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TOO MUCH INFORMATION

A coaching company has a long-term relationship with a multinational technology business. The lead coach values her catch-ups with the firm’s HR director. But during coaching, her corporate client shares his perspective on a senior manager, and it raises practical and ethical difficulties for the coach. A global technology firm uses coaching as a development tool and as a means of support, for many of its senior and middle managers. Tania, the lead coach for the coaching company, believes it is important to know what impact the coaching programmes are having on both individuals and the organisation. So she values […]

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Emotional Resilience: Know How to be Agile, Adaptable and Perform at Your Best

Author Geetu Bharwaney Publisher Pearson ISBN978 12920 7366 8 Usefulness  5 Stars   This definitive guide provides a comprehensive framework for handling emotion in a business context and is written by an experienced practitioner with 16 years’ experience in the field of emotional intelligence and over 25 years’ in leadership development. The author defines emotional resilience as “the ability to continually choose thoughts, actions and feelings that enable you to function at your best at individual, team and organisational levels”. The book centres on a practical framework for working with emotion and building both individual and team resilience, which includes […]

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Host: Six New ROLES of Engagement

Authors Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey Publisher AoEC Press ISBN 978 09549 7498 5 Usefulness: 5 Stars   This book has given us an interesting, practical and timely new metaphor for leadership. The authors point out that existing metaphors, such as leader as hero or leader as servant, have severe limitations in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world. Looking at leadership in the context of leader as host, however, has many advantages. First, the metaphor is collaborative: there can be no hosting without guests. Second, it is communicative: a host is duty bound to relate to and communicate with their […]

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REBALANCING ACT

Three minutes to midnight A series of columns on our role in tackling the complicated economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It is a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy At the recent UK International Coach Federation (ICF) event on 19 May ‘Inspiring Coaching – The Next 20 Years’, Matthew Taylor, CEO of the Royal Society of Arts offered his view:What does the future hold for coaching? There are many ways to explore this. Some are about being self-determinant: What do we want to have happen? Some are about service: What do […]

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE

LINDSAY WITTENBERG As coaches, even our very presence can impact the client. Is it possible to preserve the autonomy of the relationship? Alongside my growing interest in a systemic approach to coaching, I’ve been thinking increasingly about my own role in directing (albeit implicitly) the coaching client’s thinking – something I’m wary of, but which is inherent in my simply being present. One of my clients had a long history in her organisation and was passionate about its mission. She had played a significant role in shaping its evolution from cottage industry, with a family ethos, to becoming more formal […]

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GIRL GUIDE

VIEWPOINT JANE KENYON Girls need role models that inspire them to lead, and a workplace that values female talent Having spent the past 10 years working with women and teenage girls from all walks of life, my learning curve on female empowerment has been fast and furious. My conclusions, however, are not always pretty or comforting. Our classrooms are not bursting with girls excited at the prospect of a corporate job. Even the bright ones destined for blue chip careers are ill-prepared for the misogyny of university life or for the first rung of the ladder, where they will earn […]

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SPANISH HIGHS

LUIS SAN MARTÍN The Association for Coaching in Spain is stirring up passion and finding a welcoming audience I remember watching a 1992 BBC documentary series in Britain about Spain, which presented all sorts of clichés, including that Spaniards have ‘Fire in the Blood’ (http://bit.ly/1B0S3A6). The idea that Spaniards are passionate is widespread, and like many stereotypes may well have some founding in reality. Certainly, anyone observing what’s been happening with the Association for Coaching (AC) in Spain over the last year, and particularly towards the end of May in Madrid, will have found plenty to fuel that opinion. The […]

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WHAT YOU’RE SAYING ONLINE

Elizabeth Lenihan (Ireland)has been pondering work culture and employee engagement. She asked: As a job seeker, are CSR, employee engagement initiatives and company culture important to you? Martin Remle (US) said he’d been searching for “the place that fits me and where I fit best. Because of that, I have learned that the ‘organizational climate’ aspect of a company is just as important as what my actual function would be”.  Ethics concernedSteve Preston (UK), who stated: “If a company or organisation is ethical in the way they treat their people and externally, then this will have a big impact on […]

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RESEARCH: MANAGERS NEED BETTER MICRO-POLITICAL SKILLS

Leaders are struggling to manage organisational politics constructively, according to the latest Management Agenda survey from leadership institute Roffey Park. Organisational politics, involving silo working, turf wars and clandestine discussions, for example, is a key leadership challenge and a source of workplace stress, says the report from Roffey Park, which is based in the UK and Singapore. It suggests managers need to hone their micro-political skills if they are to better navigate organisational life and influence key stakeholders in the absence of authority. Ethical conduct remains a key issue too – just over half of managers report observing misconduct in […]

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CYNICISM IS BAD FOR YOUR BANK BALANCE, SUGGESTS RESEARCH

Holding cynical beliefs about others may have a negative effect on income, suggests a study by researchers from the University of Cologne. The paper, ‘Cynical Beliefs About Human Nature and Income: Longitudinal and Cross-cultural Analyses,’ by Olga Stavrova and Daniel Ehlebracht, was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in May. “While previous research has associated cynicism with detrimental outcomes across a wide range of spheres of life, including physical health, psychological wellbeing and marital adjustment, the present research has established an association between cynicism and individual economic success,” said lead author Stavrova, a research associate at the […]

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