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BT coaches young apprentices BT plans to repeat a three-month training and remote coaching programme for young apprentices, following a successful pilot. The programme focused on leadership, mental resilience, confidence and communication skills. The coaching was provided by social enterprise In Sync, according to the report in People Management. For each employee taking part, In Sync’s 25 coaches pledge to deliver similar development for a 16-19 year old from a disadvantaged background in a local school. BT has around 600 apprentices. All change at BACP Coaching Jo Birch has taken the helm at the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)’s Coaching […]

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Mentoring

TAKE THE HARD WORK OUT OF IT Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes In the seventh in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at the role of the mentoring co-ordinator and the types of support available. This issue: programme facilitation tools Make sure you employ a manager for your mentoring scheme – it can be a fiddly job! In the last issue we looked at how to evaluate mentoring programmes. If you have been reading our column regularly you will now have all the tips you need to create an effective programme. The work can still be time-consuming […]

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REVIEWS

Book Title The Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook Author Margaret Chapman Publisher Management Pocketbooks ISBN 978 19066 1042 5 Usefulness 5/5 This little pocket book, now in its second edition, has managed to pull together all the information, tips and strategies that anyone who wants to understand emotional intelligence – and use it with clients – needs to know. Margaret Chapman certainly knows her stuff. What’s more, she has managed to condense her knowledge in an easy to understand way. The book outlines five steps to EQ: self-awareness, emotion management, self-motivation, relationship management and emotion coaching. It also looks at assessing and […]

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Work-life balance? Productivity? You’re doing it all wrong, says Ian Price

By Liz Hall Achieving greater work-life balance is a common goal for clients, but we’ve got it all wrong when we talk about this, according to Ian Price, occupational psychologist and author of The Activity Illusion: Why We Live to Work in the 21st Century and How to Work to Live Instead. Speaking at the ‘Managing Conflict and Stress at Work’ conference, Price said: “I find the concept of work-life balance troubling. It suggests if people take something off from one thing, they have to put it on another, and if that’s true, it’s not surprising employers don’t invest in […]

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Welcome to the April 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the April 2012 issue of the newsletter How can we deal with complexity? This is one of the questions driving business leaders nuts, particularly when it comes to sustainability, according to some of the coaches I speak to. One says it’s causing ‘stratospheric stress’ levels in leaders. As coaches, we need to first think about how we personally deal with complexity and ambiguity, and how can we help our clients in turn. Speaking of sustainability, in this issue, we conclude the series by Neil Scotton and Alister Scott on the roles of coaches and mentors in addressing the […]

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The Health Coaching Toolkit

What is health coaching and how does it differ from wellbeing coaching? What are the best models to use and can anyone do it? Health coaching expert Professor Stephen Palmer gives us the answers in this four-part health coaching toolkit.

Part 1: Setting the scene: definitions, theory and practice
Health and wellbeing coaching is not rocket science, although it is a specialism within the field of coaching and health. Somewhat surprisingly, studies have shown that the layperson can be successfully trained to become an effective health coach to work in primary care settings, although ongoing monitoring is important.

Health and wellbeing coaching, therefore, does not have to be the exclusive domain of licensed health professionals, although the latter may be involved in the training and supervision of lay health coaches.

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Shared Voices

In the last in our three-part series of articles exploring the role of coaching and mentoring in addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century, we hear from professional coaching and mentoring bodies in a unique ‘dialogue’. Part three: The professional bodies in conversation In the last in our three-part series of articles exploring the role of coaching and mentoring in addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century, we hear from professional coaching and mentoring bodies in a unique ‘dialogue’. “We can change the world. We have a responsibility to influence, impact, reach […]

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Asset management

ASSET MANAGEMENT Why should disability be a problem when you coach the ‘whole’ person? Surely it’s just another phase in the continuum of life? CoachBarbara Asimakopoulou and client Katerina Hurd report Business coaches are ideally placed to be equal partners to disabled people, helping them gain or regain control of their professional lives. The ultimate goal is to help them see their disability as just another phase in the continuum of life. Framing it in this way can assist the disabled to be autonomous agents. A useful assumption in coaching is that the client is ‘whole’, a resourceful and creative […]

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Troubleshooter

IS IT ON THE CARDS? A coach at a global organisation has discovered that his client, who wants promotion, is heading towards a disciplinary. However, his boss hasn’t told him this. Can supervision help the coach find clarity? A large multinational engineering company employs seven executive coaches. There ought to be clarity around the desired coaching outcomes through clear contracting and open discussion, yet this is proving hit and miss. HR has approached one of the coaches to take on an individual. The coach had an initial meeting with the client, who saw coaching as a way to support his hoped-for […]

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How to… help clients prioritise

By Magdalena Bak-Maier All too often clients waste time and energy on activities that weigh them down. But how do we make the best use of our time when time is so limited? Magdalena Bak-Maier uses three lenses, diamond, gold and lead, to help clients work out where to target their focus Time is limited. We all have the same 24 hours and yet some of us are so much better at focusing action towards notable outcomes and creating results. So why do others struggle? Focus and clarity about what’s important are at the heart of personal and organisational effectiveness. […]

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