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News: Professor Passmore wins the 2012 SGCP Research Award

Jonathan Passmore has won an accolade for his ground-breaking research into the psychology of coaching within driver learning. Professor Passmore won the 2012 British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) Research Award for a distinguished research project. The award was given for his research into the psychology of coaching as a learning methodology […]

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Coaches score surprise low on adjectival use – the language of emotions

Coaches surprised a language expert with their low use of adjectives – apparently adjectives are almost entirely about establishing an emotional connection. Delegates at the Academy of Executive Coaching’s annual conference on 9 November were asked to define leadership in a pre-conference exercise. Only one out of around 50 participating coaches used mainly adjectives. Two- […]

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Team coaching: systemic approach is ‘vital’

Academy of executive coaching annual conference, 9 November 2012, London

Team coaching: systemic approach is ‘vital’
Knowing when to start team coaching can be tricky, say two team coaching experts.
“Do you wait until the team is stable or start where they are? It’s very fluid and there are no clear answers,” said Louise Buckle, lead coach at KPMG, who co-presented with executive coach Hilary Lines at the Academy of Executive Coaching’s annual conference on 9 November.
Buckle said taking a systemic approach is vital when doing team coaching as most people belong to more than one team.

“The systemic approach is so important because rarely do you find anyone who is part of just one team. [People] get pulled in lots of directions and arrive at the table with baggage from the last team. There is an individualistic targeted culture at KPMG – are you part of us or not?”, said Buckle, who was recently working with two teams and had one person in both.

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Mental toughness enhances workplace performance

By Christian van Nieuwerburgh Higher levels of mental toughness have been shown to correlate with enhanced levels of well-being, according to AQR managing director, Doug Strycharczyk. Some 140 coaches gathered at Aston Business School in Birmingham for a conference on ‘Coaching for Resilience: Strengthening Your Organisation from Within.’ In his opening address, Strycharczyk said that […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Survey: let’s find common ground

As we ring in the New Year, our Coaching at Work 2012 survey shines the spotlight on the latest developments in our profession, and your predictions Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the recent announcement of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (news, page 7, and pages 11-13), our attention has been drawn inwards. Collaboration […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Under pressure Workers in the UK believe middle managers and junior level staff are under more pressure than CEOs and senior executives, according to a study of more than 1,500 UK employees. The study, by OnePoll for consultancy Lane4, found that 48 per cent of workers feel under pressure at work while two-fifths feel they’re […]

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News: C@W conference roundup. Coaching’s here to ask questions

Coaching’s here to ask questions – Aboodi Shabi Coaches need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask – that’s when we best serve our clients, said Aboodi Shabi in his keynote address on whether coaching still matters, writes Kate McGuire. “Coaches have to navigate between working in and challenging the status […]

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News: Morgan and Merrick: our Coaching at Work winners

Kim Morgan and Lis Merrick picked up their Coaching at Work glass trophies at an awards ceremony at the Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference on 11 July. Morgan, who is our Coaching Person of the Year, said she was honoured and delighted, and Merrick, our Mentoring Person of the Year, said that she planned […]

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