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Millennials have great expectations

‘Millennials’ (those aged between 18 and 31) are the most ambitious generation- they seek more than money from their jobs, placing more importance on career development, mentoring, and workplace benefits, suggests a study of more than 5,000 workers.

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Body Talk

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters of you are members of a professional coaching organisation. But for those of you who aren’t, confusion still reigns. Liz Hall brings clarity with an in-depth look at what’s on offer.

Professional bodies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but as coaching buyers begin to ask more questions about accreditation, standards and ethics, more coaches are signing up. And they are discovering the real benefits to be had.

A recent cartoon by our resident humorist Kipper struck a nerve with many of you, highlighting the confusion that still reigns over who does what. How do you decide what body to join? Which are relevant to you? What do they offer?

Some 74 per cent of respondents to Meyler Campbell’s survey of coaches (see news, page 12) are members of a professional coaching body, up on last year’s 65 per cent. There was no clear leader last year either, but in 2009 the Association for Coaching (AC) pulled ahead by a long shot (59 per cent), followed by the International Coach Federation (ICF; 29 per cent), as shown in Table 1.

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News: Lack of preparation stalls cross-cultural mentoring

Many multinational mentoring programmes are at risk because employers fail to think strategically, adapt their approach to local cultures, or offer participants adequate cross-cultural training beforehand.
These were the key messages emerging from contributions to the multinational mentoring stream in the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s (EMCC) first ever mentoring e-conference on 16-18 January.
David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the EMCC, said many organisations fail to change. “One of the mistakes I have seen commonly is for the headquarters of a multinational to assume that what works [fits] culturally in the home country is the right way to do it everywhere else. This cultural imperialism often leads to conflict and the abandonment of very effective local programmes.”

Adina Tarry, director of Rich Answers International, who has lived and worked in seven countries, and works with multinationals, said she has never seen a cross-cultural competence development programme precede mentoring, for example. She said businesses have a limited understanding of what cross-cultural experience, awareness, competency and sensitisation are, and do not appreciate that specific preparation is needed.

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News: Coach sails

Clipper world race for H2O children’s charity. Despite never having sailed before, Terezia Koczka, is taking to the high seas in the Clipper Round the World Race to raise funds for charity. Executive coach Koczka is rising to the challenge, both to celebrate her 60th birthday and to encourage support for the H2O programme, which helps gives access to education to disadvantaged children in a rural, poor area of her home country, Hungary. The Clipper race is unique in the sailing world. Apart from the skipper, none of the participants are professional sailors – 40 per cent, like Koczka, have […]

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News: Government portal helps SMEs find mentors

A UK government initiative has reached its target – by adding 15,000 more small business mentors to its books. Mentorsme.co.uk, a national mentoring portal owned and operated by the British Bankers’ Association, already had 12,000 mentors from the small business community. Over the past 16 months, it has trained a further 15,000 volunteers, to help SMEs start, grow and create jobs. The mentors have been recruited and trained as part of the £1.9m government-funded Get Mentoring project, delivered by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI). Business minister, Michael Fallon said:
“Small businesses are vital to our economy and we are […]

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News: Mindjet report: demoralised employees lack the willpower to succeed

Employers are struggling to motivate employees because of a lack of resources, recognition and direction from senior colleagues, suggests research. Inefficient communication is also a factor in holding people back, suggests the report from software company Mindjet. More than half of British office workers care about their employer succeeding in 2013, but only 49 per cent take their own role in this success seriously. And although a third (33 per cent) think they need to change their everyday working practices to be more successful, 24 per cent say they “haven’t got round to it” and 19 per cent feel too […]

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News: Ernst & Young builds relations

Mentoring in the community makes employees better at serving clients, and at managing people, according to an Ernst & Young community engagement champion in the US. Mentoring is a core leadership competency at Ernst & Young, said Rene Salas, Ernst & Young’s East Central assurance partner and community engagement champion. He said, “Mentoring in the community helps employees build relationships that matter – and they learn how to listen, how to coach and how to forge connections based on trust.” Salas, who directs the company region’s charitable giving and volunteerism efforts, was speaking at a networking reception for more than […]

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News: ‘Sloppy work’ is biggest timewaster

Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t help them develop good team working skills, suggests a survey of 2,000 people by training consultancy Cedar. Employees understand their own work contributes to team targets, but one-fifth have never attended a meeting in which team performance was discussed. Four in ten have a manager “who does not assist in resolving conflicts”. This, along with difficult interpersonal relationships within teams, is taking its toll on the team’s overall performance. A third of respondents dread coming into work because of a bad team environment, while a further third believe a tense atmosphere is […]

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News:Executive coaching spreads its net wide

US-based Sherpa’s latest annual survey reveals the value and credibility of coaching is at an all-time high, spreading across the globe and creating corporate cultures

This is the year that high-definition video made its mark on coaching, while the number of practitioners using face-to-face coaching fell for the first time in eight years, according to a global survey.
Webcam, a technology that was hardly mentioned even five years ago, is now an important component of service delivery, with 15 per cent of practitioners using it to coach, according to Sherpa’s eighth annual survey – Executive Coaching at the Summit (www.sherpacoaching.com).
The use of video-conferencing is also rising dramatically. External coaches use it more often than internals, by a 22 per cent to 20 per cent margin. And as live, high-quality video starts to become widely available, it will overtake other delivery methods, predicts the report.
Some 92 per cent of internal coaches see face-to-face coaching as the most effective method of delivery, compared to 76 per cent of externals.
The report has thrown up other differences between how external and internal coaches operate, too. Internal coaches meet their clients more often and have more face-to-face meetings – more than half of internals’ coaching is in person, compared to just 40 per cent of externals’ services, the survey notes.
Internal coaches are twice as likely to have weekly meetings, and strongly favour shorter engagements (90 days or less.) Some 27 per cent of externals believe a coaching engagement should last six months or longer, while only 7 per cent of internal coaches opt for engagements that long.

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News: Target-hitting won’t make you feel good at work

It will come as little surprise to many coaches that getting on well with work colleagues and having a good work/life balance are key to feeling good at work. As many coaches used to working on issues concerning emotional intelligence and work/life balance with clients will already suspect, positive relationships and a good work/life balance make all the difference. They are the top two factors in feeling good at work, according to 42 per cent and 40 per cent of workers surveyed, respectively. Some 26 per cent highlight “receiving praise” and 16 per cent, earning the trust of their boss, […]

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New Horizons – Venue

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Venue Sponsors Booking We are pleased to announce that this year’s venue will be : Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/london/lonbl/hoteldetail/directions

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New Horizons – Sponsors

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Speakers Sponsors Booking Sponsors [toggles title=” GOLD SPONSOR” active=”1″] [toggle title=””] Insala is a leading talent development technology and consulting provider for mentoring and coaching based in London. We are the only organisation to provide a single technology solution to support and manage your mentoring and coaching initiatives singularly or in combination. Our solutions enables you to easily match mentees with mentors, coachees with coaches and supports self-matching. We provide the tools for you to track the relationships within your programmes and their outcomes. The solution includes content to guide participants, automated messaging […]

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New Horizons – Speakers

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Speakers Sponsors Booking Speakers Eunice Aquilina Eunice Aquilina is a somatic coach, OD consultant, facilitator and coach supervisor who supports her clients to develop a strong authentic leadership presence, build skilful ways to cultivate trust, embody greater ease and connection and better manage their commitments and results. She draws on her 25 years’ experience to design and facilitate experiential learning solutions using large group methodology, action learning and coaching, often in combination. Working in partnership with her clients, she co-creates learning processes focused on learning from real issues in real time, practicing new […]

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New Horizons – Programme

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Speakers Sponsors Booking Programme Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference New Horizons: Tuesday 2nd July 2013 Please note that this programme may be subject to alterations Time Description Speaker 8.30 Registration 9.20 Introductions & welcome Liz Hall 9.30 Keynote 1: An interactive keynote on applied neuroscience & coaching: What do you want to know about the brain and coaching? K1 Professor Paul Brown 10.20 Case Study 1: Santander: Empowering the business to understand its talent and to drive real life development CS1: Caroline Curtis Workshop 1a: Mindfulness-based supervision W1a: Graham Lee Workshop 1b: […]

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New Horizons – Case Studies

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Speakers Sponsors Booking   Case study 1 Caroline Curtis Talent management has for too long been seen as something that HR owns, leads and “does” but our experience is that the “big wins” come from the business owning and driving talent initiatives. In this session, Caroline Curtis, Head of Executive Talent, Succession and Development, talks about how Santander have embedded talent management in the business in order to optimise the potential of their people. Caroline will cover: Developing a strong understanding of what “excellence” looks like Reviewing the population and identifying where there […]

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New Horizons – Workshops

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Speakers Sponsors Booking   Workshop 1a Graham Lee Mindful Supervision: Working the Edges of Vulnerability At the core of human development is the capacity to work at the edge of discomfort and vulnerability. If, as coaches, we are to support our clients to inhabit new territories of uncertainty, we need to strengthen our own emotional resilience and our own capacity to tolerate uncertainty. This session will explore how mindfulness can be used within a coaching supervision setting to support a more steady and embodied inquiry into the challenges facing ourselves and our clients. […]

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New Horizons – Keynote Sessions

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Speakers Sponsors Booking   Keynote 1 Professor Paul Brown Professor Paul Brown introduces neuroscience as the essential underpinning knowledge for the future of coaching as a profession and makes special reference to the power of the central integrator that organises the way the brain works. Keynote 2 David Megginson Goal free and down to earth: a personal odyssey David will recount his personal journey from pre-goal to goal orientation to beyond goal living and weave this path with perspectives from his latest book, Beyond Goals, which is due for publication in the autumn. […]

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Festive cheer

Carol Wilson ran communication workshops with ‘guests’ at homeless charity Crisis last Christmas. The responses would not have been out of place in an executive boardroom “When a street stabbing happens it doesn’t start with knives; there are words that lead up to the knives. With the coaching skills I have learned here, I can make a difference when the words start, and stop it getting to the point where the knives are drawn.” These words were spoken by a 26-year-old youth who had been funded to attend one of my recent public sector coach training courses. It made a […]

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EMCC, AC and ICF form an alliance

By Liz Hall In a landmark move for the coaching industry worldwide, three of its leading professional bodies have formed a global alliance. The International Coach Federation (ICF), the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching (AC) broke the news of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance in Bilbao on 17 November. The bodies have worked together – with one another and with other bodies in recent years, including the ICF, EMCC and AC´s work on the common Code of Conduct, which was filed with the EU in 2011 (http://www.coaching-at-work.com/2011/08/26/professional-bodies-in-landmark-self-regulation/). Behind the scenes, […]

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