What a wonderful way to wrap up 2017 this Coaching for safety course in Aberdeen was last week. It’s great to watch people come together to learn and develop and to see them enjoying themselves supporting each other. And Craig, you didn’t just embrace your coaching session sir, you smashed it! You were coaching – no ifs, buts or maybes about it.
Over 150 delegates have attended IOSH Approved Coaching for safety courses in 2017, the 5th consecutive year in which the number has increased. We’ve delivered courses to companies across a wide range of sectors including university education, waste management, oil and gas, utilities, steel distribution and office services to name a few and we’ve met people from many more sectors through our open courses. Every course is different but what’s common to them all is a general sense of positivity and a determination that these skills, if developed, can be the key to a better health and safety culture.
Paul Turnbull said in Aberdeen last week that he didn’t really know what to expect and this is true of many of those who attend. Many think that coaching must have something to do with training but discover that its so much more than that. A trainer can only train on subjects about which they have some knowledge, but coaches can coach when they have no relevant knowledge. Imagine that. Imagine having skills that enable you to support your colleagues/clients in situations where you have no knowledge or experience to bring to the table. Paul confessed to being highly-sceptical but by the end of the course that’s exactly what he was doing. And now imagine combining those skills with the knowledge that you do have, what a difference it could make.
In addition to more and more delegates attending courses to develop coaching skills, what we’ve also seen in 2017, is an increase in the number of practitioners being coached. These practitioners are seeing coaching as a way to help them solve problems or improve situations or to help them with their CPD. The numbers are modest for sure, but could this be the start of something new? Watch this space.
I really wouldn’t mind if Coaching for safety was all I did but it isn’t, I work as a freelance practitioner too. Luckily for me, these are not mutually exclusive.