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Symbolic gestures

Are traditional approaches to coaching, and their rational solutions, the only answer? What if the shift needs to happen at a deeper level? Katherine Long reveals how metaphors have the power to transform both coach and client A favourite cinematic scene of mine is from Il Postino1, where Mario, the poor, lovelorn postman, sits on a pebbly beach with his would-be mentor, Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, who is temporarily exiled on Mario’s island. Mario is overwhelmed by Pablo’s charisma, his popularity with women, and his ability to express himself so powerfully through poetry. The scene on the beach […]

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Mentoring – Taking care of business

LIS MERRICK AND PAUL STOKES How do we guide the developing mentoring relationship through to its successful conclusion? In the fifth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to support, motivate and create the most effective mentoring. This issue: energising the relationship The mentoring relationships have begun. Now we need to consider how to ensure these relationships continue in a healthy and productive way. Let’s examine Step 6: 6 Supporting the programme How do you support mentors and their clients? In the course of our practice, when developing mentoring programmes, we have been faced with […]

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Science project

Imperial College is proving its commitment to learning and development by making coaching available to all of its employees. Judy Barnett, head of the Coaching Academy, reveals the business case that made it happen As one of the world’s highest ranked universities1, it is perhaps unsurprising that science-based institution Imperial College London is expressing its commitment to learning and development by offering coaching to staff at all levels and across all job roles. But before its Imperial Coaching Academy was launched in 2009, most of the coaching was done by external coaches and, because of the cost, it tended to […]

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Coaching in Croatia

Liz Hall Coaching in Croatia is beginning to take off with a coach training partnership between the UK’s the OCM and Croatia-based training and consulting company Methodus. The project pilots the OCM’s partnership model, designed to allow organisations to deliver a quality coaching programme under their own banner, especially in countries and cultures where coaching may be less well understood, “Coaching is a relatively new concept in Croatia and is counter-cultural to prevailing business and educational practices, so there was a real sense of excitement that candidates are embarking on something on an adventure together, not just in terms of […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter – November 2011

Welcome to the November 2011 issue of the newsletter We are riding on a high after our conference earlier this month. It was fun, friendly, stimulating, interesting and well-organised, many of you told us, which made all the hard work worthwhile. Read the tweets from the conference in Twitter under #cawfrontiers. Geoff Bird, who has carried out no less than 10,000 brain scans to date, sparked lots of interest with his keynote on neuroscience- gems included the possibility in the future of popping pills/sniffing oxytocin to enhance our coaching. Sounds surreal but who knows? You read it here first! Alex […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter – October 2011

Welcome to the October 2011 issue of the newsletter Should coaches challenge clients when they think they’re doing something unethical? This is a burning issue given the financial crisis, environmental pressures and the continuing lack of confidence in the current business model. And according to the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Management Today’s Index of Leadership Trust, released earlier this month (October), leaders are widely perceived to be prioritising profits over principles. Less than two-fifths of CEOs place ethics at the heart of business decisions, says the report. Should we stop playing god and remember we are engaged […]

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Toolbox – Pick a card, any card

Coaching at Work road-tests the Repertory Grid Interview 1 The tool What is it? Based on George Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory, developed and first published in 1955, the Repertory Grid Interview is a technique for identifying the ways that a person interprets or ‘construes’ and gives meaning to their experiences. According to Kelly (1955), we use our construct systems to make the process of understanding and navigating the world easier. ‘Constructs’ are ways of making sense of our experiences and perceptions and are not necessarily conscious and articulated. They are a basis for making distinctions. Our construct systems develop as […]

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Book review – Pause for Breath

Title Pause for Breath – Bringing the Practices of Mindfulness and Dialogue to Leadership Conversations Author Amanda Ridings Publisher Live It Publishing ISBN 978 19069 5423 9 Usefulness 5/5 For leaders, coaches, mentors and supervisors, conversation is the unseen heart of our business. This well-researched book holds many of the keys to highly skilled, effective communication. It deserves to become the standard companion to our everyday business and professional conversations. The style is crystal clear and the dialogue with the reader mirrors the author’s practices – so much so that it is impossible to race through the chapters. We are […]

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How to… Support and nourish ourselves

By Jane Keep In serving others, we may forget to look after ourselves. Developing rituals and daily living practices can support and nourish us in our coaching work. But first we must go back to basics What if the true delivery of service begins first by delivering that same service to self in every way, and to the others [clients and colleagues] by the same manner, that are within the group, before the organisation [or individual] can truly serve?1 As coaches who “serve” those in need of support, to what extent are we affording ourselves that same care and self-service? […]

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Supervision, lives and audiotapes

What might be done to enhance learning, and add variety to and rejuvenate supervision sessions that feel like a duty rather than a joy? How can we get around the problems of limited and selective recall? Audiotapes may be the answer, say Liz Wiggins, Andrew Atter and Erik de Haan The use of audiotapes in reflective practice is well established in the field of action research. We believe they can be used in coach supervision to enhance learning as well as to liven up and add variety to sessions. Our cognitive limitations have implications for our supervision practice. Research from […]

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