Professor Grace McCarthy, Dean of The Sydney Business School , presented an interactive and enlightening workshop on the theme of Coaching for Managers, presenting the concept of coaching managers, instead of those who purely manage.
The LIP were challenged in a series of practical exercises, which focused on the often overlooked but highly essential skill of active listening, and through this process, not only were able to practice their skills but spend some one on one time with each other hearing about their individual work place challenges.
The skills of coaching are ones we might actually be using as managers but do not recognise as coaching.
• We Observe, Listen, Ask Questions, Set Goals and Give Feedback and these skills were touched upon in the 3 hour session excluding goal setting, which is a session in itself.
After being amusingly being put on the spot by Rod Clark, to make a valuable point and answer a question, Zahra was put on the spot again by Susan, and capably offered a vote of thanks to Grace, for her time and support of the LIP in this session and as part of the program in her role as Dean of The Sydney Business School.
“We judge ourselves by our intentions and others
by their actions” (Pronin 2008)
Blog posts written by the Leadership Illawarra Program.