I have been working with several clients in the last few months looking at possible new futures and changes in their work; some through organisation re-structures and downsizing, others through the desire to move on and find new challenges.It also came up at one of our recent Coaches network sessions.
What has struck me is that like a sailing ship, there are links and interdependencies across lots of sails and rigging, and one change in our lives in the arena of work, will impact hugely on our relationships, our family lives, and where we live. This is a hard nut to crack thinking about what we put first. Do we say that living by the sea for example (a big future factor for me despite still living in the middle of Oxfordshire!) is more important than the job we are doing? We went down to Poole a couple of years ago to look around with a view to thinking about a move, but ended up reflecting on the stages the kids were in their lives and all the networks we have locally were too much to give up. However, it may not be right now, but in the medium term/longer term future.
The idea of the Futures map is to create the opportunity to do a brain dump to help structure that confusion in our minds about all the different elements around making such a big change decision.
- The map has 4 areas; work, home/location, partner/family/friends considerations, and a personal/growth section. The idea is to go through each of these and think through what the implications of change might be, but also look at the whole map for the connection between these 4 strands
- There are also a few questions that might help unlock thinking: what is the first step you might take? Who do you need to talk to you about it? What might the obstacles be?
- As ever with a tool like this, its really helpful to talk through with a Coach/trusted friend after the initial “splurge” of creative thinking
You can access the futures map here: FUTURES MAP
As part of preparing for a set of spring Coaching Learning sessions with in house Coaches, I have identified some new articles and tools (click on the link to access all the information) , along with all of the previous articles and tools over the last couple of years, which I think are worthy of a read. I usually try and find a blend of practicals tools that Coaches can use with clients in sessions or outside the sessions, and background articles.
The “spring collection” is:
Values and purpose Tool: This is a Coaching tool I created from merging (like 2 ends of a car!) your core values with the idea of creating your own personal coat of arms. It came out of some coaching work with an individual who really wanted to connect their personal values with the work they were doing.
Neuroplasticity: Changing our Belief about Change. I came across this doing some research on neuroscience. This article is about the power of neuroscience: as the saying goes, “neurons that fire together, wire together.” The more we practice something, the more we strengthen the pathway, and the easier the skill becomes
The talented Coachee article: interesting article that looks at the role that Coachees (clients) play in the coaching work, and especially their “enabling” and “defensive” skills
“The Life Canvas”; similar to the values and purpose tool, but a bit more comprehensive, I thought this was interesting in how it borrows from strategic business thinking to apply to us as individuals to chart who and what we are across our whole lives; if you want a bit of background reading to the tool, take a look at this link: http://songyakesler.com/blog/
As part of preparing for a set of autumn Coaching Learning sets with in house Coaches, I have identified 4 new articles and tools, along with all of the previous articles and tools over the last couple of years, which I think are worthy of a read. I usually try and find a blend of practicals tools that Coaches can use with clients in sessions or outside the sessions, and background articles.
The “autumn collection” (!) is:
- A short article as an overview of the initial contracting phase of Coaching
- A new Coaching tool based on the comfort stretch panic model
- A coaching progress review: a reflective exercise that allows clients to think about their next session, the positives and challenges and how the work is going for them overall
- Stakeholders Coaching exercise: a psychological exercise that will help us reflect on the border between Coaching and counselling, this exercise looks at the power of key figures in our lives;
As part of preparing for a set of spring Coaching Learning sets with in house Coaches, I have identified 4 new articles on various aspects of Coaching, along with all of the previous articles and tools over the last couple of years, which I think are worthy of a read. I usually try and find a blend of practicals tools that Coaches can use with clients in sessions or outside the sessions, and background articles.
The “spring collection” (!) is:
- A deceptively simple Purpose Practice Sheet Tool which links values-options-making room for what you love
- A background career tool to start thinking about what motivates you at work called Career Drivers Assessment
- A Brene Brown article showing how to work with emotion and change your narrative: Brené Brown on how to Reckon with emotion and change your narrative
- An article on Gestalt theory in Coaching, an interesting approach to try and adjust between the “figure and ground” in a coaching context
Recent publications by Sally Crowe and others highlight the challenges of developing and funding research priorities as part of the James Lind Alliance.
A blog introduces the context for the research and gives the top line results. The full research paper is available here, in the launch issue of Research and Involvement and Engagement from BioMed Central.
A second paper explores missed opportunities in representing the patient voice (Type 1 diabetes) in research priority setting. This was one of the first James Lind Alliance research priority setting partnerships. A small team led by Rosamund Snow and Joanna Crocker re-analysed data looking at the relative influence of health professionals and patients and carers.
We are really pleased that looking through the web site statistics on Google Analytics, that since the start of the year, we have had over 5,000 visitors and over 10,000 pages viewed!
Our aim is to make as many useful and accessible resources freely available as possible.
In the Coaching and Mentoring skills section we now have around 25 articles on all sorts of ideas, tools and articles relate to Coaching and mentoring; a recent addition has been a new article on Mentoring skills, along with some Mentoring models.
As well as these overall pieces, there are also a number of new articles that I come across and use in work with a group of Coaches in Action Learning set sessions including innovation in Coaching, understanding your values and the “PRACTICE” model of Coaching if you scroll down to the most recent articles.
There are now 24+ articles on lots of different aspects of Coaching, the most recent three being a “past, present and future” tool, an article and free assessment on the big 5 personality traits, and an article on Mindfulness. You can access the Coaching articles here.
There are also some new articles on Teams on managing trust and working with dispersed Teams
On the personal growth side, there are new articles on the feel of intuition, an article on the poetry of resilience, and one on the virtue of doing very little! Access the articles to take a look here.
There are a number of new Coaching articles for spring 2014, as well as other Coaching articles and ideas from earlier in the year
Change is nothing new to leaders, or their constituents. We understand by now that organizations cannot be just endlessly “managed,” replicating yesterday’s practices to achieve success. Business conditions change and yesterday’s assumptions and practices no longer work. There must be innovation, and innovation means change.
Yet the thousands of books, seminars, and consulting engagements purporting to
help “manage change” often fall short. These tools tend to neglect the dynamics of
personal and organizational transition that can determine the outcome of any change
effort. As a result, they fail to address the leader’s need to coach others through the
transition process. And they fail to acknowledge the fact that leaders themselves
usually need coaching before they can effectively coach others.
WilliamBridgesTransitionandChangeModel : in this article (that is worth 10 minutes of your time) William Bridges describes three stages of transition:
• The neutral zone (explorations), and
• New beginnings.