Culture of coaching in Leeds helps staff to unlock potential

The coaching network event.
The coaching network event.

Catherine Boddington, Head of Talent & Organisational Development at Leeds-based Sky Betting & Gaming, writes for Digital City.

Recent research from the CBI’s Unlocking Regional Growth campaign shows that, overall, the North is still behind other areas of the UK for productivity and identifies ‘better management practices’ as a key driver in closing a gap that could add a potential £208bn to the national economy.

Sky Betting & Gaming has achieved significant growth in the North through the productivity of our people, with a report from Oxford Economics showing our employees are five times as productive as the average for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Effective coaching is one of the most transformative, practical applications of better management practices and one that has seen Sky Betting & Gaming continue to evolve a culture of coaching to help people to unlock productivity through great conversations.

Just last week, we hosted an event that brought together coaching professionals from Skipton Building Society, Morrisons and the BBC to discuss challenges faced when introducing and embedding effective coaching practices into the workplace.

After hearing from businesses at different stages on the journey, an afternoon of practical sessions followed to allow people to challenge each other and put into practice learning to build individuals’ capabilities.

This is the start of a new Northern Coaching Network to bring coaches based in the North together for effective practical support.