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What does 2015 look like to you?

What do you think the hot trends and new directions will be for the profession in 2015? And the challenges? And anything else we should be watching out for and getting excited about in the year ahead? Here are some of your views   What are the hot trends/new directions for the year ahead? Areas that are trending for you include more neuroscience, a renaissance in mentoring, more attention to coaching research and more team/group coaching. Louise Buckle KPMG “Neuroscience will continue to be a buzz area, since it has so much to offer.” David Clutterbuck Co-founder of the European […]

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‘Dramatic’ change ahead for work

The workplace of 2030 is likely to be transformed by changes happening right now, with up to half of current occupations set to disappear, says a new report  Revolutionary shifts in the way workplaces operate and what employees want from their jobs are predicted to have a ‘dramatic’ effect on the global labour market in the next 15 years, suggests a report. Game changers such as artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing and the sharing economy are already rapidly transforming business structure and the way people work. In the study, Fast forward 2030: The future of work and the workplace from consulting firm […]

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British school in Dubai commits to full coaching culture

Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) has awarded coaching certificates to another staff cohort, bringing the total number of senior members of staff trained as coaches to 25, with a further 12 teachers currently in training. The coach training, with ILM-accredited qualifications and a Solution-Focused approach, has been delivered by UK coach training firm, British School of Coaching (BSC). The BSC presented certificates to staff from DESS at a ceremony on the Royal Lawn of the British Embassy in Dubai. The event was attended by local dignitaries, including the British Consul General, Edward Hobart DESS is the oldest British school in […]

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Managers unprepared for 18-80 workforce

Businesses may be poorly prepared for the multigenerational workforces of the future, with nearly half of managers saying they take the same approach to management with all their staff, regardless of age. Research by Penna found that for managers who are not adapting their style for different aged employees, almost half (46 per cent) say they don’t need to as they are confident in their management skills. However, more than one in three employees (39 per cent) agreed it was important for managers to change their style, as it will make different age groups more responsive. The future of work: […]

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Client/coach dependency still taboo subject

Collusion with leader clients is a widespread problem among executive coaches, suggests Professor David Clutterbuck In 2013, Professor Clutterbuck began exploring with coaches whether leaders and managers could be using having a coach as an excuse to abdicate their responsibilities for their self-development. In his recent blog article: Leader development: Are executive coaches part of the problem or part of the solution? he writes that many coaches admitted  that this was “one of the great taboo topics in coaching” and that they raised “a concern to develop more effective ways of ensuring that they recognise and avoid such collusion. “In […]

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Feel the fear: four quadrant model helps clients embrace opposing needs

Exploring clients’ deepest fears can lead them to wholeness, proposed Giovanna D’Alessio at the EMCC conference. Joking that “all models are wrong, but some are useful”, D’Alessio presented a four quadrant model for exploring fears in relation to needs, their shadows, the gift they bring, and possibility for transformation. So, for example, if someone’s need is love/belonging, their fear would be of being alone/rejected. The shadow would be them being clingy, while the gift would be connecting and generosity. The transformation would be for them to become themself and stand for their convictions. For someone with an overly strong need […]

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Decoding Da Vinci: learn to develop creativity

Think like Leonardo da Vinci if you want to develop your client’s creativity. This was Michael J Gelb’s message as he outlined seven principles for capturing the essence of the Renaissance genius in his keynote speech at the EMCC 21st annual coaching conference in Italy. The principles are: Curiosita (curiosity about everything); Dimonstrazione (being an independent thinker, multiple perspectives); Sensatzione (engaging all the senses as ministers of the soul; being mindful of beauty; Sfumato (openness to the unknown and the mysterious); Arte/scienza (achieving a balance between art and science); Corporalita (balancing and training body and mind), and Coneccionne (being a […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

In the box Clients seeking creative solutions to problems should avoid ‘thinking outside the box’, suggests research by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The researchers looked at whether it is best to use unrelated concepts to drive creativity or to build on scenarios more directly linked to the problem. The research, published in Design Studies, concluded that the latter approach is best.   Blowing whistles Some 23 per cent of HR professionals say their employer actively discourages staff from speaking out and raising concerns, according to a survey of more than 2,500 middle and seniors managers worldwide […]

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Positive emotions are nonsense

You are putting your decision-making ability at risk if you wish only to cultivate ‘positive’ emotions, said Professor Brown, opening day two of the AC conference. “There is a great danger coming out of the positive psychology field. Some emotions were thought of as positive and some negative…it’s nonsense,” he argued. “We need to manage all our emotions, including anger, disgust, fear, shame and sadness, as well as love and joy. “Judgement relies on the capacity of our brain to understand what our emotional system is telling us,” he said. Moreover, if we try to exclude certain emotional experiences, we […]

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Leading in a turbulent world

By Zsófia Anna Utry If organisations are to survive and maintain sustainability they need to embrace complexity, paradox, difference and emotions. Ian McDermott, Naomi Iles and Professor Paul Brown, in workshops at the AC conference, all made the case for openness towards uncertainties, and for leaving behind predictability, control and management of change, conditions that shut down people’s creative capacity for adaptation to change. Leadership must move away from traditional management approaches. Anikó Szabó’s view was that “leadership is about listening and making a connection with others and providing the energy and commitment” to see tasks through. Professor Brown suggested […]

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