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BOSSES AND STAFF SEE WORK VERY DIFFERENTLY

Employees feel differently about their employer’s workplace practices and their day-to-day experiences at work depending on their rank in the organisation – the more senior they are, the more positively they view the working culture, suggests research in the US. Compared to front-line employees, more senior leaders report having opportunities available to them and say they regularly tap into programmes and policies designed to benefit employees, according to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2015 Work and Well-Being Survey conducted online by Harris Poll among more than 1,500 US-based adults earlier this year. Senior leaders were more likely to say their […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

CIPD: reverse mentor your next-gen staff Employers need to pay more attention to how they develop young people if they are to retain talented staff and boost business performance. Reverse mentoring is one way of helping young people develop responsibility, suggests a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Developing the Next Generation, which highlighted self-confidence, self-awareness and resilience as areas to develop.   Badly treated managers copy poor behaviour Middle managers who are unfairly treated by their bosses will treat their subordinates in the same way unless they are based in different locations and the social distance […]

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AOCS HOSTS ‘UNCONFERENCE’ ON COACHING SUPERVISION

The Association of Coaching Supervisors (AOCS) launched International Coaching Supervision Day on 21 May to celebrate International Coaching Week, holding, along with The OCM, an innovative ‘unconference’ on coaching supervision. AOCS members engaged coaches to sample good supervision through initiatives, such as free telephone sessions and providing articles on supervision and its benefits. The ‘Across Boundaries’ open space event, in Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, UK, brought together 60 participants from countries, including Canada, France, Malaysia, Greece, Belgium and the UK. Themes that emerged and were discussed included increasing the uptake of coaching supervision; current and potential contributions from professional bodies; team […]

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ICF CHAPTERS WORLDWIDE SHOWCASE THEIR ICW INITIATIVES

Free group coaching sessions, workshops, coaching cafés, networking breakfasts, inspirational walks, coaching awareness videos and conferences were just some of the initiatives rolled out by ICF coaches across the world to celebrate International Coaching Week (ICW). In Central and South America, initiatives included free coaching sessions in Brazil; a Challenges of Executive Coaching conference, a workshop on ethics in coaching and a conference in Peru; various free events at universities and ICF-certified training schools, free coaching sessions and workshops, with an opening ceremony at Universidad del Salvador hosted by the current and two past presidents of the chapter from Argentina […]

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COACHING YORK HOLDS WEEK OF FREE EVENTS

ICW ROUNDUP INTERNATIONAL COACHING WEEK, A GLOBAL CELEBRATION OF COACHING, 18-24 MAY By Bob Garvey International Coaching Week (ICW) was celebrated across the City of York, making this the only city in the UK to mark the week as a whole, with 15 different coaching events taking place, attracting around 300 people. The initiative was organised by Coaching York, an association of professionally trained, qualified and experienced coaches who connect businesses and the community with high quality coaching. Its purposes in pulling together the ‘Coaching: Conversations That Make a Difference’ initiative was to share its enthusiasm for coaching; celebrate the […]

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‘OUTSTANDING’ SWISS RE GROUP WINS UK ICF PRISM AWARD

The Swiss Re Group has won the first UK International Coach Federation (ICF) Prism Award, which recognises outstanding organisational coaching initiatives. The UK ICF award, supported in its inaugural year by the Institute of Directors, evaluates coaching programmes that yield discernable and measurable positive impacts, fulfil rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals and shape organisational culture. The judges were impressed by the two finalists, Swiss Re and The Big Lottery, and chose Swiss Re because of its strength in being able to demonstrate the impact of its initiative with powerful measurement data. The Swiss Re Group is a leading […]

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HOW DO WE FACE THE ‘UNKNOWN UNKNOWNS’?

Twenty years ago, only a quarter of households had a home computer, the term ‘internet’ was just being defined, and the International Coach Federation (ICF) was born in a back garden. UK ICF President Joy Harcup, in her opening speech to the 2015 UK ICF Conference, asked what the next 20 years might bring. Perhaps coaching would be subsumed into other learning interventions? Might only qualified psychologists be able to offer it?  Whatever the future, Harcup suggested coaches have two valuable qualities when facing future “unknown unknowns” – optimism and curiosity – because, to quote Noam Chomsky, “Unless you believe […]

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OUR NETWORKED WORLD NEEDS ECO-LEADERS

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP UK INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION CONFERENCE 2015, ‘INSPIRING COACHING: THE NEXT 20 YEARS’, LONDON, 19 MAY By Kate McGuire Current models of leadership no longer serve us in a networked, fast-changing world driven by connectivity and interdependence, said Simon Western, chief executive of Analytic-Network Coaching. Top-down leadership doesn’t work in a world where organisations are subjected to rapid change and collapse and where fluidity and responsiveness are essential for survival, said Dr Western in his session: Coaching New Leaders for the Network Society. Outlining his concept of eco-leadership, Western painted a picture of leadership emerging in unexpected places, distributed […]

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Coaching at Work – conference sponsors This year’s conference sponsors and exhibitors are: Gold sponsor: Ashridge Business School Silver sponsors: Association for Coaching; Barefoot Coaching; Centre for Coaching; European Mentoring & Coaching Council; International Coach Federation; KDVI Ltd; Kogan Page; Open University Press; Routledge; Special Group in Coaching Psychology; Strengths Partnership Bronze sponsor: Oxford Brookes University l Vistage is sponsoring the awards ceremony reception.   Van Nieuwerburgh moves to Henley Christian van Nieuwerburgh is leaving the University of East London, where he has been a co-programme leader and senior lecturer within the coaching psychology team. From 1 September, he is […]

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WOMEN PUT OFF MACHO SECTORS

The ‘macho atmosphere’ is the biggest obstacle to attracting female talent to work in male-dominated sectors, such as the military and construction, suggests a survey. The brewing sector (41% identified a macho atmosphere), construction (40%) and security (26%) were the industries where macho environments were the most off-putting factor. Patronising male colleagues deter many women, particularly from working in the aviation sector (42%) and in medicine (32%). Safety was also a concern for many women – it was number 2 on the list of deterring factors, according to the survey of 1,000 women by Stormline, a manufacturer of foul weather […]

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