Probono - team capacity building

Is your not-for-profit conservation organisation keen to solve a problem and intentionally build leadership skills at the same time? I am offering two organisations three sessions of action learning team coaching, at no cost.
Probono - team capacity building
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Action Learning is a team coaching process where the team works with the coach to simultaneously build leadership capability and solve an urgent and important problem or opportunity. You can read a short case study of how action learning was used for protected area management planning in Papua New Guinea here https://wial.org/wp-content/uploads/Action-Learning-for-reserve-planning-in-Papua-New-Guinea.pdf 

If this opportunity is of interest to you and your not-for-profit conservation organisation, please send me a short (approx 100 words) expression of interest, indicating what problem or opportunity you might work on and how building capability in your leadership team could benefit your organisation or project you are responsible for. The leadership team (4-8 people) will need to be able to individually participate using English language via Zoom (or MS teams) and session times may need to consider international times zones (I am located in Canberra, Australia, GMT +10).  Session duration may be 2 hrs for the first and 1 - 1.5hrs for the second and third sessions.  EOI due by 26 March 2023.

You can read more about action learning here at the World Institute for Action Learning here https://wial.org/ 

You can learn more about myself and my coaching skills at www.rossrowecoaching.com 

 I look forward to working with you and your leadership (or project) team to build capability and solve an urgent and important problem. 

Ross

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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

Wonderful opportunity! Thanks for sharing @Ross Rowe 

@Estrela Matilde : Perhaps this would be a useful opportunity for your team based on what you shared in your introduction post that one of your priorities is the capacity building or our team? 

@Grace Alawa : perhaps you or someone you know would be interested in this opportunity as well? 

Go to the profile of Estrela Matilde
over 1 year ago

Dear @Thirza Loffeld , thank you for raising this with us! It is indeed a fantastic opportunity. The language is always a problem for our team - they only speak Portuguese, which means we cannot use the majority of these courses and training. But we will keen an eye on future opportunities!

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

Hi Estrela, you're most welcome and I understand the language challenge. I will let my colleagues know about it with regards to the WildTeam training resources, thank you for sharing. 

@Adam Barlow : any update on translating our training resources to other languages, in particular Portuguese? 

Go to the profile of Grace Alawa
over 1 year ago

Thanks Thirza, would definitely seize this opportunity. 

Go to the profile of Adam Barlow
over 1 year ago

Thanks for telling us about what your team needs. That helps us prioratise activities such as translations. We have translations (including into portuguese) on the list but have not secured funding to make that happen yet. Hopefully we will be able to do something in the next couple of years. Very sorry that you have to wait till then.

Go to the profile of Grace Alawa
over 1 year ago

@Ross Rowe @Thirza Loffeld I'm excited and happy to share that I sent in my EOI, was acknowledged by Ross and my team (Sustainable Actions for Nature) and I just got off our first coaching session using the Action learning model with @Ross Rowe this morning. Time wasn't a barrier; we connected via Zoom and we're making reasonable progress. Details would come when we've gone through the entire sessions but wanted to say thank you first. Cheers. 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
over 1 year ago

Amazing news! Thanks so much for sharing this impact of our community by connecting you to Ross and this opportunity @Grace Alawa I look forward to hearing how you and the team progress over the course of these sessions :) 

Go to the profile of Grace Alawa
about 1 year ago

@Ross Rowe @Thirza Loffeld @Adam Barlow thank you for this opportunity.

After undergoing the Probono team capacity building sessions with Ross, I'm excited to say it was a huge success. 

Supporting a coastal community to adopt sustainable behavioral changes in their lifestyles so as to protect and conserve their mangroves posed a challenge to our team. Applying the Action learning approach revealed deep-seated communication gaps within the team; it allowed for self-reflection and retrospection on the spot and brought to surface expectations of team members working together.

For a sustained community ownership of a project, team members from the community were chosen to lead the project, all relevant stakeholders were consulted and engaged. As a team, we learnt to listen to each other, be more open and direct in our communication. Our leadership and questioning skills were greatly improved as well as self-confidence in expressing ourselves.

The ability to think on the spot instead of being spoon-fed was helpful for the team and gave their self-esteem a boost. Having an open mind and being comfortable to express themselves helped in providing creative ways of dealing with each other and the community.

Go to the profile of Ross Rowe
about 1 year ago

It has been a pleasure working with you Grace and the SAN team. Its a privilege to work with organisations like SAN on such worthwhile projects like mangrove restoration in a way that enhances the on-ground outcomes as well as builds the capabilities of the team for future projects.  

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
about 1 year ago

Amazing to read, Grace! Thank you for sharing! 

If your time allows, it would be great if you would publish a lessons learned post answering the question "how Action Learning team coaching can improve communication" to present your and your team's experience as a case study.

In particular, it would be useful to read how you and others in your team have meanwhile applied these skills post-training and other significant changes you have noticed (if you are willing to share this). Many thanks!

Go to the profile of Grace Alawa
about 1 year ago

Okay, I'll find time to do that shortly please. Thanks