Coaching Conversations – A framework for focusing on solutions over problems to impact performance - CANCELLED

  • Having a ‘coaching’ conversations rather than a ‘telling’ conversations
  • Identify what works and doing more if it
  • Stop doing what doesn’t work and doing something different
  • Focus on solutions not problems
  • Engaging motivation of the people you lead to change
  • Suitable for anyone who has leadership responsibilities

The leader is often expected to be the font of all knowledge, to know all of the answers about how to move forward. Leaders who fall into this expectation trap inadvertently create dependency and ultimately a culture that stifles growth. This course will help you to start having a different type of conversation in school, one which doesn’t assume you need to be an expert, and one which helps to grow the capability of people to think differently and engage in their own solutions.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to recognise what it means to be a great coach, to learn some of the skills of great coaching, and to start having some coaching conversations. We will take this learning further by exploring motivational factors that block progress; how to utilise expertise in your coaching conversations; how to use Ericksonian principles of utilisation/resources in creating change; how to coach with curiosity around difficult issues (e.g., underperformance); and finally how to grow a culture of coaching within the day to day school practice.

  • Facilitator
  • Venue & Travel Information

Dr Mike Rotheram, External Consultant, Performance Mind

Mike is a HCPC Registered Performance Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He is the Director of Performance Mind Ltd and currently works as the Performance Psychologist with the England Women's Cricket Team. He also works as a Psychology Technical Lead within the English Institute of Sport supporting GB Boxing, British Athletics, GB Para Table Tennis and Cricket. Mike has a wealth of experience in the world of performance. He has been through three Olympic cycles with the GB Speed Skating team and recently finished working with the England Lions Cricket team. Mike completed his PhD in 2007 at Sheffield Hallam University. His PhD looked at the psychological mechanisms which underpin severe performance breakdowns such as the ‘yips’. Over the past 10 years he has worked as a performance consultant within education, business and health. He has worked extensively within Lancashire Education Authority delivering leadership training and coaching. He has also worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest, Boots and the NHS bringing the principles of performance psychology to the front line. Mike is a passionate and engaging presenter and brings the theory to life with his rich experience of working on the coalface in elite sport. 


For more information see the Performance Mind Website here.

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How to get here

By Road: The Rochdale campus is 2.6 miles from junction 20 off the M62. Follow the signs for Rochdale town centre

By Rail: Rochdale train station is a ten minute walk from the Rochdale Campus through the town centre. It is also a Metrolink station, Manchester’s light railway system, which links Rochdale with Oldham, Bury and Manchester City Centre.

By Bus: The Rochdale bus station is approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the Rochdale campus. There are frequent bus services throughout the borough which terminate in Rochdale.

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