We were delighted to meet so many delegates at the CIPD 2015 Scotland Conference in Glasgow. There was a great buzz in the room and excellent feedback on the quality of the presentations and discussions at the break-out sessions. It also sparked many discussions about how to create the best possible skilled workplaces in the future. There will continue to be many challenges for organisations including managing change, risk and uncertainty, ensuring staff become more resilient, dealing with diversity in the workplace and understanding employment law. These are just a few of the many topical subjects discussed at the conference.
On the Coaching Direct exhibition stand, we offered visitors a selection of delicious, pink and white marshmallows. Aside from offering a tasty sweet treat, we were referencing Walter Mishel’s marshmallow experiment from the late 1960’s testing impulse-control and whether one could resist temptation and then receive another marshmallow. Results from the original study indicated that people who understood and exercised their impulse-control tended to be more successful in the long-term. Impulse Control is measured in our emotional intelligence (EI) report EQ-i 2.0 which we use as part of our coaching. The EI report provides an in-depth view of an individual’s emotional intelligence along with strategies to balance and grow their EI. Knowing your emotional intelligence is the first step to improving it.
It was really interesting for us to meet and speak with so many HR professionals and discuss some of the issues and challenges they are facing and looking at ways that they can be overcome. One subject that came up a few times was how to help newly promoted managers successfully lead their teams and manage the transition from being a peer to being a manager. Coaching a new manager is an excellent way of providing support and helping them in their transition and change in their status. By understanding their emotional intelligence and how it can impact on themselves and their team is a key way to work on a specific development plan. Coaching Direct has worked with many organisations either training coaching or coaching staff. By using the EQ-i model, Coaching Direct can assist individuals in understanding their emotional intelligence and then look at specific areas that they can focus on to develop themselves and help them gain more confidence in their new roles. For more information about emotional intelligence and the benefits of understanding EI and how coaching can help develop teams please read more here or contact us for further information.