Masterclasses

Expert-led, Interactive Masterclasses

Gain skills and knowledge of a range of business processes and leadership methods through these expert-led interactive masterclasses. Our masterclasses run through three different themes each year: the self, the team and the organisation, and cover many different topics that will inspire and motivate.

Contact Us

Email: uswcommercial@southwales.ac.uk
Tel: 01443 482482
Twitter: @USWCommercial

Leadership Series

Date TBC– USW Exchange Boardroom

As leaders, we need to be able to stand back and think about our thinking, to challenge the assumptions that we make, to help us make sense of the world in ways that help us to feel positive about ourselves.

Fees

£70 per half-day session, book here

Date TBC - Exchange Boardroom

We live in a time of great opportunity; if you have the drive and ambition there is no reason why you cannot progress within your chosen profession. But…… you need to be committed to making it happen, you need to invest time in yourself and take charge of your own career development if you are to stand out from the crowd and realise your full potential.
This masterclass provides an opportunity for individuals to take time out and reflect on what they are doing at work, what they want to achieve and to explore how they can go about making the changes that they need to further their career.  

Fees

£70 per half-day session

Click here to book or 
email uswcommercial@southwales.ac.uk

In association with the Institute of Leadership & Management, we are pleased to offer ILM members a discounted rate off all our Masterclasses. Please contact us to find out more. 

Coaching Series

Date TBC - Exchange Boardroom

Tutor: Arthur Turner

This session could have been titled, ‘Creativity for Coaches’; it isn’t.  This is because there are quite a few ideas about what creativity is (including that it doesn’t exist), never mind how coach-ing might use any of them.  Instead, this is about having a good rummage about in what is not in your ‘box’ but in your wider kit bag: it is guaranteed to be fascinating! 

Many coaches know ways to express themselves that don’t solely rely on the spoken word can free clients to make sense of their worlds.  These can involve ‘traditional’ creative memes like drawing, using pictures, poetry and making things, but by no means exclusively.  Supported by experienced coaches you are invited to come and: 

• Share what is ‘out of your box’ and explain how it works, allowing others to try.

• Experiment, in turn, with what others share and be prepared to learn with them.

• Reflect deeply on notions that reframe, how and why they can be of service to you and your clients.

• Explore what ‘creativity’ means for you and how you might use it - and find more of it to use.

• Synthesise ideas about what the ‘Box’ is and so what being out of it does for you and others.

• Enjoy co-creating and playing together to unleash innovation, learning and energy.

Fees

£70 per half-day session

Click here to book or 
email uswcommercial@southwales.ac.uk

In association with the Institute of Leadership & Management, we are pleased to offer members a discounted rate, please call 01443 482482 to find out more

14th May - Exchange Boardroom

Tutor: Mary Hughes

The field of ethics is complex, ever-expanding and ancient, it is implicit in all we are and do. Ethics are often divided into meta-ethics and normative ethics  Meta-ethics looks at many perspectives -  environmental, cultural, legal, social, business and political.  Normative ethics are about influ-encing.  The professional coaching bodies (like the Association for Coaching, European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the International Coach Federation) have Ethical Codes that their members are bound to follow and in this they may be said to be seeking to influence.  But in wid-er society where coaches do their work, a meta approach can also matter. 

This Masterclass uses narrative and story-telling as maps to explore coaching dilemmas which, intrinsic to our humanity, can feel they come from a place of compassion and altruism yet also from manipulation and destructiveness.  Humans (as far as we know) are the only sentient beings in this world that tell and listen to stories and we are all good at it.

Join us to explore:

• Dilemmas, including about compromise, boundary, allegiance, role, responsibility and impasse.

• How we can gain clarity about whether, as coach (or client) we are making the most helpful choices.

• Thinking critically about the use of language, reasoning, justification and judgement in our prac-tice.

• How culture shapes the power we have in relating to others, in our existing relationships and in our roles.

• Using the elements of a story as a decision making framework that considers key questions rather than judging what is right and what is wrong.

Fees

£70 per half-day session

Click here to book or 
email uswcommercial@southwales.ac.uk

In association with the Institute of Leadership & Management, we are pleased to offer members a discounted rate, please call 01443 482482 to find out more

2 June - Exchange Boardroom 

Tutor: Mary hughes


‘Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response, lies our growth and our freedom’.   (Stephen R. Covey - ascribed to Viktor Emil Frankl)  REMOVE IF NEEDS BE 


  How do we use the space to choose well, for ourselves and others?  


  In this masterclass we will explore the space and how we use it, experiment with response, its meaning and how it engenders a stimulus for others and play with ideas around the physical space, location and environment 

Fees

£70 per half-day session

Click here to book or 
email uswcommercial@southwales.ac.uk

In association with the Institute of Leadership & Management, we are pleased to offer members a discounted rate, please call 01443 482482 to find out more.

8 July - Exchange Boardroom 

Tutor: Mary hughes

No coach is just a coach.  Coaches question their effectiveness when they sense they are in a no-mans land, the borderlands with another of the ‘helping professions’ (usually listed as therapy, counselling, mentoring, consulting, teaching - even managing).  Similar worries arise because the coach is also (for example) a nurse, a marketing executive, an HR professional, a project manager - and so on.  Lifetimes of useful, helpful understanding and skills itch to be shared, despite all the literature telling us we should never, ever give advice or slip into non-coach mode!  


This Masterclass values the range of knowledge and experience a coach as an individual pos-sesses. Through encouraging exploration of personal accounts the aim is for understanding to grow through reflection on, and exploration of, such stories.  The aim is to make sense of individuality and how that can translate into helpful coaching, actively helping negotiate a very complex ethical landscape.


This is an opportunity to:


• Understand better how to locate coaching in a world of ‘helping professions’.  

• Examine degrees of separation and relation between coaching and our wider knowledge (and lives).

• Confirm emergent maturity as a coach and how individual approaches are unique.

• Consider personal development as a coach alongside other work, so that the two can be complimentary.

• Contribute to developing a model focused on serving clients well - and serving a greater good.


Fees

£70 per half-day session

Click here to book or 
email uswcommercial@southwales.ac.uk

In association with the Institute of Leadership & Management, we are pleased to offer members a discounted rate, please call 01443 482482 to find out more.