Body Talk

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters of you are members of a professional coaching organisation. But for those of you who aren’t, confusion still reigns. Liz Hall brings clarity with an in-depth look at what’s on offer.

Professional bodies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but as coaching buyers begin to ask more questions about accreditation, standards and ethics, more coaches are signing up. And they are discovering the real benefits to be had.

A recent cartoon by our resident humorist Kipper struck a nerve with many of you, highlighting the confusion that still reigns over who does what. How do you decide what body to join? Which are relevant to you? What do they offer?

Some 74 per cent of respondents to Meyler Campbell’s survey of coaches (see news, page 12) are members of a professional coaching body, up on last year’s 65 per cent. There was no clear leader last year either, but in 2009 the Association for Coaching (AC) pulled ahead by a long shot (59 per cent), followed by the International Coach Federation (ICF; 29 per cent), as shown in Table 1.

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Take cover

Is your practice covered by insurance? Chances are, you may never have felt the need. But as the industry becomes more established, legal cases may well arise. Varya Shaw examines the types of cover already available. What would you do if your client was unhappy with your advice and refused to pay? Or if a slip of the finger led you to post sensitive information about a client on the internet, and you were sued for breach of confidentiality? Or if you faced a disciplinary hearing from your professional body? These are some of the scenarios covered by professional liability […]

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How to… set up and develop a successful coaching practice

By Gladeana McMahon and Antoinette Oglethorpe This second article in the series identifies the decisions you need to make about whether your coaching practice will be full- or part-time, as well as the all-important financial considerations Part two: Planning your coaching business 1 Your practice: full- or part-time? One of the first and most important decisions you need to make in the planning phase is whether to set up a full- or part-time coaching practice. Many individuals begin their professional coaching career by seeing a few clients in the evenings or at weekends while continuing full-time employment. Doing this will […]

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Megginson’s reflections

Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault, and other things: reflections from the EMCC conference

What is the optimum size of a coaching cultured company? This was one of the questions that emerged for David Megginson, European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) ambassador and co-founder, at the EMCC´s annual conference last month.

He reflects on six themes from the conference: the learning philosophy of coaching scheme designs in organisations; transformational creation of coaching cultures; positive psychology; Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault; the relationship between refreshment and goals, and “the quiet radical”, Nancy Kline. He shares his reflections below.

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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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By empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and make lasting, positive lifestyle changes, health coaching can have a real impact on spiralling healthcare costs and the nation’s wellbeing. We’d like to play a part in helping health coaching become more widespread, by debating how best it can be offered and by whom. Its growth will bring new opportunities for existing and wannabe practitioners, so coaches must ensure they have the right skills, and know where their boundaries of competence lie. The following article marks the launch of our campaign: Coaching for Health HANDLE WITH CARE If most […]

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Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter Coaching at Work has launched a campaign to help increase the amount of high quality health and wellbeing coaching. As part of our Coaching for Health campaign, we’re running lots of editorial including our trends report in the March issue, and on health coaching approaches in the May issue. Why we’ve launched the campaign: • The cost of healthcare is spiralling yet we seem to be getting sicker • People have to take responsibility for their own health – they will rarely make behavioural changes just because a medical professional has […]

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Let’s challenge leaders on ethics

Coaches should challenge leaders on ethical issues – this is the response of many of you to research showing Britain’s bosses are perceived to prioritise profits over principles. Less than two-fifths of CEOs place ethics at the heart of business decisions, according to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Management Today’s Index of Leadership Trust released last month (October). ILM chairman, Peter Cheese, said: “My view is that, yes, coaches can challenge leaders. A good coach is in a relationship of trust and should be able to objectively describe back to the individual where they see issues in […]

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EMCC contract to tackle buyer ‘demands’

By Liz Hall Coaches accepted onto organisations’ preferred supplier lists (PSLs) are being subjected to unreasonable demands by buyers’ procurement departments. The increase in “horror stories” has prompted the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) UK to join forces with the Institute of Consulting (IC) to draft a blueprint commercial coaching contract, which will be made available to EMCC/IC members. Demands include requiring all coaching suppliers to have regularly updated CRB checks, to give the buyer access to their accountant and to sign a temporary employee contract. Mike Taylor, who sits on the EMCC’s advisory and executive boards, is spearheading […]

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Can i help?

AC UK chair, Gladeana McMahon is renowned for her relentless creativity. She’s a media regular, listed as one of the UK’s top 10 coaches, and Coaching at Work’s Coaching Person of the Year. And yet, she tells Liz Hall, she’s really just a sweet puppy Gladeana McMahon has a reputation for making things happen without a big song and dance. She is happy to beaver away behind the scenes without seeking the limelight. However, the limelight does have a habit of finding her. McMahon has just been re-elected chair of the Association for Coaching (AC) UK for the next three […]

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