Living in Norfolk, I’m well used to commuting by train for work or conferences. So I’ve found myself in the lucky position of having plenty of time for reading, writing, working & reflecting. I can’t sleep on trains I’m afraid...
Today I got up at 05:15 and will get back home around 15 hours later. I’ll have spent over £130 and 7 hours of my day on trains. I won’t earn a penny from it. Why? To learn of course!
The reason for today’s trip was Sheffield Hallam Business Schools Coaching & Mentoring Research day. Each quarter, they run a 6 hour learning day using Open Space. It’s a very inclusive affair so look them up if you have an interest.
The wonderful thing I find about Open Space is that it never fails to please or surprise me. Today was no exception and after wonderfully rich discussions, it’s left me with a few thoughts around coaching & mentoring :
Social Media & Coaching/Mentoring
So, is there any application for coaching or mentoring using social media? Perhaps but maybe what is more meaningful is what method(s) and frequency of engagement do clients (coachees) find most relevant and supportive? How is this expectation changing generationally?
This segues into the above but if you want to run a mentoring programme, what are you trying to achieve? It’s easy to develop tools and lose sight... How can you provide the system & process for groups & communities to engage in a way that is meaningful to them?
Pricing & Value in Coaching & Mentoring
It’s funny how little external coaches & mentors discuss pricing together – what prevents them? What does it say about the profession? Beyond that, how do we best demonstrate the value of either as a paid for professional service?
Disclosure in Coaching & Mentoring relationships
You wouldn’t think one little word could mean so much... What we disclose to our clients has potentially enormous implications on the success or failure of the coaching or mentoring.
These themes give you a sense of the discussions I participated in – there were at least 8 others that I missed. Over the coming days I’ll try to blog about each individually.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts or reactions on these subjects.
On the subject of Learning Journeys, what would you would do with 7 hours of uninterrupted time at a table on a train?