Back in March when we held our first Coaching Café for the year, we discussed 5 trends in coaching for 2021. Of course, back then, we had come out of extended lockdowns. In addition, for half of Australia, we were NOT expecting to go back into some of the longest and toughest lockdowns in the world.
In our final Coaching Café of the year, we explore the highlights of the Coaching Cafes and reflect on the year that was. We do this by thinking about the 5 top trends and we did to respond to those trends.
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Trend 1: Leverage our ability to adapt and reinforce new habits
This trend is about:
- Coaching people under stress and responding based on personality type
- Furthermore, adapting to the changing circumstances and environment
- In addition, trouble-shooting and resolving friction points and ‘the unspoken’
- And taking the lessons from what we are going through and seeing how we can leverage those lessons
In response to this trend we ran a number of Coaching Cafes including:
- Taking our conversations to the next level
- Bad questions – how to avoid ineffective questions
Trend 2: Leading change
We are conscious of the enormous amount of change going on daily. Particularly, with rules changing all the time in lockdowns. So the focus is on:
- Coaching through change
- Forming, storming, norming
- Calmness as an attractive leadership quality
- Leaders need to ask for help
Our response was to dedicate our International Coach Week 2021 conference to the theme of Leading Change and to run several other sessions during the year.
Trend 3: Focus on communication
This trend had a focus on:
- 5 levels of conversation
- The need to re-establish human connection, rather than I don’t have ten minutes
- Getting the mindset right for performance conversations
- Find a balance eg. overcome virtual meeting fatigue
As a result, we ran a number of Coaching Cafes on these topics.
Trend 4: Focus on mental health
Our need to focus on mental health continues. It was there before the pandemic. It will always be there. That’s why Mental Health Awareness Week is important. And in our Coaching Cafes included:
- How to start a conversation about mental health with a colleague
- Recognising the signs of anxiety and depression in the workplace
- Post-COVID stress and trauma
Trend 5: Focus on self and continuous development
We’ve covered so much this year in our Coaching Cafés from ‘juggling and coaching through lockdown fatigue’, to exploring best practice in coaching culture. In addition, learning from leaders. Most importantly, we have loved the opportunity to come together as an Alumni. Each week we share ideas and experience and learn together. In this way we can focus on self and our continuous development.
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