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SURVEY: ONLY 28% OF COACHES TAKE CPD COACHING

EMCC 24th annual conference, Amsterdam, 11-13 April 2018 While coaches believe it’s important as a coach to be coached, not many are investing in coaching as part of their CPD, suggests a survey of 80 coaches. Eighty per cent of coaches responding to a survey carried out by Paul Stokes and Lis Merrick felt it was important as a coach to receive coaching. However only 28% are currently receiving it. Presenting at the EMCC’s annual conference in Amsterdam, Stokes said he and Merrick “had a hunch that coaches weren’t getting coaching as part of their CPD”. But, he said, “I […]

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Research matters: A satisfied customer?

How can we measure the impact of managerial coaching on the end user – the customer? Is it even possible, asks Paul Stokes, Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit (CMRU), Sheffield Business School. At a recent coaching & mentoring research day at Sheffield Hallam University, there was an interesting discussion about evaluating coaching and mentoring work. Delegates were questioning the extent to which a coaching or mentoring programme, run within an organisation for some of its managers, could have a discernible effect on customers/end users of the organisation. Some felt it was possible to connect changes in leaders’ behaviour following coaching […]

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Cracking the glass ceiling

Mentoring In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support women talent. This issue: a women-only programme Cracking the glass ceiling Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes Support your organisation’s female talent by setting up a women-only mentoring programme In the last issue we looked at how you can flex mentoring approaches to support your organisational talent. Supporting women talent requires a further lens on how you look at your talent mentoring design. So, building on last issue’s ideas, here is some advice for a women-only programme. In our initial experience of […]

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Learning providers must stop ‘patronising’ SMEs

We have been “barking up the wrong tree for years” with our business education models, according to Bob Garvey. At his inaugural lecture on 31 October for his chair in Business Education at York St John Business School, Professor Garvey was set to challenge current frameworks for learning delivered by most providers in the market. His lecture, ‘Learning Business’, shared an alternative model of business education based on conversational learning. He said, “There can be little doubt that those that learn the fastest in business are often the most successful. But SME business leaders are often patronised by public and […]

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Mentoring: Wheel of fortune

In the ninth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support organisational talent. This issue: Mentoring to develop talent Wheel of fortune: Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes What do you want your mentoring programme to look like? Give the wheel a spin… In the last issue we looked at the differences between developmental and sponsorship mentoring. Let’s take this into a model of how you can flex mentoring approaches in the most appropriate way to support your company’s talent. Talent mentoring We have found that a mixture of developmental and sponsorship mentoring is […]

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Research matters

I see where you’re coming from Should you trust your intuition? Watch out, say Lis Merrick, senior lecturer at Sheffield Business School and Paul Stokes, deputy director of the Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Hallam University At the last European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) conference in Paris, we ran a session on the fascinating theme of the coach’s ego. We involved coaches in examining their motivation for using different interventions with clients, how much they were pre-occupied with evidencing their own impact, at the expense of actually helping the client think, and how their ego can manifest […]

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Mentoring

TAKE THE HARD WORK OUT OF IT Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes In the seventh in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at the role of the mentoring co-ordinator and the types of support available. This issue: programme facilitation tools Make sure you employ a manager for your mentoring scheme – it can be a fiddly job! In the last issue we looked at how to evaluate mentoring programmes. If you have been reading our column regularly you will now have all the tips you need to create an effective programme. The work can still be time-consuming […]

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Kim Morgan and Lis Merrick are this year’s Coaching at Work People of the Year

1 March 2012 It seems to be getting tougher and tougher each year to decide on the winners of the Coaching at Work awards- there are so many deserving candidates out there. But for this year, we’ve made our choices: Kim Morgan wins our Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year 2011 award while Lis Merrick wins our Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year 2011 award. They have made their mark in different ways but have in common a passion for the profession, generosity in sharing wisdom, and a commitment to raising standards. The judges were Liz […]

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Mentoring

In the sixth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to monitor and evaluate mentoring relationships. This issue: the key to measuring success Measuring the success of mentoring is hard, yet it is critical to gain funding and resources for the future HOW DO WE MEASURE UP? Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes In the last issue we looked at how to support mentors and mentees. However, it is also critical to review how these mentoring relationships are working during the course of the relationship and programme (formative evaluation) and to measure the relationship and programme […]

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Mentoring – Taking care of business

LIS MERRICK AND PAUL STOKES How do we guide the developing mentoring relationship through to its successful conclusion? In the fifth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to support, motivate and create the most effective mentoring. This issue: energising the relationship The mentoring relationships have begun. Now we need to consider how to ensure these relationships continue in a healthy and productive way. Let’s examine Step 6: 6 Supporting the programme How do you support mentors and their clients? In the course of our practice, when developing mentoring programmes, we have been faced with […]

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