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EMCC, AC and ICF form historic Global Alliance

By Liz Hall Coaches have broadly welcomed the Global Alliance formed by three of the industry’s leading professional bodies. The news of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching (AC), broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao, Spain, on 17 November (see photo), where it was made clear that it is an alliance, not a merger. The Alliance declared: “As a collective of global professional coaching and mentoring bodies, we seek to build alliances, a co-operative spirit, purposes and […]

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Coach supervision

Coach supervision adds ‘gravitas and professionalism’, says OCM’s Long Internal supervisors have a vital role to play in building coaching culture and in role-modelling the characteristics of a learning organisation. This was one of the key messages from Katherine Long’s session on “good-enough” supervision in an organisational context. Long shared learning from her research, and from the OCM’s pilot ‘Coach as Supervisor’ programme, which has been submitted for accreditation with the EMCC. The pilot group consisted of 11 lead coaches from five organisations. Long, director of qualifications at the OCM, said internal coach supervision was a “sensible mechanism for managing […]

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Alliance: a unified voice for coaching?

News of the alliance of the International Coach Federation, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching, broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao in November. But is it a key milestone or the thin end of the wedge? Liz Hall finds out what you think… The creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance, between three of coaching’s leading professional bodies, is exciting news, although it remains to be seen exactly what impact it will have. On the whole, coaches have heralded the development as a good thing, hoping it will finally bring desperately […]

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Survey: let’s find common ground

As we ring in the New Year, our Coaching at Work 2012 survey shines the spotlight on the latest developments in our profession, and your predictions Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the recent announcement of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (news, page 7, and pages 11-13), our attention has been drawn inwards. Collaboration and reaching agreement between the professional bodies has been highlighted as the top priority for 2013, according to this year’s Coaching at Work Annual Survey 2012*. And the formation of the Alliance has been flagged up as the top achievement for the profession last year. […]

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Burditt Lectures: ‘inspired, moved, educated’

The second year of the Burditt Lectures saw entrants raise the bar even higher. Liz Hall reviews the top two winning entries at the awards ceremony in London This year’s Burditt Lectures Alumni Awards saw winner Brigid Russell’s essay turned into a book, while runner-up David Ramsey’s, which featured a speaking wardrobe, was enacted by professional actors for the benefit of delegates. It was the second year of the awards, held at the end of the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC)’s annual conference on 9 November 2012, and the quality of contributions was even higher, according to Peter Burditt, who […]

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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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TroubleShooter: give me a break!

A successful sales manager has been given a major management role. Unexpectedly, he finds himself overwhelmed by demands and unable to make an impact in his role. Can coaching give him space? Adam has recently been promoted to head up the drinks products division of a packaging giant. His background in sales means he knows how to drive results and engage people. He has worked hard to get to the top and this is his first major general management position. Everything seems set up for a smooth transition into the new role. However, as soon as he walks into his […]

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In NHS we trust

Lisa Gresty can be forgiven for grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat. As head of OD and learning at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she has helped the Trust’s multi-pronged coaching strategy go from strength to strength in both patient care and quality of experience. One NHS Trust’s initiative to build a coaching culture across its organisation was hailed as ground-breaking when it launched. Ambitious and far-reaching, it foresaw the importance of developing a more empowering, less ‘heroic’ leader, says Lisa Gresty, head of OD and learning. Given the future changes for the NHS, it was “ahead of its […]

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Worldly wise

Intercultural coaching is no longer a ‘niche market’ in our highly globalised world. Philippe Rosinski explains how learning from different cultures can refine and enrich your coaching skills If you feel coaching across cultures should be reserved for those working on international assignments and travelling abroad, or that intercultural coaching is a ‘niche market’ concerning a minority of professionals (despite globalisation), think again. We often misunderstand or ignore cultural differences or we manage them inadequately, leading to frustration, damaging conflicts, missed opportunities, even financial losses. However, when we understand and use differences constructively, they offer a remarkable source of richness […]

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The health coaching toolkit, part 5

Part 5: health coaching expert Professor Stephen Palmer, and Professor Cary Cooper and Kate Thomas, examine multimodal health coaching

Multimodal health coaching can be used for a wide range of health-related issues, such as undertaking and maintaining exercise programmes, weight management, stop smoking, managing stress, enhancing resilience and alcohol reduction.
It is also a useful approach to assist clients who relapse, which often occurs when they become stressed. For example, many of us will use comfort eating or drinking to help us cope with work overload, and this can increase our calorific intake, yet we are too busy to counter this by taking more exercise.
This is not very useful if you want to maintain your existing body weight, especially as our choice of comfort food, when stressed, can be of a high calorific value.
Others, when stressed, will either start smoking again or smoke more if they have not already stopped. Not surprisingly, this can have a negative impact on their health coaching programme. In these cases, it may be preferable to have a more comprehensive understanding of the different issues that may be having an impact on the client. The multimodal approach, originally developed by Arnold Lazarus, literally takes us back to basics, where the coach assesses the different factors involved.

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