GERALDINE Moran believes expert help to look at an old problem in a new way can be revolutionary.
“Google chief executive Eric Schmidt once said getting a coach was the best advice he has ever received,” Ms Moran said. “Coaching can change someone’s paradigm of thinking. Just one idea can change a life.”
The former lawyer is the CEO of Lake Macquarie based Centre for Hope, which offers programs to empower disadvantaged young people develop self esteem, build their emotional intelligence, set goals, connect to the community and reach their full potential.
“A principal at one school we were visiting indicated the stress they were under,” she said. “We could see that sometimes students feel that stress that teachers and principals experience. It wasn’t a criticism, but we thought ‘What can we do to help everyone in this environment?’’
The Centre for Hope developed a one-day workshop for community and business leaders called the Leadership Velocity Program, which aims to build an individual’s skills, confidence and resilience with the aim of improving engagement with and stabilising and supporting their team. “We don’t often see people put their hand up and say ‘I’m not coping’, but if you’re not clear about where you stand you’ll never be able to grow your business or team,” she said. “If you’re willing to show vulnerability, you’ll be able to recognise vulnerability in your team.”
The personalised program includes mindfulness, goal setting, time management and wellbeing. “It’s about minimising stress by coming up with strategies that maximise your potential and ability as leader,” she said. “This could be something as simple as changing the environment for the team meeting, which could improve the meeting’s outcome and effectiveness.
“It’s also about allowing that leader to work as quickly, effectively and mindfully as you can so you can come up with new and creative ideas.”
She said her team had integrated what had worked for young people into the program, which includes two months of follow-up coaching sessions.