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Change study reveals depth of influence of coaching

One of the first studies to look at coaching effectiveness in times of organisational change shows it enhances solution-focused thinking, the ability to deal with change, leadership self-efficacy and resilience, and the attainment of goals relevant to the organisation’s mission. The study, by Anthony Grant, associate professor and director at the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology, also found that coaching during organisational change increased workplace satisfaction, and decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Grant said, “Although coaching is often used by organisations in times of organisational change, there has been very little research looking at […]

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Hawkins: don’t ignore the future – it may bite you The thirteenth fairy only becomes the wicked fairy because of not being invited to the party, and so it is with organisations that ignore stakeholders, such as the future, at their peril,” said Peter Hawkins, referring to the wicked fairy in the Grimms’ Fairy Tale, Sleeping Beauty. Speaking at the Association for Coaching’s annual conference on creating a coaching culture, Bath Consultancy Group founder, Hawkins, said every organisation has a thirteenth fairy “who will prick them in the thumb or bite them in the bum” if they are ignored. He […]

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Studies highlight poor management behaviour A string of studies has revealed unethical behaviour, poor strategic skills and shaky people management ability among managers and leaders, prompting calls for employers to “step up”, and highlighting the contribution that coaches can make to fostering more appropriate behaviour. One million UK managers are working in a way they feel “unethical” to “get ahead,” according to a study by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). A separate study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reveals efforts to encourage positive behaviours among managers are being ‘undermined’ by the lack of a consistent message […]

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South Africa: training omits Afrocentric values A South African black woman was traumatised by being propelled into coaching an older white male in front of other coach trainees, a request that stirred up ghosts of Apartheid and became confused with traditional cultural hierarchies. The incident is offered as a example of how executive coaching and coach training in South Africa is failing to reflect Afrocentric cultural values, in a study by two researchers from the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. South Africa still struggles with tensions of racial assumptions, employment equity and parity […]

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Hurry up and wait

Katharine St John-Brooks Internal coaches face a dearth of clients because of poor process management. The good news is that it’s easy to put right. Do internal coaches have enough to do? In the course of researching my new book on internal coaching, I came across an unexpected phenomenon – frustrated internal coaches who were ‘all dressed up with nowhere to go’. They had completed their training and were fired up, ready to start work with coaching clients – except they had none. Or, they had had a few when the scheme started, but demand had petered out. I first […]

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Reflections: Lightly does it

Lindsay Wittenberg How do we help clients find their way back into safety following intense experiences? Lately I’ve become aware of how often extremes of uncertainty come up in my coaching sessions. Any leader’s life is full of the unpredictable, the ambiguous and the complex, but there’s a particular intensity, even threat, to the experiences of three of my clients. One exceptionally bright woman was catapulted, without preparation, to a demanding senior position: her job description was vague, yet there was significant pressure on her to deliver. Scrambling to produce results caused her serious stress. Another client lost four colleagues […]

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Reviews

Book   Title: Full Spectrum Supervision Editors: Edna Murdoch and Jackie Arnold Publisher Panoma Press ISBN 978 1908 74699 3 Usefulness *****   The subtitle of this collection is “Who you are, is how you supervise”, and the essays within it amply illustrate this truth in a wide and fascinating range of ways. It reflects and explores the Full Spectrum model of supervision. The book is aimed primarily at coach supervisors, but any coach that wishes to deepen the skilfulness, impact and enjoyment of their practice would gain a great deal from it. I did! The editors have brought together […]

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Little changes can make big ripples

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 Shifting a system, making a dent in history, being a catalyst for change for the better: it can seem overwhelming. A mentor we know calls it “too much to think about”. Yet his previous work was heading a corporate division of more than 10,000 people. But Andy Bradley, founder and director of Frameworks 4 Change, has a different view. He was recently voted by The Observer […]

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Ask me anything

What new questions do we ask our clients in a rapidly changing world, says Sara Hope, in the fourth in our series of columns on internal coaching/mentoring When I formally became an internal coach 12 years ago, the environment in which I operated was very different to that of today. Yet, to thrive we need to adapt and become more global, be able to manage complexity, and cope with rapidly changing technology. We have a desire for instant answers, we are always looking for someone to blame, and we are surrounded by prominent figures telling us the ‘right’ way of […]

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Losing my momentum

  Mick, a commercially successful ‘40-something’ business owner, finds himself shying away from setting goals, slow to act and re-evaluating his place in the world. Can developmental stages or life phases help him get to a new understanding of where he is now, and what he might want for the future? Mick does not see himself as unhappy with his lot, yet he finds himself at coaching. Success has come to him in many ways, and despite a relatively recent expansion programme for his business (which is going well) he finds himself a little disconnected with it all, searching for […]

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