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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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DIGGING FOR GOLD

Alison Hodge has a passion for learning, both for herself and her clients. It’s at the heart of everything she does as an award-winning coach supervisor. Liz Hall reports   Adventurous, playful and provocative, award-winning coach supervisor champion Alison Hodge has found learning gold in many ways, including on a group trek in Nepal, practising Tai Chi and through bereavement and in developing Bell’s Palsy. And she’s made it her life’s work to help others learn too. A big player in the development of coach supervision in the UK, Hodge won the Contributions to Coaching Supervision award in the Coaching […]

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COACHING TEAMS OF TEAMS

How do we apply what we’ve learned about coaching teams to coaching multiple, interdependent teams, to teams of teams? David Clutterbuck reports   Just as focusing on individual performance doesn’t necessarily lead to improved collective (team) performance, high performing teams don’t necessarily work together to deliver a high performing organisation. In his book, Team of Teams, retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal offers examples of how functional silos within organisations or even within departments can undermine performance overall. Every increase in the efficiency of a narrow slice of the organisational system can reduce the effectiveness of the whole. These insights aren’t completely […]

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RESILIENCE: THE NEXT LAMPPOST

Ian Day, leadership coach and co-author of Challenging Coaching, describes the greatest challenge he’s had to face and what he learnt from it   What’s it like to be dead?” I was asked. Maybe this was real after all and not a bad dream, I thought. According to the British Heart Foundation there are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year, with an overall survival rate of fewer than one in 10. I’m one of the 10% that survived. There are times when we take things for granted. Not questioning how lucky we are, not recognising […]

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MATCHING PAIRS

How can we improve the effectiveness of the coach-client matching process? Sophie Bruas shares lessons from a programme in Africa   Designing an effective coaching programme raises many questions about how best to match clients and coaches, such as how do you achieve best fit and what role does the coach’s qualification, gender and culture play in the coaching’s success? Our research into coach-client matching drew some fascinating conclusions – including surprising results on the impact of personality fit. We organised a coaching programme for 24 CEOs and C-Suite executives in the financial services sector in the wider East and […]

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TIME FOR BED

Poor sleep can have a serious effect on memory and decision-making – hardly a recipe for success in business. Coaches need to be prepared to give some clients the ‘wake up’ call they need, says Vicki Culpin   You may be shocked to hear that 17 hours of wakefulness can bring down a person’s level of alertness to the equivalent blood alcohol reading of 0.05%, a level that would break the legal drink-driving limit in more than 90 countries. Poor quality and quantity of sleep can have a dramatic impact, both personally and in the workplace. The behaviours an individual may […]

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