Yearly Archives: 2014

Why mentors need supervision

All the coaching professional bodies in Europe and many bodies in other continents require coaches to have supervision. Few corporate buyers of coaching in Europe would hire a coach, who did not have a high level of formal qualification and …

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Yet another reason to focus more on the team and less on individuals

Having a team full of superstars doesn’t lead to high performance, according to research by Roderick Swaab, a professor at Insead business school, and his colleagues[1]. His researches indicate that when two-thirds of the team are star performers, they co-operate …

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Measuring the impact of team coaching

The pressure to measure the effectiveness of any form of coaching intervention can be intense. Coaches and sponsors both feel driven to demonstrate a high return on investment (RoI). Unfortunately, most of the attempts to measure RoI are not methodologically …

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What to put in place of the 9-box grid?

The 9-box grid is one of the most commonly used yet damaging processes in talent management. There simply isn’t any credible evidence that it identifies talent accurately – and it is likely to lead to increased turnover amongst both those …

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From coach to professional mentor

Why would successful coaches want to join the growing ranks of professional mentors? One of the big distinctions historically between coaching and mentoring has been that coaching is generally paid for, while mentoring is a voluntary activity. As a consequence, …

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The three-way conversation in coaching and mentoring

The three-way conversation between coach, client and the client’s boss, is commonplace in coaching. Sometimes also involving HR, it provides a valuable opportunity to clarify agendas, establish the support needed from the boss, and improve the direct report-boss relationship. Yet …

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Does your client want to be different or normal?

“Which is more important to you in building and maintaining your reputation – fitting in or standing out from the crowd?” It’s an unusual question for coaches and mentors to ask, but it can be very helpful in understanding what …

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What every HR director should know about coaching and mentoring strategy

Although overall spend on training and development has in many organisations been capped or declined during the recession, coaching and mentoring appear to have at least held their own and actually become a more critical part of the L&D offering …

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A true story about experts and statistics

Some 30 years ago as a young management writer, my role model was Peter Drucker. I only met him a few times, the last being in a small group seminar. At one point, in that heavy German accent and with a twinkle in his eye, he told us …

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Does banking make bankers behave badly?

Research that suggests this is more than a hypothetical question comes from a variety of sources. One of the most powerful is the set of studies by Kathleen Vohs, associate professor of marketing at the Carlson School of Management of …

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