On talking to some of the Future Talent Programme's Alumni, there is no doubt that one of the most valued and empowering elements of the programme is the one-to-one coaching we provide for each of our participants.
Sir John Whitmore, pioneer of coaching and leadership development, said:
“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them."
Our core aim, which lies at the heart of our programme, is to create a safe space within which our participants can learn, enabling them to explore, not only a wide range of leadership models, tools and techniques but, more importantly, their own values, views and beliefs, habits, behaviours and attitudes, to better understand themselves and grow and develop their skills as leaders in a range of different contexts during their careers. It is the provision of one-to-one coaching that supports this exploration, equipping participants with greater levels of self-awareness, and the motivation and ability to identify solutions to work-related issues and challenges.
Supporting our cohort this year will be our brilliant team of returning coaches, each of whom has coached Future Talent participants over the last four years. Their collective experience and skills combined with individual style and approach enables us to match them up with our new participants to maximise the very best personalised learning experience. Thank you, and welcome back, Tracey Stead, Jane Rosser, Britt McFarlane and Anna Britton, for returning for a fifth year - it will be great to be working with you.
And a big welcome to our new coaches this year - Veronique Davis, Tamsin Foxwell, Jez Allman, Amanda Wylie, Mark Hughes, Siobhan McGee and Natalie Nichol - we are delighted you have joined our coaching network and will bring yet more experience, skills and creativity to the programme, and are looking forward to working with you this year and becoming an integral part of our Bath Future Talent community.