I seem to be developing a blog-posting Disney theme…First the Lego movie http://wp.me/p45I4E-6t then the Lion King one http://wp.me/p45I4E-7T and now a bit about how coaching can help, thanks to the Frozen movie. It’s about the journey that I’ve experienced from being coached, as well as seeing clients have the same experience. And it can often start here….
The blog squad have gone our separate ways and I’ve joined this session with Bernadette Cass of Heworth Associates and Peter Lumley of Realising Change. Both are coaches.
Coaching can be amazing to give people space to think but we need this to also make a difference to a business – that’s what we’re going to hear about.
So does this ring any bells from childhood?
Child 1 – “You’re a big smelly poo”
Child 2 – [say this part in a sing-song ‘nah nah nah nah’ child’s voice for maximum effect] “What you say is what you are”
Child 1 – Urgh no fair!
But it occurred to me the kids are actually onto the truth here! [Note my use of ‘the’ kids – you really have no evidence that it was my own kids having this high brow discussion during a boring, rainy half term!]
Inspired by Neil Morrison’s recent post on why HR should hate change (http://change-effect.com/2014/03/24/why-hr-should-hate-change-just-a-little-bit-more/), it reminded me of a true change story I heard a couple of weeks ago from someone from a large organisation.
This is the story from her persepctive…..
There are two little people in our family.
We have a strategy – keep them safe, feed them healthy stuff (mostly!), help them grow and develop to be their best selves
We have expectations of their role – we’re clear on what counts as ‘good’ or ‘unacceptable’ behaviour (be kind, don’t hit!), we ask them to do certain things (like polishing their own school shoes on a Sunday night – a cosy hangover from my memories of my own childhood!) and we try to be consistent with these expectations so they know where they stand
Towards the end of last week I was starting to think there’s a lot in the world of twitter & blogs that bemoans the sorry state of work, people, leaders…..(including some of my own tweets and posts!).
Of course, being challenging of what we see around us is an important part of growing, changing and improving so that we create an always-better future. But I started feeling that I wanted to switch into a more positive mode for my next post. And, as if by magic, my inspiration came from going to see the Lego movie this weekend!