Sep 30 2014

TED Talk Tuesday 30th September 2014

Category: TED talkJen Waller @ 6:35 am

This week’s TED Talk clip is from an independent TEDx event:

Step back and look again | Sebastian Errazuriz | TEDxMarthasVineyard

Clip length: 13 mins 43 secs
Prefer to watch on TED.com? In that case you’ll need to click here.

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Sep 30 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 30th September 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 5:54 am

"He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty." (Lao Tsu)

“He who conquers others is strong, he who conquers himself is mighty.”

(Lao Tsu)

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Sep 29 2014

Blog posts for coaches from around the web – 21st September 2014

Category: blog postsJen Waller @ 6:30 am

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Welcome to this weeks recap of blog posts for coaches from around the web. Each Monday on this blogs Facebook page I usually issue the following question and invitation:

“Have you written/seen a blog post in the past week that you’d think is of interest to coaches and that you’d like to share?”

Posts shared on our Facebook page last Monday:

However, these are a few posts that also attracted my attention either personally or because of readers requests to read more on a particular subject…

Other posts for coaches from around the web:

Want your post included next week? If you have a post that you think will be of interest to coaches do take part in tomorrow’s Monday invite and leave the details on our Facebook page. Whilst it’s lovely for posts to be sent to me via twitter, the nature of a tweet means that it can easily be overlooked when this post is being compiled at a later time. Please leave links in one place, ie the thread on our Facebook page so they can be easily shared.


Sep 29 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 29th September 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 5:44 am

"If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." (Antoine de Saint)

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

(Antoine de Saint)

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Sep 28 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 28th September 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 5:32 am

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." (Dalai Lama)

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

(Dalai Lama)

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Sep 27 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 27th September 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 5:19 am

"When opportunity knocks, some people are in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers." (Polish proverb)

“When opportunity knocks, some people are in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.”

(Polish proverb)

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Sep 26 2014

Creating a Coaching Culture

Category: Guest PostJen Waller @ 6:30 am

In today’s guest post Ben Morton shares 6 tips about:

Creating a Coaching Culture

By Ben Morton"Creating a Coaching Culture" by Ben Morton

“45% of organisations plan to utilise Coaching to drive organisational performance in the next two years”

(Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development)

The prevalence of coaching in the workplace and the value that organisations place on it are both continuing to rise month by month and year on year.  The research from the CIPD and other institutes shows this growth as does our own experience at TwentyOne Leadership.  Over the last few months we’ve been asked numerous times how we go about helping to create and sustain a high performance, coaching culture.

There are lots of elements to consider, but here are our 6 top tips.

  1.  Make Great Coffee

You may walk into a beautifully designed coffee shop that has great service, lots of space and lovely places to sit, but if the coffee sucks then it’s unlikely that you’ll ever go back. Building a coaching culture is no different. At its heart lays the ability of your people to be great coaches and this has to be the starting point. This foundation must be solid or anything else that you do will have little impact and is unlikely to last.

 

  1.  Get Clear on Your Measures

This is about getting clear on the measures that already exist. It’s ultimately about getting clear on the higher purpose that you are working towards and using coaching to support. When your coaches operate from a position of clarity and understanding of the bigger picture they are able to focus their coaching on what matters most. This enables those being coached, the coaches and the organisation to see the impact it is having.

 

  1.  Do It and Shout About It

The Law of Diffusion of Innovation is key – you don’t need to convince everybody in the organisation of the value and benefit of coaching. By developing an initial group of fantastic coaches (your Innovators and Early Adopters) they are able to go out into the business and do great work coaching. When this is done well and you shout about the success you reach the critical tipping point where you have engaged the “Early Majority”. And then you’re off – you have the foundations of a Coaching Culture.

 

  1.  Waterfalls not Trickles

Building a Coaching Culture requires momentum and a plan for building that momentum. Whilst the Law of Diffusion of Innovation will help you, you can’t rely on it alone to transform the business. Once you’ve developed your initial group of coaches it’s time to grow the pool – this may be managers or it may be volunteer coaches from all levels and parts of the organisation. Whatever approach you take – speed is of the essence.

 

  1.  The Before and After

Coaching and training your coaches is about more than just what happens in the session or on the training courses. What happens before (Set-Up) and what happens after (Set-Down) is critical. Great coaches understand that they can be of even more service to those they are working with if they give just a little thought to what they do before and after each session.

The same is true of how coaches are trained, developed and supported in the long run. Ongoing training, coaching supervision and networks help build momentum, expertise and credibility.

 

  1.  Don’t Let It Be An Island

Don’t let coaching be another new initiative that sits separate to everything else in the business like an island in the ocean. For a Coaching Culture to really take root it must be entwined and linked to everything else that’s happening in the organisation (Click to Tweet). It needs to be aligned to the measures that matter. The language that is used needs to be consistent with that used elsewhere and coaching needs to be smoothly integrated with your performance management systems. If coaching is seen as just ‘another new initiative’ it won’t stick.

About Ben Morton

Ben is a Chartered Member of the CIPD with approaching two decades of experience in leadership, learning and management. His broad range of experience is gained from roles including Group Head of HR and Training for a global subsidiary of TUI Travel and more recently 2-years in the Global Training Academy at Tesco.

He began his career in the British and trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Following two operational tours of Iraq, Ben retired his commission as a Captain leaving the Forces in 2006.

Ben specializes in two key areas. Helping individuals moving into their first leadership role or those whose careers have progressed rapidly, finding themselves leading large and often very experienced teams. Secondly, he works with clients to enable them to understand what is required to develop high performing, highly effective teams.

You can find out more about Ben’s work via his blog, Unlocking Team Potential, or via his LinkedIn profile.

Ben has just released his “Don’t Just Manage Coach” book which is for managers who really believe in developing their team members and coaching them to unlock their full potential.

 

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Sep 26 2014

Coaching Quote of the Day 26th September 2014

Category: quoteJen Waller @ 5:09 am

"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile." (Unknown)

“When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.”

(Unknown)

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