Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ontological Coaching in Action Workshops for 2014

Newfield Institute’s final Ontological Coaching in Action Workshops for 2014 will be held in Perth in October and Canberra in November.

This workshop provides an experiential introduction to a powerful new approach to coaching, capable of effecting real, sustainable change at the individual, team and organisational level. If you are interested in learning more about Ontological Coaching – don’t miss this workshop.


Dates:          20 - 22 October 2014

Times:         9am – 6pm daily

Venue:         Southcare Hall
                    Cnr Pether Road and Bickley Crescent
                    Manning, WA           

Investment:  $1,995 (incl. GST)
To take advantage of the 15% early bird discount – payment of $1,695 (incl. GST) will be required in full by 6 October 2014.

Click here for more information and to download a brochure

For further enquiries or to register for the Perth workshop please contact:

Tony Clitheroe on 0408 951 593 / email
tonyc@newfieldinstitute.com.au or

Anne Courtney on 08 9227 5746 / email

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Southcare CEO 2014 Finalist in Telstra Business Women's Awards

As CEO of Southcare, a community-based organisation providing healthcare and capacity building to seniors, I recognised the need for an injection of young leaders into the not-for-profit sector. Discovering that 29 per cent of people on publicly listed boards in Australia were aged 60 years or more, I launched 'Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards" through a social innovation grant.

The program has been developed and delivered by myself and an external business partner Alicia  Curtis and has three elements:
  • Young Leaders Intensive Training Program - learning workshops, group project, networking functions, CEO mentoring, position shadowing, Board observation and traineeship opportunities. 
  • Unconventions Event Series - half day workshops for Senior Executives (e.g. CEOs and Board Directors) to discuss and review experiential and topical issues associated with leadership and governance
  • A best practice On-Line Resource Toolkit
As a result of this program, Southcare is gaining a reputation as an innovative, collaborative organisation that is leading the sector by advocating for and investing in the capacity of young leaders and improved board governance. The value and benefits include: 
  • Recognition and action within the NFP sector of the importance of engaging young leaders to achieve their organisation’s strategic aims.
  • Ongoing development of Board ready young leaders equipped with skills to take on Board and other leadership positions within the Aged Care and Community sector.
  •  NFP Boards and Committees have increased diversity of board members
  • A best practice On-line Resource Toolkit of detailed and practical resources to assist organisations and younger leaders to connect, collaborate and contribute within the sector.
  •  An innovative collaboration investment model
Collaborating with 22 other organisations, the program sees community sector leaders engaged in  getting young people involved in a sector that will expand as the population ages and availability of informal carers declines.

This initiative helps to equip leaders of the future to take on board and committee roles in the aged care and community sector.
You can get involved by sending a message of support and congratulations that will be displayed on screen at the State and Territory Gala Dinner on the 10th October.

Tuesday 7 October is the last day you can send your message. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Who Is On Your Dance Card?

I was listening to the news yesterday and they were talking about President Obama and how there were various national leaders who were seeking an audience with him. Leaders who wanted to have a ‘dance’…a conversations with the President. 
I then thought about who I wanted to put on my dance card – who is it that I want to have a conversation with and for what purpose.

As a leader, the types of conversations you have, include:

  • Connection and intimacy - in relationship with others, these are the conversations for connection e.g. “How was your weekend?” 
  • Shared Understanding - trying to be understood and understand in order to make plans and decisions e.g.  “Oh so you mean X …Ok let’s call them” 
  • Coordinating Action - getting things done through making agreements about who will do what by when e.g. “Ok so I will call Ken and arrange a time to discuss the report”
As leaders it is essential that you develop your conversational skills so you can achieve organisational objectives. Effective conversations in the workplace enable us to accomplish:

·         clarity and shared understanding,
·         possibility (including new ideas and new ways of thinking),
·         agreement and commitment,
·         strategic direction,
·         cooperation, coordination and collaboration,
·         improved relationships, and
·         desired outcomes

To effectively lead and manage you must:
  • Take hold of the conversational systems and practices of the organisation
  • Become an expert at knowing what type of conversation to have to achieve the result you want
  • Become a ‘conversational expert’
 You must identify who you want on your dance card and what conversation you will have.