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Research matters

I see where you’re coming from Should you trust your intuition? Watch out, say Lis Merrick, senior lecturer at Sheffield Business School and Paul Stokes, deputy director of the Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Hallam University At the last European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) conference in Paris, we ran a session on the fascinating theme of the coach’s ego. We involved coaches in examining their motivation for using different interventions with clients, how much they were pre-occupied with evidencing their own impact, at the expense of actually helping the client think, and how their ego can manifest […]

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The what, why and how of it

I’ve been thinking about why we do what we do and how we do it, a lot recently. I blame Tatiana Bachkirova. In the first term of her postgraduate supervision course at Oxford Brookes, we had to write about our model, demonstrating that we understood why we worked the way we did. We had to show congruence between our personal philosophy (values, beliefs, assumptions, perceived purpose for supervision), desired outcomes and the processes we used when supervising. It was a time for burning the midnight oil and searching the soul – 78 books and articles later, I began to understand […]

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Coaching ‘ideal tool’ for adopters

Coaching firm Talking Talent has launched a coaching programme to help staff during the adoption process, plus their line managers. The programme is in response to the UK government’s reform on adoption to speed up the process. The coaching focuses on how to communicate adoption plans to the boss, colleagues and suppliers; work handovers; managing, and the practical and emotional changes of working parents. In April 2003, adoptive parents were granted statutory rights to adoption leave. Mirroring maternity leave, adoptive parents who have worked for their employer for least 26 weeks are entitled to up to 52 weeks’ leave. However, […]

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Troubleshooter: Credit Where It’s Due

Conspired against by her unusual, yet highly effective skills, hired by the  ‘wrong’ division and stalled in management fast-track, this clever, yet frustrated, specialist wants the recognition she deserves. But how? Margaret is a highly skilled, educated and intelligent technical specialist working for a blue-chip organisation. She is recognised by peers and seniors for her specific and unusual combination of skills, and often praised for the high-quality content of her contributions, and her willingness to share information or mentor others. She is particularly good at new or ground-breaking projects. Margaret is also on the management fast-track programme, which does not […]

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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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Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the March 2012 issue of the newsletter We have a fabulous line-up planned for our conference in central London on 11 July. The theme is Embracing and Enabling Change: resilience, creativity and wellbeing in these challenging times. Sessions include a keynote on neuroscience, case studies from Unilever and the Samaritans, and workshops on health/wellbeing coaching, fee negotiations, somatics and mindfulness. Our last conference was a sell-out and I know lots of you were disappointed. Don’t miss the boat this time – for more information and to book now click here .  

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How to… help clients prioritise

By Magdalena Bak-Maier All too often clients waste time and energy on activities that weigh them down. But how do we make the best use of our time when time is so limited? Magdalena Bak-Maier uses three lenses, diamond, gold and lead, to help clients work out where to target their focus Time is limited. We all have the same 24 hours and yet some of us are so much better at focusing action towards notable outcomes and creating results. So why do others struggle? Focus and clarity about what’s important are at the heart of personal and organisational effectiveness. […]

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Walk of Life

In a maze you can get lost, in a labyrinth, you can only find yourself. Coach Anneliese Monden reveals how her coaching clients are walking the walk, literally, and coming to their own conclusions. Labyrinths have been drawn and built for thousands for years. Today, they are being discovered again, as a powerful tool for stress reduction, connection with essential themes and true transformation. But why the revival? And why have we built one for coaching? The modern labyrinth The reasons are linked to the ever-increasing complexity of today’s world. Information overload There is an excess of information and an […]

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Profile – Peninah Thomson

KNOW YOUR PLACE When it comes to board-level female talent, there are “far too many lights under bushels”, says Peninah Thomson, and she is determined to find them. Liz Hall speaks to co-founder of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme Over the past nine years, as co-founder of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme, Peninah Thomson has done much to encourage women “to step forward, take their place at the table and contribute strategically”. Some 94 senior women seeking board-level appointments have been mentored by FTSE 100 chairmen since the programme’s inception, 78 of them achieving “significant career success” (see […]

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Ireland rescue

Paula King Ireland is beginning the long and arduous task of turning its economy around – and coaching will have a major role to play One of the worst kept secrets is out: Ireland is in financial crisis. Only a combination of European financial assistance and refocused political strategy energised by a 2011 general election will turn this country around. It will take time. It will take sustained initiative, courage, skill and consensus across the political, economic and educational landscapes. Most of all, it will take people equipped with the necessary attributes. The government must ensure there is training and […]

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