I have been variously described as a coach, consultant, trusted advisor, thinking partner and sounding board.
I have been an executive coach for 6 years and hold a Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching & Mentoring from the Institute of Learning & Management (ILM). I also draw upon a decade’s previous advisory experience as a Deloitte management consultant and HM Treasury civil servant.
In a coaching capacity, my job is not to tell you what to do – you have plenty of people around you giving you advice. Instead, I provide a private space for you to discuss critical business, leadership and career challenges, reflect upon them, open up your own thinking, and determine your own way forward.
If you would like my opinion, and it relates to my circle of competence based on my experience, then I will share it with you. You should remember that it is just my opinion, though we can work together to consider if and how it might influence your own.
My approach is rooted in the GROW model. I’ll work with you to understand your overall objectives from coaching, then together we’ll set Goals for individual sessions. We’ll explore current Realities, before developing Options for action and concluding with specific steps that help define the way forward (what Will you do). The GROW model “successfully promotes confidence and self-motivation, leading to increased productivity and personal satisfaction.” It is a powerful tool for helping people work through their challenges and make more effective decisions. Raising self-awareness, it facilitates a candid assessment of the options available, set against their goals and the reality of the situation.
To effect behavioural change and truly transformational growth I use a variety of advanced coaching tools and techniques, including exploring ACE patterns (actions, cognitions and emotions) and Vertical Development. Unlike traditional horizontal development, which focuses on developing the skills that you need to do your job, and what you think, Vertical Development focuses on growing your abilities to think and act in more complex, systemic, and interdependent ways, and how you think.
Opening yourself up to the perspectives of others can generate profound insights, so I regularly use 360 degree feedback which I administer using my own rigorous methodology. Evidence shows that people who receive 360 feedback and work with a coach go on to achieve improved performance ratings. Other research found that the combination of 360 feedback and individual coaching increases leadership effectiveness up to 60%.
I do not myself administer psychometric tests. I work with associates who do and am comfortable incorporating any assessments you may have already done into our work.
I am not a teacher but I am an educator. I make it my business to read widely and stay up to date with the latest thinking and research across a range of disciplines, including: coaching, psychology, neuroscience and business strategy, innovation and technology. I regularly share relevant articles, books, podcasts and videos with clients and ask them to reflect upon what influence their new learnings have had upon them in coaching sessions.
Whilst working with me has been described as being therapeutic (and coaching is a recognised form of therapy), I am not a trained psychologist or psychotherapist and make no claim to be so. Coaching is predominatly forward looking, but because it is also about opening up clients to possibilities in themselves that they did not even know even about, my questions may sometimes be more backward-looking, exploring deeper issues that might be driving certain behaviours. Exploring the true depths of our actions, cognitions and emotions, and other issues relating to well-being and mental health, is the job of a therapist. If I feel that our specific conversations are moving beyond the realms of a coaching conversation then I will note this and ask you to do the same.
I act with honesty, integrity & professionalism at all times. As a trusted advisor, I understand that you don’t get the chance to employ advisory skills properly until you get someone to trust you enough to share their problems with you. I cultivate genuine, trust based-relationships with my clients on the basis that we might go on a long and successful journey together.
Our working relationship is an equal one. We are open, honest and transparent with one another. We develop mutual trust in order that we can have the most impactful conversations.
I embrace an entrepreneurial mindset. I work almost exclusively with entrepreneurs and transitional executive leaders. I get that you are trying to change the way things are done and that businesses are built differently these days. I know that what you are doing is risky but that is why it’s fun, even though the emotional stress is unbearable at times. I get that most of the time you feel like you are being pulled in a thousand different directions but if you can identify and hold your course then your dream could become a reality. I’m here to help you!
I do not disclose any specific details about my coaching clients unless you give me permission to do so. I never share the details of our discussions in a way that is attributable to anyone or any business.