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The Leader - Coach or Gardener?

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University of Cumbria

Bowerham Road

Lancaster

LA1 3JD

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It's spring and my garden is coming to life again after a winter of waiting patiently to show its glory. You think nothing is happening then slowly bit by bit the garden reveals itself. I live in Cumbria and its a new garden for me, and I have had to work on the hard landscaping, the existing planting and the exciting bit which is what can I do that makes the garden more beautiful, interesting and lasting. Whether you are a gardener or not you will know it's a collaboration between the plants, what you do, the weather, the soil, hard work and a lot of trust. It's all of this that mostly, sometimes, produces the best growth, the best blooms, the juiciest fruit. As a leader and a coach the metaphor of gardening presents a rich context, framework and language for coaching and leadership and this session will explore that metaphor together and what we can learn from it. These are some of my inquiries and I'm sure you will have others:

  • What are the right conditions for growth and how do you create these as a coach or a leader ?
  • What kind of context is it, does it need it need enriching, redesigning or cutting back ?
  • Is there a place for weeds ?
  • Is it best to 'hothouse' or 'harden up'?
  • Is there season for growth, pruning, harvesting ?
  • How big is your space - a window box, a postage stamp, a plot, allotment or an estate and do they need different kinds of conditions for growth?
  • How do you become a leader, coach, gardener and grow yourself ?

Note: A nominal charge of £5.00 will be collected on the door to cover room and refreshment costs.

Biography

Annette Hennessy is an experienced CEO with a background in personal and organisational transition and change. Since finishing full time work she has become involved in a number of 'gardening' projects, for example developing women through a leadership programme in Liverpool, executive coaching, mentoring those in the criminal justice system, and exploring the Third Act. She is also part of Amara, an organisation committed to growing ‘aware’ leaders and ‘aware’ leadership internationally. As part of this work Annette is leading on the Amara Gardeners Project connecting and working with individuals who are practising their leadership in this way.

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Who can attend this event?

This CPD event is open to all coaches and mentors with an interest in professional development, simply register your interest and reserve your place here. We meet at 5.30pm for informal networking, for a prompt start at 6pm finishing no later than 8pm.

I'm not certain that I can come: what should I do?

Our events are highly popular and places are limited, so please consider others when booking your place. If you do have to cancel please give as much notice as possible, by canceling your ticket on Eventbrite, so that others are not disappointed. We often have a waiting list for these popular events.

What are my parking options for the event?

To park on campus a parking permit will be required. This will be issued on booking your place.

Which room is it in?

Alexandria Building room AXB003 - no. 1 on the Campus map.

Is there time for networking?

Informal networking from 17:30; the event starts at 18:00 prompt.

Are refreshments available?

Tea and coffee are available on arrival.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

There's no need to print out your ticket.

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