Learning providers must stop ‘patronising’ SMEs

We have been “barking up the wrong tree for years” with our business education models, according to Bob Garvey. At his inaugural lecture on 31 October for his chair in Business Education at York St John Business School, Professor Garvey was set to challenge current frameworks for learning delivered by most providers in the market. His lecture, ‘Learning Business’, shared an alternative model of business education based on conversational learning. He said, “There can be little doubt that those that learn the fastest in business are often the most successful. But SME business leaders are often patronised by public and […]

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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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Coaching at Work road-tests Clean Language Do you see what I see? 1 The tool What is it? Clean Language was developed by psychologist David Grove to resolve traumatic memories. Many coaches find the techniques useful to help their clients resolve deep-seated emotional impulses, such as stress, fear, anger and frustration. The approach is particularly relevant in today’s business world of change and uncertainty, according to Carol Wilson, who worked with Grove from 2004 until his death in 2008 to create techniques that would be safe for coaches to use with no training in therapy. She now delivers training in these […]

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The First Degree

Students have started graduating from what is thought to be the world’s first taught doctorate programme specific to coaching and mentoring. Liz Hall looks at Oxford Brookes’ new offer In 2004, Grant and Zackon1 identified that most coaches are graduates and that many possess a higher degree. They recommended that universities should develop doctorate programmes in coaching. Oxford Brookes University Business School started its Doctor of Coaching & Mentoring (DCM) programme in 2007 to meet this growing need. Programme leader, Elaine Cox, says: “More and more employers are looking for evidence in coaches of a combination of in-depth understanding of […]

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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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Creative Studies Clare Elstow Academic research demands serious study, but you can still take a creative approach to reflective learning If you’re a coach with extensive business experience, and an interest – but not necessarily any formal training – in psychology/social science, it can seem daunting to undertake your own academic research. It’s certainly a challenge and a major learning curve, but having been through the process via a postgraduate certificate (PGC) with i-coach academy and Middlesex University (Institute for Work-Based Learning), I have lived to tell the tale – and achieved valuable skills and a postgraduate qualification in the […]

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