I love coaching and it’s dangerous because it’s powerful. If clarifying the organisations purpose gives us our WHY, coaching is going to be a significant part of the HOW, especially with regards to the people. My experience is that it is THE difference unleashing the people within an organisation to know their agency, to be proactive, to self-manage, to being a positive part of a team. Coaching is an invitation to wholeness, helping to align the person with the purpose of the organisation and or on to whatever is next for them.
Coaching was something I first experienced the benefits of with Alexander Mackenzie when he was a good customer at my bakery, he helped me to listen to my team and my customers, and find my voice as a baker and share it in an energising way, this lead to the TV work I did. http://www.mackenzie-inc.com/who-we-are/ Ten years later and I had different challenges and this time I sought coaching with Will James at https://www.sanamente.co.uk as I prepared for the CEO roll. I found our sessions to be super useful and gave me clarity about the challenges I faced, and an inspiring way forward, that is now well under way.
Within business, coaching has typically been an executive function. In my new context, Grace Network, we are exploring the benefits of coaching for all, especially youngsters and people joining us that have had barriers to employment. What we are aiming for is to establish a coaching culture that in time has coaching circles, and with coaching being the go to tool for all opportunities and blockages that need a way forward.
“the most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st centre will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human”. - John Naisbitt, Futurologist.
For the youngsters I’ve coached so far, they’ve had no previous experience of this, so I first have to ‘sell’ the opportunity, before we can get started. I perceive that as this gets more established, it’ll become expected and the cultural norm for all Grace Network related enterprises.
For the first session I had been leading with the coaching wheel, now step three along the coaching journey, and then the bulk of the session have been following the G.R.O.W model for coaching, [step 5 along the journey]. A few months into this I realised the coaching required two things, one, more structure and shape to incorporate a few other aspect of what would historically come under HR, and building in dialogue about competence and two, a visual representation of the journey to help introduce coaching the Grace Network way to those that haven’t experienced its benefits before.
You’ll see on the illustration, I’ve knocked out, that the competency bands are dangling from a post along the journey, in reality these will all be something we are growing in, in an ongoing way, putting them onto the ‘map’ allows us to keep them in mind and part of our conversation.
Since I sketched this out we’ve added a couple of other competencies we deem are necessary to flourish in our world of social enterprise. If you spot we’ve missed any obvious ones, do leave a comment below. For now here is the list.
Have positive energy and attitude
Be part of a team
Receive feedback in a good way
Have a vision for yourself
Able to advocate for “the Grace Network way”
Able to self-manage
Communicate effectively with different audiences
Build a team
Take informed risks
Become a coach of others
Measure and reward performance
Successfully run a business
Be a great teacher