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Paul Stokes & Lis Merrick

Do coaches get coached?

Theme: Results
Area: Coaching
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly discussion

Session on Wednesday, Apr 11, 15:25
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Being coached is an important developmental experience leading to key insights in terms of behaviour and professional practice. However, there is little research or writing on whether professional coaches themselves receive coaching and what that looks like, if they do.. This represents an important gap in our understanding of coach development. Our survey research sheds light on the extent to which this happens and what form this takes, and for whom. In the session we will examine the implications of this research for coaches, coachees, scheme organisers, supervisors, and, critically for coaching within organisations.


Dr Paul Stokes is an experienced coach, supervisor, consultant and academic. He currently works at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK where he co-developed one of the very first MSc courses in Coaching & Mentoring in the UK. His research and practice interests include The Skilled Coachee, leadership development and coaching and the role of power within coaching.

Lis Merrick’s career in mentoring and coaching follows a successful career in Human Resources with senior posts for Merrill Lynch, European Investment Banking and The Thomas Cook Group. She is Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Limited, the ISMCP Accreditation Chair (EMCC International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes) and the EMCC UK President. She was voted: ‘Mentoring Person of the Year 2011/12’ by Coaching at Work magazine in the UK. Her experience in mentoring programme design and development is now internationally acclaimed, with over 120 mentoring programmes to her name globally. Lis writes and speaks at conferences about mentoring and coaching regularly and this work also informs her practice as an executive coach and designer of programmes.

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