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COACHING TEAMS OF TEAMS

How do we apply what we’ve learned about coaching teams to coaching multiple, interdependent teams, to teams of teams? David Clutterbuck reports   Just as focusing on individual performance doesn’t necessarily lead to improved collective (team) performance, high performing teams don’t necessarily work together to deliver a high performing organisation. In his book, Team of Teams, retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal offers examples of how functional silos within organisations or even within departments can undermine performance overall. Every increase in the efficiency of a narrow slice of the organisational system can reduce the effectiveness of the whole. These insights aren’t completely […]

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DIVERSITY: THE NEW NORMAL

Why does the coaching profession struggle to encompass diversity, why should we care, and what can we do? In this two-part report we examine how we can embrace diversity in our coaching practices. Part 1: Setting the scene. Pointers for why we should act and how, including case studies, by Rajvinder Kaur Uppal Diversity is a reality. Globalisation, changing migration patterns, improved technology and increased communications have changed how business is done, who with, and who we deliver goods and services to – as well as who we live among. Census data from 2010 indicates that 36%1 of the US […]

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Growth Indicator

David Clutterbuck and David Megginson’s emerging concept of Coach Maturity offers a refreshing and insightful lens on coach development. Rachel Ellison interviews Professor Clutterbuck on the model, and invites perspectives from coaches and buyers of coaching A discussion about grafting quince trees; having ‘007’ in your mobile phone number; being an authoritarian father-figure to your team, when many of its members have their own dads or are even parents themselves; examining the individual client’s whinge about work for its potential as an organisational narrative. These real – certainly eclectic – references and explorations, popped up in my recent supervision, in […]

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Reflecting on practice

In the second part of our special report on coaching supervision, we consider supervision and the needs of internal coach and the continuum of reflective practice … where does it start and stop? Part 2: David Clutterbuck, Carol Whitaker and Michelle Lucas look at how and in what ways supervision differs for internal and external coaches Anecdotal and assessment centre evidence suggests the average capability and impact of the internal coaching resource at least equals that of the average externally resourced coach. And in Europe, at least, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision […]

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Right on target

Part 2: Goal setting and goal management are much more complex than typically perceived by coaches, clients or organisational sponsors – and this is one of the core themes from a new book, Beyond Goals. Two of the book’s editors, Professors David Clutterbuck and David Megginson, share some of their reflections David Clutterbuck Clutterbuck came to the issue of goals and goal management from a “very positivist perspective”, having been inspired as a young journalist by Peter Drucker. From him, he learnt the importance of clarity, focus, curiosity and observation, and the dangers of “having vague objectives and institutionalised purposelessness”. […]

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News: Lack of preparation stalls cross-cultural mentoring

Many multinational mentoring programmes are at risk because employers fail to think strategically, adapt their approach to local cultures, or offer participants adequate cross-cultural training beforehand.
These were the key messages emerging from contributions to the multinational mentoring stream in the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s (EMCC) first ever mentoring e-conference on 16-18 January.
David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the EMCC, said many organisations fail to change. “One of the mistakes I have seen commonly is for the headquarters of a multinational to assume that what works [fits] culturally in the home country is the right way to do it everywhere else. This cultural imperialism often leads to conflict and the abandonment of very effective local programmes.”

Adina Tarry, director of Rich Answers International, who has lived and worked in seven countries, and works with multinationals, said she has never seen a cross-cultural competence development programme precede mentoring, for example. She said businesses have a limited understanding of what cross-cultural experience, awareness, competency and sensitisation are, and do not appreciate that specific preparation is needed.

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The Skeptic: Innovation or scam?

The skeptic is a new column by David Clutterbuck, which looks at the “legitimacy” of non-mainstream coaching approaches. This issue we take the example of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and ask, must evidence-based coaching approaches always be our measure of efficacy? I recently initiated a furious debate on the web about a coaching technique called EFT, by asking whether there was any evidence to support its remarkable claims. The furore – from both detractors and supporters, with ‘let’s keep an open mind’ in the middle – made me reflect on what is and isn’t ‘legitimate’ in the world of coaching […]

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Research matters

How can clients contribute more? Coaches must let conversations find their path and help clients develop the skills to reflect on them, says David Clutterbuck, visiting professor, Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit, Sheffield Business School Inexperienced coaches often tend to feel they have to keep the conversation going, which puts them in the driving seat. More experienced coaches allow the conversation to find its own path, helping the client make choices about which direction to follow when there are forks in the road. Allowing the conversation to happen in this way enables the coach to notice so much more – […]

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Diversity Awareness Ladder

Coaching at Work road-tests the Diversity Awareness Ladder One step at a time 1 The tool What is it? Created by David Clutterbuck, the Diversity Awareness Ladder helps clients and practitioners understand and work with their stereotypes and implicit biases about people they perceive as different from themselves. It has also been used widely in general diversity education. How does it work? The Ladder is a model of two conversations – the inner conversation, which represents instinctive, emotional responses to difference and is not normally spoken out loud; and the outer conversation, which offers a way of engaging with 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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