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Coaching and mentoring

Do you want to develop your personal coaching and mentoring skills? Or find a mentor to help move your career forward? Use our books, guides and helpful links to identify best practice and discover new techniques and approaches.

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Featured eBook

Improve your coaching and training skills
Forsyth, Patrick (Kogan Page, 2008)

The book contains practical guidelines to help you develop your staff. Ideal for busy managers who don't have human resources support, it will help you to boost staff effectiveness through coaching and training. Key content includes: why development matters, on-the-job coaching, mentoring, developing a formal training method, conducting a training session and assessing on-going effectiveness.

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Featured article

Overcoming the toughest coaching challenges

Advice for managers on coaching employees you find particularly 'challenging'. Looks at three common scenarios: a pessimistic/defensive coachee, a employee lacking confidence and coaching employees you don't trust.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Coached to lead

A guide to executive coaching for leaders or those aspiring to leadership positions. Includes how to determine your coaching readiness, how to choose the right coach and how to use a five-step coaching model. Covers common issues as well as not-so-obvious situations and troubleshooting.

Coaching and mentoring

A book on coaching and mentoring for those who want to help people learn more effectively. It examines how to create practical conversations to improve learning and encourage personal development. It also explores ways in which people interact to help support and improve performance.

Designing workplace mentoring programs: an evidence-based approach

The book includes chapters on planning and providing infrastructure for mentoring, participant recruitment and selection, matching mentors with proteges, training, the mentoring process, programme evaluation.

Developing employee talent to perform: people power

The book offers strategies for talent management that will lead to optimal performance. It includes chapters on understanding staff dynamics, brand management, and developing talents an intangible resources. It includes illustrative examples of successful talent management in the real world.

Executive coaching: how to choose, use and maximize value for yourself and your team

The book provides guidance on executive coaching and mentoring. It demonstrates what to expect from a coach, how to identify a good one, and how to take the greatest benefit from their advice.

Great answers to tough CV problems: CV secrets from a top career coach

Covers the purpose of CVs, their role in recruitment, personal brand management, researching employers, communication and presentation skills, formatting CVs, covering letters, and performing live presentations for interviewers. It also includes several template CVs for a variety of job markets and circumstances.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

The parenting factor

The article examines how companies can use mentoring to improve the talent among its employees and those it wishes to recruit or retain. Particular attention is given to the challenges associated with employee returning from parental leave and the transition process for these employees. To ensure talent is productive, it suggests mentoring that addresses the specific needs of employees..

The problem with diversity programs

The authors argue that the usual methods of improving workplace diversity actually decrease the proportion of women and minorities in management.

Coaching programs get new partners off to a great start

The importance of coaching in helping partners transition to their new role successfully.

Overcoming the toughest common coaching challenges

Advice for managers on coaching employees you find particularly 'challenging'.

Lean leadership: Coaching to connect the dots

Using Lean leadership techniques to offer coaching to your employees can deliver measurable business results, giving staff a continuous improvement mind-set towards their work.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Do you need a business mentor?

Many business owners like to seek advice to help steer them through difficult trading periods or to plan their firms' development. A business mentor can help you come to the right decisions for your firm. Kate Horstead finds out when turning to a mentor makes sense.

Do you need a small-business mentor?

Many business owners like to seek advice to help steer them through difficult trading periods or to plan their firms’ development. A small-business mentor can help you come to the right decisions. So when should you turn to a mentor?

Professional business mentoring

The Government is replacing the Business Link advisers in November. Does this mean accessing support for your small business will become more difficult? And shouldn’t you rather be looking for a professional to help you run your business, asks Clare Bullock

Business Mentoring

Business mentoring is often talked about as a way for owner-managers to improve their personal, as well as their business, performance. But can it really get results?

I don't feel that I'm a natural leader

Running a growing business means keeping on top of every aspect of your enterprise, from product development to supplier contracts. But even the most knowledgeable and hardworking entrepreneur can falter when it comes to persuading employees to share their own dedication to the venture.

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Useful links

Mentoring and executive coaching
Find out about the ICAEW programme for future leaders of the finance profession.

One-to-one career advice service
Whether you're looking for advice on taking your career in a new direction or need help creating a stand-out CV, ICAEW's career consultancy service offers personalised advice for the accountancy and finance market.

Coaching and mentoring network
Service both for people who provide coaching or mentoring services and for those seeking them.

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