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  • Managing Conflict

    • doradenk
    • 07/06/2019

    Dealing with a tricky situation? 

    It’s a fact.

    When you work with people, there will always be challenges.

    How can you deal with difficult situations and stay calm in the moment?

    Managing Conflict is a one-day course where you’ll learn skills and strategies to stay confident and lead well in the next challenging conversation.

    Be a resilient leader

    Get the knowledge & skills you need

    • Identify your conflict triggers
    • Understand how different personality types respond under stress
    • Learn emotional intelligence techniques to manage conflict
    • Create an Action Plan for the next challenging conversation
    • 5.5hrs Prof. Development

    Be the leader you’ve always wanted to be

    Edwin H Friedman defines a leader as ‘a self-defined person with a non-anxious presence’.

    As you learn to manage yourself and others in challenging heated situations, you develop a highly sought after skill, your leadership capacity grows and you become more employable.

    The Leadership Exchange – The Meeting Group for Educators

    • doradenk
    • 29/05/2019

    The Leadership Exchange is a network group for leaders and educators in school across all systems.

    The event is held in Brighton, Victoria, Week 6 Wednesday every term, 6.00 – 8.30pm.

    We are proud and excited to share that this group has now been running for 2 years.

    Its purpose is to:

    • assist educators to make real connections with like-minds and assist collegiate relationships to flourish across schools and across sectors.
    • provide a forum for ideas to be shared, the opportunity to public speak in a more intimate forum and for thought leadership to be developed.
    • learn more about the current educational landscape, to be informed and to learn from each other and those more experienced.
    • develop great leaders of education.

    Term 1 : Wednesday 6 March

    Peter Ellis, Principal of Templestowe College, will be presenting, sharing with us how TC is pushing education boundaries, bringing positive change and new ways for education.

    More details are coming soon.

    Term 2: Wednesday 29 May

    Peter Cavanagh will be speaking about Trust Mapping. I met Peter at the AHISA Conference, Adelaide in 2016 and was so impressed with the program he had been working on at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar, Warragul.  Trust Mapping gives teachers metrics on trust within cohorts to pre-empt bullying and to be proactive in taking care of students who are getting left out by their peers.  Peter has now taken Trust Mapping to 5 continents, 21 campuses, 92 classes and 2387 students, all while continuing his work at St Paul’s.

    More details are coming soon.

     

    2019 Event Dates – Week 6 Wednesday each term.

    • Term 1 : Wednesday 6 March
    • Term 2: Wednesday 29 May
    • Term 3: Wednesday 21 August
    • Term 4: Wednesday 13 November

    Ticket Price: $65.00 (incl GST)

    10% discount is offered for groups of 3 or more staff, from one school, booked together.

    A Tax Invoice can be prepared for schools.

    Finger food meal provided. Drinks at Bar Prices.

    What People are saying about The Leadership Exchange

    The Leadership Exchange is a wonderful way for aspiring leaders to get together, share stories and develop networks.  Guest speakers provide an insight into senior management and provoke food for thought.  Janine provides simple, but highly effective, strategies to develop each participant.  Very highly recommended.   Deb Frizza, Deputy Principal- Strategic Implementation, Mentone Grammar

    Scheduling time to connect with other professionals and engage in critical conversations about challenges to navigate and emerging opportunity, is arguably more important than ever before. The Leadership Exchange offers a unique approach to inspiring great leadership for 21st Century education and I always leave with a bundle of new ideas to consider. Looking forward to the next event!  Cheryl Kane, Child Safety & Wellbeing Coordinator, Aquinas College

    The Leadership Exchange is a wonderful opportunity to share valuable learning experiences and make professional connections. It is an excellent platform in which to network and find inspiration through developing relationships. See you at the next Exchange!!   Lisa Miller, Head of Teaching & Learning, Melbourne Grammar School

    The Leading Edge: Women in Education Conference – SYDNEY

    • doradenk
    • 25/05/2019

    Conference program

    Day 1 – Saturday

    8:30am Registration and coffee/tea

    9:00am Welcome

    9:15am Stepping Firmly into your Future

    Who are you and how do we know? What does your ‘brand’ say about you? You already have a brand; it’s what people say about you when you are not in the room.  Do you know what people are saying? Are you proud of what they are saying or is some re-branding needed? We’ll explore branding for the educational leader and clarify your personal branding plan.

    10:30am Morning Tea

    11:00am The Value of Profiling

    The key to relationships is healthy communication. The DISC is a powerful profiling tool, revealing your behavioural style and how you prefer to communicate. DISC also demonstrates how you can improve your communication with others. We’ll discuss the profiling report, you’ll see your own profile, and together we’ll explore success strategies that you can immediately implement. As part of your profiling report, your key motivators have been mapped and will be presented and discussed. Once you understand your own motivations, you can align your actions with your career goals.

    1:00pm Lunch

    2:00pm The Leadership Lens: Different Perspectives

    We know that the number of female leaders in senior positions is currently well short of the number of our male counterparts. We discuss this divide and discover what aspiring women can and should be doing to rebalance the leadership landscape.

    Panel members:  Senior leaders including Principals, Deputy Principals and HR Managers

    3:00pm Preparing for Interview: ‘Getting your Ducks in a Row’

    Going for interviews requires planning and practice. There is a format used in interviewing and a successful process for responding to questions. Together we will explore the pitfalls of interviews and discover techniques for success. We will also break down the position description ready for the Mock Interview to be held Day 2.

    4:30pm End of Day 1

    6:30 – 10:00pm Conference Dinner

    Conference Dinner Venue: Abbotsleigh Boarders’ Dining Room

     

    Day 2 – Sunday

    8:30am Reconnect & coffee/tea

    9:00am Conference resumes: Review & Re-focus

    9:15am Leading with Emotional Intelligence

    Leadership is about relationships. We’ll explore the core of great leadership and effective teams – trust – and how to build it. We’ll also examine the importance of managing emotions to ensure you maintain a consistent demeanour on which your team can depend.

    10:00am Morning Tea

    10:30am The Missing 33%

    ‘High-performing leaders are not just born, but can be made’. Senior leadership positions are not just about leading the team. There is a missing 33% of the career success equation for women and we need to fill the void. We need to be more confident, negotiate better, self-promote more and get more strategic. What does this look like and how do we address it?

    Presenter:  Fiona Hutton – Director, Hutton Consulting

    12:00pm The Strategic Leadership Journey

    During the registration process, each delegate will be asked to provide 3 questions about the challenges of the leadership journey.  These questions will be explored together and those that remain unanswered will be presented to a small panel of senior leaders.

    1:15pm Lunch

    2:00pm Mock Interview & Debrief

    An aspiring leader will be interviewed for a senior leadership position in front of 3 panel members and conference delegates. Following the interview, we will debrief the experience together to identify areas you need to develop further in preparation for your next interview.

    3:15pm Where to from here?

    Using the combined profiles of delegates, we’ll compare the group’s Behavioural Profiles and see if patterns exist among leaders, levels and roles. You will examine what you need to do to strengthen your leadership profile and develop an action plan for implementation.

    4:00pm End of Conference

     

    Payment Options

    • Book & pay online using a credit card via Paypal
    • RSVP and pay via banktransfer
    • Email us for a Tax Invoice at office@coachingfocus.com.au

    Terms & Conditions

    Refunds will only be provided if:

    • A substitute delegate is not available
    • The Behavioural Profile link has not been emailed to the delegate
    • We have been notified in writing at least 2 weeks before the conference starts

    Leadership 101 – 1 Day Workshop

    • doradenk
    • 22/05/2019

    Grow your impact & influence

    Good leaders know themselves. The best leaders understand the way they work and communicate best, and are deeply aware of the way others see them.

    Register for this one day program to become a more effective leader – and maybe get that new job along the way – by increasing communication, developing a cohesive team culture and improving your team’s performance.

    Leadership 101 is ideal if you are:

    • new to leadership
    • ready to take the next step in your career
    • keen to build a more effective team

    The DISC Profile Tool will give you insight into your own behavioural and communication styles, and you’ll learn to identify those of your team members as well.

    You’ll be provided with:

    • Individual Profile Report
    • Workbook of resources
    • Certificate of Attendance, mapped against AITSL Standards
    • Morning Tea and Lunch

    Note: Free parking onsite or train to Brighton Beach Station

    Self-awareness is fundamental to strong leadership.
    Leadership 101 gives you the tools you need to succeed as a leader.

    Managing Conflict

    • doradenk
    • 27/03/2019

    Dealing with a tricky situation? 

    It’s a fact.

    When you work with people, there will always be challenges.

    How can you deal with difficult situations and stay calm in the moment?

    Managing Conflict is a one-day course where you’ll learn skills and strategies to stay confident and lead well in the next challenging conversation.

    Be a resilient leader

    Get the knowledge & skills you need

    • Identify your conflict triggers
    • Understand how different personality types respond under stress
    • Learn emotional intelligence techniques to manage conflict
    • Create an Action Plan for the next challenging conversation
    • 5.5hrs Prof. Development

    Be the leader you’ve always wanted to be

    Edwin H Friedman defines a leader as ‘a self-defined person with a non-anxious presence’.

    As you learn to manage yourself and others in challenging heated situations, you develop a highly sought after skill, your leadership capacity grows and you become more employable.

    Coaching Mindset Workshop

    • admin
    • 22/03/2019

    Growing and equipping people is critical to good leadership.

    If you could encourage and engage the individuals you work with, would you be more likely to see them bring their A-game?

    Coaching Mindset is a one-day course that gives you insight into the attitude of a coach.

    The program is designed for those leaders and educators who want to incorporate the mindset and questioning style of coaching into their every day conversations with their team members and their students.

    You’ll explore a framework of clear, positive coaching-style communication techniques, designed to bring out the best in people.

    Coaching Know-How

    What does it include? 

    • Active listening & effective questioning techniques
    • Explore coaching frameworks, including introducing the GROW Model
    • Strategies for dealing with difficult conversations
    • Differentiate between coaching, mentoring, counselling & training

    6 hours Prof. Development

    Detailed Workbook & Certificate of Attendance Provided

    Build trust 

    Whether you’re dealing with colleagues, students or parents, a coaching mindset can build trust, transform learning opportunities and increase effectiveness.

    You’ll have ample opportunities to put your new knowledge into practice during the session, solidifying your own learning and embedding new practices.

    Increase collaboration and accountability.

    Coaching Mindset is an introduction into coaching. It will help you to start using coaching questions and the attitude of coaching in your day to day interactions.

    It is especially useful when your advice is being sought; you can turn the advice-seeking into a collaborative conversation where the solution is being designed together.

    To learn how to coach more formally, we recommend the 20 Hour Coach Certification Program.

    The Leadership Exchange – The Meeting Group for Educators

    • doradenk
    • 06/03/2019

    The Leadership Exchange is a network group for leaders and educators in school across all systems.

    The event is held in Brighton, Victoria, Week 6 Wednesday every term, 6.00 – 8.30pm.

    We are proud and excited to share that this group has now been running for 2 years.

    Its purpose is to:

    • assist educators to make real connections with like-minds and assist collegiate relationships to flourish across schools and across sectors.
    • provide a forum for ideas to be shared, the opportunity to public speak in a more intimate forum and for thought leadership to be developed.
    • learn more about the current educational landscape, to be informed and to learn from each other and those more experienced.
    • develop great leaders of education.

    Term 1 : Wednesday 6 March

    Peter Ellis, Principal of Templestowe College, will be presenting, sharing with us how TC is pushing education boundaries, bringing positive change and new ways for education.

    More details are coming soon.

    Term 2: Wednesday 29 May

    Peter Cavanagh will be speaking about Trust Mapping. I met Peter at the AHISA Conference, Adelaide in 2016 and was so impressed with the program he had been working on at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar, Warragul.  Trust Mapping gives teachers metrics on trust within cohorts to pre-empt bullying and to be proactive in taking care of students who are getting left out by their peers.  Peter has now taken Trust Mapping to 5 continents, 21 campuses, 92 classes and 2387 students, all while continuing his work at St Paul’s.

    More details are coming soon.

     

    2019 Event Dates – Week 6 Wednesday each term.

    • Term 1 : Wednesday 6 March
    • Term 2: Wednesday 29 May
    • Term 3: Wednesday 21 August
    • Term 4: Wednesday 13 November

    Ticket Price: $65.00 (incl GST)

    10% discount is offered for groups of 3 or more staff, from one school, booked together.

    A Tax Invoice can be prepared for schools.

    Finger food meal provided. Drinks at Bar Prices.

    What People are saying about The Leadership Exchange

    The Leadership Exchange is a wonderful way for aspiring leaders to get together, share stories and develop networks.  Guest speakers provide an insight into senior management and provoke food for thought.  Janine provides simple, but highly effective, strategies to develop each participant.  Very highly recommended.   Deb Frizza, Deputy Principal- Strategic Implementation, Mentone Grammar

    Scheduling time to connect with other professionals and engage in critical conversations about challenges to navigate and emerging opportunity, is arguably more important than ever before. The Leadership Exchange offers a unique approach to inspiring great leadership for 21st Century education and I always leave with a bundle of new ideas to consider. Looking forward to the next event!  Cheryl Kane, Child Safety & Wellbeing Coordinator, Aquinas College

    The Leadership Exchange is a wonderful opportunity to share valuable learning experiences and make professional connections. It is an excellent platform in which to network and find inspiration through developing relationships. See you at the next Exchange!!   Lisa Miller, Head of Teaching & Learning, Melbourne Grammar School

    Become a Peer Coach – Coach Certification Program

    • doradenk
    • 01/03/2019

    Thinking of becoming a Coach? 

    Coaching is a powerful technique to explore thinking, sharpen skills and discover options for both yourself and your colleagues. It can be used to improve teaching practice, teamwork and leadership.

    When you work as part of a team, there are always opportunities for problem-solving, learning through observation, reflection and critical thinking.

    Become a Peer Coach – Coach Certification Program is a 20 hour program across 2 days, where you’ll learn the attitude and mindset needed to coach, along with techniques that encourage deeper exploration of options and solutions.

    We’ll also look at the importance of confidentiality and reporting when coaching peers.

    Limited bookings are available for this two-day program.

    DAY 1: Friday 1 March

    DAY 2: Monday 1 April

     Registrations close 5pm Monday 25 February.

    What will I learn?

    Need-to-Know Details

    • This program is mapped against the International Coach Federation (ICF) Core Competencies.
    • Involves pre-reading, coaching practise between the workshop days and reflective written assessment.
    • Practical, hands-on coaching sessions with other coaches
    • Learn to lead others using a coaching approach
    • 20hrs Prof Development

    Improve teaching & learning 

    ‘Coaching is a long-term professional learning strategy which provides teachers with the opportunity to learn from each other in a sustained way in order to improve the teaching and learning process.’ NSW Dept of Education

    Your investment for the 20 hour program is $987 (incl GST)

    Download PDF Brochure here

    Leadership 101 – 1 Day Workshop

    • doradenk
    • 27/02/2019

    Grow your impact & influence

    Good leaders know themselves. The best leaders understand the way they work and communicate best, and are deeply aware of the way others see them.

    Register for this one day program to become a more effective leader – and maybe get that new job along the way – by increasing communication, developing a cohesive team culture and improving your team’s performance.

    Leadership 101 is ideal if you are:

    • new to leadership
    • ready to take the next step in your career
    • keen to build a more effective team

    The DISC Profile Tool will give you insight into your own behavioural and communication styles, and you’ll learn to identify those of your team members as well.

    You’ll be provided with:

    • Individual Profile Report
    • Workbook of resources
    • Certificate of Attendance, mapped against AITSL Standards
    • Morning Tea and Lunch

    Note: Free parking onsite or train to Brighton Beach Station

    Self-awareness is fundamental to strong leadership.
    Leadership 101 gives you the tools you need to succeed as a leader.

    Half Way There! Where is ‘there’?

    Half way there! Where is ‘there’?

    The holidays are over, Semester 2 has started and that means we are now half way through the year. I so often hear the question in general conversation, “How’s it going?  A common reply is “I’m nearly there”, or “I’m getting there”. Growing up, I often wondered, where is this place called ‘there’? It must be magical because so many people are working hard getting to it.  I used to think that there must be thousands, if not millions, of people who are already ‘there’, as surely some have made it. Of course I also wondered ..what’s it like ‘there’?  I never saw any bus signs to ‘There’ or instructions with how to get to ‘There’. Have you ever pondered this idea, like I did growing up? Then I was told ‘there’ is a ‘figure of speech’ but how could a ‘figure’ be ‘speech’. That didn’t make sense either. But let’s move forward. ‘There’ is where we are going with our life, our goals, our desired results, not a place at all. You knew that all along, right?! Realistically, everyone’s ‘there’ is different. Some people have a clear idea of their ‘there’. Others have no idea of their ‘there’, let alone how to get ‘there’. I thought I would spend some time thinking about your ‘there’ now, given we are half way through the year with Semester 2 in front of us.

    I’m assuming, and hoping, that you gave yourself some time away from work, even a little bit of time. We are now hearing more often in the media, something that many have known for a long time, that taking time away from your regular work is so important, to recharge your batteries, slow the cogs of our thinking and to allow some time to get a bit of perspective on what we have been doing and how we have been living out our recent days. I find whenever I take a break, I return to work, with fresh eyes, new ideas and a deeper level of insight into my passion for developing leaders.

    So let’s reflect. In the spirit of coaching, let me put to you some coaching questions to help you get some perspective on the year so far and make some plans for the rest of the year moving forward. As a leadership coach, I am all about setting goals and working towards the achievement of those goals. It goes without saying that without goals you are merely drifting along and being moved in the direction of the forces upon you. I want you to be in control of where you are going, your ‘there’ and to be awake to the forces that might have been causing you to drift off course, if they have. Give yourself 10 minutes to work through these questions and make some written notes as you go along.

    By the end of this year, what in your life, leadership or career do you want to be different? This is your goal. This is your ‘there’. This is where you are headed. I’m hoping that ‘different’ in your mind means ‘better’, because that’s what I’m thinking.

    For what purpose do you want it to be different?  This will help uncover your motivation; why you want this to be different.

    If it is different, what will that mean for you or what will that give you? This will help explore the benefits that you will get from making the step forward.

    If it is different, what problem or concern or situation will no longer be present for you? This is helping you to understand what pain-point will disappear, or be less of an issue for you.

    What have you done so far this year to help you move your life, leadership or career towards your goal? This question will help you to consider actions that you have taken and how beneficial they have or have not been.

    How successful has that been on a scale from 1 to 10? ( 1 is fairly dismal, 10 is awesome). Measuring the impact is helpful to reflect upon now so you can compare it to after you complete your next step. After all, what you can measure you can improve.

    What one thing can you do, from now, to move you one step closer to your goal?   Now you are planning your next action. Explore the possibilities of all that you can do to make your life, leadership or career different. Then pick one action only. Too many actions will put you into a state of overwhelm. Progress is made one step at a time. It is so much better to achieve one step forward each time than to put pressure on yourself to achieve many, only to be disappointed that you have achieved none due to feeling overwhelmed.

    What resources and support do you need to help you? These might be people, knowledge, equipment, access. You might look around for a mentor or a coach.

    What could get in your way and how can you prepare yourself to get around it? The best laid plans come unstuck when we hit a snag or a hurdle. But if we look ahead at what they might be, we can more often see them coming and take action as they approach.

    When are you going to start?  In order to get ‘there’, you need to start, and setting a date helps you to be accountable to yourself.  You are the one in charge here, so set a date that is realistic and achievable and gets you excited about the change ahead.

    When do you want to have completed that ‘one thing’ so you can get going on the next ‘one thing’?  This is the other part to accountability- a completion date. This is the end game date. This is the date you put in your diary with a celebration experience noted, so you acknowledge yourself for completing the action.

    And then, you start the process over again, to move you one more step closer to your bigger goal in making your life, leadership or career different.

    So you are all set, you have a goal, planned an action and set dates for the start and completion. Well done. I bet you feel better already about the semester ahead because now you have a plan.

    See you again in a fortnight. Please write to me and tell me how you are going. Bring me along on your journey to get to your ‘there’. And, of course, if you want some personal coaching, contact me at any time.

    Written by Janine Stratford, 17 July 2018

    Janine Stratford, is a Leadership Development Coach and Career Strategist, working with teachers and leaders in schools across Australia and New Zealand. A former teacher and school leader, she is passionate about developing great leaders as role models for their schools and their students. You can find out more about Janine at www.coachingfocus.com.au