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The remotest idea

Viewpoint Dr Suzanne Edinger How can virtual teams forge relationships without ever meeting? Perhaps coaching can bridge the gap. In my current research, I am investigating the role of different types of relationships among remote members of a virtual team – who don’t meet face to face – and also with their leaders, and how these particular relationships might lead to better team performance. If there’s no chance of members meeting in a single physical location, then trust and connection between those team members becomes particularly important. Of course, building trust among members is a key issue in any team. […]

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Shared Voices

In the last in our three-part series of articles exploring the role of coaching and mentoring in addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century, we hear from professional coaching and mentoring bodies in a unique ‘dialogue’. Part three: The professional bodies in conversation In the last in our three-part series of articles exploring the role of coaching and mentoring in addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century, we hear from professional coaching and mentoring bodies in a unique ‘dialogue’. “We can change the world. We have a responsibility to influence, impact, reach […]

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How to… help clients gain respect

By SUZANNE AND CONRAD POTTS Do you stand up for yourself at work, or is it easier – and less embarrassing – to let the moment pass? Stating a point of view not only empowers the client, but can bring about win-win outcomes for the company as well. As coaches, how can we help clients speak out? “I’m phoning you to thank you for getting me my life back. I’m literally jumping for joy, pinching myself in disbelief. For over 15 years I have allowed myself to endure a relationship with my boss. I have felt talked down, talked over, […]

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24/7 phone service targets time-poor clients

People development business Inspiring Potential has launched 24/7 phone coaching for busy executives. The service, Inspiring Potential Now!, is staffed all year round by International Coach Federation accredited coaches from all over the world, who have director-level corporate experience. Personal coaching sessions can be booked and paid for online by credit card. Businesses can book a series of sessions up front, issuing credits to employees who can then book sessions at their convenience. The broad spectrum of services includes executive coaching, career development coaching, leadership and management development coaching. According to Inspiring Potential, the coaching is ideal for people who […]

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Multi story

Narrative coaching can be a powerful and transformative way for individuals to renew meaning in their lives. Ho Law and Reinhard Stelter take up the tale… A lot of coaching aims to unleash people’s potential to enhance their performance and achieve goals. Narrative coaching takes a broader perspective. It focuses on meaning, values and aspirations and seeks to shape new, alternative and more meaningful stories about clients’ lives and specific events. The process is one of co-creation and collaboration between client and coach. Both are engaged in a learning and developmental process – the creation of a fuller plot for […]

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Counting the cost

How coaches behaved in the credit crunch isn’t just a matter for personal reflection – coaching is young enough for our reactions to have affected the whole profession. It’s time to get our house in order, says John Blakey  At the start of 2009, I was reading Coaching at Work when I came across reflections by Peter Hawkins, chairman of Bath Consultancy Group on the credit crunch crisis and the role of coaching among it. He said: “What were the executive coaches doing while the banks were burning?” The question really hit home. For days afterwards, it kept running round […]

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True confessions

As coaches we know that when we hear clients’ stories we are simply getting their ‘version’ of the reality. It is only when we investigate what is really happening that we can truly help them, says Julie Starr. What is actually powerful about coaching is what is at its core – truth. The truth is what lies at the heart of something. It goes beyond story or facts. As coaches, truth is our guiding light and the path we must pursue. But in any conversation there will be more than one truth. The role of the coach is to discern […]

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The sinking feeling

Two experts give their opinions on a theoretical problem involving a new CEO trying to convince his organisation that its apparently successful strategy will not carry it through a recession.

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Step this way

Although most companies are aware that they have too few women at board level, the gender imbalance continues. Shows the challenges women must overcome if they are to keep moving up the ladder.

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Family business

Balancing work and home life is a challenge for most parents. So when three companies trialled Next Generation’s parent coaching, it was no surprise that the courses were inundated.

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