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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, 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

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