September 2020

To coach or not to coach, that is the question

September - To coach or not to coach, that is the question

Many network/resource group leaders work with a variety of 'volunteers' who are supporting the delivery of the network/resource group. And these volunteers will often work on different sites as well as different cities, geographies, and time-zones.

In addition, network/resource group leaders will sometimes be in conversations with members who need a bit of one-to-one support to secure the workplace adjustments they may need. That often means a network leader has to draw on their coaching skills but it's important to know when it is appropriate to do so, when you need to refer and when to draw a line in the sand.

We will:

  • Explore how the network/resource group leader sometimes has to act as a coach
  • Help you understand what basic coaching principles are
  • Encourage you to find ways to delegate work to others
  • Offer you the opportunity to engage with PurpleSpace Ambassadors and fellow members

What can you look forward to this month?

One of the PurpleSpace Ambassadors will kick off the month for us with a welcome in the Member Zone - and pose the big question, "What basic skills do we need to employ as informal coaches?"

During the month you will have the opportunity to listen to a new Podcast 'The 9 basic elements of coaching - part two', an interview with a trained coach who will describe the basics involved in coaching. The podcast will offer you a whistle-stop tour of the things to get right when you help your volunteers to work with you, or how to support members to ask for the workplace adjustments they may need.

We also launch edition two of our resource 'Coaching: the basics' where we cover the principles offered in the podcast.

This month's external Resource Review will focus on the art of coaching as Sally Ward reviews a relevant external resource and as usual we will have our monthly Spotlight On interview by writer Jim Pollard - get in touch if you would like to be interviewed as part of our series.

To round the month up we invite you to drop into the Member Zone between 16:00 - 17:00 on Monday 28th September 2020 for our MZChat - led by a PurpleSpace Ambassador, to share learning and offer your own top tips to other members.

The four questions we will ask are:

  1. Where are the key areas where you provide coaching to others?
  2. What are the pros and cons, and where are the pitfalls?
  3. What tips would you pass to others who have just taken up the role as a network/resource group leader?
  4. What one thing would you like to change most about your own coaching style?

Finally, if you need a bit of one-to-one support on this or any other #Networkology Leadership Theme, book yourself a Virtual Coaching session on Thursday 24th September 2020 with one of our senior consultants.

Diary Alert

If you are new to the world of PurpleSpace and Networkology, come and come and join our Introduction to Membership webinar on Thursday 17th September 2020 where Jo Hussey, Membership Engagement and Events Manager and a PurpleSpace Ambassador, will describe all the membership offerings you can tap into.

All dates listed may be subject to change.

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