WHAT | WHY | WHO | HOW, WHERE & HOW MUCH
Your role, organisation, group or team almost certainly has greater potential for performance than is actually realised. My coaching aims at tailoring support and guidance to address the causes of this phenomenon and access more energy for progress.
Regular coaching increases objectivity and provides encouragement for long enough to make and sustain changes that increase capacity for performance. My goals include your sharpened focus, enhanced self-management, equilibrium, resilience and positivity.
Coaching is confidential personalised support from an experienced and trustworthy adviser, guide or tutor. When provided by someone outside of your organisation, unit or team, it may be referred to as mentoring or professional supervision.
My coaching begins with whatever is your presenting need: routine maintenance, determination to improve, a clearly-defined challenge, troublesome crisis, vague sense of unease or that things could be better. You decide what is addressed, and when. I help you locate causes of the challenges you face, plan for change and establish reference-points for monitoring progress and evaluating results.
I offer oversight and expertise, learning assignments, skill rehearsal, manageable challenges, practical encouragement, trustworthy frameworks and guidelines, feedback, and support with long-term progress-monitoring. The process is supported wherever possible with guidebooks, workbooks and planning tools.
Throughout our collaboration I encourage a parallel focus on drawing out and acknowledging your successes and strengths, both as a source of inspiration for addressing current or future challenges and to help you keep a balanced perspective. My goals include your personal insights, increased objectivity, sharpened focus, enhanced equilibrium, resilience and positivity.
The process works best with those who seek dignity and fulfilment in their work wherever those aspirations are consistent with equitable relationships with others and shared responsibility for the larger community.
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It’s difficult to see the complete picture when you’re inside the frame. We tend to put most of our efforts working in the business (in the engine room or gearbox) and too little working on the business (with strategic thinking, direction-setting and capacity development matters). Coaching enforces methodical pauses for action-reflection and elicits insights into constructive adjustments for better and greater progress.
When chosen as a key strategy of organisation development, coaching can develop people who:
- Work to increased challenge, capacity and personal authority
- Self-manage their performance and take increased initiative in their roles
- Experience work and the workplace as contributing satisfyingly to their personal and professional aspirations.
Coaching can help you:
- Work smarter
- Maintain focus and progress
- Accelerate your progress plans
- Clarify and reactivate your sense of purpose
- Enhance and build on your existing competencies
- Become more proactive about your own development
- Increase your resilience to stress, setbacks and adversity
- Celebrate personal progress – especially the stuff not usually acknowledged
- Better understand and avoid or limit your blind-spots and self-defeating patterns
- Understand connections between your thinking, feelings, behaviours and their effects
- Release more of your potential for your role, for colleagueship, management and leadership
- Break the isolation associated with your role if help is insufficiently available or asking for it is seen as a sign of weakness or incompetence.
I work with individuals and teams who understand the value and potential return-on-investment of workplace coaching. Typically, they are at a point of choice or experience some interruption to their individual effectiveness or group performance.
My clients include consultants, CEOs, senior leaders and managers in business and public service, community leaders, educationists, small-business owners, and office-holders in voluntary organisations. Typically, before engaging my services, they take very little time or none at all to get off the treadmill sufficiently to reflect on and learn from their everyday experiences. Consequently, they are increasingly busy with the thick end of thin things, wall-to-wall meetings and overload, too often dealing with pile-ups of looming deadlines for very important matters that have also become very urgent.
Whether or not my approach succeeds with you depends on very many factors including your openness, commitment to making change – and your readiness for it. Coaching works best with people who are committed to self-management and ready to take full responsibility for generating the causes of the effects they wish to experience.
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