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COACHBOT TO BE DEVELOPED FOR THE UK MILITARY

Military personnel may soon receive personalised daily support from a coaching app around health, wellbeing and resilience, personal planning and development. A project led by Daden with resilience, stress management and mental health at work training provider, Altruist Enterprises, and the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) aims to develop a coachbot with the intention of trialling it at RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire, whose primary and secondary missions are missile warning and space surveillance, respectively. The app builds on previous work by Daden, a specialist in developing conversational artificial intelligence (chatbots), and the University of Worcester for the Ministry of […]

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FCC TO MAP LANDSCAPE OF ORGANISATIONAL COACHING

The multi-stakeholder coaching thinktank, the Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC), has launched an additional workstream to identify and describe the dimensions that define different types of coaching taking place in organisations. The purpose of this work is to create a landscape of coaching in organisational contexts to enable a common language about how coaching is framed in organisations, enable organisations to navigate the territory and make the optimum strategic choices (based on resources, context and ambitions of the organisation) and to educate buyers and providers of coaching. According to FCC directors, Maria Symeon, formerly of PwC, and Louise Buckle of […]

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GUIDED MEDITATION LEADS TO DEEP CONNECTIONS

ICF annual conference 7 May More than 80 coaches took time out for guided mindfulness practice to connect more deeply with themselves and other participants in Mark McMordie’s session on The Power of Feeling Safe: Leaders in a VUCA World at the UK ICF conference. With the recent publication of Amy Edmondson’s The Fearless Organisation and increasing awareness of the importance of trust and psychological safety in successful teams, thanks to Google’s two-year Project Aristotle, psychological safety is on the agenda of most progressive organisations. McMordie’s own book, Mindfulness for Coaches, co-authored with Michael Chaskalson, is the first in the […]

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HENLEY AND AC PUBLISH SUPERVISION ‘CALL TO ARMS’

The Henley Centre for Coaching and the Association for Coaching (AC) have joined forces in a “call to arms” for wider coach supervision take-up and development, with the publication of their Manifesto for Supervision. Written by three prominent practitioners, Peter Hawkins, Eve Turner and Jonathan Passmore, the Manifesto promotes the importance of supervision in coaching, examines its history and what makes it important, summarises main models and research, considers ethics in supervision and calls for collaboration between industry stakeholders to take supervision to its next stage of development. The Manifesto forms part of wider work by Henley in supervision research […]

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SGCP DELEGATES EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY

Some 100 delegates gathered at the annual conference of British Psychological Society’s special interest subgroup, the Special Group of Coaching Psychologists (SGCP) on 6-7 June in London. In her opening address of the conference, Embracing Diversity and Inclusivity: Challenges and Aspirations in Coaching Psychology, SGCP chair Laura Rees-Davies positioned the vision and the objectives of the Group for the future. It was followed by three keynotes and some 20 presentations and workshops on the impact of AI on coaching, to mental health and wellbeing, supervision, innovation in delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy, aspects of identity, supporting entrepreneurship and models and […]

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IT’S NOT THE SIZE OF THE PAY CHEQUE THAT MATTERS

By Liz Hall Doing meaningful work is the top of the league of factors impacting happiness at work, according to a survey of 4,000 workers in the UK, US, France and Germany by collaborative work management platform, Wrike. Globally, four in 10 respondents said they’ve taken a pay cut to accept a position that made them happier – 54% of UK respondents and 58% of US respondents, says the report, From Positivity to Productivity: Exposing the Truth Behind Workplace Happiness. The findings indicate happiest workers enjoy their teams, but also value balance between time at work and home, and that […]

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REVIEW: THE HEART OF COACHING SUPERVISION

The Heart of Coaching Supervision: Working with Reflection and Self-Care Eve Turner and Stephen Palmer Routledge 978 11387 2977 3 5 stars   This is one of those books that before long will be well-thumbed, and like a dear friend on the shelf, with brightly coloured stickers marking those special gems that you turn to when looking for inspiration. It’s a celebration of the deep love and care that the contributors, all experts in their field, share for the growing area of coaching supervision. Topics include the Thinking Environment (Jane Adshead-Grant, Anne Hathaway, Linda Aspey and Eve Turner), and peer […]

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OPINION: THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT – CROSSING THE DIVIDE

We need climate conscious coaches who can bridge the chasm between ‘business as usual’ conversations at work and their inner beliefs   In the last column I spoke of the earthquake in Surrey, UK. It woke me physically and shook me into being more active in addressing the big issues already around us, and coming down the line, that I care deeply about. That has led to awareness of what I call The Chasm – the dividing gap between personal feelings, thoughts, beliefs and fears, and ‘business as usual’ conversations and actions in the workplace. Zoë Cohen, director at Shine […]

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OPINION: TALKING TEAMS – TEAM DETOX

When conflict enters effective team relations they can quickly turn toxic. Team coaching can help organisations find an antidote, says Georgina Woudstra   A team is a spider’s web of interconnected relationships – touch one strand and the whole web feels the effect. What’s more, most teams sit within wider organisational systems – webs within webs – each impacting the other. In organisational life, you are in relationships and all relationships have conflict, even the successful ones. While effective relationships are not the only predictor of team performance, when relationships become toxic, people’s energy focuses on internal politics, silos and […]

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