Coaching for safety (Approved by IOSH) – Being solutions-focused

Safety people are often regarded as being pre-occupied with obstacles and difficulties and the reasons why things aren’t as they should be. To an extent this is understandable. Trained in techniques like 5-Whys Analysis and required to investigate the root cause of accidents and other failures, it’s perhaps to be expected that presented with a problem, the safety practitioner defaults to ‘why’ before any other question. But useful as this habit is in some circumstances, it’s not always the most helpful approach. Sometimes, simply accepting that the problem exists and not needing to know the reasons why it does, is an easier position from which to move forward and find a solution. Solutions-focused coaching is more concerned with outcomes than reasons and the easiest way of focusing on the outcome is to ask outright: “what would the ideal outcome be?” To read more click here If you’d like to learn more about increasing your effectiveness through coaching skills please call Michael on 01706 217122 or 0792 191 4099...

Coaching for safety (Approved by IOSH) – Listening is everything

In coaching listening is everything – the gateway through which all coaching passes according to the authors of Co-Active Coaching. They describe three levels of listening as follows: – Level l listening is the sort of commonplace, everyday listening we all experience; as you listen there’s an inner voice providing a personal narrative to accompany that of the talker. “Mm, that’s interesting, that reminds me of when I …”, “I wonder why she did that, I think I’d have …”, “When my chance comes, I’ll tell them the story about when I …” It’s listening from a personal perspective and it doesn’t lend itself to good coaching. A coach listening at level l is preoccupied with his/her own thoughts and judgments and is prone to direct the conversation according to his/her own agenda rather than that of the coachee. Coaching should be all about the coachee. To read more click here If you’d like to learn more about increasing your effectiveness through coaching skills please call Michael on 01706 217122 or 0792 191 4099...