Newsletter : December 2011

View From The Hill

Where did that year go? Hopefully you have had a good one, despite the economic climate! I have always maintained that if everybody in the world became a coach (and used coaching effectively) there still would not be enough coaches. I think that this last year has shown us this.

But what is new in coaching that can help us get better? In the early 1990’s, at the Industrial Society, we jointly sponsored a conference on Leadership, Coaching and the Learning Revolution with Linkage. Gordon Dryden and Dr Janette Vos spoke eloquently on the research available at the time. I have seen this research validated in person on a number of occasions; functional MRI scans, the growth of the cerebellum in a young girl and the difference it has made to her, the difference working with the brain has made to numerous sporting teams, as well as how it has enhanced my own understanding of what happens when we coach.

In November 2011 in San Francisco the NeuroLeadeship Summit had no less than 39 scientific and academic speakers looking into this whole subject. The growth of our understanding in this area is immense and what we make of it. Whilst I didn’t get to San Francisco, I often look at the blogs*

In particular, it looks at not only what we learn but how we can challenge ourselves with this latest thinking. This is what we need to focus on in the turbulent times. Bob Johanson spoke about VUCA a military term for looking through a lens of Volatility, Uncertainty, Change & Ambiguity whilst still being able to focus on the positive lens of Focus, Understanding and Action. Wise words as we move into 2012!

We can face the challenges better if we have given our brain a bit of a work out first and have taken time out to relax over Christmas. So enjoy the Festive break we hope to see you soon in 2012.

Have a good month.

CPD Event Calendar 2012

Building on our popular series A Place To Develop – skills, CPD and networks – we have three excellent events scheduled for next year.

Thursday 16 February Motivational Interviewing with Jeff Allison of JAT Ltd.

Thursday 17 May Wellness Coaching with Lisa Esslemont, Wellness Coach

Wednesday 5 September Mental Health First Aid workshop for Coaches with Shirley Ballinghal of SMB Coaching

Registration at 9.15 to 12 noon + informal sandwich buffet. £10 fee paid on the day.

Email to register interest and we’ll send out more details next year.

February 2012 Cohort

ILM L5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring in Management course for managers to build confidence to perform effectively as coaches/mentors in the workplace.

ILM L5 Diploma for Professional Coaches and Mentors for those significantly involved in management coaching/mentoring inhouse or as independent consultants.

ILM L7 Diploma for Professional Executive Coaches and Leadership Mentoring this challenging course is our most advanced qualification for those working at a senior executive coaching level.

Open courses are held at Stirling Management Centre, Scotland or contact us to talk about in-house

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