Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter We have a fabulous line-up planned for our conference in central London on 11 July. The theme is Embracing and Enabling Change: resilience, creativity and wellbeing in these challenging times. Sessions include a keynote on neuroscience, case studies from Unilever and the Samaritans, and workshops on health/wellbeing coaching, fee negotiations, somatics and mindfulness. Our last conference was a sell-out and I know lots of you were disappointed. Don’t miss the boat this time – for more information and to book now click here .  

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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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What you’re saying online

At the last count, there were 2,130 members of the Coaching at Work LinkedIn group, from all over the world. Here’s a selection of what you’re saying: Typical fees in coaching Adopting a values-based approach to fees was recommended by Chris Grieve (and Amechi Udo, see Profile), contributing to this discussion thread, posted by Sarah Dale. Rates quoted ranged from £50 to £750 an hour. Keren Smedley says: “I charge very little to those that don’t have much, and more to those that do.” Magda Bunea from Romania says: “A famous writer said about my country, ‘At the Gates of […]

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Gladeana McMahon and David Clutterbuck are this year’s Coaching at Work People of the Year

This year’s Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year is Gladeana McMahon, re-elected chair of the Association for Coaching (AC) UK, while David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council has been crowned as Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year- a new award.

Nomination comments for McMahon include “her unstinting generosity to other coaches; work for AC, and developing Cognitive Behavioural Coaching”, and “not just for what she does that is overt – for example the first ever AC UK leadership conference, and a number of superb events, but for what she quietly does to support coaches and coaching…..she is always offering materials, ideas, and support to many, many coaches, without expecting any recognition or acknowledgement.”

McMahon said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. There are so many people who have contributed so much to the coaching world that to feel my peers believed I deserved this award makes it all the more precious. My clients, colleagues, trainers, partner and most importantly the support of my efficient executive assistant of 11 years, Tracie Davis, have all shaped who I am, and deserve to share in this award.”

Respondent’s comments about Professor Clutterbuck, practice leader at Clutterbuck Associates include: “he is the leading light on researching, creating and managing mentoring programmes in organisations”, and “he has maintained focus.”
Professor Clutterbuck said: “It’s been a great privilege to be there at the birth of a new discipline and to be a kind of parent as it grows up. Supported mentoring has become so much more than just another way of learning. It is at the same time a social movement, and a practical way for organisations and their people to have genuine dialogue about how they achieve their ambitions. I’m looking forward to structured mentoring’s fourth decade and to watching it continue to evolve.”

Other nominations for the Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year award this year included Mike Hurley, past president of EMCC UK; Louise Buckle of KPMG for “galvanising coaching sponsors into action”; Anne Scoular of Meyler Campbell “for her relentless optimism and chutzpah”; Anthony Grant (Sydney University’s Coaching Psychology Unit) “for forcing us to face up to the shortcomings of evaluation and the tendency to over-claim on impact”, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey for “their continued work on Immunity to Change”, Brian Fitzgerald, learning and development director at Atkins “for his work in establishing a business-led coaching culture at the most senior levels in a hard-headed business.”

Lis Merrick, senior lecturer at Sheffield Business School was among those nominated for the Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year- “because she is a passionate advocate, enthusiastic and has impacted on many organisations with mentoring initiatives – not least in the North West and across Europe”, along with Paul Stokes, principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.


The Coaching at Work awards and Annual Survey: Every year, Coaching at Work carries out a survey of its readers asking them what they think the main achievements of the year have been, what the priorities are for the coming year, and who they would like to nominate for the Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year. This year (2010), we also asked for nominations for the new Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year. Nominations are counted up and then closely examined by the Coaching at Work team which then makes a decision based on number of nominations, comments made by those making the nominations and team members’ own sense of what those shortlisted have contributed to the field. This year (2010), both winners each had the highest number of nominations in each category, plus the Coaching at Work team considered the comments made to be well-deserved.

The Coaching at Work Annual Readers’ Survey was carried out among readers and members of the Coaching at Work LinkedIn group. The results will be shared online and in the January/February issue, plus a separate press release will be released.

Coaching at Work is a bi-monthly magazine published by Coaching at Work Limited. It was established in 2005 and goes to independent and internal coaches, coaching buyers, coaching academics, coaching psychologists and others interested in the coaching and mentoring profession in the UK and overseas. It also publishes a monthly e-newsletter and a global coach list plus many other online resources.

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View from the balcony – Mentoring was meant to be

This series of columns by an anonymous coaching buyer takes a thought-provoking helicopter view of what’s going on in the industry. This issue: mentor vs coach The use of the term ‘coach’ in a business sense is a 20th century phenomenon; ‘mentor’, however, dates back to the Ancient Greeks. Yet in business, coaching has been in the ascendency for many years. There is the Association for Coaching, International Coach Federation, even this magazine but, International Mentoring Association aside, there is no equivalent in the field of mentoring; even the conferences of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council are dominated by […]

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Viewpoint – my humble opinion

Tim Casserley Come the next financial crisis coaches must help leaders – as well as themselves – redefine the scope of their influence While the recklessness of the financial services industry was pivotal in bringing about the world financial crisis, it may well have been the culmination of a far wider malaise. It is one that permeates current notions of how organisations operate, what leaders do and how they are developed. By and large most leaders – and most coaches – see leadership as being in control of an organisation in singular pursuit of maximum profit. This paradigm is based […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter — August 2010

Welcome to the August issue of the newsletter A group of us watched Gillo Pontecorvo’s brilliant black and white movie The Battle of Algiers (1966, re-released in 2007) recently. The film uses a gritty newsreel effect to recreate France’s suppression of the 1950s Algerian uprising. The film is as gripping now as when it was first released, although it is noticeable that Islam is not mentioned once and there is a sense of the world being simpler then somehow. These days, we have much more exposure to so many different cultural layers and influences and are required to be more […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter — July 2010

Welcome to the July issue of the newsletter We’re moving closer and closer to getting clarity around accreditation— I know how confusing many of you find it, particularly when you’re trying to decide which route to accreditation to opt for, or if you’re a buyer trying to decide what matters most. Who knows what the future holds for the UK’s professional coaching bodies? I remember all the hoohah in the lead–up to the UK’s Institute of People Management and the Institute of Training and Development getting into bed together and now the CIPD just trots off the tongue without a […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter — June 2010

Welcome to the June issue of the newsletter Is it acceptable to practice therapy when we’re coaching? This emerged as a hot topic in our Poor Practice 2010 Survey. Certainly some of you see it as clear cut— no therapy when you’re wearing your coach hat and that’s that. But many of you think it’s all a matter of what you’ve contracted for and that as long as there’s clarity and agreement, fine. Others highlight how much of what we do in coaching comes from therapy anyway — such as solution–focused coaching, cognitive behavioural coaching and so on. How about […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter — May 2010

Welcome to the May issue of the newsletter Should we as coaches be leveraging our coaching assignments to save the world? Should we be holding our clients accountable for their actions in terms of how they impact their team, their organisation, the planet, the universe? Some would argue that there is no greater calling than that (see Sir John Whitmore’s blog at ) while others are adamant that we have no place or right whatsoever other than to serve the agenda of the client paying the bill. I sat in on a fascinating and lively debate a few weeks […]

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