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News: Mindjet report: demoralised employees lack the willpower to succeed

Employers are struggling to motivate employees because of a lack of resources, recognition and direction from senior colleagues, suggests research. Inefficient communication is also a factor in holding people back, suggests the report from software company Mindjet. More than half of British office workers care about their employer succeeding in 2013, but only 49 per cent take their own role in this success seriously. And although a third (33 per cent) think they need to change their everyday working practices to be more successful, 24 per cent say they “haven’t got round to it” and 19 per cent feel too […]

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News: ‘Sloppy work’ is biggest timewaster

Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t help them develop good team working skills, suggests a survey of 2,000 people by training consultancy Cedar. Employees understand their own work contributes to team targets, but one-fifth have never attended a meeting in which team performance was discussed. Four in ten have a manager “who does not assist in resolving conflicts”. This, along with difficult interpersonal relationships within teams, is taking its toll on the team’s overall performance. A third of respondents dread coming into work because of a bad team environment, while a further third believe a tense atmosphere is […]

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News: Target-hitting won’t make you feel good at work

It will come as little surprise to many coaches that getting on well with work colleagues and having a good work/life balance are key to feeling good at work. As many coaches used to working on issues concerning emotional intelligence and work/life balance with clients will already suspect, positive relationships and a good work/life balance make all the difference. They are the top two factors in feeling good at work, according to 42 per cent and 40 per cent of workers surveyed, respectively. Some 26 per cent highlight “receiving praise” and 16 per cent, earning the trust of their boss, […]

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The health coaching toolkit, part four

Part 4: health coaching expert Professor Stephen Palmer expands on cognitive behavioural health coaching. This issue: cognitive thinking skills

Thinking skills help a client develop Health Enhancing Thinking (HETs). Some health-inhibiting styles of thinking develop over many years and become ingrained and resistant to change. In specific situations, such as smelling one’s favourite fatty food, the client need only think, “That smells great. I must have it now”, and next thing, they are eating it! Or with tasks they fail at, instead of thinking, “I’ve failed to reach my health goals today, I’ll have another go tomorrow”, they have a more unhelpful ending to their Health Inhibiting Thinking (HITs): “I’ve failed to reach my health goals today; this proves I’m a total failure.”

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How low can you go?

Persistent and widespread poor self-confidence is proving a major problem for one consumer goods firm. Coaching has worked before, but the problem is creeping back. What next for its HR manager? Harry is a senior-level HR practitioner in a large, fast-moving consumer goods organisation. The business has an ongoing problem of low self-confidence among staff, marked by a wide range of unproductive attitudes, feelings and behaviours. When setbacks or failures occur, staff confidence often buckles, which becomes an insidious and challenging source of interference to effective performance and wellbeing. The individuals demonstrate self-doubt, indecisiveness, isolation, disengagement and frustration, resulting in […]

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The Health Coaching Toolkit

What is health coaching and how does it differ from wellbeing coaching? What are the best models to use and can anyone do it? Health coaching expert Professor Stephen Palmer gives us the answers in this four-part health coaching toolkit.

Part 1: Setting the scene: definitions, theory and practice
Health and wellbeing coaching is not rocket science, although it is a specialism within the field of coaching and health. Somewhat surprisingly, studies have shown that the layperson can be successfully trained to become an effective health coach to work in primary care settings, although ongoing monitoring is important.

Health and wellbeing coaching, therefore, does not have to be the exclusive domain of licensed health professionals, although the latter may be involved in the training and supervision of lay health coaches.

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RIPPLE EFFECT

How did a single coaching initiative at the NHS, with only modest support, lead to shifts in management thinking, enhanced leadership capability and a reassessment of customer-facing practices? Mark McKergow, Antoinette Oglethorpe and Justine Faulkner report Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is one of the UK’s largest, most widely spread, mental health providers. With well over 4,000 staff, 16 inpatient and more than 100 community-based sites, AWP faces plenty of management challenges.In 2008, the Trust commissioned the Centre for Solutions Focus at Work (sfwork) to develop a coaching culture among senior and middle managers. The Trust liked the solution-focused […]

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Research matters – Why are ethics the right thing?

Coaches face moral decisions every day, yet within these dilemmas lies the path to coaching excellence. Janet Laffin and Stephanie Sturges, senior lecturers at Sheffield Hallam Business School, explain why Coaching ethics focuses on the principles and values that affect how we conduct ourselves and make decisions in our coaching. Ethical dilemmas are an everyday occurrence in coaching. They often happen because of a misalignment between the client’s and the organisation’s agendas, particularly when it comes to showing evidence of return on investment. For instance, the client wants to be coached into another organisation, however the sponsor wants the individual […]

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Global villager

If anyone knows how to make things happen, it’s Zulfi Hussain MBE. From role-modelling disadvantaged youngsters, to championing cross-cultural working and bringing Eastern philosophies into coaching – no mission is impossible. Liz Hall discovers what’s on his bucket list Zulfi Hussain is a man who makes the impossible possible. When someone says, “It can’t be done,” he replies, “There must be a way.” Take his response to news of the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004. While most of us dabbed at our tears and gave donations, Hussain spent the Christmas period developing and setting up a non-profit web-based initiative […]

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Letters

Hearts and minds The report of the ICF European conference in Madrid (vol 6, issue 4) conjures up a highly charged atmosphere in which the keynote speakers’ words finally got the response they were advocating, although perhaps not in the way they were intending. As I read the report, I had a sense of the audience connecting in a united voice, stimulated by one delegate’s expression of frustration. I’d like to have been in the audience. Reflecting on the editor’s invitation in her Talking Point to consider how we as coaches might shape our responses to the ‘New Normal’, I’ve […]

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Disability special report

In this three-part report, we look at how coaching can be used to support disabled people. Two coaches and their clients – one a deaf UK-based coach and the other a Greece-based coach with no disabilities – share their experiences and reflections. And David Clutterbuck offers guidance on using mentoring with disabled people PART ONE : MISSED ABILITY? Disabled people are just like other people. Why offer them particular support as a group? The short answer is because it could help unearth talents that employers are unaware of, says deaf coach, Jane Cordell When I started coaching in 2008, it was […]

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Consuming Passion

Unilever’s Global Mentoring Programme aims to guide its high-potential women into senior roles at the consumer goods giant. Now the course has evolved beyond mentoring, and into sponsorship, too. Katherine Ray reports The Unilever Global Mentoring Programme was launched in March 2009. It had one main objective: to aid the development and accelerate the readiness of high-potential women to enter into senior leadership positions at the consumer multinational. The programme has since evolved beyond mentoring – now it effectively provides sponsorship as well. While participation never guaranteed promotion, mentees could get the guidance they needed to navigate their next career move, […]

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Embracing and Enabling Change – Speakers

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Conference Material Sponsors Booking Speakers Aboodi Shabi Aboodi Shabi is one of the UK’s most senior coaches, and a pioneer and leader in the UK and European Coaching community. He was a founding co-President of the UK ICF, and has served the profession at all levels internationally. He has worked in the field of personal development for over twenty years, and in coaching since 1996. In that time, he has worked with thousands of coaches across the world. Aboodi has led training for coaches across Europe, and in Asia, North America and South […]

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Beyond Frontiers – Speaker/panellist bios

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Venue Sponsors Booking Speaker/panellist bios Additional details will soon be posted Linda Aspey Linda Aspey is the inaugural chair of BACP Coaching, the coaching division of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Europe’s largest body for counselling and psychotherapy. A former board member of BACP, Linda established the coaching division with BACP’s support to meet the needs of the growing number of members who coach alongside their counselling, psychotherapy, consultancy, training or academic work. Linda is a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, also accredited as a coach with APECS and AC, and a […]

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