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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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MOST STAFF FEEL EMPLOYERS DON’T LIVE UP TO IMAGE

Only 19% of employees globally believe how they experience their employer matches up to its portrayed brand image, suggests research from PR consultancy Weber Shandwick. Those employers who are more aligned in terms of their image and the reality of working there are more likely to offer training and resources, and treat all employees fairly regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation or cultural differences, finds the report. In addition, such employers are more likely to have leaders who act in alignment with the organisation’s vision and values, and imbue trust in employees. More than half of employees who felt […]

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REFLECTIONS: DROP THE ATTITUDE

How can coaching help end male leaders’ discrimination against female colleagues? A systemic stance may reveal deep and lasting change Lindsay Wittenberg Sadly, I’m finding it as common as ever to hear female clients talk of not being acknowledged or included by male colleagues in discussions and decision-making, being bypassed by people making a beeline for a male colleague when the most appropriate address is the female herself, and not being heard in conversations and meetings. Some are subject to derogatory or belittling comments or discrimination – and worse, as the #MeToo movement is highlighting. Such attitudes by men, especially […]

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#METOO FOCUSES BUSINESSES ON FEMALE LEADERSHIP

Growing numbers of forward-thinking businesses are turning to coaches and mentors to develop their female employees, as the business community is rocked by yet more damning revelations of widespread sexual discrimination and harassment at work. Liz Hall Leadership coaches Hetty Einzig and Eunice Aquilina are among those reporting a rise in the number of organisations seeking help with developing female employees, and from women leaders seeking coaching. Aquilina, founder of EA Consult, said, “We’re currently seeing a renewed commitment in organisations for a greater presence of women in senior leadership positions.” Liz Dimmock, CEO and founder of social enterprise Women […]

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EMBRACE THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST OF DIVERSITY – JACKEE HOLDER: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

In her keynote, Jackee Holder, leadership coach, coach trainer, coach supervisor and creative writing facilitator offered a personal lens on diversity and challenged delegates to question their own assumptions around clients’ and their own stories. By Ros Soulsby   Delegates were invited to name diversity rather than pretend it’s not there, and to challenge how we generalise about each other as coaches and clients. Holder shared her experience as first-generation UK Caribbean, living in London’s Brixton area. She highlighted how perspectives differ with the example that the Brixton ‘riots’ of the 1980s were to her, and her community, a political […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: COACHING WOMEN AT WORK

Claudia Filsinger, lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School, Trudy Delamare and Christine Vitzthum, student researchers as part of the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes Business School, summarise recent research findings on coaching women at work   Organisations increasingly introduce gender diversity targets and coaching for female staff. This article reviews relevant research by seniority and subsequently the lens of life transitions. Gender diversity policy was initially focused on increasing female non-executive board members. Recently this has broadened to executive board members and their direct reports (Hampton-Alexander Review, 2016). Initial interventions in organisations concentrated on preparing female […]

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Unilever grows female talent

Unilever’s efforts to ‘home-grow’ female leaders to more accurately reflect its largely female customer base are paying off, thanks to a global mentoring programme. As Coaching at Work went to press, Unilever workers in the UK planned to carry on striking against changes to their pension scheme, while group CEO Paul Polman was lambasted for being paid a salary 285 times that of the average worker. However, while Polman’s strategies have been criticised in some quarters, his approach to diversity seems to be hitting the spot. In the two years since Unilever launched its global mentoring programme to achieve greater ‘gender […]

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