Theres been a lot of discussion on the blog about coaching recently. The People SIG put on a small-scale, pilot event in Birmingham during March. It acted as a taster for members interested in trying out being coached.
Coaching tends to be one-to-one, so such an event takes a lot more organisation than an event where people simply sign up to listen to a speaker. However, Anna Grabham, the SIG coordinator, did a great job and 6 coachees turned up on the day. Feedback on the quality of the coaching and the benefits accrued by each coachee suggested the sessions were very beneficial. So top marks to Miles Huckle from 20 Degrees Consulting and Anthony Onabanjo from Peak Coachingfor giving their time freely to the event.
Feedback from those coached was interesting. One coachee, Found the session challenging. I had to look at myself and at a range of options open to me. I started with 5 options and was able to disregard 3 during the course of my 45 minute session.
Another spoke of how, It is good to have a plan. Without setting goals, things just drift. We do it naturally at work but hardly ever in our personal lives.
Another spoke about the input from the coach, I couldnt have wished for better. He really helped me bring out solutions for my life as I come to a turning point.
Like all one-to-one development activity, it tends to be more expensive than sessions with multiple delegates. It is less the cost of a coach (our coaches gave their time freely to members for the pilot session) but theres the cost in time as people travel and the cost of hiring venues with multiple meeting rooms for confidential one-to-one sessions. One idea might be to run another pilot to see whether people gain benefit from a session via Skype. Perhaps the convenience of a mutually agreed time for the session (could be an evening and from home?) and might compensate for some of the loss of personal contact?
Is anyone interested in giving this a go? Contact us if you would like to get involved.