Obtaining Value From Coaching And Mentoring – What’s New?

21 October 2008

Trinity House, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London, EC3N4DH

Building on CRF's 2006 workshop on the subject, this member symposium and research report provided an up to date perspective on managing and obtaining value from coaching and mentoring. We examined the role of coaching in facilitating improvement and culture change in a multi cultural context and assess the influence of the strengths-based management philosophy, to understand how coaching and mentoring can make a lasting difference for individuals, teams and organisations.

What's new in coaching and mentoring?
We met on 21 October to discuss CRF's latest research report. This was a comprehensive review of what has changed in the field of coaching and mentoring since 2001, when CRF's Andrew Lambert published the first authoritative guide to the organisation's point of view.
Since then, coaches have continued to publish books by the dozen on their techniques. However, the new CRF report discussed how the management of coaching has started to become more sophisticated and disciplined, the issues that arise from that, and future trends. These included the increased focus on internal coaching and coaching culture, the nature and impact of more rigorous coach selection processes, the challenges from ‘globalising' coaching, continuing concerns about quality, and what the coaching fraternity are doing in response.
The meeting was highly participative, with discussion between and with various case study organisations and contributions from some leading experts.
Meeting contributors included:
Professor David Lane, a leading coaching expert, who will brief us on the conclusions of the recent Global Convention on Coaching - and what this might mean for the future of the industry
Philippe Rosinski, the foremost authority on coaching across cultures
Roger Evans, Director of Coaching at DBM, the global career transitions consultancy, who manages the UK and European faculty of DBM coaches
Andrew Lambert, author of the 2001 and 2008 CRF reports
Robin Linnecar of Praesta, well-known coach and author
Anne Scoular of Meyler Campbell, a leading expert on internal coaching
We would like to thank DBM for their sponsorship of this event and report.  DBM is a leading global outplacement, coaching and career management firm providing services to private and public companies, not-for profits and governments.