SENIOR STAFF COACHING PROGRAM
UniSA’s approach to supporting its leaders and strengthening leadership and management capability includes a confidential coaching service for senior staff.
Funding and management of the program
The coaching program is funded by the Human Resource Unit and is offered at no direct cost to senior managers. The program is managed by the Organisational Development team as part of UniSA’s senior staff development initiatives.
Graham Andrewartha’s credentials and coaching experience
The coaching service is provided by McPhee Andrewartha who has considerable experience working with UniSA. Graham Andrewartha, the principle coach, has been involved with the coaching program for over seven years.
Graham Andrewartha's knowledge of the University is a real plus - it helps to put the conversation and any suggested courses of action into context. The advice is very valuable both on a personal and a management development level.
Coaching is an interactive and developmental process that enables senior staff to find their own solutions, discover new possibilities and implement actions. The content and goals of the coaching sessions are jointly planned and usually occur four times a year with in between email and phone contact. Sessions are usually an hour in duration. Appointments are managed through the office of McPhee Andrewartha.
The coaching varies according to individual need but could include:
- independent advice, particularly on sensitive issues
- support to effectively handle complex interactions with people
- discussing ideas on a number of aspects of the job with an informed external consultant
- support to manage and resolving team issues
- life planning and career support
- conflict resolution and mediation
- time for critical self reflection in a safe environment.
Benefits of coaching
An evaluation of the coaching program highlighted some of the benefits of the coaching program to include:
- Support to managers.
It can be lonely at the top
- Informed, external professional advice from someone who understands
the University context.
A confidential, unbiased sounding board and advice to assist with a range of issues is not always easy to find.
- Develops and/or enhances management skills.
The service offers critical but supportive comment on my approach to management.
- Preventing conflict from escalating.
Valuable support with people issues
- Professional development tailored to individual need.
It helps me to focus on where I am trying to go.
Participating in the coaching program
Senior staff can self nominate to participate in the coaching program on an annual basis. The nomination process is managed by Organisational Development (refer Kath Higgins) who liaises with McPhee Andrewartha. Appointments are managed by McPhee Andrewartha.
Staff who indicated that they do not want to participate in the coaching program can nominate to participate at a later stage, depending on an available place.
Newly appointed senior staff are contacted by Organisational Development and invited to participate in the coaching program.
Further information is available from:
UniSA – Kath Higgins, Senior Consultant Organisational Development
McPhee Andrewartha: Graham Andrewartha at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8357 1800.