Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the newsletter I’ve just returned from the annual European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s conference in Bilbao in Spain, home to one of the Guggenheim museums. I was struck by how architect Frank Gehry has succeeded in creating a structure which is innovative and surprising yet which blends in beautifully with its environment- from the shallow moat which gives the impression it is part of the river, to the many curves and sheets of metal which reflect light and the structure’s surroundings. Within its walls are numerous galleries including one exhibiting Egon Schiele- further […]

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Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter I’m filing this newsletter from Kansas University’s Global Summit on Coaching, in Lawrence. The town was established in 1854 by anti-slavery advocates and saw much bloodshed when it became a target for the nearby Missouri-based pro-slavery faction. Campaigning for change runs deep in its veins. And today too, Lawrence is a site for innovation. The Kansas Coaching Project, headed up by Jim Knight, has pioneered ‘instructional coaching’ (IC) in the field of education. Described as “on-site professional developers who teach educators how to use proven instructional methods,” Knight admits instructional coaches […]

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Supervised behaviour

Supervision may be mandatory for coaches as far as coaching bodies and providers are concerned, but it remains an emergent market, according to new research by Sam Humphreys and Louise Sheppard There is very little research into the fast-growing market of coaching supervision. So how is it perceived and used by coaches and organisations? Curious to find answers, we decided to start our own research. Beginning last year, we interviewed providers to explore their views and approaches to the provision of coaching supervision. According to our study, prestigious coaching providers TXG, Penna, The Alliance Group, Oxford Group, Hay, Acuity and […]

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Quality assured

Against the backdrop of sweeping changes in the NHS, clients are reporting increased ability to manage organisational change, among other benefits, according to ongoing evaluation, say Sue Mortlock and Alison Carter The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has invested significantly in its executive coach register over the past seven years, in order to quality assure the external executive coaches it uses to coach its senior leaders. The rigorous recruitment to the register has been well-documented (Coaching at Work, vol 5, issue 1). What is less well-known is the work undertaken to evaluate the impact of the coaching this register undertakes. […]

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ICF details plans to retain and improve on accreditation offer

After much deliberation and resistance from members to previous plans to streamline its accreditation process, the International Coach Federation (ICF) board has decided to continue to offer three levels of accreditation: ACC, PCC and MCC. The announcement was made at the ICF Global conference, the first to be held outside the US, which attracted more than 900 delegates. ICF Global president, Janet Harvey, at the conference, issued a call to action to all coaches. “I wonder if our humility stands at cross-purposes with our intention to see humanity flourishing. Now’s not a time to shrink back in humility. If we […]

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News: C@W conference roundup. Survey: mindfulness helps clients’ self-awareness

Mindfulness boosts resilience, health and wellbeing, and helps us be more creative and able to embrace change and uncertainty, said Liz Hall. Practising mindfulness helps us develop our attentional control, become more attuned to others, regulate our emotions, generate positive emotions and reframe/reappraise positively. It decreases cortisol, helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system, calming the autonomic nervous system, boosts the immune system, and improves a range of medical and psychological conditions, she said, sharing conclusions from a literature review, and interviews with around 50 coaches, coaching clients, neuroscientists and mindfulness experts. Mindfulness also helps us embrace change and uncertainty, and […]

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News in brief: Bothered? More than half of UK staff aren’t

Corporate scandals are eroding trust in senior leaders and will have a damaging impact on employee engagement, warns the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Only 36 per cent of workers trust their top leaders, according to the CIPD’s latest Employee Outlook report, a quarterly survey of 2,000 UK employees. Some 58 per cent have a ‘not bothered’ attitude to their job, and only one-quarter felt they were consulted by bosses about key issues. However, those who did trust their leaders were more likely to be content with their well-being, the survey showed. CIPD chief executive, Peter Cheese, said […]

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Journey’s end

In the last of a two-part series on team coaching, Jill Fairbairns shares her tips for rolling out team coaching, by applying Peter Hawkins’ Five Disciplines model to a high performing team undergoing transformation A team coaching programme is rather like going on a journey. You start off clear about where you’re going and who’s coming along. Then people leave, storms blow up, you get lost or circumstances change and you want to go somewhere else instead. So you have to begin with an end in mind that will survive the change. The destination can be defined using a generic […]

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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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Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the June 2012 issue of the newsletter Prompted by neuroscientist Geoff Bird’s suggestion at our last conference that coaches and clients might start sniffing bonding hormone oxytocin before sessions, we asked you what you thought. Some 94% of you voted against, in our online poll. We have another keynote on neuroscience in our second conference next month (July)- Chris Samsa will be talking about neuroscience and positive psychology. The conference is now sold out, weeks before the event, just like our last one. The conference sponsors this year are: Gold: Insala; Silver: Centre for Coaching; The CoachOnline, EMCC, […]

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