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ICF: COACHING IS A ‘POWERFUL’ MANAGEMENT TOOL

Coaching is the most helpful activity in achieving the goals of change management initiatives, according to research. Addressing leadership style, strengths and blind spots; overcoming resistance; building resilience and change readiness, and finding processes and tools, are the most frequently cited reasons for using coaching activities for change management, according to a survey by the […]

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EMPLOYERS MUST WORK HARDER TO EMBED DIVERSITY

Industry commentators warn that the UK Government’s measures to boost Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees’ career progression are set to fail unless employers choose to play ball, changing how they develop such staff, for example. The government’s moves include obliging employers to disclose their race pay gap statistics, the Race at Work Charter […]

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CIPD FINDS 49% OF UK WORKERS WRONGLY SKILLED

There’s a widespread skills mismatch between employees and jobs in the UK, while Britain’s workers are trailing behind counterparts elsewhere when it comes to being creative. Almost half (49%) of UK workers are in jobs they are either under- or over-skilled for, according to the CIPD’s report Over-skilled and Underused: Investigating the Untapped Potential of […]

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YOUGOV: 64% OF JOB CHOICES MOTIVATED BY MONEY

Salary then working hours are the top two factors people consider when thinking about a new job or career, suggests a survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the Oxford Open Learning Trust. The research carried out by YouGov finds that money is the biggest motivator behind career choice (64%), followed by working hours (55%), and […]

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COACHING COULD BE ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

In the wake of a flurry of studies to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, health and wellbeing coaches are urging employers to embrace coaching more fully when it comes to supporting staff with mental health issues   Mental health issues at work are on the rise and workers value support from employers […]

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FEMALE LEADERS MATCH MALE TRAITS YET BIAS REMAINS

Emotional intelligence and personality traits of female and male leaders are the same but perceived differently, which can hold back the very women businesses are seeking as leaders, suggests research by people assessment specialists, Thomas International. Despite widespread stereotypes, female leaders are no more empathetic than male leaders, and male leaders are no more assertive […]

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UK FIRMS FAILING TO TACKLE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

As more research highlights how widespread sexual harassment still is at work and how little many employers are doing to tackle this, the spotlight is on coaches to explore how they might help. Despite nearly 4 in 10 (37%) women having been sexually harassed at work in the past 12 months and the rise of […]

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TALKING TEAMS: PRODUCTIVE PATTERNS

To achieve team psychological safety, organisations must influence not only how people work, but how they work together, argues Georgina Woudstra   Teams are the building blocks of organisations. They have the potential to be more innovative, to find the best solutions, to discover mistakes faster and to make better decisions than any one member […]

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REFLECTIONS: WHO AM I? SHIFTING THE FOCUS

At a certain point in senior leaders’ careers they pause in chasing outcomes, and start considering who they are, widening and enhancing their perspective By Lindsay Wittenberg   Who am I if I don’t have the answers?” A deceptively simple question – and one which integrates the multitude of issues that so many of my […]

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THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT – WILL YOU BE THERE?

By Neil Scotton It seems that the last column (Vol 13, issue 5, p14) really landed with many. One response, an email from Belinda Smith, stood out. “Your article really rang true….After 20 years of coaching, I sometimes wonder if/whether I’ve made a difference.” We spoke. She shared her experiences of two paradigms: ‘Doom and […]

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