Lessons to be learned from ‘mindfulness’ – Borders Telegraph April 2017

A TEACHER behind new ‘mindfulness’ classes in Biggar has revealed her plans to expand to schools across the Borders.

Children at Biggar Primary School are among the first to take part in the new lessons, with discussions already under way to expand classes to Biggar High School and West Linton Primary.

The programme encourages children to have fun, enquire and explore their sense of self, plus explore the ability to be kinder to themselves, others, strengthen their confidence and self-esteem and talk freely about their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to others.

Lead by Hayley Phipps, managing director of PROtential Coaching, the Coaching with Mindfulness programme has taught school children several psychotherapeutic approaches, such as; mindfulness, neuro linguistics, cognitive behavioural coaching and clean language.

The mum of two, who also sits on the panel for the parent council at Biggar Primary School, has worked closely with head teacher, Heather Graham over the past six years to develop the programme.

Hayley told the Border Telegraph: “I am extremely passionate about positive mental health and wellbeing in our kids and how we as adults can really shape and influence empowering beliefs, sense of purpose and being comfortable in your own skin.

“I always use comparisons of great performing athletes like Andy Murray – to stay at the top of his game and be the best version of himself – he cannot separate mental and physical agility, the two go hand-in-hand.

“That’s the same with our kids. Start coaching them now with positive mental focus and they will be able to coach themselves to their own greatness (whatever that is) and they believe it.

“The programme is bespoke for Biggar Primary School, unique to each class – age and cognitive level specific – and I work free of charge to provide those classes for pupils.

Hayley plans to extend the classes across the Borders over the next 12-18 months, with plans to venture to nearby schools first.

“I am being invited to meet with the head teacher at West Linton Primary after Easter, along with a discussion with Biggar High.”

Mindfulness is described as “a mental state focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations (without judgement)”.

A 2014 study by the University of Edinburgh exploring children’s experiences of the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme found various benefits, such as; strengthening attention and concentration, reducing anxiety, improving classroom participation, enhancing social and emotional learning, building self-affirmation, and empowering beliefs, plus creating stronger relationships with understanding.

Thanks to Border Telegraph for such a fabulous write up!

http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/15224257.Lessons_to_be_learned_from____mindfulness___/

 

 

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Time to Grow Your Business – Business Coach Scotland

 Here’s some fabulous feedback from customers who are now life-long friendsPeople Matter

“Hayley absolutely understood the issues and the objectives and created a detailed programme drawing upon her years of experience bringing together a portfolio of training, coaching and development which encompassed skills developed amongst many of the world’s leading organisations such as Harvard Business School.

 I selected twelve key members of the business and they undertook the course spread over an eight month period.  In terms of measuring the response, perhaps the best indicator is that everybody stuck with it all the way through with nobody even suggesting that this wasn’t for them, and the vast majority citing it as inspiring, enjoyable and something that enriched their professional careers. From a business perspective, it absolutely met every objective set and positioned the business strongly in the market”  Ian Baxter — Entrepreneur, MD MITIE Waste & Environmental

MITIE Waste was a £30M company (part of MITIE plc) when Hayley joined the team as strategist coach.  Hayley exited the business following three years of development, working with twenty six people in total. Read more »

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Scholarship funding for ILM level 5 Qualifications

ILM approved centre

We are delighted to publish our ILM schedule for level 5 (foundation degree) Coaching & Mentoring and Leadership & Management for 2017.

You may have been thinking about taking your learning and development to new heights and maybe the cost has got in the way? We know especially if you haven’t got funding or full financial support from your employer, finding the funds can be tough!

Here at PROtential Coaching we live and breathe learning and development and want to make our robust ILM qualifications open and available for all!

That’s why for 2017 we are opening up our scholarship programme where a limit of 10 individuals per programme (Coaching or Leadership & Management) can apply to access 50% off the cost of the programme. 

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Overview of Mindfulness Programme for Biggar Community Page

 

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Mindfulness for Kids

We have launched our “Coaching with Mindfulness” led by Hayley Phipps Tennant at our local primary school.  Hayley also has been invited to work with senior four pupils at the local high school to lead a session around “Stress, anxiety and coping mechanisms”

We are also in discussions around introducing Coaching with Mindfulness for senior years one and two.

You will know mental health is generally reported in a “negative” way. What I mean is, we hear all of the stories that tend to be sad – suicide in young teenage boys is higher than ever (reported this week 7th March 17), major depression is hitting harder than ever before in our young kids lives and now famous people are being ambassadors for mental health to be talked about openly. Prince William & Princess Kate are leading the “Heads Together” mental health project – a collaborative group of mental health charities brining mental health awareness to the fore. Read more »

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Mindfulness in Schools supported by Hayley Phipps Tennant

Mindfulness in general is best experienced rather than talked amindfulness-for-kidsbout.  It is something we “are” rather than do.  For children it is all about how the adults in their life model it for them.  Children will tune in to our behaviour, indeed model them –because this is how we learn! We copy, we repeat, we observe, we do.

Children of course, are naturally mindful in the way that they live, very much in the present moment and are not so concerned about the past or indeed the future.  The most important thing we can do is not squash the natural quality of openness and presence but re-inforce it and invite it to continue to develop.

There is solid and growing scientific evidence that mindfulness is indeed valuable to school age children.  Why do you think that is?

Mental health is hitting the news BIG time again this week with Mandy Stevens the NHS director publicly writing about her mental health experience. Mandy Stevens was a mental health nurse then climbing the corporate ladder in mental health in the NHS.  She shares in her blog how she spent 12 weeks in mental health recovery as a patient of the NHS.   Read more »

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ILM Level 5 – Leadership & Management Glasgow

ILM level 5 Leadership & Management.  Join us for the most vibrant, leadership programme you will ever have attended!

Join us in 2017 for this foundation degree level programme.

Dates for the programme:

21st/22nd March

26th/27th April

Contact the programme lead Hayley Phipps Tennant 0843 2891639

 

 

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ILM Level 5 Coaching & Mentoring Qualifications in Coaching Edinburgh

ILM courses Glasgow

We are now taking placement requests for our Institute of Leadership & Management Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring (ILM5) Edinbrugh for February 2017.  You can choose your study preferences with us as we like to think we are entirely flexible to suit your style.

Mix and match your study route with our vibrant programme written by our lead coach, ILM 5 Accredited Coach teacher in Edinburgh and senior plc board director executive coach, Hayley Phipps.

 

CPD – Continued Professional Development

Many organisations and head offices across Edinbugh are now requiring their learning & development specialists, human resource specialists and middle/senior managers to be more savvy and understanding of engagement, motivational spin, appreciative inquiry. emotional intelligence and engagement and much more. All of these personal communication drivers can be sought through having brilliant and outstanding skills in the area of coaching.

If it’s a top notch qualification you want with all of the right whistles and bells to add your credible continued professional development then you’re in the right place.  Our programme is assessessed, evaluated and regulated by the prestigious Institute of Leadership & Management and your qualification will be with ILM delivered by PRO-tential Coaching Limited.

The ILM level 5 Coaching & Mentoring programme Edinburgh is assessed at around year 2 of a university degree (foundation degree level)

ILM Level 5 Leadership & ManagementGet in touch to speak with us 0843 2891639 or email info@pro-tential.co.uk

Full details of the ILM level 5 (ILM 5) Coaching and Mentoring qualification can be found on our main website page

www.pro-tential.co.uk

 

 

About PRO-tential Coaching

For business

We are a team of highly qualified practitioners specialising in the area of coaching, coaching qualifications, leadership development, management & leadership qualifications, coaching teams, engagement, commercial coaching (sales, business development), team coaching, train the trainer, presentation skills and inter-personal skills operating in and around Edinburgh.

We specialise in all things communication, behaviours and personal change linked to personal & business goals. Please visit our website www.pro-tential.co.uk for our profiles.

For personal (private clients)

We work with our private clients across Edinburgh covering a range of challenges and opportunities including:

anxiety, stress, business start-ups, confidence build, women back to work, successful entrepreneurs, interview confidence/practice, presentation skills and everything in-between!

If you’d like to work with your very own personal coach, contact us on 0843 2891639 to have a free and confidential chat.

 

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Qualifications Accredited Coach Glasgow ILM5 ( foundation degree level)

ILM Level 5 Leadership & ManagementWe are now taking placement requests for our Institute of Leadership & Management Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring (ILM5) Glasgow for February 2017.  You can choose your study preferences with us as we like to think we are entirely flexible to suit your style.

Mix and match your study route with our vibrant programme written by our lead coach, ILM 5 Accredited Coach teacher in Glasgow and senior plc board director executive coach, Hayley Phipps.

 

CPD – Continued Professional Development

Many organisations are now requiring their learning & development specialists, human resource specialists and middle/senior managers to be more savvy and understanding of engagement, motivational spin, appreciative inquiry. emotional intelligence and engagement and much more. All of these personal communication drivers can be sought through having brilliant and outstanding skills in the area of coaching.

If it’s a top notch qualification you want with all of the right whistles and bells to add your credible continued professional development then you’re in the right place.  Our programme is assessessed, evaluated and regulated by the prestigious Institute of Leadership & Management and your qualification will be with ILM delivered by PRO-tential Coaching Limited.

The ILM level 5 Coaching & Mentoring programme Glasgow is assessed at around year 2 of a university degree (foundation degree level)

Get in touch to speak with us 0843 2891639 or email info@pro-tential.co.uk

Full details of the ILM level 5 (ILM 5) Coaching and Mentoring qualification can be found on our main website page

www.pro-tential.co.uk

About PRO-tential Coaching

For business

We are a team of highly qualified practitioners specialising in the area of coaching, coaching qualifications, leadership development, management & leadership qualifications, coaching teams, engagement, commercial coaching (sales, business development), team coaching, train the trainer, presentation skills and inter-personal skills.

We specialise in all things communication, behaviours and personal change linked to personal & business goals. Please visit our website www.pro-tential.co.uk for our profiles.

For personal (private clients)

We work with our private clients covering a range of challenges and opportunities including:

anxiety, stress, business start-ups, confidence build, women back to work, successful entrepreneurs, interview confidence/practice, presentation skills and everything in-between!

If you’d like to work with your very own personal coach, contact us on 0843 2891639 to have a free and confidential chat.

 

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Executive Coach Glasgow – Coaching for Performance

Coaching within organisations is especially effective when working with highly motivated individuals who want to improve themselves on every level, but what happens when there are people who are perceived as not motivated, stubborn, angry and are just not up to the job?  I have recently experienced three individuals who “fit” into this “I don’t want to” category from a plc, a limited £20m company and a smaller £7m limited company. Read more »

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Coaching for Performance – Executive Coach Edinburgh

Coaching within organisations is especially effective when working with highly motivated individuals who want to improve themselves on every level, but what happens when there are people who are perceived as not motivated, stubborn, angry and are just not up to the job?  I have recently experienced three individuals who “fit” into this “I don’t want to” category from a plc, a limited £20m company and a smaller £7m limited company.

It is becoming increasingly popular to understand behavioural sciences to create more engaged and productive employees. HR and LD professionals also need to develop a greater understanding of how to utilise and embed these insights into their people strategies to increase great business performance. Main areas for behavioural context are:

  • develop employee resilience to adapt to change
  • use insights to build emotionally intelligent organisations
  • drive engagement and organisational performance through strengths-based development
  • develop a culture that allows employees to reach their full potential.

I want to pick up on the strengths-based development piece and culture that allows individuals to reach their full potential. I have many years’ experience and qualifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness, Clean Language (psychotherapeutic approach to coaching) Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, coaching executives and leaders across the UK…but all of the bells, whistles and my experience means absolutely nothing, zilch if I am not able to treat and respect the individual I am working with as an equal!  This is a great starting place, a level playing field, a respect for space, race, gender, talents seen or hidden and differences in style or indeed the way of doing things.

Having a real and deep understanding of what and how my coachee wants to develop and do more of in terms of behavioural personal goals has everything to do with inclusion, motivation and personal focus.  I quickly uncovered key themes from the two individuals from plc and the £10m limited company I refer to.  Interestingly, both individuals were being affected by direct line managers and through the longer line of command.  Affected in the sense that they both needed a collaborative, inclusive approach.  They both had very different styles of work in comparison to their boss but still performed at an acceptable level. They were both “perceived” as lacking emotional connection in the business.  They both were described as “sharp” and lacking a level of energy and connection within the business.

Interestingly both individuals were both technically capable.  They’d both enjoyed skills competency assessment from within their respective company – this was not an issue for the “paymasters”

Of course you’ll know there are always two sides to the coin.  I loved working with both individuals (please remember we’re talking about two very different organisations here, but the key themes are the same!)  It was interesting to listen to their experiences and how they felt their strengths were not being calibrated.  Not being allowed to.

It was intriguing to listen and observe highly motivated individuals in a 1:1 session with me, sharing their sense of values, inclusion and higher purpose; and yet these personal motivations were not being displayed nor observed within the organisation. How they wanted to make a difference but felt their hands were tied. Felt their ideas were not listened to. Thought they’d been written off and the reason for me, the external coach was to manage them out of the business!  I quickly reminded both of them that I’m not in the business of managing out, rather believing that everyone in the right role with the right skills are extremely capable….sometimes we all can do with a bit of coaching along the way.

Both shared that they had so much more to give, but based on their past and recent experiences they had silenced themselves. They were just going through the motions.  Of course there were real personal actions which both took on board over 6-8 sessions working with me around their ability to be the change they wanted to see happen. How they can influence, communicate and articulate their passion and ideas for the business. After all that’s all we are, communication.

Both leaders of the two individuals I worked with were asked to join a 3-way coaching conversation.  Me, the individual & the boss! It was wonderfully liberating to see the pain and power of feedback in flow.  As a team we developed measurable personal goals along with challenging, robust business objectives which all linked nicely to the bigger picture of the organisation – but more importantly playing to the major strengths of my coachee and both individuals taking their equal share of responsibility to make change happen.  I mean real embedded personal change.

Already there are breakthroughs with the “culture”, the way we do things around here.  I don’t need to fill in the gaps here because you’ll already know – the personal change from all four involved, honesty, feedback, appreciation of skills/talent, listening, engaging, inclusive and allowing space for different styles and approach is quite profound!

What about the other individual from the £7M limited company? Following over 10 sessions with this individual it became very clear that his chosen behaviours suited him just fine.  He had no appetite to take a new bite of the cherry, neither was he willing to understand or even listen to feedback that had been sought from throughout the business.  He chose not to want to develop his skills or really dig deep searching for personal behavioural goals he’d like to work on.  He was happy with his lot.  He was unwilling to satisfy the key performance indicators which were relevant for his role.  He decided that bringing his skills to an acceptable level didn’t matter as he’d always find someone else to do the work and yet wanted all of the perks associated with a “senior management role”.  He didn’t want to work with people and have direct reports. H edidn’t want to embrace new opportunities.

As a leader of people what would you do?

Coaching for performance works brilliantly when there is a willing individual involved even if competency skills are developing. With this last individual I stepped away.  It would have been so much more effective and productive if the organisation had captured these trends and behaviours well before I arrived.  I’m not quite sure what he’s doing now but he’s certainly not part of this vibrant, inclusive and motivated team.

Leaders of people it is your role and responsibility to get the very best out of your people by understanding and taking the time to uncover what really motivates your people.  What are their higher purposes in life? Are they living and fulfilling  their core values? Is everyone engaged and on the bus? If you haven’t already engaged with an executive coach then appoint one with the relevant experience and skills to suit you.

And after giving everyone a fair, equal, inclusive opportunity to develop themselves, their skills and behaviours….they still don’t want to play…..ask them to get off the bus and continue on your way.

About the author

Hayley Phipps is a behavioural coach working at middle, senior, management and leadership level.  She is an accomplished teacher of the Institute and Leadership & Management ILM 5 qualifications in Management & Leadership and Coaching & Mentoring offered by www.pro-tential.co.uk

You can reach Hayley at her personal email address Hayley.Phipps(at)pro-tential.co.uk

Hayley speaks often to small and large audiences alike with the key theme of “coaching for performance -it starts with you first”. She is an accredited coach with diplomas with distinction in exective coaching and personal coaching,  She is a practitioner with NLP and Mindfulness. Hayley is a qualified practitioner in the leadership psychometric measure designed and developed by psychologists at Hull University, the profile ILM72.   Her background is commercial in senior leadership positions covering all aspects of sales, marketing, operations and finance.  She continues to enjoy executive coaching assignments with worldclass organisations across the UK and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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