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COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2019: THE RESULTS ARE IN

A host of coaching and mentoring practitioners received accolades for their contributions in the 2019 Coaching at Work Awards, in what was one of the toughest years for judging given the high quality of those nominated. The winners were: Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner and Marta Filipiak(Best Article/s) Charmaine Kwame (Internal Coaching/Mentoring Champion) Jeremy Gomm (External Coaching/Mentoring Champion) Peter Welch (Contributions to Coaching Supervision) Fiona Adamson (Lifetime Achievement) David Gray (Posthumous Lifetime Achievement). Gray’s son, Dan Gray, accepted the award and gave a moving speech. Gina Lodge, CEO at coach training and consultancy business, the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), announced […]

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THE CLIMATE CRISIS: THIS MAGAZINE’S PLEDGE TO YOU

Coaching at Work pledges to support readers and those they work with to respond to the climate crisis. Rest assured, we won’t preach, as we recognise that there are many ways to respond, that people have different values and perspectives, and that they operate in different contexts. As part of our commitment to offer more support around this, we included a climate crisis hub stand at the annual Coaching at Work conference in July, staffed by Linda Aspey and others. Additional current and planned initiatives include an online hub on our website with resources relating to coaching, mentoring and climate […]

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Podcast: David Kesby on extra-dependent teams

Liz Hall interviews David Kesby about extra-dependent teams David Kesby is an organisational coach, and is also chief consultant coach and faculty for the Academy of Executive Coaching. His first career was in the Parachute Regiment before completing an MA in Management and Organisational Learning at Lancaster University and transitioning into a career focused on development. The last 12 years of his two decades working as a coach and OD consultant have been spent exploring, researching, and road testing extra-dependent teams.  His research will be shared in his  book, Extra-Dependent Teams: Realising the Power of Similarity (Routledge, July 2018). Dave Kesby

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NEW MINDFULNESS SUMMIT AND JOURNAL LAUNCHED

Coaches, leaders and academics gathered in the Spanish mountains near Madrid on 25-26 May for the 1st International Summit for Mindfulness & Compassion at Work Speakers included Dr Megan Reitz from Ashridge who spoke on mindful leadership, Aberystwyth University’s Rachel Lilley who spoke about mindfulness and social change, and Wisdom at Work’s Dr Joel Levey and Michelle Levey who highlighted the roots of mindfulness and shared stories from their 40 years’ experience introducing mindfulness into organisations including NASA and the US Army. Dr Reitz shared her research with Michael Chaskalson into the impact of mindfulness on leadership, which revealed mindfulness […]

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Re-framing the mind

Re-framing the mind Liz Hall Our attributional style- how we interpret events that happen to us – impacts our lives and motivation levels but the good news is that it can be changed boosting resilience and wellbeing. This was one of the messages at this year’s European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s (EMCC) UK conferences held on 8 October in Manchester and 15 October in London. In his plenary on ‘agency and approach motivation: developing resilience through attitudinal change’, Dr. John Parkinson, head of psychology at Bangor University, shared insights from Positive Psychology. He spoke about how coaches can help clients […]

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Millennials have great expectations

‘Millennials’ (those aged between 18 and 31) are the most ambitious generation- they seek more than money from their jobs, placing more importance on career development, mentoring, and workplace benefits, suggests a study of more than 5,000 workers.

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Book review. Mindful Coaching: How Mindfulness Can Transform Coaching Practice

Title Mindful Coaching: How Mindfulness Can Transform Coaching Practice Author Liz Hall Publisher Kogan Page ISBN 978 0749 46566 7 Usefulness ***** I cursed when I read this book. Why had I let Liz Hall write it first? Mindfulness is about being present to the moment. It has its roots in Eastern, particularly Buddhist, traditions and has been brought into parts of mainstream Western psychology. Hall’s book also explores the convergence between mindfulness and master coaching. She frequently references interesting research: for example, that psychotherapists who bring mindfulness into their practice will achieve better outcomes with their clients, and we […]

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Book review: Developing Mental Toughness

Title: Developing Mental Toughness Authors: Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk Publisher: Kogan Page ISBN 978 0749 46377 9 Usefulness **** The label ‘mental toughness’ may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but few can argue that these are challenging times in which topics such as resilience are particularly hot. Does resilience, or mental toughness, which the authors see as wider than resilience, really exist? Clough and Strycharczyk believe so. They also believe it’s useful, can be developed and can be measured. To back these assertions, they share plenty of research and case studies, including their own. They have developed the […]

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Bring back joy

Unprofessional, fluffy? The idea of mixing mindfulness with ‘hard’ business has faced a difficult press. But the tide is turning, including within coaching. Mindful coach, Liz Hall, shares the results of her Mindfulness in Coaching 2012 survey and other research. Meditation used to be seen by many as the preserve of hippies and ochre-robed monks, not fit for the tough, hard-nosed corporate world. Coaches with meditation practices, myself included, would steer clear of mixing mindfulness with business, for fear of being branded unprofessional or fluffy. But this is changing. Mindfulness is being embraced in a number of secular settings, such […]

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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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