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OPINION: THE FCC – LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

In this new column series, the multi-stakeholder Future of Coaching Collaboration Group, showcases its initiatives. Issue 1: introducing the Coaching Knowledge Portal   June 2017, a small group of people, including from GSK, KPMG, PwC, the professional coaching bodies and Coaching at Work, pondered, ‘how can we ensure that coaching is utilised, relevant and useful in tomorrow’s world?’ We were curious about the future of coaching from many perspectives, including it being our livelihood, a fascinating industry, whether it will be just another fad, and what research is being done globally. We quickly realised we didn’t know where to find […]

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OPINION: TEAM COACHING – RAISING INCOMPETENCE

Are the issues raised by the Peter Principle – rewarding success at work – surmountable through coaching? Robert Yeo reports A recent Harvard Business Review article on The Peter Principle (Benson, Li & Shue, 2018), prompted me to reflect on how coaching could be used to raise ‘the level of incompetence’ and ultimately prevent the paradox from establishing itself and derailing a client’s career. Having previously spent the first half of my career, over 20 years, working in large professional and financial services organisations, I had witnessed the problems the principle identifies first hand.   The Peter Principle The Peter […]

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TEAM COACHING: CLAIMING AND LETTING GO

Presence is a tricky problem for team coaches, notes Erik de Haan. You want to help the team reflect, but you also want it to be in charge   Obviously, as a team coach you want to help a team to reflect more deeply, to innovate and become stronger at addressing and resolving issues. Team coaching is different from team building or team facilitating or team chairing: in a coach role, you cannot just claim your presence and ‘lead’ the team. Indeed, presence with the team is delicate and tricky. You are aiming for ‘not too much’ but also for […]

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OPINION: COMPETENCES – CAPTURING OUR BEHAVIOURS

Competences have come under attack in recent years. They are either used wrongly or picked apart to find fault. David Sleightholm comes to their defence I’ve been involved with competences in their various forms for many years, and I’m noticing a pattern in articles written about them in coaching journals. They tend either to set them up to do things they were never intended to do, and then analyse how and why they fail, or they document poor practice in their deployment. The conclusion is that they are a bad thing. I beg to differ! Competences are useful, when deployed […]

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BREXIT – TWO OPINIONS

Brexit: let’s get unstuck Just over a year on from the EU Referendum, Alison Whybrow explores how we can make sense of Brexit   Hard Brexit, soft Brexit, the collapse of Brexit talks: the UK general election results on Friday 9 June have sent the uncertainty around Brexit into hyperspace. A quick Google search just after Article 50 was triggered by Prime Minister Theresa May, yielded these headlines on 31 March 2017: ‘Brexit is a tragedy, but there’s much more we can do before the final act’ The Guardian ‘EU tells UK: We will not punish you. Brexit is punishment enough’ […]

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OPINION: THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING – BE THE OWNER OF YOUR SUCCESS

Do we abdicate true responsibility for our business success? Don’t look for inspiration in another coach’s experiences when the answer lies with you By Ginny Baillie Imagine that, like me, you work with clients on being self-directed, taking inspiration where they find it, but holding ultimate responsibility for their own actions and results. Then why do so many coaches, including myself at times, think they’re going to find the answer in another coach’s experience? Why are we enthralled by someone else’s five-step plan or exacting process to a six-figure business? Just because they have accomplished this doesn’t mean we’re going […]

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OPINION: GENDER CONDITIONING

This is the second column commissioned for our Campaign for Gender Equality. Last issue, Nicole Berg explored which qualities society determines to be masculine and feminine, and posited that feminine qualities are often viewed as incongruous in a work setting. This issue: the impact of gender conditioning By Nicole Berg   As coaches, raising awareness is a big part of what we do. With gender inequality and any other unrelenting issue, it’s important to understand the root cause. In this case, gender differences are at the heart. True equality – and true inclusion – involves being aware of and appreciating diversity. […]

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Opinion: Ethical frameworks

Ethical frameworks – if only life were that simple by Bob Garvey Many coaching bodies create sets of rules around confidentiality. But if ethics are socially defined, and contextually relevant, how can they be right or wrong? Many professional bodies claim their ethical frameworks reassure potential clients or sponsors, and ensure quality control, standards, accountability and protection. These are bold claims. Given the complex arguments surrounding ethical behaviour, is it possible to deliver on these promises? Are ethical frameworks ethical? Ethics is a moral philosophy in which complex issues of good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice, are […]

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Opinion

Liz Macann has won accolades for, and spoken all over the world about, the award-winning internal coaching scheme she set up at the BBC. Macann spent 12 years at the Beeb – here she reflects on her time there, and what the future holds REFLECTED GLORY Liz Macann There was a time when a client would spot you heading in their direction and swiftly engage in a conversation rather than introduce you as their coach. These days it feels more like a badge of honour than an embarrassment. Coaching’s credibility, desirability and value continue to increase, with senior leaders often […]

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