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CHARIS PILOTS WORKSHOPS IN LONDON FOR WOMEN AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

By Liz Hall A social enterprise has launched in the UK offering coaching and workshops to women who have experienced domestic violence and/or operate in masculine-dominated corporate environments. Charis Coaching has as its vision “a sweeping, global cultural shift to gender equality in the workplace, the home and the community”. Some 30 per cent of women in the UK have experienced domestic violence since age 16, according to data released in February 2014 from the Office for National Statistics. Less than 40 per cent of domestic violence crime is reported to the police, according to the report Domestic Violence, Sexual […]

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OLDER, SKILLED STAFF CAN BRIDGE LEADERSHIP GAP

It’s not how old you are, but how young you feel that matters when it comes to workplace performance, suggests research. Employees who felt substantially younger than their chronological age were more successful in meeting identified goals. And businesses with a higher proportion of “young at heart” employees tend to perform better overall, in terms of financial performance, efficiency and a longer tenured workforce, says the survey of more than 15,000 employees from 107 companies. The research, by Florian Kunze, Anneloes Raes and Heike Bruch, revealed that organisations tended to have more young at heart workers when they offered age-inclusive […]

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COACHING AT WORK LAUNCHES GENDER EQUALITY CAMPAIGN

Coaching at Work is launching a Campaign for Gender Equality at its annual conference on 1 July, one of a raft of initiatives to celebrate its 10th anniversary in September. As part of the campaign, Coaching at Work is supporting two organisations involved in inspiring work to support the empowerment and advancement of women. One is Charis Coaching, a recently launched social enterprise which supports female ‘rising stars’ in businesses, plus women who have experienced domestic violence (see page 8). The other is Grow Movement, a charity which mentors budding entrepreneurs in the developing world, many of whom are women, […]

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EMCC ADDS ISMPE GUIDES FOR MENTORING SCHEMES

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) is incorporating the International Standards for Mentoring Programmes in Employment (ISMPE) into its standards portfolio, and plans to widen the scope of these standards to cover internal coaching programmes. The ISMPE were the brainchild of Professor David Clutterbuck 12 years ago and were designed to fill a gap in the evaluation of mentoring programmes, focusing on adult employment and development in particular. The six core standards include clarity of purpose; stakeholder training and briefing; processes for selection and matching; processes for measurement and review; maintenance of high standards of ethics and pastoral care, […]

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JOAN OF ARC

The Coaching Chronicles Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… It is believed that Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans, was born in Domrémy in north east France in around 1412. Her parents, Jacques D’Arc and Isabelle, were tenant farmers and owned about 50 acres of land. Joan came to be known as the heroine of France and is also a Roman Catholic Saint. Joan’s story is not […]

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DO WE COACH THE NUANCES?

In the latest in our series of columns looking at coaching and mentoring-related research, Lis Merrick explores whether the gender of our clients is relevant in the coaching dialogue – and whether we should we coach to it Social science research, popular myths, fairy tales, films and any number of psychological studies suggest men and women develop and behave differently. Putting media gender stereotypes to one side, there do seem to be core differences between men and women. Beginning with the ground-breaking work of psychologist Carol Gilligan1, research suggests that in childhood and adolescence, men and women learn differently and […]

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ARE YOU LOSING IT?

Lis Merrick In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at intellectual capital. This issue: how mentoring can spearhead knowledge management in your organisation Strategic mentoring can harness the power of your staff’s tacit knowledge and enhance productivity The knowledge and skills of a workforce (its intellectual capital) are an organisation’s most valuable asset. Knowledge can be explicit or implicit (possessed by highly skilled individuals or ‘master’ performers, who may or may not be able to articulate what is behind their expertise). However, there is a third kind of knowledge that cannot be articulated – […]

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The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits That Trap Us

Title The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering the Twelve Traits That Trap Us Authors Geoff Watts and Kim Morgan Publisher Inspect & Adapt Ltd ISBN978 09575 8744 1 Usefulness  5 stars The moment I opened The Coach’s Casebook I was impressed. And with recommendations from Nancy Kline and a foreword by Julie Starr, I wasn’t alone. This refreshing book is organised around the 12 traits that can trap us: Imposter Syndrome, People Pleasing, Going To Excess, Fierce Independence, Cynicism, Driven By Fear, Ostrich Syndrome, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Performance Anxiety, Searching For Fulfilment and Dealing With Loss. Here, captured in one place, was almost […]

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The Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work

Title The Fertile Void: Gestalt Coaching at Work Author John Leary-Joyce Publisher AoEC Press ISBN 978 09930 7720 3 Usefulness 5 stars To suggest there might be a ‘bible’ for Gestalt Coaching is a bit of a paradox. However,  John Leary-Joyce covers the topic with such depth of understanding that any coach would be hard-pressed to find a more inspirational guide, not only to coaching, but also to living an authentic life. His definitions and explanations make it easy and pleasurable to access the richness of Gestalt philosophy, and he brings a light, yet profound touch to theoretical input, putting it […]

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HOW TO… COACH TO END WELL, PART 2

In the last issue we focused on how coaching can contribute to employment relationships ‘ending well’. In part 2 we now concentrate on coaching relationships and the 4Ps for ending well: Purpose, Process, People and Prevailing forces Reflecting on past coaching relationships, do you wonder why they have ended in a particular way? Why some clients remain vividly in your memory for years, while others are quickly forgotten? Why some relationships end positively with a ‘thank you and goodbye’ or a genuine wish to stay connected, while others just fade away with a disingenuous ‘let’s keep in touch’ or a […]

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