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Avatar coaches to meet clients in virtual reality

The world of virtual reality (VR) complete with 3D avatars, landscapes and props, is set to meet the world of coaching in a trailblazing project due to launch next spring. The VR platform is the brainchild of organisational change consultant and coach David Tinker, who also has a background in sociodrama. It is expected to have applications in arenas including coaching, social work, the voluntary sector and management/team development. Its ability to work in a visual format will be key. “We’re very visual, yet so much of coaching is auditory… Here we’re working with metaphor, our imagination and our language […]

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Coaching and mentoring on the up in Asia

By Liz Hall Coaching and mentoring are gaining prominence as ways to raise skills in Asia, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. Coaching and mentoring are the most-cited methods of raising skills (57% of respondents). Raising skills is a priority for 88% of 1,088 respondent organisations from across Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Meanwhile, coaching by line managers is considered to be the most effective learning and development approach (32%), followed by in-house development programmes (29%). The need for business and […]

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News in brief: Stress busters

Work-related stress is the most common reason that employers seek occupational health advice, according to statistics compiled by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). An analysis by Legal & General of reasons for calling the government’s pilot Occupational Health Advice Lines found that stress, followed by back pain and depression, was the most common condition prompting enquiry. The findings complement recent DWP research which found that only 17 per cent of employers have any form of stress management, despite it being a leading cause of workplace absence. Coaching at Work, Volume 7, Issue 5

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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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The big picture

In the second in a series on systemic coaching, John Blakey explains why we need to go beyond traditional coaching to engage with the larger systemic issues of our time – so we can become interconnected When Ian Day and I published our first book, Where Were All the Coaches When the Banks Went Down? two years ago, it provoked some debate in coaching circles. Its title alone appeared to polarise the coaching community into two camps – one which saw it as an arrogant claim that coaches could have prevented the crisis by thinking we were more important than […]

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Market investment

Marketing in the UK may produce many talented individuals, but worryingly few are destined for senior levels. Enter The Marketing Academy, a charity set up by Sherilyn Shackell to turn ‘the marketing talent of today, into the leaders of tomorrow’. And she persuaded a team of coaches to help her do it Back in 2009, Sherilyn Shackell, a well-known figure in the world of talent management and executive search, had a vision to set up an academy to address what many saw as a worrying void of senior leadership capability coming through from marketing in the UK. By any number […]

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Journey’s end

In the last of a two-part series on team coaching, Jill Fairbairns shares her tips for rolling out team coaching, by applying Peter Hawkins’ Five Disciplines model to a high performing team undergoing transformation A team coaching programme is rather like going on a journey. You start off clear about where you’re going and who’s coming along. Then people leave, storms blow up, you get lost or circumstances change and you want to go somewhere else instead. So you have to begin with an end in mind that will survive the change. The destination can be defined using a generic […]

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Down to Rio

Business coaching is growing rapidly in Brazil, but variable quality remains an issue, reports Stephen Eisenhammer from Rio de Janeiro Business coaching in Brazil has been growing significantly in the past few years, with a major escalation in the number of coaches, coaching companies and training providers. It has spread rapidly from its beginnings in the Brazilian subsidiaries of big international firms, to large national companies such as industrial conglomerate Votorantim, and even now to many mid-size businesses and the public sector. According to Joseph O’Connor, co-founder of Lambent do Brasil – the first coaching company in the country – […]

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Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter “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.” This was one of the messages from Aboodi Shabi in his keynote at our Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference on 11 July (conference report in the September issue). “We need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask, that’s when we really serve our clients….. if we don’t ask these questions, we are doomed […]

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Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the newsletter Prompted by neuroscientist Geoff Bird’s suggestion at our last conference that coaches and clients might start sniffing bonding hormone oxytocin before sessions, we asked you what you thought. Some 94% of you voted against, in our online poll. We have another keynote on neuroscience in our second conference next month (July)- Chris Samsa will be talking about neuroscience and positive psychology. The conference is now sold out, weeks before the event, just like our last one. The conference sponsors this year are: Gold: Insala; Silver: Centre for Coaching; The CoachOnline, EMCC, […]

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