Organisational Change through Coaching

York St. John UniversityOrganisational Change through Coaching Conference at York St. John 05 July 2012

The York St John Conference was introduced by David Fleming, Vice Chancellor and hosted by Prof Bob Garvey from York St John. The first keynote was by David Megginson from Sheffield Business School, who had a humorous look at the challenges and benefits of adopting a coaching style of managing change and how coaching can develop or change organisational culture. We then had an opportunity to try some different workshops out around Brief Coaching, Listening skills, unblocking techniques in coaching and the fascinating ACT – Acceptance, Commitment Training based coaching based on emotional intelligence and mindfulness.

John Groom from New Zealand gave us an introductory look at the ACT Model, which is based on work by Dr Russ Harris and which I felt very comfortable with. More to follow on this model as I find out about it! Then a session on “Mindfulness in Coaching and Mentoring”, delivered by myself. An amazing opportunity to work with a number of coaches who were new to Mindfulness and to support them with experiencing a session of mindfully eating a raison and looking at various ways to introduce Mindfulness Practice into their coaching and mentoring and the impact Mindfulness can have in supporting through organisational change and upheaval.

Left York just buzzing. Fantastic to know there are 90  people so interested in using coaching to support organisational change.  Let’s hope they run another conference next year, I will definitely be going.

Thanks Bob and Emma Vincent for facilitating this fantastic opportunity!!

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About Lis Merrick

Lis Merrick is Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Limited, the ISMCP Accreditation Chair (European Mentoring and Coaching Council International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes), a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School and she was the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) UK President from 2015 to 2018.

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