A quarter of the world’s population is now in lockdown. Lis Merrick explores the situation and offers a perspective on what employers can do in this extraordinary chaos. Exploring mentoring through the lens of William Bridges’ Model of Managing Transitions1, she proposes the greatest gift an employer can give at this time is a mentor to support through these incredulous changes in our lives caused by the Covid-19 virus.
The Coach Mentoring Ltd team has been working virtually for the last 15 years. In fact in 2019 we delivered 90% of our business virtually—this suited both us and our clients. We are now moving to 100% virtual delivery as a result of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. So it’s very much business as usual; we aren’t anticipating any change to the high quality of service our clients enjoy.
The backbone of many organisations and a key resource for many leaders and managers are the office professionals. But are your PAs/EAs “forgotten workers” when it comes to tapping into their abilities and providing opportunities for development and progression? What can you do in your organisation to help motivate and develop this vital resource?
Professors David Clutterbuck and Peter Hawkins have partnered with the Global Team Coaching Institute (GTCI) to bring you a complimentary, LIVE Team Coaching Accelerator: Advance to the Leading Edge of Team Coaching and Team Leadership. GTCI is a new institute dedicated to Team Coaching where the world’s foremost experts come to teach, where coaches come to become the best, and where organisations come to find the best.
After a successful first cohort on the Postgraduate Certificate for Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Organisations in 2019, Save the Children has launched another cohort for their Senior Leadership Team. In addition to building up the senior humanitarian leadership behaviours, Save the Children hopes to build up a pool of humanitarian coaches and mentors who are able to:
- Strengthen national/local leadership through coaching and/or mentoring
- Increase the effectiveness of knowledge transfer in an emergency response through a mentoring coaching hybrid approach
- Create a ‘coaching culture’ in order to grow and nurture talent in order to deliver key results, strengthen leadership capacities, increase retention and deepen engagement
Join this accredited PGC (postgraduate certificate) open programme this spring to develop your practical skills and gain a qualification as part of your continuing professional development. You will be part of a small group of like-minded individuals looking to become accredited coaches or mentors. Perhaps to develop your coaching and mentoring behaviours as a leader or manager, or to support your professional HR or OD role. Your tutors will blend initial face-to-face contact to establish your study cohort, with the convenience of virtual delivery thereafter.
NSK Ltd approached Coach Mentoring Ltd to add value to their CPD days for Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapists. The Japanese manufacturer of Dental Instruments views Therapists and Hygienist as key influencers in decision-making when dental practices are procuring new equipment. They wanted to dedicate part of their development day to the balance of the lives of those who care for the our teeth at the ‘ground level’. The idea was to use Ikigai to add purpose and be a way of bringing lightness to some of the drier content in the technical side of peri-dental care.
What can we do to improve our own mental health especially at this time of year? My yoga classes have been busy recently and the weather forecasts gloomy. Rain, rain and more rain. With the time change, we are officially in British Winter Time, or the northern hemisphere winter, we have significantly fewer opportunities to be outside in the day light.