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Executive Coaching: COMENSAnews September 2012 Edition

Don't miss your copy of the FREE newsletter for the professional coaching and mentoring body in SA. October 2012's topic will be The Life Coach, with articles by leading practitioners.Go to www.comensa.org.za to subscribe

Oct. 31, 2012 - PRLog -- Well, it’s official – coaching has finally arrived with the inclusion of the definition of “life coach” in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary! There is some strong disagreement with one of the words used in the definition, and you may want to add your opinion to the online debate so I’ve included the link for your convenience. However, the inclusion of this term in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is due to the fact that the term has become more and more commonly used, a acknowledged “buzz” word or phrase and the publishers have recognised the need to include this term in order to accurately reflect the shift in the English language.

Isn’t it interesting that – as coaches or mentors – we work to shift our client’s perceptions and viewpoints, and in the meta-world, there is this shift in language taking place – a shift in how we are able to articulate those perceptions and points of view.

This edition is a bumper edition, with a range of fascinating articles that I would like to draw your attention to as I believe that they will open your eyes to new models, methodologies and practices. Please make sure to read Roger Maitland’s article on Personal Construct Psychology as it might inspire you to explore this psychological model. Dorrian Aiken gives us a brief, but fascinating insight into multiple intelligences and their impact on our ability to function at executive level in the workplace. Desiree Daniels has generously shared the outcomes of her thesis on the use of coaching to transfer knowledge back into the workplace, with specific focus on non-profit organisations.

We also have an article from Dale Williams on the global shift into the use of technology such as the telephone and Skype in both learning interventions and coaching, and his observations on this phenomenon. I loved Axel Ritterhaus’ clever analogy for coaching in his article and encourage all of you to read it – it may make explaining what you do so much easier in future. We always welcome articles from Michelle Clarke and Belinda Davies, leaders in our coaching community, who write thought-provokingly and share their practice with us. Pat Roberts’ article is particularly valuable to be able to forward to potential clients when they are making their choice about who to work with – just make sure that you tick all the boxes!

In this issue of COMENSAnews (please copy and paste this link into your internet browser: www.comensa.org.za/NEWSLETTERS/COMENSAnews_2012_(Jan - Dec)COMENSAnews_September_2012.aspx )

Is Coaching The Zeitgeist Moment For Personal Construct Psychology? (http://www.comensa.org.za/COMENSAnews/ID/329/Is-Coaching-...)
By Roger Maitland
Coaching has seen exponential growth worldwide, and can be considered to be one of the most significant recent developments in leadership and management practice.

Executive Leadership Coaching and Multiple Intelligences (http://www.comensa.org.za/COMENSAnews/ID/327/Executive-Le...)
By Dorrian Aiken, Ph.D, D.Prof, Integral Coach ™
The challenge for executive leadership today is the skill in optimising relationships. Though this wisdom is well-publicised, in practice it tends to be sabotaged by conventional organisational focus on results:

Maximise investment in learning using coaching to enhance the transfer of knowledge back into the workplace (http://www.comensa.org.za/COMENSAnews/ID/326/Maximise-inv...)
by Desiree Daniels & Dr. Arnold Smit
Globally, companies spend large portions of their budgets annually on training and developing employees to achieve optimal productivity and performance.

The Truth about Executive Coaching
By Michelle Clarke
Does the title of this post intrigue you? Does it attract you because you suspect it might shed light on this somewhat intangible and elusive ’product’ that has mushroomed into the corporate and business world over the last decade?

Executive Coaching for Results
by Axel Rittershaus
Why should a well-paid executive work with an executive coach? Isn’t that a sign of weakness in terms of his leadership or business skills?

High flying on SA's first online business coaching course
By Dale Williams
Some years ago, after deciding that I wanted to fly aeroplanes, I enrolled in a local flight school at Cape Town International Airport.

How to Choose a Coach
By Pat Roberts
Coaching is regularly highlighted as one of the ‘hot’ new careers. As businesses cut back on staff after the recent economic crisis, more and more people are choosing coaching as a new career.

What it Takes to Make Good Strategy
By Belinda Davies, Leadership Solutions
This is the second of my articles on What It Takes to Make Good Strategy, which is inspired by Richard Rumelt’s book, “Good Strategy, Bad Strategy”.

What Impact do EQ and SQ have for Executives?
By Natalie Hadlow-Vlismas
Listening to Daniel Goleman in an interview at the Enlightened business summit, the question about Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) was posed to him in relation to his well-developed model of Emotional Quotient (EQ) and its importance to leaders and executives.

Magic as a tool for embracing global challenge
By Lisa Steingold
I recently changed my coaching methodology from a traditional approach to one that’s, well let’s just say, less traditional.

Leading in turbulent times
by Arthur Britz
The essence of leadership is not giving things or even providing visions. It is offering oneself and one’s spirit ~ Lee Bolman & Terrance Deal

Monthly Morsel: If your COMENSA membership was the equivalent of a Virgin Active membership, how fit would YOU be?
By Megan Hudson, COMENSA National Marketing & PR Consultant and owner of MH Consulting
How often do you go to the gym? If you’re anything like me, you have the best of intentions but somehow you never quite seem to get there.

Executive Coaching
By Mark Kassner
The first question that needs to be asked, is, who serves who? Do people serve the business or does business serve the people?

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