3-phase plan for media leadership coaching
We often work on developing skills for self-leadership and for the leadership and management of others across three major phases of change processes.
- Phase 1: Setting out ideas and making editorial strategies
- Phase 2: Implementing strategies into tangible activities
- Phase 3: Steadying and Improving activities
Our coaching sessions are conducted by a team of experienced professionals both on-site and at distance and are built around the specific issues that concern newsroom leaders and what they hope to achieve. The support includes help in identifying problematic issues, creating a plan to manage them, and implementing the plan.
We begin with meetings to ascertain what is needed, and then build a unique routine of sessions. They can be daily, twice weekly or monthly depending on the situation. Flexible programs are tailor-made for each member of staff based on their particular situation.
A typical coaching program might involve monthly meetings on-site, with teleconferences once or twice a week; the meetings can occur more or less frequently, depending on circumstances.
Sessions are usually conducted one-to-one and also can involve pairs or small groups (max 3).
Typical leadership areas for Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor coaching includes:
- Going from peer to boss: How to deal with becoming the newly appointed boss of your old friends in the newsroom
- Structuring new projects and changes processes for the newsroom
- Implementing the cultural change for digital transformation in the newsroom
- Communicating new editorial strategies and change processes throughout the organisation
- Setting goals and progressive structures in the newsroom
- Defining skills building programs
- Leading effective meetings and discussions
- Time management and efficient organisation of leadership tasks
- Working effectively with departments outside of editorial
- How to communicate and implement new organisation structures
- Building a productive and creative newsroom working environment
- Dealing with difficult situations
Typical leadership areas for Section Heads coaching includes:
- Bring digital/new change into the daily life of your section
- Time management and efficient organisation of leadership tasks in sections
- Setting goals and progressive structures for your structure
- Managing one to ones with your team
- Providing constructive feedback
- Improving structures for your team
- Dealing with difficult situations and conversations