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Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the newsletter I’ve just returned from the annual European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s conference in Bilbao in Spain, home to one of the Guggenheim museums. I was struck by how architect Frank Gehry has succeeded in creating a structure which is innovative and surprising yet which blends in beautifully with its environment- from the shallow moat which gives the impression it is part of the river, to the many curves and sheets of metal which reflect light and the structure’s surroundings. Within its walls are numerous galleries including one exhibiting Egon Schiele- further […]

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Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter I’m filing this newsletter from Kansas University’s Global Summit on Coaching, in Lawrence. The town was established in 1854 by anti-slavery advocates and saw much bloodshed when it became a target for the nearby Missouri-based pro-slavery faction. Campaigning for change runs deep in its veins. And today too, Lawrence is a site for innovation. The Kansas Coaching Project, headed up by Jim Knight, has pioneered ‘instructional coaching’ (IC) in the field of education. Described as “on-site professional developers who teach educators how to use proven instructional methods,” Knight admits instructional coaches […]

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The stress professor

World-renowned counselling and coaching psychologist, founder of the Centre for Stress Management, Centre for Coaching and the Coaching Psychology Unit, Professor Stephen Palmer’s boundless energy has helped add many strings to his bow – just don’t put him in a box, he tells Liz Hall

As we talk, Stephen Palmer watches tanker ships on the horizon, waves crashing against the walls on the beach below his house in Cornwall. Other times he might see dolphins. But “always there’s the sound of the sea, which I love”.

Palmer is well-known globally for contributions to coaching psychology, stress management and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC). He’s known for his involvement in many projects and professional bodies, and for his high energy levels. The artistic, reflective and nature-loving side is less well-known.

Palmer does have fingers in many pies. Even in Cornwall, where he comes to reflect and to write, he is very productive. He has written and edited more than 40 books and more than 225 articles. He also produces seascape-inspired semi-abstract paintings and often explores the coastline.

Mind and body
Biology is one of many recurring and long-standing interests in Palmer’s life and work. Psychology is another. He’s been interested in human behaviour since childhood.

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News: ICF global fee report reveals ‘huge variability’

Global coaching revenue is $1,979m; the average annual revenue generated by coaching globally is US$47,900 and the reported average global fee is $229 per coaching hour, according to research by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Meanwhile, the ‘typical’ coach is female, aged over 45 years and “third-level educated” (with a master’s or doctorate), according to the ICF’s final report released at the beginning of July. Sixty per cent of 12,133 respondents were educated to this level (compared to 17 per cent of the general US population, for example), while 90 per cent have a degree (compared to 30 per cent […]

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Mentoring: Wheel of fortune

In the ninth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support organisational talent. This issue: Mentoring to develop talent Wheel of fortune: Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes What do you want your mentoring programme to look like? Give the wheel a spin… In the last issue we looked at the differences between developmental and sponsorship mentoring. Let’s take this into a model of how you can flex mentoring approaches in the most appropriate way to support your company’s talent. Talent mentoring We have found that a mixture of developmental and sponsorship mentoring is […]

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Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the newsletter Prompted by neuroscientist Geoff Bird’s suggestion at our last conference that coaches and clients might start sniffing bonding hormone oxytocin before sessions, we asked you what you thought. Some 94% of you voted against, in our online poll. We have another keynote on neuroscience in our second conference next month (July)- Chris Samsa will be talking about neuroscience and positive psychology. The conference is now sold out, weeks before the event, just like our last one. The conference sponsors this year are: Gold: Insala; Silver: Centre for Coaching; The CoachOnline, EMCC, […]

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Welcome to the May 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the May 2012 issue of the newsletter We’re feeling like good sports and in somewhat of a celebratory mood, what with the recent bout of sunshine here in the UK and the international sporting event taking place so we’ve launched a special 15% discount offer on digital subscriptions. We know many of you still appreciate receiving a hard copy of the magazine and enjoy our quality paper and illustrations, but for some of you, particularly if you’re based overseas, the digital sub can make sense. So here goes: here’s the code for the 15% discount. CADSUM2012. Please feel […]

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What does it mean to be a professional? Our forum tackles some tough questions

Coaching body leaders, coaching buyers and sponsors had a fruitful dialogue on accreditation at a landmark meeting led by Coaching at Work. Here’s what they had to say The participants (Chair: Liz Hall, editor, Coaching at Work) The sponsors GlaxoSmithKline: Sally Bonneywell PricewaterhouseCoopers: Dee Cullen CMS Cameron McKenna: Jenni Emery (formerly of the BBC): Liz Macann NHS: Sue Mortlock Ernst & Young: Ian Paterson KPMG: Louise Buckle The bodies Association for Coaching UK: Declan Woods Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision: Jeremy Ridge British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Coaching: Barry White Coaching Bodies Round Table: Mike Hurley European […]

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Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter Coaching at Work has launched a campaign to help increase the amount of high quality health and wellbeing coaching. As part of our Coaching for Health campaign, we’re running lots of editorial including our trends report in the March issue, and on health coaching approaches in the May issue. Why we’ve launched the campaign: • The cost of healthcare is spiralling yet we seem to be getting sicker • People have to take responsibility for their own health – they will rarely make behavioural changes just because a medical professional has […]

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Welcome to the January 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the January 2012 issue of the newsletter We’ve set the date for our next Coaching at Work conference: 11 July 2012. We will be giving out details soon. Our last conference on 23 November was a sell-out weeks in advance so do make sure you don’t miss the boat! We now have available some of the speaker material from the last conference, including some of the presentations and podcasts. We’re really excited about the launch of the new digital version of Coaching at Work magazine in Calameo format, which allows you to flick through the magazine virtually. To […]

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Festive cheer

Carol Wilson ran communication workshops with ‘guests’ at homeless charity Crisis last Christmas. The responses would not have been out of place in an executive boardroom “When a street stabbing happens it doesn’t start with knives; there are words that lead up to the knives. With the coaching skills I have learned here, I can make a difference when the words start, and stop it getting to the point where the knives are drawn.” These words were spoken by a 26-year-old youth who had been funded to attend one of my recent public sector coach training courses. It made a […]

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Embracing and Enabling Change – Speakers

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Conference Material Sponsors Booking Speakers Aboodi Shabi Aboodi Shabi is one of the UK’s most senior coaches, and a pioneer and leader in the UK and European Coaching community. He was a founding co-President of the UK ICF, and has served the profession at all levels internationally. He has worked in the field of personal development for over twenty years, and in coaching since 1996. In that time, he has worked with thousands of coaches across the world. Aboodi has led training for coaches across Europe, and in Asia, North America and South […]

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Beyond Frontiers – Speaker/panellist bios

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Venue Sponsors Booking Speaker/panellist bios Additional details will soon be posted Linda Aspey Linda Aspey is the inaugural chair of BACP Coaching, the coaching division of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Europe’s largest body for counselling and psychotherapy. A former board member of BACP, Linda established the coaching division with BACP’s support to meet the needs of the growing number of members who coach alongside their counselling, psychotherapy, consultancy, training or academic work. Linda is a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, also accredited as a coach with APECS and AC, and a […]

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