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A curious week

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Curious and creative coaching Last week was Learning at Work week, with the theme, ‘Curious and Creative’, and was also International Coaching Week. Coaching York, an organisation with the aim of making York the coaching capital of the UK, promoted running coaching sessions to businesses in York, and to celebrate both initiatives, we ran a ‘Curious and Creative Coaching’ session here at Forest Farm Business Park. We were delighted that some of our lovely fellow resident businesses joined us for the session in the fabulous facilities provided by Tailormade Conferences.

Most of the people who attended the session had little or no experience of coaching, and coaching is very different to training. In non-directive coaching, we need to think for ourselves, which can feel very different. Using creativity increases insight, and develops innovative thinking. It gives the coachee time and space to explore different perspectives and provides a safe vehicle to describe our goals and what might be stopping us achieving them.

You might be wondering how we made the session creative. A range of materials was used including photographs, coloured paper and pens, pipe-cleaners, and magazines to cut up, and linked to our value of having fun while we’re learning. Most of those attending created a collage to represent their goals and their current state in relation to the goals. We then asked curious questions to explore creative ways of achieving the goal. All of those who attended achieved insight into their goals and new ways of how to go about achieving them.

And the real power of coaching? Traditionally we’ve thought of people as little empty vessels in which everything has to be poured. In coaching we think of people as little seeds who have the potential within them to be magnificent plants and trees. We need nourishment, encouragement, and the light to grow and develop, and this is what is provided in coaching. To find out more about our creative approach to coaching click here.

As you watch your sunflowers grow, consider this; are you and your people being nourished and encouraged to grow and develop or do you just pour learning into them? If it’s the latter, you might want to talk to us.

Learning at Work and International Coaching Week – 18th – 24th May 2015

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries, Uncategorized

Learning at work week

Learning at Work Week is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Campaign for Learning since 1999. You can take part as a learner, company, or learning provider. Last year, thousands of organisations took part including large corporations, SMEs, public sector organisations and government departments.

Learning at Work Week aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development. It promotes an inclusive approach and supports the extension of opportunities to learn to all employees, especially those who may not currently participate for reasons that may range from personal barriers to historic organisational structures that focus development on particular staff.

Just some of the benefits of taking part:

+ Changing attitudes to learning and work

+ Greater awareness of opportunities to learn

+ Greater employee engagement

+ Informing business & learning and development strategies

+ Stimulating and collating feedback, ideas and perspectives that inform future planning

+ Opportunities to discover and recognise internal talent

+ Greater recognition and valuing of different ways to learn in the workplace

+ Highlighting business priorities, agendas and addressing change

+ Addressing workplace silos and bridging information gaps

Learning at Work Week offers an opportunity to run a branded learning campaign in your workplace linked to a national event. Each year, thousands of organisations take part in the Week and run vibrant campaigns and activities which engage employees across their businesses in development and promote positive messages about learning. Learning at Work Week is not prescriptive in terms of what your company should do and how you should mark it, but provides a clear framework and ideas for planning events and activities that fit your particular context and goals and is explicitly linked to your business objectives and/or opportunities and the needs of your employees. This ensures that your Learning at Work Week activities can be built on after the event.

experience coaching

This week of celebration of learning coincides with International Coaching Week where professional coaches around the world will host events to enable members of their community to experience the proven personal and professional benefits of coaching. Here in York there are numerous events taking place organised by Coaching York during International Coaching Week 2015. Places at all events are limited so early bookings are recommended to guarantee your place – cick here for the full list of York events.

How we’re supporting Learning at Work and International Coaching Week

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Monday 18th May Playing to Strengths

Supporting local business ‘Partners PR’ in identifying their team’s strengths and running sessions with individual members so they can maximise on these strengths and find opportunities to develop them further. If you’d like to know more about the importance of learning about yourself and others, developing self-awareness, living to your values and playing to each other’s strengths why not read our blog.

Tuesday 19th May Discover York; Discover Coaching Event

Pro-Development are facilitating ‘Discover Coaching, Discover York’ alongside fellow coaches Jules Wyman and Karen Hickman. Why not join Michelle, Sue, Jules and Karen for a reflective walking experience of coaching as we take to the glorious streets of York. This event is open to anyone who would like to know and understand more about coaching and those who would value doing so in a reflective and experiential way. This event involves walking and will last about 1hr 15 minutes, it may involve climbing stairs.

For more about this event and to book your free place, go to the Coaching York Website.

Wednesday 20th May CIPD West Yorkshire Annual Meeting 2015

Michelle will be joining an esteemed panel in a ‘question time’ type event at First Direct arena in Leeds, where delegates will be given the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their own employee issues. Michelle will be a great addition to the panel in terms of how organisations large and small can work smarter around employee engagement.

Thursday 21st May Reviewing Pro-Developments learning needs.

Spending time in the business, looking at our learning requirements, and capturing our key learnings over the last 3 ½ Years.

Friday 22nd May International Coaching Week Celebration Lunch

Following such a busy week, Michelle will join fellow coaches for a well-deserved lunch and celebration of coaching over such a fantastic week.

How can you support Learning at Work and International Coaching Week?

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Learning at work week

There are lots of thing you can do to get involved. Here are some ideas to get you started.

• Talk to your employees about their development needs and career aspirations.

• Run a couple of events where you can share with your team what development is available and how to access it.

• Run lunch and learn sessions. These are short sessions (20 minutes – 40 minutes) on various topics to support your business.

• Run workshops, various durations on various topics.

• Ask members of your team to deliver some lunch and learns/workshops. This is a great opportunity for them to gain some experience in presenting and public speaking.

• Put on a mix of work-related and non-work related activities designed to engage and inspire all employees to learn.

• Design activities where colleagues meet each other from different parts of the business e.g. market places, skill swaps, job shadowing.

• Devise some quizzes or run competitions about the business, encouraging cross team engagement.

• Ask individuals to share how they have developed and grown within the company.

• Engage senior managers in activities that promote and embody the value the organisation attaches to learning.

• Develop manager’s skills in supporting a culture of learning in their teams.

• Ask the Chairman/MD to share their story to inspire and motivate the team.

• Set challenges to learn about your industry with a prize for the best entry.

• Share Adult Education offerings in the area.

• Contact Pro-Development for help and support.

• Attend the free ‘Discover York, Discover Coaching’ session on the 19th May 2015 in York City Centre. If you can’t attend this 1pm session, there are 2 other sessions at 2.30pm and 4.00pm or alternatively, have a look at the variety of free events running for International coaching week organised through Coaching York.

If you are interested in taking part in Learning at Work Week and would like some support in getting started, you can also go to the Get Started section of the Campaign for Learning website where you can register online to access planning materials and resources and you’ll receive their regular newsletters with special offers and updates.