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Research: radical coaching vs groupthink?

Collusion to preserve corporate ideology contributed to the credit crisis. Could critical coaching prevent such thinking, asks Dr Angélique du Toit, of the Coaching and Mentoring Unit at Sheffield Hallam University The notion of ‘groupthink’ is not new – we were first introduced to the concept by Janis (1972;1982). One of the major symptoms of groupthink is collusion and the lengths to which individuals and groups will go in order to protect the ideology of the group – in its extremes, leading to fundamentalism (Sim, 2004). The pervasiveness of groupthink in the corporate world is symbolised most strikingly by the […]

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Avatar coaches to meet clients in virtual reality

The world of virtual reality (VR) complete with 3D avatars, landscapes and props, is set to meet the world of coaching in a trailblazing project due to launch next spring. The VR platform is the brainchild of organisational change consultant and coach David Tinker, who also has a background in sociodrama. It is expected to have applications in arenas including coaching, social work, the voluntary sector and management/team development. Its ability to work in a visual format will be key. “We’re very visual, yet so much of coaching is auditory… Here we’re working with metaphor, our imagination and our language […]

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MENTORING

In the eighth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at developmental versus sponsorship mentoring. This issue: Does mentoring have a positive career impact? schools for thought lis merrick and paul stokes We now know how to set up a mentoring programme. But which type are you using? Most of us are familiar with developmental mentoring and align our thinking with the definition suggested by Megginson and Clutterbuck: “Off-line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking.” However, there is another school of thought, characterised by Zey’s research in the […]

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