The small group workshops, entitled ‘Cultivating Leadership’, provided the means to focus on effective engagement, especially on tough issues, with independent specialist facilitators Anna Russell and Jim Wicks joining HPSNZ CATT lead, Christian Penny, for the two-day workshop.
The inaugural CATT Challenging Conversations workshop primarily focused on the topic of engaging more effectively on tough issues and psychological safety, areas that coaches experience regularly in their roles.
Triathlon NZ coach, Stephen Sheldrake, says the workshop was an amazing experience. “I got to immerse myself with other high performance coaches and leaders from a range of sports, something we don’t get to do often.
“The skills around challenging conversations will be invaluable. However the opportunity to spend time with the facilitators – Christian, Anna and Jim – as well as other coaches was just as important as we can all learn from each other and take those learnings into our own sport.”
Stephen says he is looking forward to the second workshop in the series and the chance to further his knowledge and meet more new coaches within the high performance network.
Note: the second workshop in the series was scheduled to be held just prior to the Update being published.