To achieve Step 15, individuals will show that they can help others to see opportunities and coach them to create plans to achieve them.
In the previous step, the focus was on how to coach individuals through setbacks to be able to identify positive opportunities. This step expands on that, by focusing on how individuals can also coach and support others to build plans around those opportunities.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
When coaching someone in an education context, it is important that both coach and the learner really knows what the end goal is. Is it to learn a brand new concept? Are they working towards completing an assignment or scoring highly on a test or exam? There will be a primary goal and possibly secondary goals. These goals give the learner their end – what they are working towards – what they wish to achieve, and therefore the learner and their coach can work together to create a plan to help them reach their goals.
Often in the workplace, those individuals who are effective at managing their own emotional response to challenging situations, will find they can offer either formal or informal coaching to colleagues. Coaching is about supporting and guiding someone towards reaching a solution to any challenge for themselves, not telling them what to do. It is about careful questioning and then creating realistic plans together. When coaching a colleague, you can help them carry out a SWOT analysis for example of the situation they find themselves in. This will help them to clearly see their end goal and will guide them to create an action plan to work towards it with a greater positivity and focus.
To be able to coach someone effectively, whatever the setting, whether in education, home or the workplace requires skill and focus. A coach may need to first calm the person down, or cheer them up, if they are having an extreme emotional response. The use of careful questioning to uncover opportunities to move forwards will be needed before a realistic plan of action can be created. Reminding a friend, family member or colleague that coaching is not about giving them the answers but about helping them to find the answers for themselves may be needed.
To best practise this step of Staying Positive, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
To teach this step:
This step can be reinforced whenever there is the opportunity for learners to create plans – whether in response to a setback, or just to address a challenge. This might be related to their educational or life plans, or to their studies more generally.
This step is best assessed through observation of learners coaching each other to create plans. The teacher is looking to identify that learners can support one another through the stages of developing those plans. This can be explored further through reflection to identify the techniques and approaches the learner took.
This step will be relevant to individuals who help others to turn setbacks into opportunities and new plans, as a team member or a manager themselves.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through collecting feedback. For instance:
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
As a parent or carer, you might be thinking about how best to support your children to build their essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help parents to build these skills, including:
There is also content for older children and young people, including short activities and reflections that they can complete alone, or with you.