Within the academic population, there is increasing pressure to perform in a climate of constant change and restricted resources. Stepping into the role of an early career academic for the first time requires a different set of skills that individuals may not always have had the opportunity to develop.
So here is the scenario. You have spent a number of weeks putting the content together for a webinar to help people feel a little more confident. You want it to be a great learning experience for people – a short escape away for an hour or so from this crazy world that everyone finds themselves in.
There seems to be an idea in some circles that working with a coach is all about fixing problems but I am pleased to report that there is so much more to it than that!
Sara reached a point in her career where she felt ready to step up from being a manager and take on a head of department role.
I’m a tiny bit nervous but also very excited to be starting my own webinar series.
A few years ago, I was at a networking event and met a very nice man who had Business Coach on his name tag. When I asked where he had completed his coach training, he told me he hadn’t any qualifications in coaching, it was just a good way to attract clients. I was horrified!
Some years ago, I was invited into an organisation to support Neil who was transitioning into his first senior management role. One of his goals for the coaching assignment was to “improve working relationships with one of his direct reports!” I asked him to say a little more.
I have been coaching teams for many years – always with a focus on strengths. “What does this team do well and how can you reap the rewards of a strengths-based approach to reach your goals?” is usually my starter for 10 question. When organisations and managers focus on maximising individuals’ strengths instead of focusing on developing their weaknesses, the result is a happier workplace with higher levels of engagement, motivation and performance. So if ever there was a time to help your people feel more engaged, valued and motivated, it’s now!
The past few months have been really hard for lots of people. For others, it has been quite a positive experience. And for others it has been a bit of both. In this blog, I’ll be sharing some really simple coping strategies to help you navigate the changing world.