Membership Opportunity: Cross – Government Early Talent Programme

The Early Talent Programme is a two year development programme for ambitious government communicators with the aspiration to reach the top of their profession. The programme combines a mixture of face-to-face learning exploring emotional intelligence, strategic thinking, resilience, personal impact and presentation skills and monthly speaker events, peer-learning groups and a short, tailor-made secondment to plug any remaining skills gaps.

All this activity is underpinned by coaching for each delegate. Joe Murray, who is the organiser of the scheme, says “Coaching is a vital part of our programme and, I believe, this is what makes us different to other government Talent schemes. Coaching allows our people a chance to develop holistically, explore the direction of their personal development journey and put what they are learning and experiencing into context. The feedback on the coaching has been exceptional from clients and our stakeholders who can see what a difference it is making”

Research by a coach in the programme has shown that both managers and coachees thought that coaching contributed to self-efficacy; high impact presence; influencing skills; positive outlook; growth mind set; resilience; ability to learn from feedback; and the ability to delegate and work through others.

The Ask: To work with one client over the course of the whole two year programme, with sessions every 4 to 6 weeks for about one hour, face to face or via phone or Skype. The new programme starts on 16 April 2018.

There is no overall programme coaching objectives agenda – this is all about the client and their personal development journey. Typically clients like to talk about confidence, generating gravitas, and generally how to deal with working in a competitive, fast paced, high impact world of government communications.

In return: Coaches are offered bi-monthly catch up calls, 3 CPD events a year and access to professional development materials and research shared on these development days. In the past, ICF coaches have expanded their own knowledge of working in the sector and have contributed to raising the profile of professional coaching across the Civil Service, contributing to the case for executive coaching in general.

How to apply:
If you are interested please email joe.murray@cabinetoffice.gov.uk by March 31st.
Joe will respond and will then arrange an initial dial-in session to answer any questions nearer the launch date.