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Workshop on Coaching and Mentoring Program

8-10 June 2016
Tanay, Rizal

Text and Photos by Rita T. dela Cruz

To develop and practice a culture of coaching and mentoring as transformative learning experience that would eventually lead to the transformation of the organization and the whole bureaucracy, staff members of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) underwent a three-day workshop on coaching and mentoring program.

Director Hans R. Alcantara of the Civil Service Commission – National Capital Region, CSC Field Offices – Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Natural Resources served as the resource speaker.

Dir. Alcantara discussed what is coaching and what it is not, coaching objectives, reasons why managers avoid coaching, and coaching principles. He also discussed the GROW (Goals, Reality, Options, What to do) Model as a guide in conducting coaching. The GROW Model is a structure for coaching, first introduced by John Whitmore, which is now widely-accepted and adopted by the coaching community.

Parts of the workshop were series of role-playing sessions wherein every participant got to play as the coach and the coachee. Participants were required to apply what they have learned during the lectures, particularly the important principles on coaching and act them out during the role play sessions. Part of the outputs of the participants were the submission of their individual Form A (Coaching Report Form) and their observations following the GROW Model.

Also present during the event was BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar, who in his message to the staff, emphasized the importance of coaching and mentoring in the success of every organization. He mentioned how coaching is a core competence for every member of the organization, whether one is handling a supervisory position or not.

Officially capping off the workshop was Asst. Director Teodoro Solsoloy who acknowledged everyone’s involvement in the success of the activity.