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Coaching at Work conference 2018 – Working with and learning from the younger generations – Lindsay Wittenberg, Victoria Niroomand-Rad and guests

By Molly Hall One unusual session at the Coaching at Work annual conference on 4 July saw coaches, young female students and their teacher come together in a lively exploration of assumptions different generations hold about one another, potential differences and common ground between the generations, and offered coaches a chance to try out coaching students. The session was facilitated by Lindsay Wittenberg, with secondary school teacher Victoria Niroomand-Rad, with the aim of exploring “what connects us, what divides us, and how to make connections”, said Wittenberg. They were joined by two female students from a London school, all of […]

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FCC LAUNCHES ‘GO-TO’ ONLINE KNOWLEDGE PORTAL

The multi-stakeholder group, the Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC), has launched a website designed specifically to enable anyone involved in developing original knowledge in coaching to share links to the activities and projects that contribute to the development of the knowledge base of coaching.   The aim is for the website to be the ‘go-to’ place to find out where significant thinking is happening for the future of coaching. Any organisations carrying out any studies, publishing any articles or creating any forms of knowledge that they want people to know about, can register for free. The Coaching Knowledge Portal allows anyone […]

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HENLEY: MANY COACHES STILL NOT READY FOR GDPR

Despite widespread press coverage about the implications of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May, and the hefty potential fines which might be incurred for non-compliance, many coaches remain confused about what they should be doing to comply. The days leading up to the deadline for compliance – 25 May – were marked by panic in many quarters, inboxes being jammed with GDPR-related emails. Weeks on, as the magazine goes to press, there are still emails coming in from fellow coaches and other service providers laying out their data protection policies and offering subscribers the option […]

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UK ICF DELEGATES TOLD: INNOVATE FOR ‘A NEW ERA’

UK ICF conference, 7 May, London By Britt MacFarlane Coaches need to be pioneers and explorers in the world of coaching, innovating and exploring new methodologies that will form the basis of the profession’s next evolution, urged Hetty Einzig during her keynote: Coaching for a better future and respons-able leadership. The theme of this year’s UK ICF conference on 7 May, was ‘Dancing In The Future’. Other speakers included Rob McCargow from PwC on Artificial Intelligence (AI), exploring its implications for the future of coaching. Ilias Vartholomaios and Athina Polina Dova from OWIWI in their session: Time for a new era […]

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SURVEY: ONLY 28% OF COACHES TAKE CPD COACHING

EMCC 24th annual conference, Amsterdam, 11-13 April 2018 While coaches believe it’s important as a coach to be coached, not many are investing in coaching as part of their CPD, suggests a survey of 80 coaches. Eighty per cent of coaches responding to a survey carried out by Paul Stokes and Lis Merrick felt it was important as a coach to receive coaching. However only 28% are currently receiving it. Presenting at the EMCC’s annual conference in Amsterdam, Stokes said he and Merrick “had a hunch that coaches weren’t getting coaching as part of their CPD”. But, he said, “I […]

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NEW LEADERS NEED BETTER ONBOARDING SUPPORT

EMCC 24th annual conference, Amsterdam, 11-13 April 2018 Executives and organisations are underestimating the challenges inherent in leadership transitions and are failing to prepare and plan enough for these, warned Tim Bright. “Sink or swim leadership transitions are not good enough,” said Turkey-based Bright in his session on onboarding: Coaching for the first 90 days – onboarding and integration. Bright shared key observations from his own work and a literature review, concluding that commonly there is a lack of preparation and underestimation, particularly by executives, of the challenges they will face when they transition, and a lack of consideration of […]

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ERSHAD FRAMEWORK DEVELOPED FOR ISLAMIC CULTURE

EMCC 24th annual conference, Amsterdam, 11-13 April 2018 The GROW model is not fully fit for purpose in the Islamic world because of its focus on goals and because it’s not sufficiently focused on creating the right partnership conditions at the outset. These were among the conclusions of Kuwait-based Raja’a Allaho and London-based Christian van Nieuwerburgh, which prompted them to develop a coaching methodology better suited to Islamic culture. Their Ershad model supports creating the right relationship conditions based on trust and respect, before the actual coaching begins, and is about partnering with clients to help them lead a spiritual […]

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BUSINESSES STILL NOT EMBRACING DIVERSITY AT WORK

EMCC 24th annual conference, amsterdam, 11-13 April 2018 By Liz Hall Businesses aren’t making the most of diversity because they view it through a limited collection of lenses, such as demographics, aren’t focusing on inclusivity enough and are failing to address conscious bias, suggested David Ringwood and Maria Brown. Despite many organisations becoming more diverse in make-up and diversity being shown again and again to yield better results in terms of creativity, revenue and efficiency, business ways are still conservative and innovation is not increasing, according to MRG’s research. Organisations and coaches need to embrace inclusion and pluralism, and think […]

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TECH MODELS WILL TURN INDUSTRY ‘UPSIDE DOWN’

EMCC 24TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, AMSTERDAM, 11-13 APRIL 2018 In the next decade, we will need new organisational and work models as technology dissolves most of work as we know it, said Ruud Rikhof. Too many models are based on how things were – including hierarchy – rather than how they are: inter-connected. Increasingly, work will be about shared values and culture, transparent goals and projects, free flow of information and feedback, and rewarding people for their skills and abilities, not position, said Rikhof, co-founder of management consultancy KennedyFitch, in his keynote on the future of work and HR. He said […]

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UPDATED GLOBAL CODE OF ETHICS GAINS NEW BODIES

The Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors and Supervisors has been updated and three additional professional associations have signed up, boosting the global nature and reach of the Code. The UK’s Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision, the Associazione Italiana Coach Professionisti and the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute have now signed up too. “This Global Code of Ethics will now frame and guide the practice of the members of the five signatory bodies, be they located around the world from Australia, through Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe to the Americas. The Code is truly global […]

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