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UK STUDY FINDS REGIONAL PATTERNS IN HOW WORKERS BOOST THEIR HAPPINESS

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October and International Happiness at Work Week (23-29 September), Liz Hall rounds up some recent research into what makes people happy and well at work   What makes our clients – and us – happy at work? Meaning and purpose, challenging projects, being respected, work-life balance (with flexible working and holidays), canine friends in the workplace, going out in nature and, yes, pay – but not only pay. Forty two per cent of UK employees are unhappy at work, according to Engaging Works’ The State of Workplace Happiness Survey 2019. The survey, […]

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BAD BEHAVIOUR

What are the new rules for engagement post #MeToo? Jonathan Passmore and Claire Collins share research on changing attitudes to relationships, and offer some pointers for a #UsAll coach world   The past year has seen a proliferation of news stories about inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment and sexual assault. These have highlighted the fact that after more than 40 years of sex equality legislation in the UK, misogynistic and sexist behaviours are still rife in the workplace. Indeed, a recent study has shown that one in three women has been sexually harassed at work in the past 12 months (The […]

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STILL BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

How do coach supervisors respond to ethical dilemmas and tricky issues? In the last of this two-part series, Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner and Marta Filipiak conclude their research   In the last issue we asked whether coaches and their supervisors could be equally culpable if they unwittingly collude with their clients against the wider interests of the client organisation and of society. In this second part of the series, we review coach supervisor responses to ethical dilemmas and tricky issues, picking up on four further themes from our research. We offer insights for coaches and their supervisors which may help […]

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NEWS TRENDS: ARE YOU ON TOP OF YOUR GAME?

As we move further into 2018, we asked prominent industry leaders and thinkers to share their vision for what lies ahead. Part 2: trends and challenges in coaching supervision, coach training and mentoring   Coaching supervision For many practitioners in 2018, tightening time constraints in our full-on working world and squeezed budgets mean it will be a stretch to commit to supervision this year. Yet getting quality supervision is becoming increasingly important as a way for discerning organisations and for practitioners to show they’re on top of their game. In addition, as more and more coaches work with teams, supervision […]

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EMCC: SUPPORTING GROWTH

A study from the European Mentoring & Coaching Council on internal coaching highlights what support multinationals need, what the EMCC is already offering, and what it plans to offer, and invites responses from other professional bodies too. Lise Lewis reports It is now the norm for organisations to have an internal coaching capability, and 75% of organisations expect this to increase over the next two years, according to the 6th Ridler Report published last year (2016) with European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) UK. Along with the predicted further growth of internal coaching, there have been observations generally within the […]

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RESEARCH: TRUST IN ME

Have you taken the most concerning, worrying and/or shameful episode that occurred in your practice over the last few years to supervision? Some 85 per cent of 518 professional coaches from 32 countries surveyed by Ashridge’s Professor Erik de Haan reported that they had, and that it was helpful doing so. As de Haan points out, this still leaves 5 per cent of coaches answering ‘yes, but it was unhelpful’, while 7 per cent answered, ‘I could have brought it to supervision but did not for some reason’, 2 per cent of coaches who did not bring it because they ‘did not trust their […]

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Research matters: Get into your comfort zone

Does where we hold our coaching interactions have an impact on their quality and outcomes? Rob Kemp, coach and associate lecturer, University of Derby, investigates the myriad spaces we engage in.

Reflecting on my own experiences of coaching locations, I became curious: how active were my choices, and clients’ choices, of where to hold the coaching conversation – and what impact might those choices have on what the interaction feels like and does?

Being unsatisfied with my own thoughts, and my own knowledge in this area, I embarked on a search for inspiration and guidance from other coaches, practitioners and academics. Finding nothing specifically coaching/mentoring focused, I widened the net to look at therapy and other sorts of conversations.

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Research: radical coaching vs groupthink?

Collusion to preserve corporate ideology contributed to the credit crisis. Could critical coaching prevent such thinking, asks Dr Angélique du Toit, of the Coaching and Mentoring Unit at Sheffield Hallam University The notion of ‘groupthink’ is not new – we were first introduced to the concept by Janis (1972;1982). One of the major symptoms of groupthink is collusion and the lengths to which individuals and groups will go in order to protect the ideology of the group – in its extremes, leading to fundamentalism (Sim, 2004). The pervasiveness of groupthink in the corporate world is symbolised most strikingly by the […]

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Three minutes to midnight

Save the planet? You’re having a laugh! This new column explores our role in tackling the complicated combination of economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It will be a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy. Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, was a guest at a recent client event. He shared a story of a taxi driver who asked him what he did. Chris told him about the agency’s work. “Haven’t we got better things to think about than saving the planet?”, the driver said. It’s a funny, serious, fascinating question. […]

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Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter Mental toughness is a significant factor in performance and wellbeing. Apparently most of us have it, but we don’t know how to use it, say Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk, who have written a book on this theme. In this issue of the newsletter, we feature the first of a two-part series on how to coach for mental toughness- see Highlights. The second part, in the September issue, will focus on attentional control. We’ve set a date for our next coaching conference: 2 July, in London. Our last two conferences sold […]

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