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Book One Title: Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text Author: Simon Western Publisher: SAGE Publications ISBN 978 1848 60164 2 Usefulness ***** This is a rich tapestry of a book – comparable in complexity to Erik de Haan’s Relational Coaching. Whereas de Haan majors on systematic research, Western’s strength is in the depth of his professional and personal insight. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they occupy a secure niche in coaching. If you believe your therapeutic model helps you heal the wounded self of your clients, or if you use positive thinking to boost self-esteem, be ready […]

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Mentoring

In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support women during and post their maternity leave. This issue: work and parenthood

The mother of all challenges

Lis Merrick and Nicki Seignot

Maternity mentoring is essential for new mums as they come to terms with life-changing events.

Our inspiration for this issue’s article is drawn from maternity mentoring schemes we have designed and implemented.

Our experience as coaches and working mothers, tells us that maternity leave represents a significant turning point as women re-evaluate work, career and life choices in the context of new and previously unimagined priorities.

With a number of maternity mentoring schemes in place, we offer some handy hints for creating a programme:

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Research matters

How can clients contribute more? Coaches must let conversations find their path and help clients develop the skills to reflect on them, says David Clutterbuck, visiting professor, Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit, Sheffield Business School Inexperienced coaches often tend to feel they have to keep the conversation going, which puts them in the driving seat. More experienced coaches allow the conversation to find its own path, helping the client make choices about which direction to follow when there are forks in the road. Allowing the conversation to happen in this way enables the coach to notice so much more – […]

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