Coaching

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a process in which the coach works in partnership with the coachee to help them draw on their own self-knowledge, experience and resources, developing their own thinking in order to solve problems, make choices or achieve success in a chosen activity.

The ICF approach to coaching is based on the belief that the coachee is resourceful – the coachee will always know more about themselves and their situation than anyone else. The brain that holds the problem will also be able to find the solution.

I adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics and meet regularly with a Supervisor, credentialled at PCC level by the ICF. 

The code can be found here: https://www.coachfederation.org.uk/credentialing/icf-code-of-ethics

Benefits of Coaching

Do any of the following statements apply to you?

  • Things aren’t working out in practice the way you thought they would
  • You’re not sure how to tackle a difficult situation
  • You have a dilemma and feel stuck
  • You want to achieve even more
  • You want to unlock the potential in your team
  • You’re too busy to think through your options clearly

You are not alone. It is not easy to find the time or create the right conditions to think well. We can also become blocked in our thinking or limited by assumptions that we don’t always realise that we are making.

Coaching creates time and space for high quality thinking. It can provide structure, challenge, a means of finding new perspectives and generating new ideas and a mechanism for accountability.

Ultimately, it enables and supports the coachee to learn about themselves and take steps towards fulfilling their potential and achieving their goals.

My Approach

I have always adopted a coaching style in management and have been trained in the coaching competencies of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

As a chartered engineer and a chartered manager, I combine an analytical curiosity with wide experience of leading and managing people.

I work in partnership with clients to help them utilise their own experience and self-awareness to develop their thinking in relation to specific issues and opportunities.

I provide a supportive, encouraging environment with appropriate levels of challenge to facilitate learning, achievement of selected goals and personal growth towards full potential.

I specialise in working with leaders and managers at all levels to help them succeed in meeting organisational goals. Clients can expect a confidential, professional and structured approach. Through a series of coaching sessions, clients will be able to develop creative and well thought out next steps to demonstrably improve their performance.

Individual Contracting – Typical Steps

  1. Initial conversation with individual, either by telephone or face to face, to establish the basis of the potential coaching relationship.
  2. Mutual decision to work together (or not, if there is a better fit for your requirements).
  3. Meet for first session including agreement of the overall objectives of the coaching and how the coaching arrangement will work.
  4. Complete first coaching session and finish if that is all that is required.
  5. Typically, a series of coaching sessions will take place by agreement with an objective agreed for each session, actions agreed at the end and follow-up at the next one.
  6. The arrangement ends when the coaching has fulfilled its purpose so far as possible.
  7. I would normally ask for feedback at the end of each session and at the end of the arrangement.

Coaching Club

Within an organisational context where there are a number of people being coached, it may be most cost effective and efficient to run on a ‘coaching club’ basis. I would attend your premises for a day (or half day) to carry out a series of pre-booked coaching sessions.

Organisational Contracting – Typical Steps

  1. Initial conversation with sponsor, either by telephone or face to face, to establish the basis of the potential coaching relationship.
  2. Mutual decision to work together (or not, if there is a better fit for your requirements).
  3. Meet sponsor to agree the overall objectives of the coaching and how the coaching arrangement will work, including confidentiality within the coaching relationship.
  4. Sponsor agrees arrangement with coachee, usually part of line management relationship (may be linked to step 3. above).
  5. Meet coachee for first session including agreement of the overall objectives of the coaching and how the coaching arrangement will work.
  6. Complete first coaching session and finish if that is all that is required.
  7. Typically, a series of coaching sessions will take place by agreement with an objective agreed for each session, actions agreed at the end and follow-up at the next one.
  8. The sponsor monitors progress directly with the coachee.
  9. The arrangement ends when the coaching has fulfilled its purpose so far as possible.
  10. I would normally ask for feedback at the end of each session from the coachee and, at the end of the arrangement, from both the coachee and sponsor.