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HELP FOR TALKING HELPERS

Are boundary definitions preventing coach therapists from offering their clients the best possible interventions? Kate McGuire reports   Why do we do what we do as coaches and therapists? What is the best way of doing our work to achieve our purpose? What enables us and what gets in the way? At the AICTP conference (Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals) on 9 February 2019, speaker Kate Manley described how, as a therapist, she had sometimes felt constrained from making certain interventions with clients because they fell outside the boundaries of a therapeutic relationship. After training as a coach, she felt […]

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News: Why do your clients trust you?

HENLEY ANNUAL COACHING CONFERENCE, HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL, 22 JUNE, 2012 Why do your clients trust you? By Kate McGuire The importance of trust in coaching relationships was a hot topic at the Henley Coaching conference on 22 June. Malcolm Higgs, professor of organisation behaviour at Southampton University’s School of Management, and an external examiner for Henley, described two areas: an individual’s assessment of another’s trustworthiness, and their propensity to trust. Higgs argued that propensity to trust consists of three elements: the belief that others are likely to act in a trustworthy way; the extent to which others can be relied […]

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News: C@W conference roundup. Coaching’s here to ask questions

Coaching’s here to ask questions – Aboodi Shabi Coaches need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask – that’s when we best serve our clients, said Aboodi Shabi in his keynote address on whether coaching still matters, writes Kate McGuire. “Coaches have to navigate between working in and challenging the status quo. The coach represents in some way a shaman who helps people to question and go beyond what we take for granted,” said Shabi, head of coaching and training at Newfield Network Europe. “Coaching’s here to begin to ask questions. I don’t think we have […]

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Book Review: The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice

Title: The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice Editors: Leni Wildflower and Diane Brennan Publisher: Jossey Bass ISBN 978 04706 2444 9 Usefulness ***** This book’s central concern is what we do when we coach, and the foundation of our practices. A variety of contributors present theories on individual psychology, how we construct reality in relationships and through language, and the dynamics of groups and organisations. It touches on issues of spirituality and mindfulness, and provides a range of contextual perspectives, such as gender, cultural background and environmental sustainability. It looks at how disciplines such as somatics, narrative […]

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EMCC launches coaching legal agreement

By Kate McGuire Coaches and clients will be able to cut down on commercial risk through a purpose-built, ground-breaking coaching legal agreement, launched by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) on 22 September in London. At the launch, EMCC advisory board member Mike Taylor, who led the design of the Agreement, said it will help coaches and their clients reduce commercial risk. It represents several thousand pounds in free legal advice for EMCC members. Endorsed by the EMCC and the Institute of Consulting, and produced with the help of City law firm Osborne Clarke, the Agreement minimises ambiguity and […]

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