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CHANGE DRIVER

‘Courageous, experimental and passionate’ – Nicki Hickson, EY’s former director of coaching, is taking on an exciting global role, while successfully balancing career and parenthood. Liz Hall reports   After 16 years at professional services firm EY, where she was most recently director of coaching and lead for highest performing teams – UK & Ireland, Nicki Hickson has joined FTSE 100 business RELX as head of management development. Hickson was highly commended in this year’s Coaching at Work awards, in the Internal Coaching/Mentoring Champion category. Comments from judges and those nominating her highlighted how she’s business-savvy, inspirational, determined and an […]

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SECRETS TO SUCCESS

In this two-part series, Eva Kovacs and Louise Sheppard share findings from their recent research into organisation coach-client matching and what helps and hinders coaches in the meetings. Part 2: chemistry sessions   There has been little research about chemistry sessions or literature on the topic. Wycherley and Cox (2008) commented that “little is known about the role of chemistry. It is rarely defined and is a vague concept for practitioners and researchers”. Chemistry sessions are a mystery for many coaches. As one coach remarked, “I’ve been surprised with some I’ve won, and equally surprised with some I’ve lost.” The […]

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TRIAL EFFECTS

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) – a rarity in coaching – can help build a compelling argument for executive coaching. Erik de Haan, Sally Bonneywell and Sue Gammons report on what’s thought to be the largest ever RCT of a corporate coaching programme   Executive coaching has increased substantially in organisations in the past 20 years and is now firmly established as a development intervention for leaders in large organisations (Ridler, 2016). While increasingly rigorous standards and qualifications have been developed and a wide variety of research into coaching has been undertaken, as shown in recent meta-analyses (Theeboom et al, 2014; […]

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A BRAVE NEW LEAD

The future is here but what should we do with it, asks Martin Harder. A re-imagined leadership for the digital age is one which draws on a coaching style   A new era demands a new style of leadership. Today’s workplace is very different to that of 20, or even 10, years ago. Technological advances have brought companies much closer to their clients. With this, comes the need for re-skilling around how we live and work in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and the coming augmented reality. Adaptation to this disruption translates into how we think about work, leadership […]

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WE ARE NOT OK

How do you coach your clients to function ethically in the face of our disintegrating climate and ecology? Regenerative coaching is essential for a disrupted world, but how do we bring it into the room? Dr Alison Whybrow explains   Imagine the scenario, one where you’re partnering your coaching client, really aligning to their journey as they step forward to enhance the productivity of their organisation. You’re focused on the path in front, just a couple of steps in front, next quarter, perhaps two quarters, maybe with one eye on the medium term, two to five years. You’ve worked in […]

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A BRAND NEW BEAT: A PROFILE OF PETER WELCH

Peter Welch, award-winning co-founder of the Association of Coach Supervisors, has a passion for self-directed learning. It’s shaping his latest multi-agency venture – creating ethical guidelines for coaching supervisors. Liz Hall reports   One wet Tuesday in Sussex more than a decade ago, self-directed learning advocate Peter Welch was in a coach networking session listening to an Irish woman talking about coaching supervision. Suddenly the penny dropped – coaching supervision was the missing link. Looking back at that lightbulb moment, Welch says, “People talk glibly about aha moments. Well, I did have one. Boom! I suddenly saw the link! There’s […]

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CLIMATE HERO – A PROFILE OF CHARLY COX

Charly Cox has found her purpose, her ‘my why’, and focusing on climate change and coaching is the perfect vehicle to get her message across   After much deliberation and trepidation, and push-back from others, systems coach and former photojournalist Charly Cox re-launched herself as a climate change coach. It’s proved to be timely and welcome. Cox had spent two years trying to write her new website “because it felt very edgy to come out as a climate change coach when I’m not an environmental scientist”. Even the day before launching the website at the end of 2013, she considered […]

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MY SIMPLE LIFE: A PROFILE OF EDNA MURDOCH

Edna Murdoch, one of the founders of Coaching Supervision Academy, and an early mover and shaker in the field of coach supervision, tells Liz Hall why who you are is how you work   Edna Murdoch is one of the world’s most renowned coach supervisors and co-founder of the coach supervisor training organisation, Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA). Core to the CSA’s philosophy is the idea that, ‘who you are is how you coach and supervise’. So who is Murdoch? She’s eloquent, wise and very present, practising what she preaches to students about attending to what’s unfolding in the moment. It […]

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CROATIA: A LEGACY FOR YOUTH

A Croatian and UK partnership has developed a student mentoring programme in Croatia to increase internship opportunities in the workplace. Jane Rexworthy reports on a highly successful project   In September 2016, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) partnered with the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP) and UK-based skills and quality assurance experts, People 1st International, to develop an internship and mentoring programme for students in Croatia. In partnership with employers, this initiative was designed to open work internship opportunities for students. The project has yielded outstanding results, with more than 135 employers signing up to participate in the […]

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GUY’S AND ST THOMAS’ NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: CARING FOR CARERS – PART 1

Just over two years ago, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust shared in this magazine how its internal coaching and mentoring service was improving patient care, among other benefits. In this series, we look at the Trust’s latest steps towards developing a coaching and mentoring culture. Part 1: background, updates on the internal service, and the online learning programme. Hannah Datema and Bhaveet Radia report   The NHS has experienced profound financial challenges in recent years, requiring staff to provide the best patient care possible with ever-tightening funding. In 2013, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust decided to […]

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