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Megginson’s reflections

Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault, and other things: reflections from the EMCC conference

What is the optimum size of a coaching cultured company? This was one of the questions that emerged for David Megginson, European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) ambassador and co-founder, at the EMCC´s annual conference last month.

He reflects on six themes from the conference: the learning philosophy of coaching scheme designs in organisations; transformational creation of coaching cultures; positive psychology; Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault; the relationship between refreshment and goals, and “the quiet radical”, Nancy Kline. He shares his reflections below.

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Our annual survey

Our annual survey reveals your predictions for 2013
Coaching income will stay the same this coming year, predict respondents to Coaching at Work’s annual survey.

Some 61.5 per cent of respondents believe coaching income will remain the same for 2013, while 23 per cent think it will reduce.

A majority (61.5 per cent) believed there is a shift in what coaching is, with varying views on what this looks like. Some 75 per cent agree that coaching will become more integrated with initiatives such as talent management in 2013.

Collaboration and reaching agreement between the professional bodies was identified as the top priority for coaching in the coming year. Supervision emerged as the second most important topic for the year.

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Mental toughness enhances workplace performance

By Christian van Nieuwerburgh Higher levels of mental toughness have been shown to correlate with enhanced levels of well-being, according to AQR managing director, Doug Strycharczyk. Some 140 coaches gathered at Aston Business School in Birmingham for a conference on ‘Coaching for Resilience: Strengthening Your Organisation from Within.’ In his opening address, Strycharczyk said that mental toughness can explain up to 25 per cent of variation in performance between individuals. The event was organised by the West Midlands Coaching Pool and AQR. Emeritus professor at Sheffield Hallam University, David Megginson warned of the “joyless depletion” which can be the result […]

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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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TroubleShooter: give me a break!

A successful sales manager has been given a major management role. Unexpectedly, he finds himself overwhelmed by demands and unable to make an impact in his role. Can coaching give him space? Adam has recently been promoted to head up the drinks products division of a packaging giant. His background in sales means he knows how to drive results and engage people. He has worked hard to get to the top and this is his first major general management position. Everything seems set up for a smooth transition into the new role. However, as soon as he walks into his […]

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Into Bulgaria

Post-Communist Bulgaria may not be the first country you’d associate with world-class leadership, yet International Coach Federation Bulgaria co-founders Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova are spearheading some remarkable changes

To say that Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova have got coaching off the ground in Bulgaria is an understatement. They won the International Coach Federation (ICF) President’s Award for their leadership and contribution to coaching and the ICF in Bulgaria in September 2011, and their chapter won the ICF’s Breaking Barriers Award in 2012, along with Australia’s Victoria chapter for a joint project.

They’re launching one trailblazing executive coaching initiative after another, they’ve been interviewed widely in Bulgaria, and former prominent journalist Irina has had more than 20 ground-breaking articles published, establishing a new language for leaders and organisations.

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In NHS we trust

Lisa Gresty can be forgiven for grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat. As head of OD and learning at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she has helped the Trust’s multi-pronged coaching strategy go from strength to strength in both patient care and quality of experience. One NHS Trust’s initiative to build a coaching culture across its organisation was hailed as ground-breaking when it launched. Ambitious and far-reaching, it foresaw the importance of developing a more empowering, less ‘heroic’ leader, says Lisa Gresty, head of OD and learning. Given the future changes for the NHS, it was “ahead of its […]

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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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The health coaching toolkit, part 5

Part 5: health coaching expert Professor Stephen Palmer, and Professor Cary Cooper and Kate Thomas, examine multimodal health coaching

Multimodal health coaching can be used for a wide range of health-related issues, such as undertaking and maintaining exercise programmes, weight management, stop smoking, managing stress, enhancing resilience and alcohol reduction.
It is also a useful approach to assist clients who relapse, which often occurs when they become stressed. For example, many of us will use comfort eating or drinking to help us cope with work overload, and this can increase our calorific intake, yet we are too busy to counter this by taking more exercise.
This is not very useful if you want to maintain your existing body weight, especially as our choice of comfort food, when stressed, can be of a high calorific value.
Others, when stressed, will either start smoking again or smoke more if they have not already stopped. Not surprisingly, this can have a negative impact on their health coaching programme. In these cases, it may be preferable to have a more comprehensive understanding of the different issues that may be having an impact on the client. The multimodal approach, originally developed by Arnold Lazarus, literally takes us back to basics, where the coach assesses the different factors involved.

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Research matters

How can clients contribute more? Coaches must let conversations find their path and help clients develop the skills to reflect on them, says David Clutterbuck, visiting professor, Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit, Sheffield Business School Inexperienced coaches often tend to feel they have to keep the conversation going, which puts them in the driving seat. More experienced coaches allow the conversation to find its own path, helping the client make choices about which direction to follow when there are forks in the road. Allowing the conversation to happen in this way enables the coach to notice so much more – […]

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