Bring back joy

Unprofessional, fluffy? The idea of mixing mindfulness with ‘hard’ business has faced a difficult press. But the tide is turning, including within coaching. Mindful coach, Liz Hall, shares the results of her Mindfulness in Coaching 2012 survey and other research. Meditation used to be seen by many as the preserve of hippies and ochre-robed monks, not fit for the tough, hard-nosed corporate world. Coaches with meditation practices, myself included, would steer clear of mixing mindfulness with business, for fear of being branded unprofessional or fluffy. But this is changing. Mindfulness is being embraced in a number of secular settings, such […]

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Toolbox: Coaching at Work road-tests DISC Personality Profiling

Is that really you?

1 The tool
What is it?
Is it possible to predict how a person will act in a particular situation? Would it be useful to know what motivates them and what their fears are? What about anticipating how they will react under stress? Can we know whether someone is suitable for a certain job?

DISC Personality Profiling answers ‘yes’ to all these questions. The assessment tool is based on the DISC personality theory developed by William Marston. A psychologist with a PhD from Harvard, as well as being the creator of the first lie detector, Marston (1893-1947) wrote Emotions of Normal People (1928), and DISC, Integrative Psychology (1931).

How does it work?

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Into Bulgaria

Post-Communist Bulgaria may not be the first country you’d associate with world-class leadership, yet International Coach Federation Bulgaria co-founders Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova are spearheading some remarkable changes

To say that Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova have got coaching off the ground in Bulgaria is an understatement. They won the International Coach Federation (ICF) President’s Award for their leadership and contribution to coaching and the ICF in Bulgaria in September 2011, and their chapter won the ICF’s Breaking Barriers Award in 2012, along with Australia’s Victoria chapter for a joint project.

They’re launching one trailblazing executive coaching initiative after another, they’ve been interviewed widely in Bulgaria, and former prominent journalist Irina has had more than 20 ground-breaking articles published, establishing a new language for leaders and organisations.

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Like any other generational group, Gen Y is uniquely shaped by its historical context. It is only by understanding, respecting and addressing such generational differences in the working environment, that coaches can establish a successful relationship.

There is no consensus on the exact birthdate of Generation Y (Gen Y), but various publications and research studies give it as between 1982 and 2002 (Baby Boomers: 1946-1963, Gen X: 1963-1977 and late Gen X: 1977-1982).

Each generational group has a distinct set of values: how they view authority, their orientation to the world, loyalty, expectations of their leadership and ideal work environment. Each is uniquely shaped by its historical context. These formative influences have enduring effects and bring something new to the workforce, underscoring our need to understand, respect and regularly address generational differences in working practices.

Gen Y at work

A major challenge is an apparent mismatch between what employers want – and the world can offer – and what Gen Y want to do

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Uncoachable? That’s so uncool!

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london Coaching is seen as ‘cool’ by JOEY Restaurant Group’s employees – and as the average age of its staff is only 25 years old, cool is all. Redefining coaching as cool, and gaining senior buy-in, were key in getting a coaching culture off the ground, said Marjorie Busse, lead coach/trainer at Essential Impact, which worked with JOEY to take its leadership development to the next level. The 25 most senior leaders in the Canada-based organisation are accredited coaches. “It’s almost uncool to be uncoachable,” said Andrew Martin, vice president of HR. […]

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Troubleshooter: Man of the world

Jon is a senior sales director with a solid history of success leading teams. However, they have always been British, and he must now lead a multicultural team. How can he negotiate the cultural divides? Jon is an experienced senior manager, currently EMEA sales director in a global engineering company. He has recently moved divisions and now leads a multinational and remote team. Trying to create a sense of teamwork and sharing of best practice is proving quite a challenge. Jon is British and has led mainly British teams – with a significant level of success. Taking on this new […]

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Asset management

ASSET MANAGEMENT Why should disability be a problem when you coach the ‘whole’ person? Surely it’s just another phase in the continuum of life? CoachBarbara Asimakopoulou and client Katerina Hurd report Business coaches are ideally placed to be equal partners to disabled people, helping them gain or regain control of their professional lives. The ultimate goal is to help them see their disability as just another phase in the continuum of life. Framing it in this way can assist the disabled to be autonomous agents. A useful assumption in coaching is that the client is ‘whole’, a resourceful and creative […]

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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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Economic worries dominate readers’ survey

By Liz Hall Responding to current challenges, such as the economy and demonstrating ROI/value for money (VFM), are top of the agenda for 2012, according to this year’s Coaching at Work annual readers’ survey. Some 49.2 per cent of respondents cited responding to challenges including the economy as the most or second-most important priority, including coaching clients to cope with uncertainty, and making sure coaching is fit for purpose (13.2 per cent). Meanwhile, 27.7 per cent of you say evaluation/demonstrating ROI/ VFM is the number one/two priority. It’s the third year running this has been high on the agenda; last […]

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India links

Although business coaching is seen as costly in India, it’s common practice in India’s booming IT sector – and it’s expected to grow rapidly in other sectors too. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi Business coaching may still be nascent in India, yet talented professionals are increasingly seeking it out. “[Business coaching] is seen by executives as a perk and a leadership development initiative,” says Dr Ajay Nangalia, managing director of Bangalore-based leadership firm, Global Coach Trust. According to Dr Nangalia, coaching has a special significance in India’s booming IT sector, where it is common practice for companies to fast-track […]

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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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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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