Agile Coaching Retreat event 2020 Day 4

Today’s ACR 2020 topic was the one that is always interesting for coaches, Psychology of coaching. How to lead your client in a safe environment provided by coaching. We worked on intrinsic motivation and how anxiety and stress affect relationships in coaching. They also talked about how to rebuild trust within the organization.

The fourth morning in a row was worth getting up, because a great topic was waiting for us, which permeated all the pores of today’s lectures.

Exactly at 05:00, the APAC three-hour block began and was opened by Tze Chin Tang, who talked about the popularity of both life and business coaching. What kind of mindset is needed for a coach, how to start and how to deepen your knowledge in the field of coaching.

The next speaker was Mike Mallete, who first covered the most popular literature in the field of agile coaching, and then invited all participants to share their experiences.

A very complex topic of agile coaching ethics was covered by Shane Hastie, who presented new ideas about the code of conduct for agile coaches, and invited participants to be actively involved in creating this extremely important document.

The European three-hour block was started by Ted Bradshaw, who talked about a topic that is very common today, anxiety. We have learned what anxiety is, why we become anxious in some situations and not in others. And most importantly, the workshop participants were given practical tools on how to fight anxiety and, more importantly, how to reduce it at the very beginning.

The next lecturer was Joseph Pelrine, who introduced the participants to the concept of team intelligence and performance, how psychological security fits into the larger concept of organization, useful psychological tools and techniques that help teams improve teamwork.

For the very end of the European block, ACR 2020 participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the concept of Positive Existential Coaching. The great Yannick Jacob presented his work on this topic, as well as his achievements. He selflessly shared his tools and experiences in using this interesting concept of coaching.

At 18:00, the North American block dedicated to psychology in coaching began. The first to speak was the experienced Michael K Sahota, who held a workshop dedicated to the psychological safety of teams working with an agile coach. He explained the latest research in the field of neuro-psychology in order to better understand the personal level of security, but also how to work with others within the organization.

How powerful stories are, how we learn through stories, how we remember through stories, and how we relate to stories was shared with us by Henry Dittmer. He showed us how to use our own stories and re-use them to create some new outcomes.

At the very end of today’s block of lectures, Lyssa Adkins demonstrated in a great way how to work when we are “triggered” (upset or angry). We all own triggers, and Lyssa focused on triggers in an agile context that is more complex because of the very philosophy of an agile mindset, accustomed to change and insecurity.

As in previous evenings, the three-hour block, intended for Latin America, started at 22:00 and was dedicated to participants from the Spanish-speaking area.

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