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COMPASSION, AWE AND GRATITUDE: REFLECTIONS FROM TWO U.S. CONFERENCES

Coach and doctor Linda Miller reports from the annual Institute of Coaching (IOC) conference on Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare (Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital and Institute of Coaching), 16-17 September, 2016, and the International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH), (American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association and British Medical Association) on 18-20 September, 2016 Compassion, awe and gratitude. How often do we experience these in our working lives? Psychology Professor Jennifer Stellar from Toronto, a plenary speaker at the ICPH conference in Boston on “Increasing Joy in Medicine” described her research in these three areas. Having also researched the benefits […]

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ILM: LEADERS NEED COACHING SKILLS POST-BREXIT

By Liz Hall In the wake of the EU referendum, businesses need to equip leaders with core skills, including coaching, according to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). John Yates, group director, ILM, urged businesses not to “feel disheartened by the impending upheaval, but invigorated to shake things up, challenge the status quo and ensure our organisations are fully equipped and relevant for the future. Nowhere is this more apparent than with leadership”. The ILM’s Addressing the Leadership Lag manifesto highlights a lack of leadership quality, and of leaders that employees can trust and be inspired by. It recommends […]

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TROUBLESHOOTER: WHO’S DRIVING THIS?

A multinational has lost its CEO and CHRO, denting company morale. With a new CEO in place and restructuring imminent, where should it look for a CHRO? The Issue The chief human resources officer (CHRO), who had worked very closely with the former and recently departed CEO at a large multinational, has also left the business unexpectedly. Her departure has not only left a vacuum at the top, but has come as a surprise to other employees in the business, and other stakeholders. Morale and employee engagement are low, fear and uncertainty about the future are rife. Although a new […]

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COUNTDOWN TO BREXIT: MANAGERS READY FOR CHANGE

As the countdown to Brexit begins following UK prime minister Theresa May’s announcement that Article 50 will be invoked spring 2017, research shows senior managers expect organisational changes, but aren’t worried as they feel they’re getting better at managing change. However, senior managers recognise agility and responsiveness, and having the right learning and development, and recruitment policies in place will be crucial, according to research by coaching, team and leadership development business, Full Potential Group. Although 90% of senior managers expect organisational changes ahead of Brexit, 42% are not worried and 26% not at all worried. Some 79% of HR […]

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RESEARCH MATTERS: LEADERSHIP COACHING

Overcoming a deficit perception of leader development Dr Elaine Cox and Dr Mike McLaughlin assess if coaching can address the deficit model commonly used for leadership capability in order to provide more holistic development, delivering not only skills, but also bravery Traditional leadership development takes a variety of forms and is supported by a multiplicity of theories, all aimed at enhancing leadership capability (Hanson, 2013). It appears, however, that each of these theories is promoting the idea of doing things differently in relation to leadership initiatives, such as leading change, transformation or inspiring people. At first glance, this makes sense […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Under pressure Workers in the UK believe middle managers and junior level staff are under more pressure than CEOs and senior executives, according to a study of more than 1,500 UK employees. The study, by OnePoll for consultancy Lane4, found that 48 per cent of workers feel under pressure at work while two-fifths feel they’re under severe stress. Some 91 per cent of workers feel most workplace stress falls on middle management, with some of the stress trickling down to the most junior employees. Twenty per cent of the latter believe they are under extreme pressure. Diverse ways ‘Indirect methods’, […]

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News in brief: Bothered? More than half of UK staff aren’t

Corporate scandals are eroding trust in senior leaders and will have a damaging impact on employee engagement, warns the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Only 36 per cent of workers trust their top leaders, according to the CIPD’s latest Employee Outlook report, a quarterly survey of 2,000 UK employees. Some 58 per cent have a ‘not bothered’ attitude to their job, and only one-quarter felt they were consulted by bosses about key issues. However, those who did trust their leaders were more likely to be content with their well-being, the survey showed. CIPD chief executive, Peter Cheese, said […]

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Troubleshooter: Man of the world

Jon is a senior sales director with a solid history of success leading teams. However, they have always been British, and he must now lead a multicultural team. How can he negotiate the cultural divides? Jon is an experienced senior manager, currently EMEA sales director in a global engineering company. He has recently moved divisions and now leads a multinational and remote team. Trying to create a sense of teamwork and sharing of best practice is proving quite a challenge. Jon is British and has led mainly British teams – with a significant level of success. Taking on this new […]

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