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Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter As we come to the end of 2012, the creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) is emerging as Coaching at Work readers´ top choice for achievement of the year, according to our annual survey. We´re still gathering responses to the survey, which includes questions on your predictions for next year. Please take part here. Coaches have broadly welcomed the move to form the alliance by three of leading professional bodies, although there are some concerns in some quarters. We explore this latest development in a news analysis in […]

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PwC’s Genesis programme fast-tracks its leaders

European mentoring & coaching council annual conference, 15-17 november 2012, bilbao, spain Reflection, showing vulnerability, “real play”, top-level sponsorship and a blended learning approach, including multiple coaching offers, are key to the success of PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC)’s award-winning leadership development programme, Genesis Park. The organisation’s elitist fast-track ‘mobile’ programme has seen nearly 800 alumni graduate globally since it launched in 2001. Coaching, delivered in a number of ways, is at the heart of it. Alumni from more than 40 countries and of 22 nationalities have gone through the intensive 10-week part-residential programme. It aims to speed up the development of the […]

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Feedback: wake-up call for ‘old-school’ leaders

Senior leaders at ERGO Insurance Group were operating in the past as if in a “flotation tank”, where a lack of stimulation in the form of feedback induced them to “hallucinate about who they are”, delegates heard. To help raise levels of self-awareness in ERGO’s leaders, feedback has now been placed firmly at the centre of its Manager Performance programme, along with mentoring and peer and executive coaching. The programme is a huge departure from tradition for the business, which historically has only offered training, and which one of the programme participants, Thomas Bongartz, described as “a bit old-school in […]

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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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Mindful insights

Coaching supervisor Graham Lee has been using mindfulness in his work – with positive feedback. By enhancing emotional tolerance, even experienced coaches say they now feel more available to their clients, holding open the door for deeper insights to emerge Providing coaching supervision for individuals and groups has been an important component of my work for many years, but it is only in the past two to three that I have brought my personal commitment to mindfulness explicitly into my work as a supervisor. Judging from the feedback from coaches, the approach has been very useful. Even experienced coaches describe […]

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Play your part

In a previous issue of Coaching at Work, Tatiana Bachkirova argued that supervision should be our professional conscience in practice and be non-mandatory. Experienced coach supervisor Nicola Haskins disagrees Not enough coaches are coming into supervision – and it’s something the industry is, rightly, concerned about. The recent explosive growth in supervisor training programmes and publications on coaching supervision, will certainly increase the pool of supervisors and heighten general awareness of it. But I don’t believe this will be enough to get coaches into supervision. What is needed is a three-pronged strategy to: demonstrate the benefits of coaching supervision mandate […]

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TOOLBOX

Coaching at Work road-tests Points of You Fresh out of the box 1 The tool What is it? The Coaching Game, developed by Points of You, is a creative tool that can be used within coaching sessions to help clients see things from different perspectives. Launched in 2007 and sold worldwide, designers Efrat Shani and Yaron Golan describe it as a “workshop in a box”, one which helps clients think outside the box. It contains 65 high quality photographs, each depicting different topics. The set of cards is accompanied by a book, offering a selection of perspectives, insights, thoughts, questions […]

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