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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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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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Worldly wise

Intercultural coaching is no longer a ‘niche market’ in our highly globalised world. Philippe Rosinski explains how learning from different cultures can refine and enrich your coaching skills If you feel coaching across cultures should be reserved for those working on international assignments and travelling abroad, or that intercultural coaching is a ‘niche market’ concerning a minority of professionals (despite globalisation), think again. We often misunderstand or ignore cultural differences or we manage them inadequately, leading to frustration, damaging conflicts, missed opportunities, even financial losses. However, when we understand and use differences constructively, they offer a remarkable source of richness […]

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Mob Handed

Flash Mob Coaching could be the ideal way to bring coaching to people who wouldn’t normally benefit – and it takes only 10 minutes, says David Gray If you see a group of people performing a brief and seemingly pointless act, look again – it might just be Flash Mob Coaching (FMC), the latest phenomenon to hit the profession. The concept of flash mobs has been with us for a few years. First created in Manhattan, USA, in 2003, flash mobs are a group of people who congregate suddenly at a pre-arranged place to perform a short act, often connected […]

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ICF details plans to retain and improve on accreditation offer

After much deliberation and resistance from members to previous plans to streamline its accreditation process, the International Coach Federation (ICF) board has decided to continue to offer three levels of accreditation: ACC, PCC and MCC. The announcement was made at the ICF Global conference, the first to be held outside the US, which attracted more than 900 delegates. ICF Global president, Janet Harvey, at the conference, issued a call to action to all coaches. “I wonder if our humility stands at cross-purposes with our intention to see humanity flourishing. Now’s not a time to shrink back in humility. If we […]

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Prism award: everyone deserves great leaders

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london The return on investment for introducing coaching within a management development programme is 87.6 per cent at the United Nations Secretariat, delegates heard. The organisation won the International Coach Federation (ICF) Prism award, along with Banner Health and Roche Turkey. Staff engagement at Roche Turkey has gone up by 20 per cent, thanks to its coaching strategy. The establishment of a coaching culture at Roche began two years ago, said internal coach Mustah Zarlari, and has seen more people promoted internally. Zarlari said the number of assignments overseas has increased: “I […]

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Give shame a voice in your conversations

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london Coaching in which shame isn’t talked about, probably isn’t going deep enough, said Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. “Shame is the most primitive feeling [we can have]. Forty years of data shows that people showing no capacity for connection experience, no shame, [are] psychopaths” said Brown in her keynote address. “Shame can’t survive being spoken…For shame to survive it needs secrecy, silence and judgment. [So] we talk about holding a space for shame.” She said that the top four triggers for […]

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Uncoachable? That’s so uncool!

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london Coaching is seen as ‘cool’ by JOEY Restaurant Group’s employees – and as the average age of its staff is only 25 years old, cool is all. Redefining coaching as cool, and gaining senior buy-in, were key in getting a coaching culture off the ground, said Marjorie Busse, lead coach/trainer at Essential Impact, which worked with JOEY to take its leadership development to the next level. The 25 most senior leaders in the Canada-based organisation are accredited coaches. “It’s almost uncool to be uncoachable,” said Andrew Martin, vice president of HR. […]

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