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News: Government portal helps SMEs find mentors

A UK government initiative has reached its target – by adding 15,000 more small business mentors to its books. Mentorsme.co.uk, a national mentoring portal owned and operated by the British Bankers’ Association, already had 12,000 mentors from the small business community. Over the past 16 months, it has trained a further 15,000 volunteers, to help […]

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News: Mindjet report: demoralised employees lack the willpower to succeed

Employers are struggling to motivate employees because of a lack of resources, recognition and direction from senior colleagues, suggests research. Inefficient communication is also a factor in holding people back, suggests the report from software company Mindjet. More than half of British office workers care about their employer succeeding in 2013, but only 49 per […]

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News: Ernst & Young builds relations

Mentoring in the community makes employees better at serving clients, and at managing people, according to an Ernst & Young community engagement champion in the US. Mentoring is a core leadership competency at Ernst & Young, said Rene Salas, Ernst & Young’s East Central assurance partner and community engagement champion. He said, “Mentoring in the […]

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News: ‘Sloppy work’ is biggest timewaster

Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t help them develop good team working skills, suggests a survey of 2,000 people by training consultancy Cedar. Employees understand their own work contributes to team targets, but one-fifth have never attended a meeting in which team performance was discussed. Four in ten have a manager “who does […]

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News: Target-hitting won’t make you feel good at work

It will come as little surprise to many coaches that getting on well with work colleagues and having a good work/life balance are key to feeling good at work. As many coaches used to working on issues concerning emotional intelligence and work/life balance with clients will already suspect, positive relationships and a good work/life balance […]

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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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