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Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success

Book Review Title: Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success Author: Robert Biswas-Diener Publisher: John Wiley & Sons ISBN 978 0470 53676 4 Usefulness ***** When learning about positive psychology coaching, coaches should learn about the most useful positive psychological research, as well as its best possible application. With Robert Biswas-Diener you get both. In this book you will learn how to use advanced goal-setting strategies effectively with your clients, how to access the hidden power of hope theory to influence how they think about their future, how to work effectively with their strengths, how to increase […]

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Supervised behaviour

Supervision may be mandatory for coaches as far as coaching bodies and providers are concerned, but it remains an emergent market, according to new research by Sam Humphreys and Louise Sheppard There is very little research into the fast-growing market of coaching supervision. So how is it perceived and used by coaches and organisations? Curious to find answers, we decided to start our own research. Beginning last year, we interviewed providers to explore their views and approaches to the provision of coaching supervision. According to our study, prestigious coaching providers TXG, Penna, The Alliance Group, Oxford Group, Hay, Acuity and […]

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High Anxiety

Neuroscience part 3: Showing anxious clients how to reframe their negative self-beliefs through reappraisal strategies can help them better control their emotional responses, says scientist and NLP practitioner Dr Trish Riddell I’m often asked to speak on the neuroscience of learning and memory, or of coaching. Despite studying the brain for about 30 years, I still don’t always believe that I’m qualified to talk on these subjects. A little bit of me worries that someone will ask a question for which I have no answer, that someone in the audience will know more than me and catch me out, or […]

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Quality assured

Against the backdrop of sweeping changes in the NHS, clients are reporting increased ability to manage organisational change, among other benefits, according to ongoing evaluation, say Sue Mortlock and Alison Carter The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has invested significantly in its executive coach register over the past seven years, in order to quality assure the external executive coaches it uses to coach its senior leaders. The rigorous recruitment to the register has been well-documented (Coaching at Work, vol 5, issue 1). What is less well-known is the work undertaken to evaluate the impact of the coaching this register undertakes. […]

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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, marked by a wide range of unproductive attitudes, feelings and behaviours. When setbacks or failures occur, staff confidence often buckles, which becomes an insidious and challenging source of interference to effective performance and wellbeing. The individuals demonstrate self-doubt, indecisiveness, isolation, disengagement and frustration, resulting in […]

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When hai means no

by Maren Donata Urschel Japanese culture has a bewildering array of rules, but its many gestures of respect could prove a powerful addition to coaching Japan will always hold a special place in my heart. I spent my honeymoon there this March and I’m completely and utterly fascinated by its culture and people. I’d like to share some of the stories that most intrigued me and which I found to be relevant to my coaching practice. Respect can be shown visibly and invisibly to a person. In both cases it makes a positive difference. In Japan, ticket clerks bow in […]

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Spotlight on nlp

LETTER Your articles on neuroscience and NLP in the September/October issue (vol 7, issue 5) had my neural pathways lighting up and making connections! Drawing on NLP as a fundamental part of my coaching practice I found Trish Riddell’s article on research into aspects of NLP thought-provoking. First for its content, but second for making me curious as to why there is no systematic or comprehensive research into how and why NLP works. I’d be intrigued to know what other practitioners believe to be the reasons for this. Is it partly because there is just so much to it, in […]

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Greater awareness of emotional styles can improve resilience

By Ros Soulsby More than any other factor, resilience determines who succeeds or fails, said Dean Becker at the ICF conference. Becker, managing director and co-founder of Adaptiv Learning Systems, drew on 30 thirty years of research in his session on resilience and connection. Adaptiv’s Resilience Factor Inventory (RFI) measures seven factors (emotional regulation, impulse control, causal analysis, self-efficacy, realistic optimism, reaching out and connection) and seven skills (discovering emotional radar, avoiding thinking traps, navigating problem icebergs, getting flexible around the style, harnessing positive emotions, tapping into positive icebergs and creating connection). The core of the work is credited to […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Under pressure Workers in the UK believe middle managers and junior level staff are under more pressure than CEOs and senior executives, according to a study of more than 1,500 UK employees. The study, by OnePoll for consultancy Lane4, found that 48 per cent of workers feel under pressure at work while two-fifths feel they’re under severe stress. Some 91 per cent of workers feel most workplace stress falls on middle management, with some of the stress trickling down to the most junior employees. Twenty per cent of the latter believe they are under extreme pressure. Diverse ways ‘Indirect methods’, […]

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News: Money makes coaching research go round

Conference roundup: European Mentoring and Coaching research conference, Sheffield Hallam university, 3-4 july, 2012 Are we obsessed with performance when it comes to researching coaching? This was one of the questions explored at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)’s second Research conference on 3-4 July. Delegates from all over the world gathered at Sheffield Hallam University to hear some of the latest research. They met at a pre-conference event to discuss what should be on the coaching research agenda. “Should we be focused on performance or should we pay more attention to learning and development?” asked David Megginson, co-founder […]

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