The Institute of Executive Coaching and Headshift Australasia have recently won a Platinum Award for Best Use of Social Learning Tools in the LearnX Asia Pacific 2010 eLearning and Training Awards.

After 10 years in the market, the Institute identified a need for greater flexibility in our coach training program as the participants we train are increasingly located at a distance – from Asia to Europe.   After extensive research, the IEC concluded that a blended online/face to face program would enable remote participants to complete their coach training from a distance, as well as allowing all participants to complete training more quickly and at the same time embed the learning more effectively.

In conjunction with Headshift Australasia , the Institute designed an online social classroom which  has proved to be very successful, creating increased;

  • engagement in preparation activities,
  • completion of activities for certification (as well as more students submitting on time!)
  • familiarity and rapport in the classroom – people arrive already engaged with the group,
  • cost effectiveness – the program is less costly and less time consuming to administer.

The IEC now offers social learning classrooms as a learning support for our Coaching Skills, Conversation Skills and Mentoring programs.

For more information: Mandy Geddes, +612 8270 0600


Writing a blog is a discipline.  I read this recently in one of the blogs I follow (and that particular blogger is very disciplined, posting several times a week, much to my delight).  She also mentioned that there are something like184,000,000 blogs on the internet, maybe more, and that most blogs don’t last longer than one month.  (This makes me feel a little less bad…mine lasted about seven months in 2009 before fading away to a sporadic post here and there).

What has any of this got to do with coaching?  Well, actually, quite a bit.   As you may have noticed, it’s difficult to make a constructive new habit, but very easy to break one.   And yet destructive old habits (like the sometimes less than ideal way we relate to those closest to us, and the “not necessarily the best” foods we are tempted to eat) are somehow difficult to break.  Coaches work with their clients to help them realise their full potential by removing the things that interfere with that potential – and these things are often habitual ways of being (acting/managing/eating/speaking/relating/communicating and so on and so on).

When I first started to write this blog I felt so inspired that I thought I would never lack for inspiration or time or energy to write my weekly post.  Then, somehow, January and February 2010 just slipped by.  Well, I’m back, with new resolve, new inspiration, and new vigour for the IEC blog!  What’s different?  Well, I’ve got myself a coach…

As the year draws to a close it seems like a good time to reflect on how we balanced our work with the rest of our lives this year. Two recent articles in the same newsletter caught my eye. The first one was about “Go Home on Time Day” which was held recently in Australia. Apparently of the 20,000 people who registered for it, just over half actually managed to go home on time that day. The rest were caught up in the office, with 68% saying they had too much to do to get away on-time as planned.

The other article reported a recent survey that found that workplace stress is costing the Australian economy $14.2 billion a year; apparently Australian workers miss an average 3.2 working days a year because they are too stressed to function.

Were you part of those statistics? What does achieving work/life balance look like for you? Because there’s no magic formula or single answer to this one; work/life balance could have an entirely different look and feel for most of the people you work with or for. For example, I’m writing this at 7pm and contemplating as I write…does being in the office at this hour mean my work/life is unbalanced? For me the answer is no, because I’m here by choice and I know I have the choice and the ability to leave on time tomorrow night.

The important thing is to feel balanced and happy about the amount of time you spend in all the areas of your life that are important to you. If you don’t, now could be a good time to ask yourself; what is at least one thing I can do something differently in 2010?
Happy holidays and all the best for the new year…

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