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ROAD TEST: TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF

In the first of a series of road tests on technological tools, curated by Clare Norman, we look at me:my™coach What is it? Karen Dean, an ICF MCC level executive coach and coach supervisor, created me:my™coach as an online framework for purposeful self-reflection on a recent coaching conversation. The tool enables coaches to examine what was missed and what worked well so they can track their progress from one session to the next, testing their effectiveness with a particular client, raising awareness and increasing confidence. Who might use it? It is valuable for new coaches, supporting them beyond the classroom, […]

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TALKING TEAMS: THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

Team coaching requires good foundations, including the core competency of meeting ethical guidelines and professional standards By Georgina Woudstra   In the last issue (vol 14, issue 5) I shared the ECS Team Coaching Competencies Framework as a guide to the art of team coaching. Although these competencies appear simple, team coaching is far more complex in action because each team member arrives with different thoughts, feelings, energy and history. Ultimately, our aim is for team members to join together and channel their energy towards a common purpose. This requires them to connect differently. The journey begins with Setting the […]

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BUSINESS BOOTCAMP: DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS

Focus, planning and patience are the keys to growing your coaching business, and being prepared to meet prospective clients face-to-face   In a previous article we discussed the benefit of being clear on the strategic focus of your coaching business/practice in terms of the intersection of your target client market with the range of service/product offerings. For our own business, we focused on the niche market sector of finance and professional services and on offering a relatively narrow range of services underpinned by leadership development for individuals and teams. This has allowed us to build our reputation over time in […]

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HOW TO…COACH THE FIRST 100 DAYS

How can we prevent so many new executives failing in their work role? Could onboarding coaching hold the key, asks Vicky Lawton?   As specialists in headhunting senior executives and supporting them in excelling once they are in place, we know only too well just how important the first 100 days are to success or failure. Onboarding coaching ensures the executive gets off to the best possible start – for themselves and for the organisation. It is estimated that around 40% of newly promoted executives ‘fail’ within 18 months, either by under-performing or by moving on, voluntarily or involuntarily (http://bit.ly/2IyPmgX). […]

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MENTORING: A SIMPLE SOLUTION

Over-simplifying in mentoring programmes is a risky business, especially in evaluation, warns guest columnist, Bob Garvey. The ‘realist evaluation’ approach accesses mentoring’s many layers   Within organisations, there are many competing demands on managers – organisations are complex places. But, in complexity, managers, for understandable reasons, tend to try and simplify. It’s probably best summed up by the ‘keep it simple, stupid’ slogan we hear so often in organisations. When an organisation is developing a mentoring programme, it’s tempting to simplify, control, ignore or smooth over social factors. The risks of this approach to a mentoring scheme (an inherently complex […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: THE ELOQUENCE OF SILENCE

Which kind of silence is your client manifesting? Elaine Cox discusses the multi-dimensional nature of silence and calls for more coaching research in this area   Frequently in our society, silence is seen as the absence or opposite of talk and as something negative. However, something is lost when we judge everything in relation to speech. In coaching, for example, silence has importance: it has an amplitude that we, as coaches, instinctively understand. Coaches do not discount the value of silence, for as Kimsey-House et al (2018) point out, although there is the temptation to “fill the momentary silence as […]

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IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   Business vs staff wellbeing More than six in ten (62%) of managers say they put their company’s interests above staff wellbeing, with some saying they do so every day, according to a report from Business in the Community (BITC) with Mercer Marsh Benefits. The report, Mental Health at Work 2019 – Time to Take Ownership, highlights that most employers do not acknowledge or deal with the adverse impact work has on employees’ mental health. Two […]

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