The future of coaching and mentoring: evolution, revolution or extinction? A collaborative inquiry

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The future of coaching and mentoring:  evolution, revolution or extinction? A collaborative inquiry

Time: June 10, 2015 from 10am to 5:15pm
Location: Wheatley Campus, Oxford Brookes University
City/Town: Oxford OX33 1 HX
Phone: +44 (0) 300 365 1247
Event Type: a, collaborative, inquiry
Organized By: Elaine Cox (OBCAMS), Pauline Willis (C&M Network) and Paul Z Jackson & Bob MacKenzie (AMED)
Latest Activity: Jun 10, 2019

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Please join us for an all-day post-publication gathering in Oxford, at Oxford Brookes University.

Why come?

Engage in meaningful dialogue and generate new ideas, knowledge and understanding about the uncertain conditions in which we practise coaching and mentoring.  Interact with leading authors and colleagues.  Circulate around three active networks for developing coach/mentors.  Influence new policies and practices.  Share insights, ideas, contexts and models to  inform your future practice and shape new developments in coach/mentoring and writing. 

We are delighted to announce that Winter 2014 and Spring 2015 e-O&P authors Bob Garvey, Julie Hay, David Doughty, Kim Stephenson, Pauline Willis and Bob MacKenzie have already confirmed their attendance.

Please note that prior reading of articles would be helpful, but not essential.


There will be no lengthy formal presentations.  Rather, we'll engage as equal participants in facilitated group discussions around key themes arising from articles in two special themed editions of AMED's journal e-Organisations & People (e-O&P).

As well as facilitated and open space/world cafe style parallel group sessions, there will also be  lunchtime poster/short video displays.  If you would like to contribute to this, please feel free to bring along an A3 or A4 poster to share and discuss. Posters should illustrate ideas generated from the e-O&P journal articles, or highlight additional themes concerning the future of coaching and mentoring.  They can be on paper/card or laminate.  Similarly, short (+/- 3-minute) videos are also welcome, though contributors will have to supply their own laptops, with fully charged batteries. Please give us at least three days’ notice if you’re planning to contribute to this lunchtime poster session. Participants are limited to one poster each, whatever its format.

Outline Programme

Bookings: Click here or contact Hada Moreno at Oxford Brookes University via Tel. 01865 485782 or Email:  

Cost: £35.  This nominal participation fee also covers refreshments and a light lunch.     Click here to obtain your free complimentary copy of the Spring 2015 edition of e-O&P (though a small optional voluntary donation to AMED's development funds would be most welcome!).  

Everyone is welcome!

Local directions:  You can download this annotated map of the campus Wheatley tour guide. Scroll down to item 10 in the text, and look for 'P' in the map at the end of the pdf document. Plan your journey.

Best wishes. Bob,

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Comment by Pauline Willis on June 7, 2015 at 13:48

One of the interesting aspects of editing an issue of the Association of Management Education & Development (AMED) eOrganisations & People journal is that the guest editor [or editors] are responsible for sourcing pretty much everything, including the cover images.

This freedom is delightful on one level and challenging on another. For Part 1, an image of a large costume jewellery medallion was used. This larger than life copy of a Greek coin is from my personal collection of curiosities. I don't know much about it other than it is is 'big, bold and brassy' and also believed to be from the 1970's. Showing Athena 'resplendent in her battle helmet' on one side and her 'owl of wisdom' on the other, the imagery was ideal!

For part 2, Nick Rawle from Nickrphotography, suggested sourcing an image of Janus. This was a great suggestion so we hunted for an appropriate source for the image. We found the Janus lock, which is a 6th or 7th century artefact found locally in Dorchester-on-Thames [in the 1970's] and held in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. This was perfect. Unfortunately, the only existing photo of the object was too small and was also, in other ways, unsuitable for a cover image. This led us to the Janus pendant made from a mould of the original artefact by specialist jeweller Mike Shorer. Time was running short, so I was very happy to purchase the pendant and use a photo owned by the Jeweller for the cover image for Part 2. The pendant is now a treasured keepsake.

I have subsequently made an arrangement with the jeweller to sell these pendants. We are going to do this as a fund-raising activity in support of curating the free information hosted on the CMN website. Nick Rawle and I have also been able to get permission from the Ashmolean to take some more photos of the genuine artefact. Too late for the cover, but a fabulous once in a lifetime experience. One photo of the artefact and pendant together is now on our shop. So, anyone interested in buying the pendant can see what it looks like next to the actual artefact. We also used this opportunity to take a range of high resolution photos suitable for Archaeologists to use in their research.

So, you never know where a collaborative frame of mind, or being a guest editor of a journal like the eO&P will take you!

Comment by Pauline Willis on June 7, 2015 at 10:00

Hello Louie, we will miss you at the event. You can, however, engage from a distance with some of the activities.

CMN for instance, is running a collaborative poster called 'Appreciating the past to imagine the future' during the poster/lunch session.

You can contribute to this by sending us any activity/date that you feel is noteworthy. You can also send any thoughts/hopes for the future! The output when finalised [probably after the event] will be shared and hosted as one of the free resources on the website. 

So, please do engage from a distance and send us some inputs!  


Comment by Pauline Willis on June 7, 2015 at 9:52

This is from last year. However, the lesson is timely as we explore the future of coaching and mentoring on June 10

The observation that history may have forgotten James Sadler because he did not commit his thoughts into written works, is a cautionary tale. Writing up your own achievements as a researcher or practitioner in any field of endevour is important. So too, is the acknowledgement of those who lay down the foundations for the success of others, though written works. Wonderful to see Sadler's achievements documented and shared by the

Comment by Louie Gardiner on May 20, 2015 at 5:49

REALLY wanted to come to this but diary committed and not possible to change it!  Look forward to what unfolds and opps to get more involved.

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