“When the Trustees of HomeStart Bedford Borough set about planning an Awayday for staff and Trustees, we started by thinking; what do we look like, how do we work together, and how can we progress our mission and strategic plans to make us fit for tendering, and fit for a 21st century purpose. Choosing 3D Coaching to help us, as an objective outside eye to see how we interact, how we are motivated, and how we might be a more cohesive team, struck us as a good approach.
The Awayday was very successful on several fronts. Firstly we got to know each other better in a safe environment. Taking away the mystic of Trustees from the Staff and vice versa was important. Secondly we have noticed marked differences in some behaviour patterns; less possessiveness on projects, more positive reinforcement of each other’s work and roles, and more inclination to get a team answer to problems as they arise.
This has led to excellent planning for tendering, a very supportive atmosphere in the office, and real enthusiasm and passion at Board meetings – which also now include presentations on topics from staff members. Our strategic and operational plans are now complete, and we also had an exceptional result in our 3 yearly Quality Review in November. The report quoted:
‘The review team observed that all groups within the scheme had a very strong understanding of Home-Start Bedford Borough’s mission and aims and were very clear about its role in the wider context. The recent away-day proved to be a great success.’
Claire from 3D was objective, motivating, and above all really understood where we were trying to go as a team as they helped us achieve a better pattern of work.
We would highly recommend 3D Coaching to any organisation trying to refocus their team and assess strategic operations.”
Eve Burt, Chair of Trustees