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FCC CALLS FOR INDUSTRY GUIDANCE ON ADOPTING TECH

Technology developed for the coaching market needs to support, rather than drive, the coaching agenda while at the same time, coaches need to better understand technology and new types of data, according to participants in a multiple stakeholder debate on disruptive technology. Coaching think-tank, the Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC), held its first roundtable on disruptive technology on 11 December, exploring how technology can both support and challenge coaches and coaching practices. Participants at the event hosted by KPMG in London included providers of technology developed for the coaching market, executive coaches, and organisational coaching buyers, sponsors and internal coaching […]

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FREELANCERS SHOW MBTI PERCEIVING PREFERENCE – BPS DOP ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 9-11 JANUARY 2019, CHESTER, UK

People who like the ‘big picture’ and prefer to live their lives in a spontaneous way are more likely to thrive as a freelancer, according to research presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology’s (BPS DOP) annual conference in January. Researcher John Hackston collected data from an online survey of 1,308 freelancers working largely in professional or other white collar roles. Participants completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment, rated themselves and their jobs on characteristics related to freelance work and commented on the best and worst things about their jobs. The results showed that people […]

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FIND THE ‘SWEET SPOT’ BETWEEN TECH AND WELLBEING – BPS DOP ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 9-11 JANUARY 2019, CHESTER, UK

People who are ‘always on’ technologically tend to be more engaged at work, but also report more stress and a poorer work-life balance, according to research presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology’s (BPS DOP) annual conference in January. Organisations with cultures that encourage staff to resist the pressure to be always connected can help them be happier and more productive, according to business psychologists, Nikhita Blackburn and Helen Rayner. Their study examined factors that influence how people use technology. Some 1,116 workers completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment and answered questions on the advantages […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

IES launches wellbeing ROI tool The Institute for Employment Studies has created a tool calculating the return on investment (ROI) of employee assistance programmes, to help employers take an evidence-based approach to their workforce health efforts. The tool, created on behalf of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, responds to a lack of evidence for the cost-effectiveness of workplace health initiatives, as identified by the Stevenson and Farmer, Thriving At Work report.   Not in the money Money worries are impacting more than three-quarters (77%) of employees at work, according to a study, the inaugural Close Brothers Asset Management Financial […]

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GARDAI TO COACH SENIOR OFFICERS

Ireland’s national police service, the Gardaí, is to invest around €110,000 in executive coaching for 70 senior rank members to build organisational leadership capabilities within An Garda Síochána (Gardaí), according to published tender documents reported on in the Irish Independent. Coaching would be provided by the successful executive coaching enterprise to newly promoted chief superintendents, superintendents, senior managers, principal officers and assistant principal officers over a three-year period, according to the newspaper report. Learning outcomes are expected to be the development of “a greater understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses and the impact that their behavioural style has on […]

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DWP EXTENDS MENTORING BEYOND BAME JOBSEEKERS

A successful pilot mentoring initiative for the black and minority ethnic (BAME) community is to be rolled out nationwide and extended to non-BAME youth claimants who might also benefit. The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions’ ‘mentoring circles’ will be rolled out from next month (April) across the Jobcentre Plus network. Last year around 500 BAME jobseekers attended sessions hosted by experienced staff from large companies including KPMG, Fujitsu, HSBC and Network Rail to get help with CV writing, goal setting, job applications and interview practice. Many participants landed jobs, or went into training or further education as a result. The […]

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MILLENNIALS VALUE LEARNING IN CAREERS, STUDY FINDS

Millennials are seeking multi-disciplined, diverse careers centring on learning and self-improvement. Motivations for accepting jobs differ between generations – 88% of over-55s cite salary as their top priority compared to 67% of millennials, according to a poll of more than 2,000 UK workers by recruitment technology platform, Tempo. Tempo’s research found that two-thirds of under-35s (64%) want to move sectors, compared to just 39% of those aged 35-55. Millennials are more likely to have lots of jobs – the findings highlight once again that the jobs for life era is well and truly over. Some 28% of millennials have clocked […]

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REVIEW: RESILIENCE AT WORK – PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR CAREER SUCCESS

Resilience at Work: Practical Tools for Career Success by Kathryn Jackson Publisher: Routledge ISBN: 978 11383 0512 0 5 out of 5   Much of the literature informing resilience programmes is drawn from experiences outside organisational life. Resilience at work has received far less attention, so this book is welcome. However, its rich value comes from Jackson’s learning after being caught in the devastating 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake, and from her work as a peak performance coach with the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. Its remit was to grow resilience to support leaders’ capability to deliver a $2 billion […]

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NEWS RESEARCH: THE GLOBAL CHALLENGES OF COACHING SUPERVISION

Coaching supervision is on the rise globally but regions share similar challenges in ensuring it reaches its potential. Carol Whitaker and Kristina Crabbe report   Prominent figures in coaching supervision from all over the world took part in a collaborative enquiry into the global state of coaching supervision, organised by the Global Supervisors’ Network (GSN) and chaired by Professor Peter Hawkins. The dialogue, which involved facilitated sessions on 6 and 7 December 2018, was set up to celebrate the GSN’s third birthday the following month [January 2019]. In addition to the ‘inner circle’ of invited speakers, there was an ‘outer […]

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OPINION: REFLECTIONS – THE END AND THE BEGINNING

How do you coach an enthusiast for change or a resister to it? Coaches should look to the Buddhist image of the caterpillar and the butterfly by Lindsay Wittenberg   Buddhists tell us that what the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning. That everything that has an ending has a beginning and that if we make our peace with that, all will be well. I’ve found this concept resourcing as I work with clients encountering change and converting it into their own transition or transformation. As I coach clients who are part of a […]

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