We haven’t done the maths yet but 2016 is looking to be an extraordinary year for Coaching for safety. There has been a significant growth in the number of delegates attending the course and the indications are that this trend is likely to continue into 2017. But even more satisfying than the increase in numbers is the high esteem in which Coaching for safety is held. When delegates say things like “What a breath of fresh air. An enlightening course …” it’s reward indeed for the persistence that was necessary in the early days.
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, has obscured the value of soft skills in general and coaching skills in particular.
The trajectory for 2017 looks promising indeed. We’re making arrangements for our next open course early in the New Year – we’re heading to London this time – and we’re putting the final touches to a Coaching guide. And a pilot we’re running will – fingers crossed – provide a springboard to launch Coaching for safety internationally.
The course at Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford this week typified what it is we love about the course so much. Top professionals, highly engaged and working hard to support each others’ learning in an open, friendly and collaborative atmosphere. Work doesn’t get more rewarding.
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