Workplace mediation forum
There are some weeks when my Sunday missive strikes a chord so many readers that I receive lots of email responses and telephone calls. Last week’s missive generated the second highest level of responses I have ever had. It has prompted an idea. I am thinking it through, and checking out one or two things and will refer back soon on the detail. So, please watch this space.
Last week was a good one for the mediation industry. The main recognised mediation body for the United Kingdom held its first Workplace Forum. Around 60 HR professionals and CEOs from some of the UK’s largest employers met to discuss the role mediation can play in places of work. It went very well.
But the event taught me something yet again about leadership. Those of you who have been a regular reader of my weekly missive might remember one that I wrote on the naked leader. Well, I had another naked leader experience in January. Let me explain. I sit of the board of the mediation body and Chair the workplace committee.
By the way, our webinar scheduled for 10.00am on Thursday 25th March is about mediation in the workplace and we will be joined by CIPD, BIS and EEF. If you are one of the people who have signed up for our webinars but didn’t receive your log in code, please contact us and we will get it to you. I think we have had a few technology glitches here. Mediation Webinar 10.00am 25th March.
Back to the Forum. In January we only had about 12 people registered to attend the Forum. There was a lively debate during the January committee meeting about whether the Forum should go ahead or not. Many strong views were aired about its objective, appropriateness, timing and other matters not suitable to be written here. At the end of the meeting I felt exposed and alone. Naked. We had just less than two months to go the Forum and numbers were low. Fast forward to Wednesday March 17th and the day turned out to be a great success, with good attendance.
From time to time all leaders have to go through a period of darkness where they might feel naked or alone. If you are a leader, it comes with the territory. The challenge is what you do when faced with obstacles. You can either give up and admit defeat or keep going and reach the finish line. I’m thinking much about the role of leaders at the moment and will be revisiting the theme I’m sure.
On Friday we heard that we have been successful in our application to extend our coverage for providing a mediation service to the Ministry of Justice, through the National Mediation Helpline. For the last 18 months we have covered London, Birmingham and Avon. From 1st April we will be covering all of England and Wales. I am very excited about this.
Also, my next book should be out in Jan/Feb 2011. I am still interested in hearing from you if you have a story to tell about how a conflict situation has prompted a change in your life. The book will feature a number of anonymus case studies of this type.
Finally, please remember to call my colleague, Helen Robinson, if you are interested in having some free coaching sessions from one of our recent coaching course delegates.