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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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