Comfortable With Stretch At Work

Leaping Fish

Start Date: 21 Apr 2016

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 8:30 PM

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 100

Venue: Buckfast Abbey, Dartmoor National Park, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE › View map

Admission price: Free

Event Capacity: Full

This is an opportunity for leaders and managers to explore what keeps us in our comfort zone, limiting our performance, perspectives and potential and to experiment with ways to get into the stretch zone.

Most of us recognise that tension between staying safe and needing to be innovative, brave and vulnerable to ensure we and the business keep moving forward. As we work together this evening, you will have space to explore:

  • What comfort zone, stretch and panic feel like to you
  • Where your boundaries are now and how you might grow them
  • What assumptions you are making when you play safe
  • How you might choose to experiment and get stretchier!

Using models from psychology and leadership learning, our speakers Sarah Gornall and Jenny Bird, will support you to consider what works for you and what might work differently. They will challenge and champion the development of new ideas, commitment and resolve. As we work you’ll have the chance to network with colleagues and understand others’ ideas, practice and concerns. And we hope you’ll come away with new insight and inspiration.

In this interactive session, Sarah and Jenny will use both practice and theory from the world of professional coaching and leadership development. They are both established international executive coaches and supervisors at the leading edge of professional coaching in the UK. Together in 2015, they published The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools with Routledge to critical acclaim.


Jenny Bird

Jenny Bird MCC

Jenny Bird is an executive coach, a mentor, a supervisor and a coach trainer. She was an ICF assessor for many years and is a past Director of the UK ICF. She has been a coach since 2000 and an MCC since 2006.

Jenny works with coaches internationally to develop their competence and enhance their coaching presence. She is passionate about professional standards and brings great richness of varied experience to every aspect of her work.

She continues to run a buoyant coaching practice working with senior leaders in multinationals and with UK public sector leaders. Here clients are in the whole range of industries from banking to the arts.

She has a B.A Hons from the University of Oxford, a post-graduate management qualification from Henley Business school and her coach training is from CoachU, The Academy of Executive Coaching and Coaching Development.

Jenny has been a speaker and facilitator for countless ICF webinars and teleseminars. She was keynote speaker at the ICF Spain conference 2012, presented a 2 day workshop on presence for ICF Luxembourg in 2013 and ran a workshop at the UK ICF National Event in London in 2014 and ran a 2 day Core Competence workshop for ICF Latvia in 2015.

She is co-author of The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools, (Routledge 2015) which is on the reading list of 5 coach training schools.

Sarah Gornall

Sarah Gornall PCC

Sarah Gornall is an accredited coach, experienced mentor, qualified supervisor, coach trainer and writer, with over 1500 hours coaching experience. She is currently a Director of the UK ICF Board, now President Elect, having held the professional development portfolio for two years. She has run her own coaching business since 2005.

Sarah works with coaches across the UK and internationally to develop coaching competence and confidence and also with leaders and managers in a variety of different organisations. Clients say she is calm, wise and knowledgeable.

She holds an MA from the University of Cambridge and her coach education comes from The Coaching Academy, The Academy of Executive Coaching and Coaching Development.

Sarah designs and delivers bespoke training, which has included an MA module in Coaching at Bath Spa University. She has facilitated UK ICF Regional Competency workshops in Warrington and Cardiff, presented on a 2 day workshop in Latvia on Core Competencies in 2015, was keynote speaker at the Learning South West Conference in March 2014 and a speaker at the EMCC Conference on Coaching in Education in January 2016.

She is the co-author of Coaching and Learning in Schools: A Practical Guide, published by SAGE in 2013 and of The Art of Coaching: A Handbook of Tips and Tools (Routledge 2015) which is receiving critical acclaim.

Additional Information

This is a joint event with CMI and ICF:

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  • Free event
  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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