We ran our core programme, Coaching at Work for a client of ours last week. I once again record here the participants’ Personal Learning Objectives along with my closing comments.
Names have been changed to protect the innocent but I’ll send a free paper, Coaching for an Easier Life, for anyone who spots where I’ve got the replacement names from. Just leave a comment.
Foster Something of a refresher
I hope it was! Coaching is certainly a skill that we can all benefit from revisiting from time to time.
Brown Find something new within coaching
You mentioned the ‘Aims Cake’ specifically and I hope there were other areas that enabled you to build on what you knew already.
Upson Coaching for motivation
In the end people can only motivate themselves. As a leader the best we can do is to create the circumstances that give the best chance of that happening. However a coaching conversation will quickly reveal sources of demotivation.
Lescott Coaching to get ready for change
People will change when they:
• Believe they can
• Value the outcome
• Are willing to try
And coaching is the best way of exploring these areas
Bridge Coaching vs Line Management
I believe that people are inherently unmanageable. You can manage budgets and systems but not people. Coaching is the way to have people taking ownership and responsibility within the team, leaving you with more time to ‘manage’ in the traditional sense.
Wright-Phillips Coaching for empowerment
You cannot give people empowerment; but they can feel empowered. This is about focusing on the Responsibility principle and being quite tough to begin with at the Options and Way Forward stages.
Barry Coaching as opposed to carrot and stick
The carrot and stick is useful for donkeys but not much else! On a serious note, whilst the carrot and stick may get you a result in the short term its unlikely to endure and may end up causing resentment over time.
Jenas Coaching for focus
Focus follows awareness. Ask me questions that get me more aware of my situation and my mind will naturally find the right things to focus on. Remember Catherine and the ball catching.
Milner Coaching as part of line management
Once again: manage things; coach people
Rooney See coaching from a different perspective
There are any numbers of different ways to coach. My models and things are but one way and I hope our training has added to what you’d learnt and experienced elsewhere.
Bent Coaching for answers
Clearly we can’t coach out of people that which isn’t there, but through careful use of the Options stage we really can tap into people’s creative juices and dramatically increase the chances of them coming up with their own solutions.