‘ The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies’ Gertrude Jekyll
It feels like a long wait for the spring this year, especially in Cumbria. The metaphor of gardening provides a rich context for thinking about coaching. Whether you are a gardener or not you will know that at its best, a garden is a combination of the elements, the plants and the gardener working together. There are many similarities between a coach and a gardener, – to work well it’s a relationship based on collaboration, using all of the senses, with results often far into future. Some things will work well, some will fail but even the plants that fail can go on the compost heap to fertilise next year’s efforts. We’ll use the session to explore the link with gardening, and with the seasons to think about the metaphor and what we can learn from it as coaches?
These are some of my thoughts,
– How does the coach create the best conditions for growth?
– Is there a season and a time for planting, pruning, harvesting and, what might that look like?
– How do you grow and nurture yourself?
Annette Hennessy is an experienced CEO with a background in organisational transformation and change. Since finishing full time work she has been involved in a number of ‘gardening’ projects, for example working with Trichord Partnership developing women through a pro bono leadership programme in Liverpool, coaching, mentoring those in the criminal justice system, and exploring the Third Act. She is an Associate of Amara Collaboration a social enterprise committed to growing aware leaders and aware leadership internationally. She is leading collaboratively on Amara Gardeners project connecting and working with individuals who are practising aware transformational leadership. She lives in Cumbria and is aware that as a gardener and a coach she is work in progress.
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