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Coaching at Work e-newsletter – September 2011

Welcome to the September 2011 issue of the newsletter Coaching is increasingly a core part of managers’ jobs and line managers are doing the lion share of coaching, according to a report out this month from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) (see Stop Press). But it’s important that this isn’t seen as cheap coaching, as we stress in the September/October issue (See Show of Support, Highlights). Managers who coach and internal coaches need to be given lots of training and support while coaching needs to be aligned with business priorities. Leeds Metropolitan University and NHS Leeds are among […]

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Welcome to the August 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the August 2011 issue of the newsletter It’s easy to feel daunted at the prospect of carrying out research if you don’t have an academic background. I’ve felt this myself throughout my many years working in journalism, digging around in all sorts of dusty corners, and more recently as a coaching practitioner. Apparently, many coaching and mentoring practitioners foraying into the world of research feel anxious and concerned that they are somehow frauds – this came through at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s first research conference in Holland. Academics are often responsible for this discomfort, reflected David […]

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Welcome to the July 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the July 2011 issue of the newsletter Exciting news that the joint efforts by the International Coach Federation and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council to produce a common Code of Conduct for practitioners have paid off (see Stop Press and next issue for full story). This makes perfect sense and will help coaching buyers enormously. Hopefully other professional bodies will soon join the initiative. As befits a new profession, we are still feeling our way around what coaching is and isn’t. No doubt the debate will run and run but it’s a worthwhile one, one which will […]

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Guiding light?

Tatiana Bachkirova suggests a new role for coaching supervision, one she hopes may even have something to teach the more established helping professions The idea of coaching supervision still divides coaching communities – into those who are keen and practise it, and those who are not, or less so. Here, I suggest a new role for coaching supervision that I hope may lead the way even for other more established professions. Addressing concerns One of the first arguments of those who are against supervision is the lack of evidence that it improves the quality of coaching. There are usually two […]

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Letter from Switzerland

Switzerland is culturally highly diverse. Coaching must adapt if it is to be understood and accepted Swiss Watcher Maren Donata Urschel After 12 years of living and working in London, I moved to Lugano (canton Ticino) in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland last year. It’s been a wonderful time, full of learning, discovery, meeting new people and immersing myself into a new culture and language. I noticed quickly that I had moved into a country of countries. There are four official languages – German, French, Italian, Romansh – and each of the 26 cantons and language areas has its […]

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How to… Retain talent through maternity leave

By Jennifer Liston-Smith Organisations are providing targeted coaching through the transition to motherhood. It will help retain talent, and support engagement and performance on their return. This family-friendly culture is one of the building blocks of female leadership development It’s increasingly recognised that gender-balanced boards make better decisions than single-gender management. Findings from Catalyst1 and McKinsey2 bear this out. One of the ‘off-ramps’ for a woman, to use Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s3 helpful phrase, is the transition to motherhood. To encourage new mothers to stay on for the ride, it has become standard practice to offer enhanced policies, practical support and […]

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Welcome to the June 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the June 2011 issue of the newsletter "Become what thou art", said philosopher Nietzche, and this is what keynote speakers at the International Coach Federation European conference in Madrid urged us to do- to step into the evolved state that is our birthright. A state that allows us to embrace our interconnectedness and stop pretending that others and the rest of the planet are separate to us. This is what has got us into this mess, yet "another fine mess", as Hardy, half of American comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, would say. Consume more, spend more to get […]

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Perspectives: The final frontier

Fiona Setch “Life is an enquiry and then you die” – Benjamin Zander1 Death and dying continue to be among Western Society’s greatest taboos – topics that many feel uncomfortable talking about. During my first career in nursing, I had the privilege of experiencing life through the lens of people coming to terms with their impending death. This taught me a great deal about the essence of communication: in particular, creating and sustaining rapport. I enjoyed all aspects of my nursing work, but discovered my niche when I moved to London to work with people living with HIV/AIDS. I worked […]

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Off the wall thinking

A well-trained, supported internal coaching team is popular in an organisation. However, the senior managers are reluctant to use something that is ‘so close to home’. Is there a workaround? I am an internal coach who is part of a 10-strong team. We are finding that while many colleagues are happy to use us, senior managers are not. We’ve tried to publicise our work and get appointments with the individuals concerned to discuss what we offer. To be honest we just have no idea what is working or what is not. Our company has invested heavily in our training – […]

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Welcome to the May 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the May 2011 issue of the newsletter Hope you can join us at our Coaching and Mentoring at Work: Beyond frontiers conference in London on 23 November. We have special discounted rates for subscribers, and for members of professional bodies and of our LinkedIn group. Session themes include Positive Psychology; neuroscience; mindfulness; ontological coaching; coaching/mentoring in the prison sector, juicy case studies and a hot debate on the fuzzy line between coaching and therapy. We will be including more details over the coming weeks but you can get an idea here: http://bit.ly/lifDMq We will be taking bookings very […]

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