#cawconf16 : Keynote from Anthony Kasozi

Post-lunch keynote from Anthony Kasozi about Complexity, Contradiction, Connection and Collaboration.

We know tomorrow the sun is going to rise, but then our bus doesn’t arrive so we can’t get to the work we had planned.

As we live and work in this incredibly predictable and unpredictable word.  The unpredictability creates a sense of unease, as Hetty talked about this morning.  At our best we rise to the challenge.  At our worst we become fearful and frustrated.

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#cawconf16 – Keep a green tree in your heart…

Here at the Coaching at work Conference 2016 and the opening keynote is with Hetty Einzig about green trees and VUCA.

Hetty’s starting by acknowledging that coaching is still a young profession and in an ever-moving environment we need to maintain a good capacity to think to help others make meaning.  And an explanation of VUCA. Volatile. Uncertain – Even so-called stable institutions can feel woobly in the recent changes – long-standing businesses, government, religion – what do we believe in now? What are our reference points?  Where are our rocks?. Complex – entangled and entwined, or intertwangled. Ambiguous – what we first see might not be the whole picture, there’s ambiguity in orgs that stops us seeing the whole or being connected.  If we don’t feel part of something, connected, it can trigger our threat response.IMG_0502

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How well do you influence others?

At the start of May I attended a course in Team Coaching, taking coaching from one-to-one to a team brings a whole different set of challenges and opportunities to improve organisational performance…

One of the topics we had some debate around was that of power in work. Power so often has negative connotations. In the same way the word conflict does. If I’d used that word instead of “debate”, what image would have come to mind about our conversation?  How would you have felt about it?  And what about “power”?  What do you think and feel when you hear that word?

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#CIPDNAP16 : Join me for a walk

Last week at the CIPD Learning & Development Show I attended one of the free exhibition sessions with David Pearl of Street Wisdom.

Street Wisdom is an amazing way of using your surroundings to help you answer a question you hold. Getting out into the streets either somewhere you know, or somewhere new, looking up, paying attention, and seeing what thoughts appear from what your attention is drawn to.

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#cipdldshow : What I heard and what I think

After a full 2 days in London, I’m starting to process and reflect on what I’ve heard.  And this isn’t even half of what was going on there!!  So, here’s where I am.  What do you think?  What else did you hear?

Start with the business. Know your business.  Know the strategy.

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#cipdldshow: From learner control to learner choice

This sessions is with Anne Parker of Booking.com and Peter Kay (no not that one) from Tarmac.

Context being set about choice with a controlled environment – freedom in a framework.

When we have so many coffee shops to choose from it doesn’t drive loyalty and there’s little control for the coffee merchants to get customers to them. Having someone to guide you to a great one or advertising a certain shop will help bring an element of guidance or control to people’s choices.

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#cipdldshow: Influencing Business Leaders to Enbrace the Modern Learning Agenda

Session 2 of #cipdldshow with Tim Hallatt, L&D Business Partner of ATS Euromaster, James Mitchell, Snr Director of Global Talent Develoment of Rackspace and Warren Howlett of the CIPD is hosting.

Going for thought provoking and practical in this session with space for joint Q&A at the end.

First of all it’s Tim and context around ATS Euromaster. UK arm of a European business, Europe’s largest tyre repair company with about 30k people in 18 countries in Europe. Owned by the Michelin group which provides internal challenges because a retail & distribution org owned by a manufacturing org & the two people processes don’t always match. Operate in both B2C and B2B markets from wheelbarrows up to quarry machinery. 7 people in the L&D team. Challenge of 340 sites, 3-16 people in each location, presents a challenge of geographical spread rather than volume of employees.

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#cipdldshow – How comfy are you?

Next week sees the CIPD Learning & Development Show coming to The Olympia in London!  I’m fortunate to be on the Blog Squad again, alongside bloggers old and new, so I hope you’ll find what we share interesting, thought provoking with maybe a few giggles in there too.

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Already, Jo, Ian and Jonathan have written some great pre-event pieces.  I’ve been meaning to write for a while and was wondering what might be most useful to share.  Then this weekend, inspiration came in the form of this TED Talk via a good colleague Garry Turner.

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Can you see what’s going on?

A friend shared this with me today.  Her political leanings being very much on the side of Corbyn and despairing at what she saw as Cameron’s arrogant attitude.  But this post isn’t about which side of the fence you sit on or which leader you favour.  This is about cultural norms.  The way we do things round here.  And how blind we can be to how we are.

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The power of imagination

I’ve been making more use of visualisation and metaphor in my one-to-one Exec Coaching work recently. It’s something that’s been in my toolkit for a couple of years but I’ve had a recent flurry of successes with it and so I thought I’d share them in case it could be helpful or interesting to you.

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