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EMCC CONFERENCE: INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL NEED A BLENDED APPROACH

As internal coaching continues to grow, we need collaboration and complementary activity, not competition between potential providers, and we need blended approaches to harness what external and internal coaching have to offer, according to a panel at the EMCC annual conference. Implications for external and internal coaching practitioners were explored by a panel consisting of Nora Dominguez from International Mentoring Association; Katherine St John-Brooks, author of Internal Coaching: the Inside Story (Karnac Books, 2014); Professional David Clutterbuck from the Clutterbuck Partnership, and Liz Hall, editor of Coaching at Work. Lise Lewis, president of EMCC International, chaired the panel. St John-Brooks […]

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EMCC CONFERENCE: POLARISED WORLD ACCEPTING ‘POST-TRUTH’ AS FACTS

In a seemingly increasingly polarised world, more and more unconscious biases are showing up, causing friction and poor communication among others, according to Jennifer Plaister-Ten and Carol Whitaker. In their session at the EMCC conference, the duo explored the unconscious biases people have in their daily lives, work and relationships with the world, and how polarised opinions are voiced daily, leaving little room for the kaleidoscope of options in between. They highlighted the pervasiveness of ‘post-truth’ in which opinions stemming from unconscious biases are presented as truth. The presenters suggested the current environment is allowing personal biases to be confirmed […]

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EMCC CONFERENCE: GEN Y & Z ‘LACK INDEPENDENCE’

Members of newer generations are not the independent, innovative creatures many think they are – they need more support, stability, structure and inclusion than previous generations, according to a large-scale European study. “We assume for no reason that they [Gen Y and Z] are the bright young things. Organisations expect people to be more agile and innovative, but people want less of this,” said David Ringwood, vice president of client development, EMEA, Management Research Group, which conducted the study. The study was carried out among nearly 9,000 individuals in Europe, examining differences in motivation between four generations: Baby Boomers, Gen […]

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EMCC CONFERENCE: PARADOX MINDSET

How often do we treat paradoxes as problems to be solved in our coaching? Many coaching dilemmas have no ‘right’ solution – it’s more a case of shifting mindsets from ‘or thinking’ (absolve – “it’s not my problem” and solve – “someone has to choose”) to ‘and thinking’ (resolve – “there’s an opportunity here” and dissolve – “let’s think about this differently”), said Dr Jenny Denyer, in her workshop at the EMCC conference.

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TACKLING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS: EMCC CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

We need to accept that holding unconscious biases is normal whilst constantly challenging ourselves and working to recognise our own biases, said Jenny Plaister-Ten and Carol Whitaker. In their session at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s international conference in Istanbul on 19-21 November, Plaister-Ten and Whitaker said that unconscious biases can be useful when we’re dealing with ambiguity, when we need to make a rapid decision, or when we’re dealing with information overload. They suggested that to promote more unbiased decision-making, we do the following: constantly challenge ourselves, accepting our biases as normal and working to recognise them; apply […]

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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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Don’t treat us the same, say sponsors: EMCC conference

Liz Hall External coaches will set themselves apart in coaching sponsors’ eyes if they stop treating them the same and understand their context, needs and interests, according to a working group of sponsors including KPMG, Fujitsu, Ernst & Young and Diageo. “It goes back to really understanding the organisation the coach is working with..if they can’t specify what they want to see, be prepared to walk away,” said Simon Dennis, who heads up coaching at IT business Fujitsu. He was speaking as part of a sponsors’ panel at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s annual conference on 17-19 November in […]

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