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Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter And so another year begins, with snow in the UK, a helicopter crashing in London and not much in the way of economic recovery in much of the world. The UK economy contracted by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). And here in Spain, where I’m currently based, the second EU bailout of 1.865 million euros is set to arrive by the end of the month. Some six million are out of work, many of my friends received […]

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Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter As we come to the end of 2012, the creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) is emerging as Coaching at Work readers´ top choice for achievement of the year, according to our annual survey. We´re still gathering responses to the survey, which includes questions on your predictions for next year. Please take part here. Coaches have broadly welcomed the move to form the alliance by three of leading professional bodies, although there are some concerns in some quarters. We explore this latest development in a news analysis in […]

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EMCC, AC and ICF form historic Global Alliance

By Liz Hall Coaches have broadly welcomed the Global Alliance formed by three of the industry’s leading professional bodies. The news of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching (AC), broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao, Spain, on 17 November (see photo), where it was made clear that it is an alliance, not a merger. The Alliance declared: “As a collective of global professional coaching and mentoring bodies, we seek to build alliances, a co-operative spirit, purposes and […]

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PwC’s Genesis programme fast-tracks its leaders

European mentoring & coaching council annual conference, 15-17 november 2012, bilbao, spain Reflection, showing vulnerability, “real play”, top-level sponsorship and a blended learning approach, including multiple coaching offers, are key to the success of PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC)’s award-winning leadership development programme, Genesis Park. The organisation’s elitist fast-track ‘mobile’ programme has seen nearly 800 alumni graduate globally since it launched in 2001. Coaching, delivered in a number of ways, is at the heart of it. Alumni from more than 40 countries and of 22 nationalities have gone through the intensive 10-week part-residential programme. It aims to speed up the development of the […]

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Feedback: wake-up call for ‘old-school’ leaders

Senior leaders at ERGO Insurance Group were operating in the past as if in a “flotation tank”, where a lack of stimulation in the form of feedback induced them to “hallucinate about who they are”, delegates heard. To help raise levels of self-awareness in ERGO’s leaders, feedback has now been placed firmly at the centre of its Manager Performance programme, along with mentoring and peer and executive coaching. The programme is a huge departure from tradition for the business, which historically has only offered training, and which one of the programme participants, Thomas Bongartz, described as “a bit old-school in […]

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Alliance: a unified voice for coaching?

News of the alliance of the International Coach Federation, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching, broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao in November. But is it a key milestone or the thin end of the wedge? Liz Hall finds out what you think… The creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance, between three of coaching’s leading professional bodies, is exciting news, although it remains to be seen exactly what impact it will have. On the whole, coaches have heralded the development as a good thing, hoping it will finally bring desperately […]

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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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Burditt Lectures: ‘inspired, moved, educated’

The second year of the Burditt Lectures saw entrants raise the bar even higher. Liz Hall reviews the top two winning entries at the awards ceremony in London This year’s Burditt Lectures Alumni Awards saw winner Brigid Russell’s essay turned into a book, while runner-up David Ramsey’s, which featured a speaking wardrobe, was enacted by professional actors for the benefit of delegates. It was the second year of the awards, held at the end of the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC)’s annual conference on 9 November 2012, and the quality of contributions was even higher, according to Peter Burditt, who […]

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Into Bulgaria

Post-Communist Bulgaria may not be the first country you’d associate with world-class leadership, yet International Coach Federation Bulgaria co-founders Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova are spearheading some remarkable changes

To say that Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova have got coaching off the ground in Bulgaria is an understatement. They won the International Coach Federation (ICF) President’s Award for their leadership and contribution to coaching and the ICF in Bulgaria in September 2011, and their chapter won the ICF’s Breaking Barriers Award in 2012, along with Australia’s Victoria chapter for a joint project.

They’re launching one trailblazing executive coaching initiative after another, they’ve been interviewed widely in Bulgaria, and former prominent journalist Irina has had more than 20 ground-breaking articles published, establishing a new language for leaders and organisations.

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In NHS we trust

Lisa Gresty can be forgiven for grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat. As head of OD and learning at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she has helped the Trust’s multi-pronged coaching strategy go from strength to strength in both patient care and quality of experience. One NHS Trust’s initiative to build a coaching culture across its organisation was hailed as ground-breaking when it launched. Ambitious and far-reaching, it foresaw the importance of developing a more empowering, less ‘heroic’ leader, says Lisa Gresty, head of OD and learning. Given the future changes for the NHS, it was “ahead of its […]

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