Stephen Edmondson

Leicester group 1

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 Case study: The power of peer coaching

 “I enjoy the confidentiality of the setting and meeting people in a similar position to me, all with different outlooks and approaches”

Caroline Nock is a regular attendee at The HR Agenda full day sessions in Leicester. She relishes the opportunity to take time out of her busy schedule to reconnect with like-minded peers and examine different challenges she is facing at work.

“One of the things I really appreciate is the timing and spacing of the sessions because a lot can happen in the interval between them” explained Caroline. “For example, at the time of the first session I was looking for a new role and at the most recent session I was talking about the challenge of starting my new position. 

For Caroline, being uncomfortable talking about her achievements for fear of sounding boastful was holding her back at the interview stage. She felt unable to take personal credit for the successful projects she had managed and the group all came up with their own experiences of this with a number of solutions and strategies that Caroline was happy to employ. 

Following her appointment in a new sector, Caroline explored the scope of her role with the group and benefited from the value of their input for her 90-day plan. They already knew Caroline through the previous sessions and understood her challenges. “It means that each day I spend at The HR Agenda has a lot of value as it can bring fresh insight and intelligent feedback on any number of issues” she commented.

“The HR Agenda allows me time to think properly. I’ve always been a good listener but the structured, effective thinking is on another level. As we take turns in the group sessions I find that contributing to every else’s situations means I really listen and engage fully as my thoughtful response to their dilemma will be expected. It’s a great exercise.”


Also, as I find car journeys a good time to put some strategic thinking into place - the trip home from the HR Agenda session is always productive!

The HR Agenda is a good way for a group of HR leaders to get together and discuss all kinds of day-to-day issues. The venue provides a relaxed, nurturing environment including good food, an informal lunchtime opportunity for conversation and break out times for hot drinks and snacks - all of these providing additional chances to exchange ideas and confidences in a safe place.

“I love The HR Agenda sessions and I aim to continue them, making them part of my own personal development journey” finished Caroline.

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