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Bring back joy

Unprofessional, fluffy? The idea of mixing mindfulness with ‘hard’ business has faced a difficult press. But the tide is turning, including within coaching. Mindful coach, Liz Hall, shares the results of her Mindfulness in Coaching 2012 survey and other research. Meditation used to be seen by many as the preserve of hippies and ochre-robed monks, not fit for the tough, hard-nosed corporate world. Coaches with meditation practices, myself included, would steer clear of mixing mindfulness with business, for fear of being branded unprofessional or fluffy. But this is changing. Mindfulness is being embraced in a number of secular settings, such […]

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Team coaching: systemic approach is ‘vital’

Academy of executive coaching annual conference, 9 November 2012, London

Team coaching: systemic approach is ‘vital’
Knowing when to start team coaching can be tricky, say two team coaching experts.
“Do you wait until the team is stable or start where they are? It’s very fluid and there are no clear answers,” said Louise Buckle, lead coach at KPMG, who co-presented with executive coach Hilary Lines at the Academy of Executive Coaching’s annual conference on 9 November.
Buckle said taking a systemic approach is vital when doing team coaching as most people belong to more than one team.

“The systemic approach is so important because rarely do you find anyone who is part of just one team. [People] get pulled in lots of directions and arrive at the table with baggage from the last team. There is an individualistic targeted culture at KPMG – are you part of us or not?”, said Buckle, who was recently working with two teams and had one person in both.

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Survey: let’s find common ground

As we ring in the New Year, our Coaching at Work 2012 survey shines the spotlight on the latest developments in our profession, and your predictions Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the recent announcement of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (news, page 7, and pages 11-13), our attention has been drawn inwards. Collaboration and reaching agreement between the professional bodies has been highlighted as the top priority for 2013, according to this year’s Coaching at Work Annual Survey 2012*. And the formation of the Alliance has been flagged up as the top achievement for the profession last year. […]

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News in brief

Entrepreneurial e-mentoring Irja Leppisaari from Finland and Kari Korpelainen from Estonia co-presented on how e-mentoring models can be used in entrepreneurship education, linking business experts and higher education (HE) students and teachers. The research was based on pilots in the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences (COU) in Finland and Tallinn University (TLU) in Estonia. Accept yourself Acceptance Commitment Therapy/Training, a variation on CBT, is increasingly being used in coaching, particularly in Australia and New Zealand, said ACT practitioner and psychologist John Groom. He said, “In ACT, you don’t deny (troublesome thoughts), you don’t use CBT to fight (them). ACT […]

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News: C@W conference roundup. Survey: mindfulness helps clients’ self-awareness

Mindfulness boosts resilience, health and wellbeing, and helps us be more creative and able to embrace change and uncertainty, said Liz Hall. Practising mindfulness helps us develop our attentional control, become more attuned to others, regulate our emotions, generate positive emotions and reframe/reappraise positively. It decreases cortisol, helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the autonomic nervous system, boosts the immune system, and improves a range of medical and psychological conditions, she said, sharing conclusions from a literature review, and interviews with around 50 coaches, coaching clients, neuroscientists and mindfulness experts. Mindfulness also helps us embrace change and uncertainty, and […]

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Let’s get engaged

Learning, engagement and networking are Linda Aspey’s passions, and she has found the perfect way to use them. The chair of BACP’s new Coaching division tells Liz Hall why she is ‘absolutely thrilled’ about her new role Linda Aspey, chair of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)’s new Coaching division, is passionate about networking. “I’m quite brave in asking favours, which I always return, and I always know someone who knows someone. I’m also passionate about learning, especially peer learning, and getting people engaged.” Months into her new role – the division was formally approved last November – […]

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The Coaching Chronicles – The Egyptians

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I will be your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… This time it’s the Egyptians. When you think of ancient Egypt, what does your mind picture? A pyramid? Tutankhamun? The Sphinx? A camel? Cleopatra? Well, all of these were created in honour of the contribution coaching made to its civilisation. The pyramids are proof of how people learn. Egyptian society was highly stratified and social status was expressly displayed. The highest […]

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Don’t worry, be happy

An ambitious Australian TV show is proving that happiness can not only be measured, it can easily – and permanently – be improved. Now it hopes to do the same to the rest of the country. Liz Hall discovers how If you type “happiness” into a Google search, almost 72 million results come up. And in the past 12 years more than 4,200 academic articles on happiness have been cited on psychology database, PsycINFO. The pursuit of happiness is clearly something that interests us all. It’s one of the reasons last November’s Australian TV show Making Australia Happy, its website […]

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TV show keeps Aussies happy

Australia is happier, thanks to a new documentary and associated website sharing tools such as mindfulness and Positive Psychology exercises. The three-part documentary, Making Australia Happy, was aired in November. By December, more than 40,000 people had completed measurement questionnaires and exercises on its associated website. At one point the site crashed after more than 200,000 hits. Within weeks the overall Happy 100 Index score of Australia had risen by more than 5 per cent. Well-being increased significantly too for the eight volunteers on the show – all from Sydney suburb Marrickville, identified as one of the unhappiest areas in […]

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Coach selection: improvements or progress but at what cost?

A recent survey of executive coach selection reveals smarter practices, but also evidence of commoditisation and excessive process. Carol Braddick reports I watched the chair of a conference on executive coaching struggle to introduce his keynote speaker to delegates from blue-chip businesses. Why? It was the labyrinth of terminology in the speaker’s bio and the hefty acronyms after his name. The chair deftly ditched the bio and endorsed the ‘excellent’ speaker. Just as conference delegates want great speakers, buyers in organisations, L&D and HR directors want excellent coaches – without having to hack their way through a jungle of jargon. […]

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Embracing and Enabling Change – Speakers

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Conference Material Sponsors Booking Speakers Aboodi Shabi Aboodi Shabi is one of the UK’s most senior coaches, and a pioneer and leader in the UK and European Coaching community. He was a founding co-President of the UK ICF, and has served the profession at all levels internationally. He has worked in the field of personal development for over twenty years, and in coaching since 1996. In that time, he has worked with thousands of coaches across the world. Aboodi has led training for coaches across Europe, and in Asia, North America and South […]

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Beyond Frontiers – Speaker/panellist bios

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Venue Sponsors Booking Speaker/panellist bios Additional details will soon be posted Linda Aspey Linda Aspey is the inaugural chair of BACP Coaching, the coaching division of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Europe’s largest body for counselling and psychotherapy. A former board member of BACP, Linda established the coaching division with BACP’s support to meet the needs of the growing number of members who coach alongside their counselling, psychotherapy, consultancy, training or academic work. Linda is a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, also accredited as a coach with APECS and AC, and a […]

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