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A BRIGHT IDEA

How do we best support entrepreneurs and how does the entrepreneurship wider culture vary? Kathryn Pope, Gaetane Lenain, Ave Peetri, Lena Gustafsson and Barbara Asimakopoulou report   As coaching someone with an entrepreneurial personality different from coaching anyone else? What are the challenges and potential pitfalls? What skills and resources do we need? These are some of the questions we’ve often been asked by other coaches. What’s the benefit of coaching? What will it help me do that I can’t do now? What results will I get? How quickly will I see these? Is it worth my time? These are […]

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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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RESEARCH MATTERS: COACHING TENSION: DIVISIVE PROCESS OR A POWERFUL LENS?

The coaching process is full of paradoxes that have a tendency to act as a divide between camps. But what if we harness the energy of the paradox to better understand tension? Sue Fontannaz and Elaine Cox identify seven team coaching paradoxes   Coaching is a complex, multi-faceted process which, although widely used, is often perceived with scepticism. This could be due to the seeming tensions or paradoxes in the process of coaching, including, for example, the developmental/performance tension, the individual/team focus and the support/challenge dilemma. Barnson (2014) claims a theory of coaching paradoxes might offer a unifying framework for […]

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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 Human Capital Institute and the International Coach Federation on coaching cultures in organisations. Activities include professional one-on-one coaching, team coaching and work group coaching. “Coaching is a powerful tool to develop the potential of employees, modify behaviours and drive business success. Because of this, it […]

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TROUBLESHOOTER: READY TO DIVE IN?

A team coach faces a familiar situation and needs to decide whether the team is ready to be coached. Given the facts, would you coach them? The Issue You have been invited to meet the human resource director (HRD) of a FTSE 250 insurance business. You have a very close working relationship with her having been contracted as a team coach on several occasions in her last two organisations. The HRD is commissioning team coaching on behalf of the CEO. The company tried team coaching a few months earlier with the four members of the executive leadership team and 20 […]

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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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REFLECTIONS: MY MARKERS IN THE SAND

Organisations that buy coaching to support staff well-being, may find the culture is hostile to its success. How can coaches work with that tension? By Lindsay Wittenberg More and more of my clients are showing up stressed (to the point of being signed off work), pressured to a degree that leaves some of them feeling ground down rather than fulfilled (albeit that they’re performing well) or feeling their positions are precarious, dependent sometimes on the whim of a line manager who’s also stressed, pressured or ground down. Organisations that buy coaching to build the well-being of their workforces can, knowingly […]

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THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING: THE LANDSCAPE OF WHAT I DO

As an experienced independent coach, is it increasingly hard to find words for what you do? Is it perhaps time to drop the word ‘coach’? asks Ginny Baillie What are you doing that’s no longer well described by ‘coaching’? And how would identifying that help you? I was avoiding calls from my friend Rachel – she kept banging on about ‘benefits’ not ‘features’ in my business marketing. It was driving me nuts, mainly because she was right. I found I could no longer talk easily about what I do. This is because it’s morphed into something much wider than purely […]

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LETTER FROM GREECE: BOATS, OLIVES AND VINES

Greece’s recent economic woes have overshadowed what is important and what is clutter. Coaching can help our people find meaning and empowerment Angelos Derlopas It’s rare to be asked how things are going in Greece nowadays. After the ‘drama tsunami’ that hit us around 2012, life has become quieter here. Now that we don’t make world headlines any more, numbers are better, though our people are not. But what we have found during this journey is treasure. We, the people of renowned authors Nikos Kazantzakis and Odysseas Elytis, resilient as we are, have found ways to rediscover what is important […]

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