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Volume VII Issue 2, December 2009

Editors Comments

Welcome to the second issue of 2009, which closely follows our 2009 conference held in Amsterdam and which provided us with numerous opportunities for debates on mentoring and coaching.

This issue offers a special edition article by David Clutterbuck being the result of collaboration between the EMCC and the EFMD and published in a supplement of Global Focus. The article is the result of a survey into how organisations use mentoring and coaching. It reflects the way in which they are used within organisations and the differences and similarities perceived between mentoring and coaching by the participating organisations.

We also continue with our tradition of offering a diverse range of articles to contribute to the evolving debates on mentoring and coaching. The contributions also offer a cluster of articles with a distinct learning theme reflecting the value of mentoring and coaching practices within the educational sector.

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

  • A Personal View
  • Research Based
  • Debate or discussion

And the Professional Section also has three:

  • Professional skills
  • Cases of practice
  • Issue Focus

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

We also welcome book reviews.

Reviewed Section

The first of our papers in the reviewed section is by Jennie Jones who presents a case study on research conducted as to how mentoring is used within Higher Education as part of the support offered to newly appointed lecturers. The second is a paper by Professor Bill Critchley which explores relational coaching and why it should take courage. The third is by Ruth Simpson who discusses the benefits to leaders of developing an inner freedom to act. The final and fourth paper is by Jean Hartley and Kate Pinder who offers an interesting insight into the application of a 360° feedback tool supported by coaching for the purpose of developing political leadership of locally elected members.

Professional Section

Continuing the theme of mentoring and coaching within Higher Education, the first contribution in this section is by Rose Schofield who reflects on the relationship between coaching and the development of management and leadership through educational programmes. Concluding the theme of mentoring in education the second paper is a personal reflection by Daniel Doherty on his experiences with Master students. James Brook, in the third paper poses a challenge to coaches with the question whether coaches collude with their clients to feed a problem-based mindset, limiting the capacity of the client to grow. In the fourth paper Ros McIntyre reflects on the notion of confidentiality encountered within the coaching triangle. Jitske Kramer and Karin Brugman in the fifth paper consider the lessons to be learnt from cultural differences encountered within coaching. Finally, the sixth paper by Peter Szabó puts forward thought provoking assumptions of brief coaching.

Book Reviews

This issue offers reviews of two books recently published, the first by Helen Whitten, entitled Cognitive Behavioural Coaching Techniques for Dummies and reviewed by Dr Penny Johnson. The second book by Aryanne Oade is entitled Starting and running a Coaching Business and is reviewed by Pauline Wonders.

The variety of contributions provide stimulating diversity on both mentoring and coaching and for future issues I encourage our readers to suggest themes which would be of interest to them and building on our understanding of mentoring and coaching.

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