October 2012 Themes

a) Skype:
-The study by Bev Hancock, is investigating the possibility that visual cues might not be sufficiently picked up, when coaching through Skype: Ways to compensate for this might be enhanced sensitivity to language, to breathing and to silences.

-The study carried out by Chris Jones investigated whether the experience of virtual coaching can be equally good as face to face, from coach &coachee´s viewpoints, but also in terms of the impact on the coachee´s organization. Client evaluations and feedback of coaching experience through Skype were positive.

b) Telephone:
-The research led by Prof. Harald Geissler is exploring coach & coachee´s experiences of telephone coaching with additional web-based support. The study is examining satisfaction with the coaching program, with the coaching outcomes and with the relationship to the coach. So far, data from 17 coaching interventions indicated positive results.

2. TOOLS: Face Pattern Recognition as a tool to enhance e-coaching practice.

a) 2 Suggestions for mentoring platforms .
b) Information regarding the components and the objectives of a mentoring platform.
c) 2 Articles : “Coaching vs. Mentoring” (2008) by Matt Fankhauser and “Virtual Mentoring: The Challenges and Opportunities of Electronically-Mediated Formal Mentor Programs” (2011) by Michael G. Zey

4. COLLECTING TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION: We´ve started collecting topics for in-depth discussion for the Community of Practice. Some initial thoughts regarding e-coaching definitions and best practices were mentioned this month. Please add your own.

5. LINKS: Articles on time management:
a) http://johnmurphyinternational.com/time-management/effective-time-management/
b) http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/
c) http://www.manager-tools.com/2012/08/work-family-balance-chapter-1-go-home
d) https://secure.davidco.com/store/catalog/Setup-Guides-p-1-c-263.php

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