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Coaching

Leadership Development & Team Coaching

By Coaching, Leadership & Management

Leadership Development & Team Coaching

Team Coaching

In addition to growing our current Executive Coaching portfolio, we have been working hard on rolling out Team Coaching with a number of clients. This offers the opportunity to work collectively with senior and experienced teams to help them think through, plan or implement some changes that are best worked on together. This is an exciting and rewarding approach to working with teams and offers a highly effective alternative to full day strategy and team events. Of course, these will still have their place, but in the current climate, it is impossible to run or even plan for these.

Team Coaching is a dynamic and action-focused approach to taking teams through a journey of change, growth and development and  can work alongside 121 coaching or independently, depending on the team’s needs and where they are in terms of their own maturity.

Teams might wish to undertake this as part of their overall development or in relation to specific challenges. At present and in the near future, we can see several changes building up or being planned, and a team approach may be fruitful with changes in structure and remits, for example.

In some teams, it may be about how they re-build or adapt to vastly changed circumstances or understand each other better and assist their performance growth through the use of team coaching that they undertake together.

If you would like to learn more about this new approach, please get in touch at info@futureprooflearning.co.uk

Leadership Development when you don’t quite know what you want – yet!

Towards the end of last year, we were asked by a client to help design a leadership programme for a senior team. The challenge was that they were already high performing and that they had been provided with development programmes before and hadn’t found that they were getting any benefit from them. Not only that, but some of the team had even stopped attending, figuring there were better ways to spend their valuable time. Nevertheless, the client (and the team) still felt they would like to develop their leadership which was becoming more of a priority during lockdown – they just hadn’t found the right way yet. So, could we help them?

We met with the client and heard about the team. We then met with the team and heard from the members themselves. They were a big team – around 20 in all and were more used to working solo than together but would be open to trying different ways of learning together.

So, we came up with the idea of using Rocket, our business simulation platform as a way of engaging with the team and allowing us to diagnose some of the diverse needs that would be made more explicit by the way they played the game together.

Having set up the day for playing the game, the client explained that a number of the team were home schooling and would find it hard to commit to an extended session. So, we thought again and broke the session down into 3 separate modules that represented the levels of the game but took place over 3-4 weeks.

We had never attempted this before but were prepared to take the risk and the team were really happy with the opportunity. It has opened up new possibilities for their development and enabled them to see themselves more clearly. In addition, it has given us further tools to diagnose the development needs of a team and enabled us to create some programme options for them that will stretch them further and provide the stimulus they were previously lacking from other forms of development.

If you, or your team are looking for new ways and opportunities to improve connection and leadership during lockdown, please get in touch at info@futureprooflearning.co.uk

Future Strategy and Skills for 2021

By Change, Coaching, Interpersonal Skills, Productivity

Future Strategy and Skills for 2021

Future Strategy

Piling more change on top of existing change was never considered a good idea. Better to let thigs bed down, we used to say. Let things settle down for a bit. That was then and this is now however, where old rules no longer apply.

We have made lots of changes this year – website, digital platforms, skills and products. But we aren’t done yet and are determined to adapt to an ever more rapidly changing world of work. With that in mind, we have been doing some spring cleaning of our products and services and are intending to move the business to become simpler and easier to explain (for us) and to understand (for clients). This is more likely to be evolutionary change rather than revolutionary, but we want to make some switches to ensure that what we produce is relevant and valuable, rather than nice to have.

We are also looking at additional markets to enter and are likely to develop our B2C (business to consumer) routes much more in future.

All positive and very exciting for us and we hope for you too, so watch this space!

Re-skilling

At Future Proof Learning, all of us are avid learners and are passionate about learning and development, both our own and our client’s. And while the world was plunged into turmoil and the world of work was flipped upside down, we took the opportunity to learn new skills which we could utilise in the new way of working and beyond.

This opportunity has proved extremely beneficial for us. It has allowed us to create some brand new concepts and ideas to add to our repertoire as well as identifying new ways to deliver workshops and training sessions.

At the beginning of Lockdown in April, we enrolled in a 3-week course with Learning Stone. During that programme we got an excellent overview and introduction to online-blended learning as a concept. It gave us a great foundation to build our confidence, knowledge and experience of delivering programmes online. This training programme opened our eyes to what virtual tools and platforms are available, some of which we are now using every day. Obviously, we are currently operating on an “online only” basis, however we feel that the learning we gained from Learning Stone will also be implemented and utilised when we (hopefully) return to the physical training room.

Later in June, we signed up to a 4-part course with Shona Marshall at the ASM Difference. Her approach gave us great insight to how to adapt our delivery style to suit the online environment. While we had now acquired the practical skills to running workshops online through our learning with Learning Stone, we really valued Shona’s training on how to manage our online style to suit this new environment – how we can stimulate engagement and participation, keep everyone on the learning journey with us and ultimately achieve the client’s desired outcomes.

Since Lockdown began we have also attended a number of webinars through the Association for Coaching. These have been excellent for continuing our own development and for learning some new approaches and techniques to use with our coaching clients. We have attended sessions such as Mindfulness in Coaching, Developing a Growth Mindset and The Five-Minute Coach.

Over the last nine months, we have continued to learn new skills and develop new ways of working in the digital environment and have now settled into our very own style. We have adopted new ideas and concepts which are now starting to feel routine and natural. We are very excited to continue our learning and bring some of these new approaches with us for whatever 2021 has in store for us!

CSR – pro-bono summary

One of the positive effects of the pandemic has been this collective way of helping others in our community. When everything seemed dark and gloomy, people found ways of coming together and offer help where they could. We took the opportunity to offer some pro-bono work during these last nine months. Not only do we feel that pro-bono work can assist organisations and their people who might not otherwise have access to it, but we also get something out of it too. Whether that’s upskilling and providing experience for our staff or broadening our own perspectives and taking on new and different challenges.

While we have offered quite a bit of pro-bono coaching, we have also provided facilitation and L&D consultancy and advice. We have also provided free weekly webinars, available for anyone to attend, covering a range of topics from leadership to resilience.

We will continue to offer pro-bono work on a regular basis as we can see the benefit of this, both to the organisations we work with as well as ourselves.

Our latest news

By Coaching, Leadership & Management, News, Webinars

Our latest news

Client News

All our clients genuinely matter to us in any year and we are extremely grateful for your support this year in particular. It’s therefore unfair to single people out but a key feature of this year has been in 2 distinct areas:

  • New clients that we have welcomed and,
  • New work carried out for existing clients

New clients are welcome anytime and it’s been great that people have come to work with us during lockdown and without us being able to do our usual visiting and networking. The list includes:

  • Scottish Government International Trade & Investment – a conference using Zoom in October
  • NHS ARHAI (Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection) – running a series of team development events
  • Dumfries & Galloway College – Executive Coaching & Facilitation of Team and Board sessions
  • Hutcheson Associates – Executive & Business Coaching
  • NHS National Services Division – conference OD session on resilience, morale & change
  • 1Let – Senior Team Development
  • Scottish Cities Alliance – Career Development Workshops
  • Scotland IS – team building using Rocket simulation

New work for existing clients includes:

  • Ofgem – Webinars & Career Development Workshops
  • Education Scotland – new style influence programme to reflect remote working
  • Universities Scotland – Team development & working group sessions
  • NHS NSS – weekly webinars on a variety of leadership topics
  • Renfrewshire Council – a variety of activities, including webinars, 121 coaching, facilitation of workshops & recruitment
  • CompanyNet – rebranding workshops

Product News

We have all learned a lot the past few months and particularly about the different ways that people learn and work in a remote workplace. The Future Proof Learning team have been putting this knowledge to use recently and have been designing and creating some exciting new products which can be delivered entirely online.

Firstly, we are delighted to announce that, in partnership with Manabu Learning, we have begun running virtual escape rooms! We have a series of games where teams of players must work together, communicate effectively and problem-solve their way through a number of challenges in order to escape. The games are designed to test your teamworking and communication skills as well as your ability to think outside of the box. The games are run on Zoom so you can access them from a computer, laptop, tablet or even a smartphone. Each event lasts no longer than two hours and we can accommodate groups of 8-80 people although we will require additional facilitators for larger groups. Christmas parties are not going to be the same as what we are used to so this could be a brilliant alternative to enjoy some well-earned festive fun together as a team. It could also be a great tool for providing some social interaction for staff which is highly sought after and hard to replicate in a virtual environment.

As you will have seen from our previous updates and our new website, we have been focusing heavily on redesigning our products and services to suit online working. Over the last few months, we have redesigned our training programme for the highly effective transformational change method AOD (Assured Outcome Delivery) to be run entirely online and remotely. Just this week, Willie has been running a session via Microsoft Teams for a large public sector organisation in England and the feedback has been very positive. The future of AOD online is very exciting and in conjunction with our partners at the Outcome Delivery Network, we’re hoping to roll out a series of these training sessions throughout 2021.

Our series of webinars has been running since April and we’ve really appreciated your contributions and kind feedback. Some of our clients have requested that we run some bespoke webinars in-house for their own teams and we’re delighted to say that these have also been very well received. We’re looking forward to starting the next set of webinars in the new year, so please do let us know if there are any topics you’d like us to cover.

If you would like to hear more about our services or to find out how we could help you and your organisation, please get in touch at info@futureprooflearning.co.uk

Team News

We have had a few changes in the team this year to update you on:

Denise Campbell – Denise re-joins the team properly, following her relocation from Yorkshire back to Leith. Welcome home Denise – it’s great to have you back!

Luke & Hazel Robertson – Luke & Hazel have been working with us to design and deliver the webinars this year and to contribute to our work on resilience and coaching. Delighted to be working with you both

William Redpath – Will joins us following our partnership with Manabu Learning to work with us on Virtual Escape Rooms and other Virtual Team Products. Exciting new frontiers of work Will!

While 2020 has been an unprecedented year it has not been all bad for the Maltman family! We were delighted when David and Laura announced they are expecting a baby in early 2021. Willie and Barbara are very excited about welcoming their first grandchild into the world and with the advent of the Covid-19 vaccine, it will hopefully be a safer world.

Future Proof Learning are also pleased to announce that David has recently been promoted to Associate Director and he is looking forward to taking on more of the leadership of the business overall.

The good news didn’t end there – we got a lovely surprise when our daughter Sarah and her boyfriend Craig announced their engagement in September. We now have a wedding to look forward to in August 2022 when Corona Virus will hopefully be a thing of the past. It will be the celebration of the century – music, dancing, hugging!! Life is good! 😊

High Productivity Toolkit

By Change, Coaching, Productivity

High Productivity Toolkit

In order to assist clients in improving their productivity, we have developed a diagnostic tool that examines and challenges our current practices. It looks at productivity in two areas:

  • Personal Productivity – what could we improve about our own habits, practices and routines?
  • Workplace Productivity – how do our workplaces influence & impact on the way we work and what could we do to improve them?

If you would like us to review your own, or your workplace’s productivity (or both), please contact us at info@futureprooflearning.co.uk

Martin Wolf has this to say of our national productivity challenges and I think this also has much to say about individual and corporate ambition.

“So long as the UK underinvests in physical and human capital, it seems sure to remain a laggard.”

So, let’s not be laggards and act now to raise the bar on productivity.

Boardroom Behaviours – Future Proof Your Board

By Change, Coaching

Boardroom Behaviours – Future Proof Your Board

Our observations and experience of working with organisations and their leaders has highlighted a number of common themes that Boards are likely to be facing now and in the future:

  • Risk Management: (heightened after recent cyber-attacks)
  • Governance: (brought into focus by the recent Parliamentary Committee work in Scotland and the alleged ill-treatment of Board Members)
  • Performance Review: consideration of performance against targets, both across the business and in specific functions
  • Health: the financial and service effectiveness and efficiency of the business, as well as the contribution made by people
  • Vision and Strategy: review and alignment of the aspirations for the organisation and high-level steps required to achieve them and identification of the resources needed to succeed.

We have created Boardroom Behaviours, a pioneering new approach to board development, to improve the capacity of Boards and how they run their organisations across a range of critical challenges. We have worked extensively with Boards and their members to support their ambitions and help shape their ideas for growth

There are 4 main stages to the approach:

  1. Meet with the Chair &/or CEO to understand the issues, explain the process and plan the review programme.
  2. Introduce the diagnostic tools and materials to support Board Members. Analyse outputs and feed back key findings (individual and group) in advance of the next Board session.
  3. Review and observe the Board meeting, making detailed observations and notes.
  4. Report back to the Chair/CEO and Board with findings, conclusions and recommendations on the gaps identified, how to narrow or eliminate and a plan of interventions to help.

If you would like to find out more, or to book a consultation for your Board or Executive Team, please get in touch with us at info@futureprooflearning.co.uk