Coaching and Mentoring Academy holds successful first conference

Posted by rmt22 at Jul 18, 2018 04:25 PM |
Our commitment to developing staff was celebrated in the first conference of the Coaching and Mentoring Academy.

Many of you have benefited from the work of our coaching and mentoring academy, either through one-to-one programmes or through coaching sessions attached to our leadership programmes.

Coaching is a great way of bringing out the best in all of us, whether that’s leading effectively with one’s own unique talents and strengths or using one’s own resources, supported by a coach, to solve a challenging work-related issue. If you’d like to know more about what coaching can help you achieve, please visit the coaching and mentoring site.

To date, more than 200 colleagues have benefited from being coached and a further 115 attended the coach leader workshop, which will help them incorporate coaching into their day-to-day leadership.

We now have more than 50 qualified staff coaches. As part of their commitment to the academy they participate in events which keep their skills fresh. At the end of June we all gathered in the Council rooms for the academy’s first conference which focused on upcoming projects (see below for more details) and on celebrating our key successes since the academy launched in December 2016.

Leigh Casey, Associate Director of Organisational Development opened the event, saying “We are very proud of our collective achievements with more and more of us using coaching techniques to bring out the best in our colleagues.”

Leigh announced plans for the next stages of the academy: “whilst our one-to-one coaching programmes are vitally important we are also planning to support three pilot projects focused on organisational development initiatives.”

The pilot projects, starting in September, are:

  • Student sports scholars – supporting students on the sports scholarship programme, who are competing at national and international levels, to help them achieve a better academic and athletic balance
  • Maternity/adoption/paternity leave supporting new parents during all phases of parental leave
  • Changing Horizons – supporting colleagues in the final third of their careers with the challenges that may arise, both physical and non-physical, and helping them to make best use of their talents, wisdom and experience to boost their motivation and benefit the University as a whole

Dave Hall, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, joined the conference to present ILM5 coaching and mentoring certificates to colleagues who had recently qualified. He said: “I am an advocate of coaching and recognise the benefits it brings both to colleagues and to the University as a whole. Our newly qualified coaches will offer developmental support to colleagues by asking thought provoking questions, helping them to think and behave in a different way and encouraging them to build on their unique strengths in order to overcome challenges.”

How to receive coaching support

For further information on how to receive coaching support, please visit coaching and mentoring or contact Lisa Hallam on lh214@le.ac.uk or telephone x5333

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