Research commissioned by Ovo Energy last November suggested that if each person in the UK sent one fewer email a day it could cut carbon output by more than 16,000 tonnes a year. The research claimed that would be the equivalent of more than 80,000 people flying from London to Madrid. It found that the 10 most “unnecessary” emails included messages saying only “thank you”, “appreciated”, “cheers” and “LOL”.
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
“If we are to transform our food systems so that the maximum amount of people can eat nutritious food produced in the right ways, we need to work together, share ideas, pool resources and connect as part of a global food movement. Every voice counts” Patrick Holden CEO of The Sustainable Food Trust
“Thoughtful actions have a big impact, and there is no time to wait. The goal of this toolkit is to provide support and sample materials for Neighbourhood Council leaders and members to accelerate sustainable action in their communities”. After looking for the Sustainability plan for Warrington, I had a look for one that seemed to engage the community and found that despite the Trump years, Mayor Garcetti, had tried to do that.
I am a change agent by profession. 25 years and counting, dedicated to change in the corporate world, system thinking is my thing. But, I rarely get to execute it properly because people feel it is easier to focus on THE one thing that will accelerate change. The problem is, it is never one thing and pretending that we have a headline we can all fall behind frustrates people, loses trust and faith that anything will change and usually results in change fatigue.
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?
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.
“I felt more empowered and re-energised from talking through the issues.”