Blog Archive

The pivotal role of mentoring and coaching in health services

06/Jun/2018

The health sector has a long history of involvement with mentoring. The first supported mentoring programmes in Europe took place in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), aimed at supporting the integration and retention of young graduate recruits. The NHS …

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How much coaching should line managers give direct reports?

16/May/2018

It’s a natural assumption that, the more coaching a line manager gives his or her direct reports, the greater the positive impact on performance and engagement. In reality, however, according to a study by Gartner[1], there is very little correlation. …

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Coaching and mentoring as conversations about context

11/May/2018

If coaches and mentors rarely, if ever, offer advice, what do they do? They offer context. Context is “relevant information, which the learner does not hold, but which may have a significant effect upon the quality of the decisions they …

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The role of wisdom in the coach/mentor – AI partnership

05/Mar/2018

In all the major models of human maturity, two qualities recur constantly: wisdom and connectedness. Wisdom, as exemplified by the original mentor, Athene, relates to the process of reflection upon and learning from experience. The scope of wisdom is therefore …

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A glimpse into the pre-history of teams

29/Jan/2018

The ability of humans to collaborate in teams on large-scale projects goes back thousands of years, according to theories emerging from the evidence of excavations of ancient monuments. Ancient monuments like Stone Henge, the Egyptian Pyramids, the statues of Easter …

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Coach versus bot: how do they compare?

03/Jan/2018

The issue of coach versus AI became one of the hot topics in coaching for 2017 and looks set to continue to generate interest, debate and – hopefully – some research. As yet, there is little evidence that existing coaches …

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The Coach-AI Partnership

03/Jan/2018

If coaches are to benefit from the rise of Artificial Intelligence, then they will need to embrace the new technology and integrate it with their practice. But what does that mean? The coach-AI partnership fulfils several functions: It provides real-time …

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What if the coachee or mentee appears delusional

24/Nov/2017

Although only one person in 500 is receiving treatment for a delusional disorder at any time, the rest of us are much more susceptible to bizarre and irrational beliefs than we like to admit. A recent study asking people about …

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FKT isn’t mentoring

24/Nov/2017

In recent months, there has been a spate of articles and webinars extolling the virtues of “speed mentoring”, “flash mentoring” or similar means of fast knowledge transfer (FKT). We have also seen the rise of “Mentoring Lite” from major dot-com …

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The linguistic origins of mentoring

09/Nov/2017

An eminent US scholar in mentoring recently said at a conference “There is no such word as mentee!”, arguing instead for the word protégé. By the same logic, of course, there is no such word as protégé (French, from which …

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What’s the conversation you need to have

16/Oct/2017

We all have conversations we avoid. We can wall these conversations off to the extent that we are not even aware we are avoiding them. In helping someone get to know themselves, a coach or mentor can encourage them to …

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Having a good talk with myself

16/Oct/2017

Walking down the street 25 years ago, the sight of someone talking to themselves would probably make you want to cross the road to avoid them. Nowadays, it is nothing strange – we assume that they are on their mobile …

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Control or let go

16/Oct/2017

People often struggle to get the right balance between doing things themselves and delegating to others. Here are some simple questions to manage the conversation about this: What do you have to control? What do you feel the need to …

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Wise words create wise thinking

16/Oct/2017

One of the greatest gifts between cultures is that of new words. Our awareness of concepts is tightly bound with having words to describe them. (For example, the concept of mathematics is alien to some remote tribes, who are limited …

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Team coaching virtual teams

26/Jul/2017

Virtual teams have a number of differences compared with co-located teams. On the plus side, their geographical dispersion means that they can draw upon a wider and more diverse pool of talent. It is also easier to maintain 24-hour oversight …

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