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INTERACTIVE SEMINAR 1:  Coaching young offenders with Baillie Aaron and Lola Fayemi

Format: Interactive

Description: Spark Inside is a London-based coaching charity supporting young people in the criminal justice system. Through one-to-one and workshop-based life coaching, they aim to tackle the high rates of youth reoffending – 70% of young people leaving prison reoffend within 2 years – and empower young people to proactively create more fulfilling futures. In this interactive session, Spark Inside’s management team will share stories and results from their pilot coaching programme with teenage boys in prison, and discuss applications of life coaching to reoffending and recovery.

WORKSHOP 1:  Coaching with the System in Mind – Systemic Coaching with Constellations with John Whittington

Constellations start by creating a ‘living map’ of a challenging relational issue and then illuminate the dynamics that create stuckness in individuals, teams and organisations.

The combination of an understanding of the organising principles which sustain and regulate systems and the application of the methodology, combine to create a powerfully effective way of unblocking and illuminating complex challenges, whether those are expreesd at an individual, team or organizational level.

Through experiential demonstration and excercises participants will have an opportunity to experience the essentials of mapping and full constellations, gain fresh insights into a current issue and explore the application of this approach in their own coaching practice.

WORKSHOP 2a:  Making the coaching relationship effective with Alanna O’Broin

Regardless of our chosen coaching framework, we engage with all our coachees through the dynamics of the coaching relationship. The coaching research demonstrates an association between the coaching relationship and outcome; and that characteristics such as trust, respect, and commitment of both participants are key in forming, developing, and maintaining our coaching relationships.
Looking beyond these broad observations, when it comes to building an effective coaching relationship with the particular coachee sitting in front of us, how do we do that in practice? How might we consider adapting our coaching style and approach to the coachee? And how do we re-engage our coaching relationship if and when it is challenged by a disruption or ‘critical moment’?
Drawing from coaching and allied research literature, and exploring the alliance model, this workshop will encourage participants to think about practical applications in forming coaching relationships in their own coaching practice.

WORKSHOP 2b: Identifying ‘Best Self’: career coaching with Rob Nathan

‘When I’m at my best’ is a practical tool for career coaches to help coachees identify the conditions which enable them to thrive, and strengths/ skills used when these conditions are met.


– to use ‘When I’m at my best’ with coachees
– to know about CCS’s five stage career coaching framework
– to practice core coaching skills in a career relevant conversation
– to identify ways in which ‘When I’m at my best’ can be useful.

WORKSHOP 3 (with case study):  Thinking Beyond: Legacy – a catalyst for inspiring, enabling and engaging in complex and uncertain times with Alister Scott and  Neil Scotton

Legacy is becoming a more common part of leadership language and thought. It provides meaning, purpose and clarity for individuals, teams and organisations. It helps generate courage, unity and commitment. It provides a narrative – helping people make sense of what is happening and what to do next.

This session brings lessons on the use of ‘Legacy’ thinking in different sectors. It will help you answer questions such as: How might you use ‘Legacy’ thinking to help your clients find an inspiring path forwards? How can it embolden and inspire the work we do and the lives we live? And curiously, what might be the legacy of more Legacy conversations?

Join the session for conversation and sharing with fellow coaches and Neil and Alister of The One Leadership Project.

INTERACTIVE RESEARCH SEMINAR 2:  Anxiety in work teams and team coaches with Declan Woods

Declan will present the findings from his research at INSEAD, France into teams through observing them at work as they carry out their normal business. He highlights the significance of anxiety and the different forms it takes and when it is most likely to rise. He then switches focus and shares his research findings on anxiety in team coaches – what it is, what causes it, why it is important and how it can be managed. The implications for team coach selection and team coaching practice will then be explored in an interactive session with participants. This session will be of interest to newcomers to team coaching who wish to gain a glimpse into this growing area of the coaching market, experienced 1-1 coaches considering moving into the team coaching arena and experienced team coaches looking to find out and learn more.

INTERACTIVE SEMINAR 3 (with case studies):  Designing and developing a systemic coaching and mentoring approach with an organisation with Lis Merrick

For organisational coaching and mentoring to be truly effective, they must follow a systemic approach to enable a holistic approach to support individual, team and organisational learning. Systemic coaching and mentoring should be seamlessly woven through the core values, leadership behaviours, talent approach, theories-in-use and reward systems of the organisation.
Many programmes are introduced as quick fix interventions, which only offer short-term relief. Organisations themselves are complex interrelated systems, so a short-term linear approach to introducing coaching and mentoring is too naïve and simplistic for it to be effective. Without a systemic approach, the underlying forces within the organisation will create an unconscious negative counterbalance to the more positive outcomes emulating from the coaching and mentoring interventions.
This session will consider how to design and develop a systemic coaching and mentoring approach within an organisation and will be useful to both internal practitioners and coaching and mentoring consultants. It will be informed by the experience of Lis Merrick, who has worked with over 60 clients in designing and developing coaching and mentoring programmes in the last 15 years. Lis is the Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Ltd., a Director of The Professional Mentor Academy Ltd. and a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School, where she is also Module Leader for the Scheme Design and Evaluation Module of the MSc Coaching and Mentoring.

WORKSHOP 4a (with case studies):  Coaching: the missing piece in the employee engagement puzzle with Julie Starr and Michael Fryer

Coaching: the missing piece in the employee engagement puzzle

The inconvenient truths: the constant climate of change in organisations, plus notions of an uncertain future, suppress optimism, creativity and engagement. Employee engagement is at a near-record low, and according to leaders, a disengaged workforce is one of the biggest threats facing business. The nature of everyday work conversations needs to change and in this session, we explore how to do this, bringing managers and leaders into the loop, and encouraging coaching behaviours across the organisation. We will explore the critical links between simple coaching behaviours and engagement; how mindset is one of the key barriers to whether someone coaches or not, and how the term ‘coaching’ might ultimately disappear – as coaching behaviours become part of everyday conversational style.

WORKSHOP 4b (with case studies and live demonstration):  Brief Mindfulness for rapid stress reduction with Shakya Kumara

Mindfulness offers a remarkable combination of benefits: it reduces stress yet boosts effectiveness; it increases cognitive ability and focus, yet also develops enjoyment, emotional awareness and quality of relationship.

But it can be hard to find the time for mindfulness practice, especially at times of greatest stress when it is most needed.

Brief Mindfulness addresses this by:
1. providing a 30 minute coaching format for Rapid Stress Reduction (incorporating Solutions Focus coaching as well a as very specific mindfulness technique)
2. making mindfulness accessible in 30 seconds, without closing your eyes or changing your posture
3. integrating mindfulness into purposeful activity.

This workshop includes:
1. An outline of the Brief Mindfulness approach, and the different ways it can be deployed
2. 3 brief case studies from BUPA, Sheffield University and within the NHS
3. The chance to experience Brief Mindfulness for yourself