June 24th 2016 will go down in history as the day when slightly over half the UK population voted to leave the European Union in a misguided attempt to take back what the Brexiters sold them as some sort of Holy Grail of Soverignty and Control. The other (almost) half, were not fooled. Europe will be divided, the UK already is. What can we do to work towards a more integrated world?
Sceptical about coaching and the benefit it can really deliver? So was I…
Then I stalked Carol Kauffman (Founder/Executive Director, Institute of Coaching Harvard Medical School McLean Hospital) which led to me meeting Anne Scoular (MD Meyler Campbell) and her great team. Now part of the Meyler Campbell alumni, I know exactly what it can do but also know the profession of coaching is broad and we aren’t all the same.
The right chemistry match is absolutely key to the success of a coaching experience. Without it, the trust required for optimal executive performance will not develop.
Coaching is something you can invest in yourself. No-one needs to know about it, it doesn’t have to be done in conjunction with your employer; in fact many people choose coaching sessions so they can find a new employer. You might just be at the stage where you need to change things for you; dealing with complex work situations, career prospects, a better chance at progression, as the annoying advert says; because you are worth it!
Business coaching can be individual, pairs or groups, totally dependent on what you want to achieve and why. My areas of expertise include Change Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, PLM and Fan Culture. Coaching is a great co-creation method, it enables business to use the external eyes and expertise of a consultant with the brief of ensuring that the coachees own the agenda, change comes through experience and knowledge transfer happens. It is a balance of non-directive and directive coaching that delivers results with speed.
Whether it’s developing high potentials, facilitating transition, acting as a sounding board or addressing derailing behaviour, my speciality is working with Executives that are highly motivated to change and young leaders working in the big developing economies. It’s a brilliant sign of commitment for the employer to invest in Executive Coaching; it underpins a continuous learning culture right from the top.
Stories I’ve been telling
The recent murder of Jo Cox and the divisions that the Brexiters and the Remainers are creating are bringing about a nastiness I didn't think was possible in our society and it's making me very sad.
For the first time in history there is a serious female contender for the White House, but if she wins will she have the same influence on women as Maggie did on this side of the pond?
I recently delivered a coaching programme at a group level to the guys at Seal Films in Manchester. Nick Farrimond is one the company's directors
For the last few years I have volunteered my time to help UpRising, (an organisation that gives young people free access to leadership courses), lending my expertise to inspire the next generation of leaders. Victoria Turnbull is UpRising's North Regional Programme Manager.
How many times do we make a decision based on nothing but our better judgement? We assume we'll hate a certain place, film or that dish of squid in its ink as it looks so awful! And yet, when we let our curiousity win, we can be pleasantly surprised!
“I think the main thing that came out of the sessions was getting conversations started that we have never had.”