Foundations of coaching for managers


Today a manager’s role is becoming more and more complex. He or she is responsible not only for enhancing the performance of their team, but also for engaging and nurturing the motivation of their team members. Until recently, most resources were invested in increasing competency, but now it’s time to pay more attention to engagement, without which competencies are not used to their fullest potential. Coaching is one of the most effective tools in order to achieve this goal.

This is why we have created this three day workshop (followed by a series of optional follow-ups), which takes participants through the basic principles and competencies of coaching. 

Its goal is to provide managers with the necessary tools to support their teams in maximising their potential by increasing their awareness and engagement and thus facilitating empowerment.

Key points on the agenda (subject to customisation):

  • What is coaching - value and impact. Insights from neuroscience and positive psychology. 
  • Key coaching skills - setting objective, three level listening, presence, powerful questioning, mirroring, challenging non-judgementally, managing process and accountability. 
  • Intensive practice, feedback and feedforward

The science of Motivation 

We have been deeply concerned with the subject of motivation for a long time and have gathered the latest research and resources available to develop a one of a kind program on what truly motivates people.

In this workshop, participants will discover their own levers of motivation, will explore the meaning and implications of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and understand how and why some tasks or projects are more motivating than others and how to influence one’s own and others’ motivation.

Key points on the agenda (subject to customisation):

  • Where does motivation really come from? Key differences and links between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.
  • Self-determination theory - why a leader cannot motivate people but can easily demotivate them. 
  • FLOW - the state of optimal motivation and its triggers

Self-Awareness and change

One of the great thinkers of the century, Viktor Frankl, famously said that “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom". Managers who become able to access that inner freedom are empowered to make better decisions, have a more conscious positive influence on their teams and become able to access their motivations and bring their best selves at work. 

This workshop is a journey into some of the mysteries of our own minds, which will give participants insights into themselves and and open new doors to self-effectiveness and development. 

Key points on the agenda (subject to customisation):

  • The neuroscience of emotions and how they affect decisions in the workplace and beyond. Emotional management techniques.
  • Cognitive biases - why we're profoundly subjective even when we think we're not (we'll discuss biases such as "above average effect", "confirmation bias", "proximity, similarity, familiarity and attraction effects", "self-fulfilling prophecy effect" or "cognitive dissonance")
  • Personal values and mission and why being aware of these makes you a better leader
  • Strengths-based leadership -why knowing one's qualities and building on them leads to more lasting performance than improving one's flaws. 

Mindfulness at work and beyond

Although we physically are present in our own lives every given moment, our minds wonder constantly into the past and the future. People are often overwhelmed by an avalanche of thoughts - worrying about what has happened and about what is to come. This affects us in every instance of our lives - at work and at home - as this restlessness of our own minds often turns against us, making it hard to focus, making us dependent on the illusion of multi-tasking and sometimes leading us to mental exhaustion. 

Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without tension or judgement, allowing us to experience life in a direct way. Over the past years Mindfulness has found its way into business and its practices have been embraced by more and more organisations around the world. Scientists have discovered that we can train our brain to live in the present moment and this enhances our capacity for wise choices and emotional management, while being an extraordinary source of stress reduction. 

This workshop is an introduction into the fascinating universe of Mindfulness and the ways in which we can use it at work and beyond. 

Key points on the agenda (subject to customisation):

  • What is Mindfulness? - the 5 components (attention, open awareness, acceptance, no identification, choice)

  • Mindfulness versus Mindlessness - where does the mind go when it leaves thepresent moment and how automatic patterns can sabotage us.

  • Mindfulness and personal effectiveness - what are the practical advantages of practicing living in the present? - the science behind mindfulness

  • What does the “mindful brain” look like? - brainwaves and leaving the “beta” state.

  • Practicing mindfulness - how do we actually stay in the present moment?