June 2009

Coaching4Success Kicks Off: Self-Assessment Workshop

“Each person has his or her own vocation. The talent is the call. There is one direction in which all space is open to you. You have faculties silently inviting you there to endless exertion”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are you contemplating a career transition? Do you need to take stock, broaden your perspective, build confidence and gain a clear sense of direction?

Regardless of whether you want to be better at your current job, get a promotion, explore new career opportunities or start your own business, the Coaching4Success Self-Assessment Workshop will support, inspire and challenge you to clarify your game plan and take action.

You will learn to:

  • Identify professional strengths and weaknesses
  • Discover your working style
  • Pinpoint your interests
  • Match your skills to job opportunities
  • Recognize areas for training & improvement

This two-part workshop will be held from 17:00 to 20:00 on June 22nd & June 30th.

Cost: CZK 1 500 + VAT (including refreshments)

For more information about the Coaching4Success workshops, please visit http://www.coaching4success.cz.

Cooperative Communication Skills – Three Main Challenges

Williams & Partner, Recruitment & HR Consulting presents “Cooperative Communication Skills – Three Main Challenges”, lead by Karin Genton-L’Epée

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Donald Laird

The Leading and Managing Through Tough Times leadership seminar is designed for managers and professionals wanting to maintain high productivity through tough times by motivating their colleagues with clear and effective communication techniques.

This seminar will present your with three practical keys to better communication:

Key #1 Learning to actively listen

Key #2 Connecting with people through motivation and negotiation

Key #3 Managing conflict by translating criticism into requests

Through these practical techniques, you will be able to:

  • Identify your primary communication blocks
  • Express yourself more clearly and be better understood
  • Transform complaints into motivational requests

Date & Time: June 17th, 17:30 – 20:30

Location: PWC Business Center, Kateřinská 40

Registration: To register send an email to pop@wnp.com or call +420 222 550 075. The deadline for registration is June 12th.

Cost: CZK 500 + VAT (including refreshments)

For more information please visit www.wnp.com

Please note that seats are limited.

Calendar of Events and Activities

June 16 Public Speaking Training: Storytelling
June 17 Cooperative Communication training organized by Williams & Partner
June 22 Coaching4Success Career Assessment Workshop Part I
June 23 Power Lunch: Presenting & Branding yourself
June 30 Coaching4Success Career Assessment Workshop Part II
July & August Summer Break

Coaching Tip of the Month: How to Manage Transition Comfortably

A transition can be something as major as a company merger or as seemingly benign as a vacation.

Life transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability. And while transitions are as natural as the changing seasons, how many of us really understand this process and know how to make the best of it?

In his book “Managing Transitions”, William Bridges explains that if change is external, transition is internal. “A transition is the psychological process people go through to come to terms with a situation.” Transition starts with an ending, whereas change starts with a beginning.

As the saying goes: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Which means that without transition, change cannot occur.

The paradox is that transition starts with an ending. Understanding that transition starts with letting go of something, the old situation, the old ways of doing things, is the first step in the task of transition management. Psychologically, this takes time. As a manager, it is important to remember that a new message needs to be repeated more than once before your team catches on. If you are lower down on the totem pole, don’t forget that changing behavior takes time, and plan for it.

The second step of transition is the no-man’s-land between the old reality and the new one, what William Bridges calls the neutral zone, a “limbo between the old sense of identity and the new,” when the old ways haven’t completely fallen by the wayside and the new ways are still looking for a foothold. This period is critical. It is here where things can either take off or sink into the mud.

And finally, after having let go of old habits and digested the possibility of adopting new ones, you will be ready for a new beginning. Beginnings are about new understandings, new values, new attitudes, new identities. As the American dramatist Tom Stoppard once said, “every exit is an entry somewhere else.”

For all the changes in our lives, we need to keep in mind these three steps of the transition process and respect them. We can try to shorten the timing of each step, but we cannot bypass them. Change cannot occur without its transition process.

Are you ready for change?

Yours truly,