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Boost for BAME

The UK may soon see the introduction of targets or quotas for black, Asian, minority or ethnic (BAME) directors. The UK government’s Business secretary, Vince Cable, plans to investigate the lack of BAME talents in British boardrooms, and may bring in targets or quotas in big companies. The plans come eight months after a study […]

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Physician mentor thyself

by Linda Miller An international conference on physician health has stressed the important role of coaching and mentoring in developing leadership potential in clinicians and enabling satisfactory work/life balance among this group. More than 300 delegates from 16 countries attended the oversubscribed International Conference on Physician Health on 15-17 September in London. The conference was […]

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US conference says fostering EI is vital for good mentoring relationships

Last month saw the University of New Mexico (UNM) Mentoring Institute’s seventh annual mentoring conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme of the conference on 21-24 October was: Developmental networks: mentoring and coaching at work, focusing on how developmental networks are used in practice in educational settings and in the workplace. In addition to Bob […]

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No cop-out for law officers

Senior police officers have told a personal resilience survey carried out by the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) that they face “bullying behaviour” from higher-ranking managers. The survey also revealed a long hours culture driven by a desire not to look weak, further damaging officers’ health.

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Big it up – or not

Over-confident people can often make others develop an exaggerated view of their skills and capabilities, according to research by Newcastle University and the University of Exeter. The study found a direct link between how individuals view their own talents and how they’re perceived by peers. Examples included over-confident individuals often getting high predicted examination grades, […]

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Watch out for client overload

Coaching all day is poor practice and damaging to both coach and client, warns David Clutterbuck. Professor Clutterbuck has spoken out in response to comments in coaching social media about how coaches – particularly those working by telephone – can earn more by cramming more clients into a day. In a blog titled, The Dangers […]

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Generation Y women could be the first to break elusive glass ceiling

Coaching could hold the key to boosting numbers of women on boards, given its ability to build confidence. Last month (October) the UK government revealed that women now account for 22.8 per cent of FTSE 100 boardroom posts. But progress remains slow and one reason, according to McKinsey’s latest Culture and Mindset report also published […]

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EMCC education hub start of something special

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) has launched a learning and sharing hub in the education sector for coaches and mentors. The interest group was launched at an EMCC conference for coaching in education, in London on 16 September. Andrea Berkeley, who leads the group, said EMCC in Education was launched in response to […]

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Coaching supports women’s team in tough round-the-world ocean race

Coaching supports women’s team in tough round-the-world ocean race The first all-female team to enter the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly Whitbread Round the World Race) in a decade, is being supported by four coaches. Team SCA (Sweden), sponsored by global hygiene business SCA, joined six other teams, including MAPFRE (Spain), setting off for Cape Town, […]

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ILM unveils ‘robust’ criteria to aid coaching buyers

ILM unveils ‘robust’ criteria to aid coaching buyers The UK’s Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) has urged coaching buyers to adopt more objective selection processes after discovering that some coaches are unable to define coaching and what good coaching looks like. At its coaching conference last month (October), the ILM unveiled two selection methods […]

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