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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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THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW

A coach training programme at international legal practice Osborne Clarke has produced both a cohort of internal coaches and a business support function that has led to improved talent retention and progression, an enhanced brand and reduced coaching costs. Guy Buckland reports   As an international legal practice, Osborne Clarke (OC) stands or falls by the quality of its people, and needs to attract, retain and progress talent from diverse backgrounds. In spring 2016, we conducted a review of our lawyer population and identified a need to improve the following key business drivers (KBDs): The rate of progression of talented […]

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BAD BEHAVIOUR

What are the new rules for engagement post #MeToo? Jonathan Passmore and Claire Collins share research on changing attitudes to relationships, and offer some pointers for a #UsAll coach world   The past year has seen a proliferation of news stories about inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment and sexual assault. These have highlighted the fact that after more than 40 years of sex equality legislation in the UK, misogynistic and sexist behaviours are still rife in the workplace. Indeed, a recent study has shown that one in three women has been sexually harassed at work in the past 12 months (The […]

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STILL BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

How do coach supervisors respond to ethical dilemmas and tricky issues? In the last of this two-part series, Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner and Marta Filipiak conclude their research   In the last issue we asked whether coaches and their supervisors could be equally culpable if they unwittingly collude with their clients against the wider interests of the client organisation and of society. In this second part of the series, we review coach supervisor responses to ethical dilemmas and tricky issues, picking up on four further themes from our research. We offer insights for coaches and their supervisors which may help […]

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MILLENNIALS AT WORK

Millennials will form half of the global workforce by 2020. Understanding how to engage them is a must, but many employers are missing a trick when it comes to doing so through coaching and mentoring, suggests research. Carola Hieker and Harshada Topale report   Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000, will form 50% of the global workforce by 2020 and therefore shape the workplace for years to come (PwC, 2012). It’s vital then, that organisations ensure they accommodate millennials’ desires and needs. A study by Richmond, the American International University in London, asked HR professionals how they’re accommodating […]

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RADICAL HONESTY: A PROFILE OF CLAIRE GENKAI BREEZE

Award-winning corporate coach and Zen Buddhist chaplain Claire Genkai Breeze wants to help leaders to challenge the status quo and lead a purposeful work life – from the inside out. She does this by living simply, out of the spotlight, she tells Liz Hall   Among ‘engines’ driving Claire Genkai Breeze, highly experienced corporate coach and coach supervisor, Zen Buddhist chaplain, and Coaching at Work award winner, are the practices of ‘nothing special’, ‘being nobody, going nowhere’ (teachings of Buddhist Ayya Khema) and “not believing my own press”. So she’s a hesitant ‘cover girl’. At the same time, she’s all […]

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