“Coaching: The Golden Thread” – a seamless conference!

2nd March 2017

Almost 100 coaches came together on 10 February for the East of England LGA Coaching Pool’s 4th Annual Coaching Conference, in partnership with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). The event drew a range of exceptional speakers and attracted a significant audience of practitioners from across the region – and beyond (as far afield as Indonesia!).

This year's theme, “Coaching: The Golden Thread”, explored how coaching can run right through your organisation, from aligning coaching to your business plan and workforce strategy, through to bringing out the brilliance in your workforce and 'sew up' your success.

Keynote speaker Stuart Haden, Programme Manager at the CIPD, opened the day exploring whether coaching is cult, cure or culture.  Delegates began to map out intentions that develop coaching, by pinpointing their current location and where they want to go next.

Picture: Stuart Haden opening keynote session, with delegates asked to identify ‘North’

Delegates broke into groups to select a masterclass and workshop to attend (from a possible 8 choices) and there was plenty of time for networking and connecting with colleagues old and new throughout the day. 

The event culminated in a double act from Catherine Doherty, Director, Fields of Learning and supported by Sue Macmillan, Lead Associate, Fields of Learning, who facilitated an experiential session which drew on learning from neuropsychology and coaching to explore the “e-mometre” model, and how it can be applied to work and life in general. With their physical ‘chemical reaction’ demonstrations, highlighting humans being basically all chemically and electrically driven beings, their session held the attention of the audience right up until the last moment – a true testament.

Picture: Sue Macmillan chemical reactions demonstration as part of closing keynote session

There was an impressive energy in the room as delegates shared their experiences throughout the day and delegates welcomed time to think and reflect away from the workplace, describing the event as “well worth the time investment”.

One delegate described the conference as “enlightening and empowering, with a range of informative breakout sessions”, and others valued the “great opportunity to network, and share ideas”.

Hazel Russo, facilitator of a workshop exploring the ‘Lumination’ Coaching Board Game commented that “I thoroughly enjoyed my session and found the delegates highly engaged and enthusiastic about developing their coaching practice which is testament to the regional network and conference team. A great day was had by all.”

Dr Mark Cole, who facilitated a workshop which explored a coaching approach to people management, added “The conference struck just the right balance between interactivity – a key thing for an event focused on coaching, of course – and the delivery of expertise and experience. To that extent, all of the sessions felt fully rounded and richly engaging, which meant that it held my concentration throughout (no mean feat, I fear, as a man with a terrible attention span!)”

With feedback from delegates which included reviews such as “Great experience and essential for any experiences or aspiring coach” and a “worthwhile experience which makes me come back to the conference again and again”, early booking is strongly advised for the 2018 event, which is scheduled for 7 February 2018, and booking is now open online to reserve a place.

The East England LGA Coaching Pool brings together a range of government and not for profit organisations where coaches from one organisation are able to work with clients from other organisations in the pool, in order to continue to drive performance.  If you would like to find out more about how this works please contact Emma Moore on 01284 758326 or emma.moore@eelga.gov.uk.

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