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By Shelley Measures, Jan 7 2019 09:57AM

Julie Starr - Miro Vala - Nicola Millbank
Julie Starr - Miro Vala - Nicola Millbank

CAKE was delighted to award Miro Vala of Worldwide Fruit the CAKE Coaching Champion Award at their recent coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation.


Miro was nominated by the HR Director, Tricia McCarron. She said “Miro is our ‘go-to’ person; he’s so passionate about helping others develop and has taken his role further than anyone lease in the business. He’s continuing his own development in his quest to help others. Recently he requested to work part-time, so he could create and develop his own coaching consultancy, and we were delighted to be able to support him with this.”


Here’s what Miro had to say when we caught up with him after the conference.


Congratulations on your award Miro. The judges recognised your vision, passion and energy for your coaching practice. The judges said how impressed they were with the work you are doing supporting the coaching culture within your organisation, going over and above your job role, and described you as a very worthy winner. You must be delighted.


“It feels great. I’m thrilled and honoured. The award isn’t just a recognition of my coaching work, but also, it is a recognition of those who have supported me on my coaching journey, from my managers and colleagues at Worldwide Fruit to my peers, coaches and coaching supervisors who I have worked and studied with over the past 5 years.”


CAKE believe that coaching it the vital ingredient in people development, we know you share that belief because for many years you have devoted yourself to promoting the importance of coaching at work way before it became the hot topic in business as it is now. Where did your interest in coaching stem from?


“This is a very interesting question. The more I have immersed myself in coaching, the more I realise it has been in me all along. I just didn’t pay attention to it until 2013 when I happened to attend a two-day coaching skills workshop facilitated by Nikki Millbank from CAKE. In my mind, this workshop triggered a tsunami of curiosity and subsequent learning about coaching, which formed my belief that coaching is the most effective way of learning and achieving. To me, coaching is a natural way of working.”


As well as supporting others to grow and develop, you are also committed to your own development and are currently studying with Henley Business School, for your Master’s Degree in Coaching and Behaviour Change. Tell us how your coaching journey started.


“As I already mentioned the two-day workshop was just the beginning that leads me to take up numerous other courses trying and learning various coaching styles and techniques to the point where I’m currently in the final stages of my MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School. At the start of my journey, I attended many coaching conferences and workshops where I met and listened to other coaches and got the feeling of what the coaching industry is like. As a side effect, I became a regular to some of the events. And most of all I took every opportunity to coach.”


You have recently changed your working hours in order to develop your own coaching consultancy; the business said that three days of you were better than no days, which must be great to hear… What are your future plans for a coaching career?


“Actually I have been part-time for over a year now. My employer was supportive of the move which has given me the time to focus on my studies and establish my coaching practice. I formed a company called Better Sage which in fact becomes a platform for my future coaching career. My plan has been to provide a coaching environment that is valued by clients and coachees in the UK and overseas. I will continue to develop my coaching accreditation towards mastery and keep raising awareness of the benefits of coaching.”


Congratulations again Miro, you are indeed a very worthy winner and a true inspiration. We would like to wish you success in your studies and your future career and thank you for your time today.


For more information on The Coaching Conversation and CAKE, Coaching Awards email slice@cakepd.co.uk or call 01603 733006








By Shelley Measures, Jan 4 2019 01:00PM

“My coach was very good at identifying the key things I needed to work on and improve and as a result of the coaching I’ve developed relationships beyond my normal network of colleagues and I have since been promoted.”


Internal L&D Specialist at Natural England




You too will receive rave reviews like this after participating in our 1-day Masterclass. You’ve either started using 360-degree feedback internally and want even better results, or you’re considering using it for the first time. You may be an independent coach or leadership development specialist and you want to differentiate yourself by offering a more complete 360 feedback experience. We know what it takes to make the most out of 360 feedback. In conjunction with CAKE Pepole Development, we invite you to join us for an intensive one day Masterclass workshop in March 2019. You will learn how to:



Check if your organisation/your client is ready for 360


Create a bespoke 360 questionnaire that measures what you want leaders to focus on


Run Awareness Briefings to engage participants and get buy-in


Use the click-360 questionnaire platform and digital reports


Conduct a feedback coaching session ‘Explore Your click-360 Report’


‘Check-out’ feedback in the workplace, in readiness for the next step


Run the second feedback coaching session ‘Create Your click-360 Action Plan’


Use Organisational Insights (group-wide reporting)



The cost of the workshop includes x3 free credits on the click-360 SelfDrive platform. (worth £180) One of these credits is to enable you to undertake your own 360 so that your real data can be used in small-group working during the workshop, leaving two futher credits to be used with candidates of your choice. Attendance also includes a CAKE Certificate of Personal Development.



“The awareness briefings were extremely thorough. There was a real push to make sure everyone knew exactly what was expected of them.”


Ian McKetty, Chief Information Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE


By Shelley Measures, Dec 19 2018 01:35PM

East Coast Community Healthcare was the proud recipient of the CAKE Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative Award, presented at The Coaching Conversation 2018.


The award recognised the work it has undertaken to introduce coaching techniques into consultations with patients and clients with the aim of improving their care and health outcomes.


During the last four years, ECCH has been training its clinicians in health coaching techniques. It’s their belief that this will help patients to make healthier choices and motivate them to self-manage and improve their health as a result.


Health coaching is about having positive conversations with patients, promoting health, encouraging independence and preventing acute illness, since the beginning of the programme ECCH has trained over 350 of its employees and 100 staff from partner organisations in health coaching, as well as six accredited coaches.


In 2016 Director of Quality and CAKE Champion Award finalists, Dr Noreen Cushen – Brewster led a team from Norfolk’s health organisations to develop the Coaching Conversations Programme and accompanying book with the University of East Anglia.


With the backing of Health Education England and the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformational Partnership, the health and social care workforce across East Anglia is now equipped to use coaching skills in everyday conversations.


The judging team at CAKE, led by Margaret Burnside – Director, was very impressed by this application of coaching. She said "It clearly demonstrated the difference in outcomes when you empower people to manage their own health and wellbeing. The submission outlined the approach and results in a compelling way, and the interview added a richness and passion to the entry. A major element of the judging criteria was whether others can learn from the initiative and the ECCH entry certainly demonstrated the transferability of approach."


Dr Cushen-Brewster said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised for the advances we have been making in introducing health coaching into all our conversations with users of our services. It helps people to take ownership of their care programme and set realistic goals that they want to achieve and that we can help them reach. I’m very proud of our training team and everyone at ECCH who has embraced health coaching principles with such enthusiasm.”


For further details on The Coaching Conversation and CAKE Coaching Awards follow www.cakepd.co.uk or call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006.


Take a look at the photo highlights of the day here.




By Shelley Measures, Dec 19 2018 12:08PM

On December the 4th, we celebrated the best of the best in Learning and Development at a glittering awards dinner held at the prestigious Tower of London Pavilion.


The TJ Awards are part of the Training Journal brand which for over 50 years has been supporting those in workplace learning and development.


The awards, now in their 13th year, recognise the originality, innovation, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world.


The evening was hosted by radio and TV celebrity Jenni Falconer and attended by over 500 guests from the L&D industry, coming together to celebrate their outstanding achievements in learning and development.


Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development, has been on the judging panel for the last six years, this year, judging the Best Coaching and Mentoring Programme, along with her chosen judging team.


The winners of the GOLD award went to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for their Coaching Peer Supervision Programme.


Margaret said “The drive and focus from Hannah Datema’s lead in providing the service for the Trust, and the partnership she developed is apparent. The feedback from stakeholders clearly illustrates the impact. The building of supervision and fitness to practice across the Trust along its focused and steady journey has resulted in the emergence of excellence in coaching. There is also a real commitment to developing standards further through the planned Phase 2 of the programme; a great example of commitment to continuous improvement. We, as judges, were very impressed by the development of a strong coaching culture in a large organisation and with a limited budget.”


CAKE was delighted to also sponsor, 'Best Leadership Development Programme' category this year. Margaret was thrilled to present the GOLD Award to Newton Europe.


Another organisation at the evert was GOLD Award winners of the Best Diversity and Inclusion Programme, BT plc, for their TechWomen programme.


CAKE has been supporting this amazing programme for the last four years. Candice Cross, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusive Culture said, “It would not have been possible without the support of CAKE”.


The TechWomen programme has supported over a thousand women and continues to go from strength to strength. The judges said, “This is a very impressive initiative which has been in place for several years and which has achieved tangible, measurable success; whilst it has gender as its focus, there is an intersectional approach; senior leaders have demonstrated their commitment; the reviewing process means that the programme leaders are improving it every year.”


View the full list of winners at http://www.trainingjournalawards.com


The Award categories allow a broad range of organisations and individuals to participate and reflect the increasing diversity and scope in the L&D landscape. and will be open for entries in March 2019 – for more information visit www.trainingjournalawards.com where entries are made online.

By Shelley Measures, Dec 19 2018 10:20AM

On 29th November CAKE People Development revealed the winners of the CAKE Coaching Awards.


The awards, part of their East of England coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation, held at Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, bought together 100 HR and L&D professional from across the region.


This year's finalists came from a broad range of organisations and sectors giving CAKE the opportunity to recognise the best coaching practices in the region.


The winner of the CAKE Coaching Champion Award was Miro Vala, Worldwide Fruit Ltd, nominated by HR Director, Tricia McCarron. She said “Miro is our ‘go to’ person, he’s so passionate about helping others develop and has taken his role further than anyone else in the business. He’s continuing his own development in his quest to help others. He recently requested to work part-time, so he could develop his own coaching consultancy which we were delighted to accommodate.”


Judges comments:

Miro has shown vision, passion and energy for his coaching practice and has, for many years, devoted himself to promoting the importance of coaching at work long before it became a hot topic in business. The drive and focus Miro provides and the support he gives his organisation are clear, and the feedback clearly illustrates the impact of his work. We were very impressed by his support of the coaching culture within the organisation over and above his job role — a very worthy winner.


East Coaching Community Healthcare won the award for The Best Coaching Initiative in recognition of the work it has undertaken to introduce coaching techniques into consultations with patients and clients in order to improve their care and outcomes.


Dr Cushen – Brewster, Director of Quality and programme lead, said “We are thrilled to have been recognised for the advances we have been making in introducing health coaching into all our conversations with users of our services. It helps people to take ownership of their care programme and set realistic goals that they want to achieve and that we can help them reach. I’m very proud of our training team and everyone at ECCH who has embraced health coaching principles with such enthusiasm.”


Judges comments:

The judges were very impressed by this application of coaching. It clearly demonstrates the difference in outcomes when you empower people to manage their own health and wellbeing. The submission outlined the approach and results in a compelling way, and the interview added a richness and passion to the entry. A major element of our judging criteria is whether others can learn from the initiative and this entry certainly demonstrates the transferability of approach.



The Coaching Conversation, hosted by CAKE People Development Director, Margaret Burnside, has become a permanent fixture in the East Anglian business calendar and attracts delegates from a wide variety of sectors. Margaret said, “we have a passionate belief that developing people should be at the heart of every organisation with coaching as a vital ingredient.


Our aim is to support the region's organisations to drive performance and build capacity through the use of coaching. Through our work with clients and our partners, we are privileged to see inspiring, innovative local organisations that actively create stimulating working environments with a genuine commitment to learning and development. Our conferences act as means to bring HR and L&D professionals together for an opportunity to connect, learn, discuss ideas, share insights and hear from a range of experts in their field.”


Guest Speakers included Andy Lancaster – Head of Learning and Development CIPD, Linbert Spencer OBE – Director of Central Leadership and renowned author and Coach Julie Starr.


Take a look at the photos from the conference.


For further information, please contact the CAKE team: slice@cakepd.co.uk






By Shelley Measures, Nov 1 2018 11:18AM

We are celebrating!


It’s our 2nd birthday…


To celebrate 2 years as CAKE People Development, we are gifting to you the offer of 2 for 1 tickets for our coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation.


Our gift to you opens today and will run for 2 days!!!


To claim your gift, firstly book your ticket here, then simply email us at slice@cakepd.co.uk with the name and email address of your guest, and we will send them their free ticket.


We have an amazing line-up of carefully selected guest speakers and facilitators, and a wide range of workshops guaranteed to be thought-provoking and challenge your thinking.


Our great team will be on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day, we look forward to seeing you there!


Don’t forget, this 2 for 1 offer runs for 48hrs only… who will you bring??


Regards

The CAKE team.


By Shelley Measures, Sep 14 2018 12:33PM

Neemarket Racecourse
Neemarket Racecourse

Since we launched The Coaching Conversation 4 years ago, we continue to strive to make each event better than the last.


This year is no exception. This year we are putting you in charge! You are responsible for your own learning.


Our theme is ‘Closing the Development Gap.’ We’ll explore how coaching and mentoring bridge the gap between informal learning, formal training and performance at work.


We have designed an amazing conference, putting you in control of your learning and takeaways. We will provide the ingredients for you to create your own unique conference experience.


Our workshop/sessions and conversations will be thought-provoking, to challenge your thinking and lead to action.


We have a great team on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day and here are a few tips to help get you thinking:


Go with the flow – we have designed the day to help you find the time and space to connect and have conversations


Don’t just go with what you know – challenge yourself on topics that interest you but you might not know too much about


Breaking up’s not hard to do – if attending with colleagues, try splitting up to gain different experiences and compare notes – you’ll meet others you might not have connected with otherwise


Use the two feet rule – if a session isn’t working for you, join another one… it's OK


Get involved – participation is key, it will have such a positive effect on your learning and outcomes


Trading places – teaching and learning aren’t fixed roles, be prepared to change your hat


Interesting and unexpected things are likely to happen but the most exciting aspect of our event is always the power of bringing together a group of like-minded people, all on equal terms – a real-life example of inclusion and diversity, connecting for peer-to-peer learning and sharing ideas. Our experience has taught us that the sum of knowledge in the audience is greater than the sum of knowledge of the people on stage.


Book your ticket today for a day guaranteed to be engaging, energising and inspiring; full of learning and of course, great conversations.


See you there!


The CAKE Team

By Shelley Measures, Jul 12 2018 09:50AM

The CAKE Coaching Awards 2018
The CAKE Coaching Awards 2018

The CAKE Coaching Awards are part of the East of England Coaching and Mentoring Conference – The Coaching Conversation, which for the last four years has been supporting those involved in workplace coaching.


This year, in addition to the Coaching Champion Award, we are thrilled to introduce a new category, ‘The Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative’Award.


The finale of the awards will take place at The Coaching Conversation 2018, held on Thursday 29th November at Newmarket Racecourse, where the winners will be announced. (tickets for the conference go on sale end of July)


We welcome nominations for any coaching or mentoring initiative created by the nominated organisation. It can include coaches from outside the business, but it must have been developed internally.


We are interested in seeing the use of any methodology or coaching models and evidence of the impact that the initiative has made to the success of the organisation.


CAKE welcomes submissions from organisations that use mentoring to support the development of their employees whether it is a formal or informal process.


Mentoring is often referred to in a similar vein to coaching although it is vastly different, it is an extremely effective development tool, and we want to recognise and reward the best programmes and initiatives being run.


Our judging panel is looking for initiatives that demonstrate:


A thorough understanding of the business and its strategic objectives

An understanding of coaching and mentoring best practice

An understanding of learning and development

How the aims of the initiative were met

A long-term sustainable future

Evidence of measured success



Entries are open NOW and close on Friday 28th September. For more information about The Coaching Conversation or the awards, head over to www.cakepd.co.uk/the-coaching-awards



If you have any questions regarding coaching qualifications or our coaching community, please get in touch. Call The CAKE Team 01603 733006





By Shelley Measures, Jul 5 2018 12:40PM

Martin Bull & Jo Tonnison
Martin Bull & Jo Tonnison

Do you know a coaching champion who goes over and above their job role? Have they had a significant impact on your’s or someone else's life? Have they been the driving force in the introduction of a coaching and mentoring initiative?


Now is the time to show your appreciation for all they do. Help us celebrate and reward their outstanding work and nominate them for the CAKE People Development Coaching Champion Award.


The CAKE People Development showpiece annual event, The Coaching Conversation conference is seen as highly inspirational within the coaching community, and this year it will be held at Newmarket Racecourse, on Thursday 29th of November.


The principal aim of the award is to raise the profile of coaching and mentoring and the role it plays in transforming individuals and businesses alike. Our previous winner Martin Bull attributes coaching to the success of his apprenticeship programmes.


Margaret Burnside, Director at CAKE People Development, said

“I am pleased to announce nominations for this year's Awards open. This is a significant year for us as we introduce our second award, The Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative Award.

Our awards are a unique opportunity for the regions’ L&D/HR professionals and business leaders to reward and recognise the excellent coaching and mentoring happening within their organisations."


Martin Bull - Dispensing Systems Development Manager & Global Valve Systems Expert at RPC UCP Zeller Plastik and last year’s winner of the coaching champion award said “I was delighted to receive the award. I credit my development journey to Steve Millbank, Head of Leadership Development at CAKE. He ignited my passion for coaching and L&D when I attended a programme he ran about four years ago.

It was an honour to have my work and my passion for coaching and mentoring recognised beyond the workplace. It’s truly gratifying and a great feeling.”


He continued, “I liked that the award is a showcase for the full spectrum of coaching and mentoring. I was disappointed I wasn’t able to attend the conference in person, but my colleague accepted the award on my behalf and was blown away by the amazing work other coaches are undertaking. He learnt a great deal form the day.”


In line with CAKE People Development values; passion, excellence, integrity and making a difference, we would like to stress that we welcome nominations on behalf of qualified, non-qualified, team leaders, supervisors, managers, teachers, tutors and anyone who supports people to achieve their goals.


Promote the people who tirelessly champion coaching and mentoring and have made a difference to you.


Tell us about your coaching champion by heading to: http://ow.ly/v4u130kOpaF


All entries must be in by Friday, September 28th.



By Shelley Measures, Jul 4 2018 11:41AM

The organisations we work with which have created and sustained a coaching culture where managers use a coaching style as standard, report many benefits, from increased employee engagement and the ability to successfully resolve conflict, to increased productivity and performance.


So, it’s understandable that when polled, almost 70% of businesses said they use coaching. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a coaching culture is in place, as frequently coaching is used on a one to one basis and often only for senior members of the team.


There are some key factors to take into consideration when implementing a coaching culture. It’s an ongoing voyage, one that requires sound building blocks of internal coaching capability so that over time, it is sustained, and capability is scaled up, so the coaching culture becomes the broader organisation culture.


1. Top Team Buy-In


For any project to work, and especially when introducing a coaching culture, the top team need to be fully engaged and on board. It needs to start at the top and then flow through the rest of the business. This is key to establishing and approving the business benefits for introducing a coaching culture. They are your advocates and will set the example of the desired behaviours.


At CAKE, we will always suggest starting with an Executive Team Coaching Programme; it proves to be the best basis for buy-in for the project.


2. Who are your champions?


The buy-in has been established and the example set, but who will champion the project? Your line managers are your champions and essential to the success and longevity of the coaching culture. It’s your champions who you will depend upon to make sure the coaching programme is put into effect, so it is vital they have the tools and skills they need to build on the coaching programme. Although not essential, we will suggest that a core team of managers achieve a formal qualification, through either the ILM or CMI.


3. Embed the programme.


A culture change is not sustainable unless there is a clear purpose. Whatever your business objectives are, they need to be communicated, so it is clear to all stakeholders what their role is and what is expected of them. The core team is the key component to create an environment that allows the culture to embed, to establish its roots.


4. Bust the myths.


It is so important to open conversations around coaching, to help your managers and executives understand how to use coaching and mentoring effectively as part of everyday working life. Be transparent, collaborate across all business units and tackles the challenges and bust the myths along the way.


It can feel like a massive task with so much to consider but by working with you, CAKE can advise, recommend and design a combination of strategies to ensure your coaching culture becomes standard practice which will ensure the maturity, success and longevity of the project.


As the saying goes.. ‘No one said it was going to be easy, but it’ll be worth it.’


For further information on our coaching and mentoring programme and interventions or for information about the East of England Coaching and Mentoring Conference – The Coaching Conversation 2018 call The CAKE Team on 01603 733006












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