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CIPD conference aims to help employers make coaching work

Employers should select their coaches and manage the coaching relationship carefully if they are to be successful in meeting the needs of the individual and the business. This warning comes from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as recent research finds employers are planning to put more resources into coaching.

The latest CIPD Training and development survey finds 74% of employers expect to increase their coaching by line managers and 36% plan to increase their coaching by external practitioners.

CIPD will bring a selection of case studies and coaching experts together at CIPD’s Annual Coaching at Work Conference which aims to help employers make coaching work by identifying how it can improve performance, boost return on investment and understanding how to manage a coaching relationship.

Speakers at the event include:

* John Hoerner, Chief Executive, Clothing and International Sourcing, Tesco, on using coaching to achieve cultural change

* Karen McKeever, Reward and Recognitions Manager, Dixons Group, on how good is your coach?

* Dr Frank W Dick OBE, Coach, Business Adviser and Director of Coaching for the British Athletic Federation (1974-1994), on developing your managers as coaches

* Jonathan Harding, Head of Leadership and Organisation Development, Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority, on making the case for coaching

The recent CIPD Training and development survey also found coaching to be one of the most valuable tools in effective leadership development and 91% of respondents believe investment in leadership development links directly to business performance. However, according to the CIPD survey, coaching is one of the most frequently reported leadership skills gaps and almost a third (31%) feel their leadership development activities are not very effective.

CIPD have designed an additional Coaching for Leadership Update Day on the conference programme, aimed to help employers develop a culture of strong organisational leadership and ensure high performance. Speakers at the update day include:

* Nigel Nicholson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School, on leader development: the alignment of qualities, processes and situations

* Louise Katz, Learning Executive Leadership Development, BBC Training and Development, on using coaching to execute your strategies

* Dr Tony Cockerill and Philippa Clark, Centre for High Performance Development, on coaching skills for effective managers and high-flyers

The CIPD Annual Coaching at Work Conference takes place on 13-14 September 2005, at Novotel London West Hotel, Hammersmith.

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