“Brilliantly engaging”

If you attend IOSH Approved Coaching for safety, you will spend two days learning and practicing the skills and techniques of collaboration. Coaching is all about collaboration – coaches exit to be collaborative and supportive and to help people perform better. We designed Coaching for safety because we think that’s the role of a safety practitioner too. If you attend IOSH Approved Coaching for safety, you will learn that curiosity drives collaboration and that where you focus your curiosity is a choice. If that sounds strange, perhaps you’ve thought that you’re curious about whatever it is you’re curious about, as if you have a natural inclination or default. In our experience, most safety people’s natural inclination is to focus their curiosity in a place that isn’t helpful to coaching. We find they need support learning how to focus their curiosity in a more helpful way. If you attend IOSH Approved Coaching for safety, you will learn what the ‘active’ in active listening really means. After completing our Active Listening Exercise, one delegate remarked recently, “there’s so much being communicated, I had no idea. It could be exhausting.” That’s how busy you are, if you listen ‘actively’. If you attend IOSH Approved Coaching for safety, you’ll learn simple techniques for being truly solutions-focused. In our experience, many safety people are preoccupied with how things came to be. They have a habit of asking “why?” and that’s not always helpful to the coaching exercise. Coaches are more concerned with supporting people to find a way forward toward a solution. If you attend IOSH Approved Coaching for safety, you will receive support from...

“An exceptional learning experience”

Gradually gradually over several years, IOSH Approved Coaching for safety has been slowly maturing and gaining recognition. For reasons we didn’t fully appreciate at first, it’s taken time for the course to achieve the reputation it now enjoys. Firstly, coaching is widely misunderstood. It isn’t what most people think it is and few give it the credit it deserves. And secondly, the safety profession’s fixation with technical knowledge, NEBOSH this and NEBOSH that, has obscured the value of soft skills in general and coaching skills in particular. We’re delighted with the progress IOSH Approved Coaching for safety has made and from our current vantage point, we can see the value of its gradual evolution. When delegates say of it, “this is inspired, one day we’ll all learn these skills,” and when they refer to it as “an exceptional learning experience” we’re genuinely chuffed to bits. But the feedback following this week’s course in Leeds was especially resounding, as you can see from the feedback sheet above. IOSH Blueprint is the new competency framework for OSH professionals and organisations across all industry sectors. Developed by IOSH and a cross-sector group of industry experts, it will set the standard for ‘what good looks like’ in OSH competence. When a prominent member of the IOSH Council and a former President of the institution, who attended the Leeds course, says “this is essential for the soft skills element of the IOSH Blueprint competency framework”, it’s an indication that we must be doing something right, don’t you think? See what others have to say...