of employers say they don’t allow the use of social media at work, 75% of employees say they check it.

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STUDY: ‘AFFECTIVE TRUST’ BOOSTS MENTOR LEARNING

By Liz Hall Mentee learning is enhanced by their personal bond with their mentor – the ‘affective trust’ in the relationship – and how much they perceive their organisation to be supporting them, suggests a paper by Stephen Bear from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In the paper, published in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, Bear shares findings from a study within a US-based organisation in the healthcare sector and an extensive literature review. His findings highlight the importance of affective trust, which refers to trust based on the personal bond and sharing of positive affect between two […]

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ASSESS SITUATIONS FOR THEIR EMOTIONAL IMPACT

Assessing and choosing situations according to their likely emotional impact is a better strategy to help emotionally sensitive people than in-the-moment emotion regulation strategies, suggests a paper published in Cognition and Emotion. “Situation selection provides an alternative strategy for individuals that does not rely on in-the-moment cognitive resources, and allows reactive and/or less competent individuals to tune their environment in order to promote certain emotional outcomes,” say the researchers from Sheffield University. Study participants who received the situation selection instruction experienced more positive mood over a weekend, compared with the controls, especially the more emotionally sensitive participants, according to the […]

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