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Volume IV Issue 2, September 2006

The International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching

Volume IV Issue 2, 09/2006


Welcome to this edition of the International Journal of mentoring and Coaching. Mentoring and coaching activity still seems to be developing across all sectors. They have been mentioned by the leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron and by The UK Prime Minster, Tony Blair in the press recently.

The journal has two main sections: Reviewed Section and Professional Section. The Reviewed Section has three categories:

  • A Personal View
  • Research Based
  • Debate

And the Professional Section also has three:

  • Professional skills
  • Cases of practice
  • Issue Focus

Reviewed Section

The Reviewed Section rigorously follows conventions of all academic journals in the form of double blind peer review Harvard style referencing. While the Professional Section is subject to rigorous editorial review. Both sections provide good quality writing and interesting comment.

We also welcome book reviews. We have a good collection of papers in this edition. In the Reviewed Section we have four interesting papers.

The first, Mentoring start-up Entrepreneurs in the East Midlands – Troubleshooters and Trusted Friends by Jonathan Gravells looks at the challenges of mentoring in the SME sector. The author examines the role of mentoring as a means of supporting small business owners in developing themselves and their enterprises. The participants in the research were mentors and mentees within one of the UK’s largest small business mentoring schemes, the paper challenges the application of traditional, organisational mentoring concepts to the field of entrepreneurial mentoring.

The second, An Exploratory Investigation into the Perceived Effects of Team Coaching in the Construction Sector by Helen Dunlop explores two research objectives in coaching in the construction industry:

  • To determine the perceived effects of team coaching on individuals, team and organization
  • To identify the factors which contributed to these perceived effects.

The third, The Management of Change in Local Government using a Coaching Approach by Angélique Du Toit is the first of a series of articles about a longitudinal research project. the project seeks to support the hypothesis that long term change is much more likely to be sustained over a period of time using a coaching approach as opposed to more traditionally enforced top-down change processes.

The fourth, From Trail-Blazing Individualism to a Social Construction Community; Modelling Knowledge Construction in Coaching by Stephen Gibb and Peter Hill presents a model for analysing why and how knowledge construction issues arise around understanding coaching and mentoring.

Professional Section

In the Professional Section, we have four equally interesting contributions.

In previous editions we have featured in our professional skills section newly developed coaching models and the application of an existing coaching model. For our professional skills article this time the spotlight is on applying to coaching the Solutions Focus Methodology, best known for its applications in therapeutic, education and welfare fields. Jenny Clarke and Dr Sabine Dembkowski argue that by integrating solution-orientated questioning into their practice, coaches can achieve better results with their coaching compared to problem-orientated questioning.

One of our objectives in this journal is to bring research and practice closer together. After the positive feedback from readers about the article by a coaching provider on business development and market research, we return to this theme in our second article in the professional section. Carole Gaskell, CEO outlines the results of market research undertaken by her company into the barriers and enablers in the development of a high performance workplace culture.

For this edition’s focus piece, we have reproduced an article by Sir John Whitmore one of the founders of the coaching at work movement within the UK. His opinions on the challenges facing coaching’s journey into a profession are included in the expectation that they will provoke a debate among readers. Do let us know if you agree or disagree with him.


Finally, we also have a review by David Megginson of our Zurich Conference last year and three book reviews – Mentoring in Action; Measuring Hidden Dimensions: The Art and Science of Fully Engaging Adults; and Facilitating Reflective Learning through Mentoring and Coaching.

Please keep the articles coming in and send them to Bob Garvey at r.garvey(at)shu.ac.uk in the first instance.

Bob Garvey and Alison Carter

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