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SPECIAL REPORT: COACHING IN A CRISIS – PART 1 – WORKING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

In this series of articles to mark UK Mental Health Awareness Week on 8-14 May, we look at supporting individuals and organisations in challenging times. Part 1: Is a blanket refusal to work with coaching clients with mental health issues tenable? By Liz Pick and Liz Hall Many people with mental health issues fail to get support from coaching because coaches and organisations believe it falls outside their remit. Yet with mental health issues on the rise and mental ill health costing UK employers an estimated £26bn a year (London’s City Mental Health Alliance), a blanket approach of refusing to […]

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ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

It’s time to give greater voice to emotions in coach supervision, argue Peter Duffell and Carmelina Lawton Smith Emotions arise frequently in coach supervision, and it’s important to investigate these as they offer valuable information, and to look for patterns across multiple events, suggests our latest research into emotions in the coaching space. In our last article for this magazine (vol 9, issue 3, 2014), we highlighted the importance of emotion in the coaching space, concluding that the emotions a client brings into the room are a valuable resource requiring further exploration (Duffell & Lawton Smith, 2014) and suggesting ways […]

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Coaches score surprise low on adjectival use – the language of emotions

Coaches surprised a language expert with their low use of adjectives – apparently adjectives are almost entirely about establishing an emotional connection. Delegates at the Academy of Executive Coaching’s annual conference on 9 November were asked to define leadership in a pre-conference exercise. Only one out of around 50 participating coaches used mainly adjectives. Two- thirds used mainly verbs, which was less surprising because they are associated with “action, energy, solutions, the future and motivation”, said Ian Jessup from Interact. A third used mainly nouns. “Adjectives are so important. They give us emotions, benefits, outcomes and inspiration. Nobody buys the […]

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