What is coaching?

A relatively young profession outside the world of sport, business-related coaching emerged in the 1980’s through the pioneering work of Sir John Whitmore and others. Until more recently such coaching was targeted primarily at business leaders and the most senior managers who used Executive Coaches to provide personal support on a wide range of topics. Gradually, the skills deployed by Executive Coaches have become appreciated for their wider application so that it is now common for line managers and supervisors to be trained in coaching skills and for organisations to aspire to have a ‘coaching’ culture. Today, leading occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals too advocate a coaching approach. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), defines coaching and mentoring as development techniques based on the use of one-to-one discussions to enhance an individual’s skills, knowledge or work performance. Traditionally, the defining characteristics of coaching are: – – that it is non-directive; – that it is based upon a high level of rapport between coach and coachee; – that the coach uses highly-developed listening and questioning skills to pull ideas, suggestions and plans from the    coachee; and – that it is solutions-focused.  Mentoring uses the same skills but is generally used to describe a situation in which a more experienced colleague uses his or her greater knowledge and understanding to support the development of another. The objective for the coach is to form a productive alliance with the coachee. The success of the coaching ultimately depends upon the quality of this alliance which in turn depends upon the coach’s capacity for building rapport and his/her questioning and listening skills...

FREE Coaching for safety taster

We’re gearing up for a really exciting 2016 during which we’ll bring our ‘Be the best you can be’ message to an unprecedented number of people. The message is simple. If you believe that the role of the modern safety practitioner is to be collaborative, supportive and helpful – that’s why coaches exist, to be these things. The case therefore for equipping safety people with coaching skills is both obvious and compelling. IOSH Approved Coaching for safety has been designed to provide these skills to complement the knowledge and understanding that safety people acquire through NEBOSH and other similar technical courses. Delegates attending the two-day programme are better able to: – – develop more productive relationships; – drive a conversation with incisive questioning; – listen more effectively; – be more supportive and less directive; and – collaborate more successfully with their colleagues. In 2016 we’ll be hitting the road with a number of awareness-raising events. FREE to attend, they’re designed to provide busy people with a valuable opportunity to reflect on what these skills might mean for them and for the effectiveness of their team. What can you expect if you attend the FREE event? 1. a highly-participative workshop; 2. an important insight in to what coaching skills really involve; 3. the chance to experience something of our unique IOSH Approved Coaching for safety programme; and 4. a generous discount off 2016 prices (available only through these events). Places are strictly limited and early booking is essential. To reserve your place please call 01706 217122 or email...