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Mentoring: We’re no poor relations

In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support physical and mental needs. This issue: disability mentoring

by Lis Merrick

Mentors are vital in helping help people overcome hurdles – both real and perceived

Many people with disabilities are frustrated by their inability to make progress in the corporate world. Even though organisations have great disability equality policies, getting the job in the first place can be the biggest hurdle that a mentor supports them with.

Designing programmes to aid people with disabilities at work can be incredibly difficult, because the wide range of mental and physical disabilities may need to come under a single programme.

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Diversity Awareness Ladder

Coaching at Work road-tests the Diversity Awareness Ladder One step at a time 1 The tool What is it? Created by David Clutterbuck, the Diversity Awareness Ladder helps clients and practitioners understand and work with their stereotypes and implicit biases about people they perceive as different from themselves. It has also been used widely in […]

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How low can you go?

Persistent and widespread poor self-confidence is proving a major problem for one consumer goods firm. Coaching has worked before, but the problem is creeping back. What next for its HR manager? Harry is a senior-level HR practitioner in a large, fast-moving consumer goods organisation. The business has an ongoing problem of low self-confidence among staff, […]

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Book Review – Integrated Experiential Coaching: Becoming an Executive Coach

Title Integrated Experiential Coaching: Becoming an Executive Coach Author Lloyd Chapman Publisher Karnac Books Ltd ISBN 978 1 85575 739 4 Usefulness 4.5 This is a rare breed of book that does justice to the complexity of executive coaching. It draws on theory, research and practice and is grounded in substantial business experience. Dr Chapman’s […]

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Global villager

If anyone knows how to make things happen, it’s Zulfi Hussain MBE. From role-modelling disadvantaged youngsters, to championing cross-cultural working and bringing Eastern philosophies into coaching – no mission is impossible. Liz Hall discovers what’s on his bucket list Zulfi Hussain is a man who makes the impossible possible. When someone says, “It can’t be […]

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This way out

The psychodynamic approach to executive coaching helps clients understand complex emotions and change their behaviours – even ingrained, unhelpful ones. Catherine Sandler explains how Human beings find change difficult. We want it, yet we fear and resist it. It is the same with coaching clients – they may have a genuine wish to find new, […]

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Letters

Hearts and minds The report of the ICF European conference in Madrid (vol 6, issue 4) conjures up a highly charged atmosphere in which the keynote speakers’ words finally got the response they were advocating, although perhaps not in the way they were intending. As I read the report, I had a sense of the […]

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Perfect match?

Gender doesn’t usually influence a client’s choice of coach, but male sexism is alive and kicking, according to research. David Gray and Harshita Goregaokar report To date, the coaching literature has been largely silent about one essential ingredient of coaching: the coach-client matching process. Our study describes the results from a coaching programme in which […]

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The Coaching Chronicles – The ancient chinese

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… China, home to Jackie Chan, pandas, sweet and sour prawn, bamboo and Cato. Ah yes, Cato, the […]

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Viewpoint – A woman’s work…

Helen Pitcher A new report on the lack of women at board level has given coaches a significant opportunity to change the status quo A combination of entrepreneurs, existing providers and individuals need to come together to consolidate and improve the provision of training and development for potential board members Clause 9: Women on Boards […]

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