Lots! I’m lucky to have worked with two mentors this year Nick Harris as a coach mentor, who has been helping me prepare to apply for PCC accreditation and Nazanin Nakali, who has been my business mentor.
Joanna Lott, Sarah Archer and Janine Coombes shared their insights and advice about creating an impactful group programme and Irene Broomfield shared some brilliant coaching tools with me to use in the final week of the programme (Inspiring HR). I’m very grateful to all of them for their support.
Scheduling virtual co-working/body-doubling time to work on specific projects each week helps keep me on track with the work I find it harder to be self-motivated about getting done consistently because they’re the less exciting part of my business (e.g. keeping on top of my business finances, or setting up processes). It’s been great to have a weekly Monday session with my friend Tracy Short to do this and I’m looking forward to having a second weekly session with Julie White (who talked about the benefits of body-doubling in episode 59 of HR Coffee Time) to be more consistent with Bright Sky’s social media in 2023.
I’ve learnt how to get better at delegating (through experience, trial and error, advice from others, and demonstrations of ‘best practice’ from people I’ve worked alongside) – arranging a trial before committing to work with a support person; handing over clear processes/expectations; scheduling time for regular check-ins and feedback; allowing time to be ‘hands-on’ for the first few weeks but then stepping back after this.
I learnt masses from my wonderful podcast guests, attended three coaching masterclasses run by the Association for Coaching (Team Coaching, Imposter Syndrome, Neuroscience), became accredited to use two BeTalent tools (Psychological Safety and Resilience) and ploughed my way through quite a few books.