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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 make all the difference. They are the top two factors in feeling good at work, according to 42 per cent and 40 per cent of workers surveyed, respectively. Some 26 per cent highlight “receiving praise” and 16 per cent, earning the trust of their boss, […]

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Viewpoint; Help or harm?

by Sarah Dale

Does coaching work? Should we use hard evidence or our own judgment to tell us if it’s good? Or is client feedback enough?

As an occupational psychologist who coaches, I was pleased to attend discussions about the evidence for coaching effectiveness at the Division of Occupational Psychology conference, specifically in sessions led by Professor Rob Briner. Evidence-based practice was also the theme of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology’s annual conference in December 2012.

The arguments echo a wider debate, often associated with Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science, which challenges how we decide what works. They raise important questions about what constitutes good evidence. Ignoring these could put us in the same well-meaning boat as 17th century doctors wedded to their useless (or positively harmful) blood-letting practices. However, few of us work with cast-iron evidence for everything we do. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, parents – and psychologists – all rely on their own judgment at times. As a practitioner, the debate leaves me questioning what I should be doing. I get positive feedback from my coaching.

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TroubleShooter: The path less stressed

A corporate high flier finds herself at a careers crossroads. How can this executive choose a path that maintains a positive career, while balancing work commitments with personal ones? Andrea has been employed by a leading global bank for nearly 20 years. She is considered a high flier and is a member of the company’s leadership team. The bank values its employees and has a record of longevity with its people. Andrea never planned her career; she simply accepted the promotions and opportunities. She is considered the ‘go-to girl’ for executives wanting to ‘get things done’. Andrea is now being […]

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Rising Tsars

Coaching in Russia is at a much younger stage of development than in the UK. It lacks focus and regulation, and is poorly understood. Yet, coaching is beginning to find its place in the Russian business psyche, reports Lena Smirnova Business coaching classes may not require students to swallow pills, don ear muffs and wriggle into straightjackets, but for some Russian business people it’s a novel practice akin to a psychological experiment. And it’s one they’re often reluctant to take part in. In the 15 years or so that business coaching has been available in Russia, established psychotherapists and psychologists […]

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Funny Peculiar: Abraham Lincoln

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… Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, but a less well-known fact is that he was also the 16th President of the US Coaching Union (USCU). In 1861, Lincoln took on the poisoned chalice of President of the USCU. This job was a particularly toxic role as the group had split geographically on a fundamental issue – the definition […]

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Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter And so another year begins, with snow in the UK, a helicopter crashing in London and not much in the way of economic recovery in much of the world. The UK economy contracted by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). And here in Spain, where I’m currently based, the second EU bailout of 1.865 million euros is set to arrive by the end of the month. Some six million are out of work, many of my friends received […]

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Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter As we come to the end of 2012, the creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) is emerging as Coaching at Work readers´ top choice for achievement of the year, according to our annual survey. We´re still gathering responses to the survey, which includes questions on your predictions for next year. Please take part here. Coaches have broadly welcomed the move to form the alliance by three of leading professional bodies, although there are some concerns in some quarters. We explore this latest development in a news analysis in […]

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Megginson’s reflections

Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault, and other things: reflections from the EMCC conference

What is the optimum size of a coaching cultured company? This was one of the questions that emerged for David Megginson, European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) ambassador and co-founder, at the EMCC´s annual conference last month.

He reflects on six themes from the conference: the learning philosophy of coaching scheme designs in organisations; transformational creation of coaching cultures; positive psychology; Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault; the relationship between refreshment and goals, and “the quiet radical”, Nancy Kline. He shares his reflections below.

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Three minutes to midnight – to serve and protect?

Getting past the demons This is the third in a new series of columns on our role in tackling the complicated economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It will be a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy As the world, our organisations and our communities face big, sometimes scary, nearly always complex, problems, how do you respond? Do you step forward consistently to lead in your own way? Go with the flow? Or resist, finding reasons why it isn’t your problem? The writer about myths, Joseph Campbell, spoke of how temples, cathedrals […]

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Into Bulgaria

Post-Communist Bulgaria may not be the first country you’d associate with world-class leadership, yet International Coach Federation Bulgaria co-founders Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova are spearheading some remarkable changes

To say that Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova have got coaching off the ground in Bulgaria is an understatement. They won the International Coach Federation (ICF) President’s Award for their leadership and contribution to coaching and the ICF in Bulgaria in September 2011, and their chapter won the ICF’s Breaking Barriers Award in 2012, along with Australia’s Victoria chapter for a joint project.

They’re launching one trailblazing executive coaching initiative after another, they’ve been interviewed widely in Bulgaria, and former prominent journalist Irina has had more than 20 ground-breaking articles published, establishing a new language for leaders and organisations.

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