coaching, leadership, school

Coaching school leaders

When I’m talking to school leaders about coaching they sometimes ask me what would be a good objective for a series of coaching sessions.

I know that some school leaders have had limited experience of coaching.  So I thought it might be helpful to share some objectives which other leaders have explored and resolved through their work with me.

  • Developing and sharing their vision and personal leadership style
  • Creating alliances within the school and beyond
  • Hitting the ground running in a new leadership role
  • Working with staff who aren’t making a positive contribution
  • Tackling issues which are holding them back or keeping them awake at night
business, leadership

Business lessons from dog training

Chica

An unlikely title for a blog perhaps, but a recent training session with my anxious German Shepherd has got me thinking.  Chica is a gentle giant, but gets scared around other dogs – especially small ones.  Her anxiety manifests in apparently aggressive growls, snarls and fierce body language.  However, when challenged she either runs away or hides behind me for protection.  I’ve been at a loss about how to help her.

In just one training session I have learnt to distract Chica so that she forgets to feel anxious.  I have discovered that I’ve been confusing her by talking too much and that she is eager to give the behaviour I’m looking for when she understands what I want.  And I also now know that she’ll do anything for cooked turkey!

This experience has provided some useful learning to apply to some current business challenges.  Rather than sharing what I have learnt, I’d be interested to know whether this story resonates with you.