One of the many things I love about coaching are its principles, perhaps best expressed by Jenny Rogers
• The client is resourceful
• The coach’s role is to develop resourcefulness through skilful questions, challenge and support
• Coaching addresses the whole person - past, present and future; work and private lives
• The client sets the agenda
• The coach and the client are equals
• Coaching is about change and action
There is real synergy here, I think, between these principles and the values of our sector, including, importantly, ideas around individual agency.
This love of coaching has led to the development of two initiatives over the last four years focused on training more coaches within the region in order to provide access to high quality, affordable coaching for social leaders.
So far 30 people have undertaken three ILM accredited coach training programmes and we are now excited to be launching a new Coaching Collective dedicated to supporting the development of leaders and managers of not-for-profit organisations across the North East and individuals working independently for social change.
About Robert Laycock
Between 1999 and 2011 Robert co-led regional arts charity Helix Arts. Since 2011 he has supported the leadership and organisational development of over 35 not-for-profit organisations. Robert is co-founder of Yes We Can
, North East Together: Leaders Network for Social Change and co-ordinator of the Better Governance working group. He is also a board member of Beacon Films
and the Comfrey Project
[i] Jenny Rogers is one of the UK’s most experienced executive coaches with 26 years of successful experience. Her clients include Chief Executives and Directors of some of the UK’s best known organisations. Her book Coaching Skills: The definitive guide to being a coach is now in its fourth edition and is acknowledged internationally as the ‘Bible’ on how to coach successfully.