Empowering, performance-focused but with a human touch
A whole person approach to executive coaching and performance.
I’d become a little war-weary of coaching after a string of rah-rah, performance speaking coaches. It was a great relief to work with someone who focused on me rather than the latest management speak. Thanks James.
Head of Operations, Banking Sector, UK
What is Executive Coaching?
Executive coaching is simply a set of conversations to help you get from where you are to where you want to be – generally with a focus on your career, work-life and overall performance.
It’s like having an attentive, insightful and reflective companion to support you to make the most of your existing career, find something that fits better or make the next big leap.
An executive coach’s job isn’t to tell you what to do, to talk at you or give you their views on your life. The biggest personality in the room certainly shouldn’t be the coach. Instead, they act as a mirror to help you uncover answers for yourself. To really listen and understand you – and help you uncover the innate capabilities you already have.
A good executive coach will be a trusted sounding board and reflective partner, will help you make the most of your strengths at work and enable you to find a path that works for you.
How can Executive Coaching help?
If we work together I can help you uncover solutions and approaches that build greater self-awareness, resilience and overall performance.
We’ll always start with who you are and find an approach that works for you (no cookie cutter solutions here). My roles is to work with you as a trusted companion – helping you reflect on your situation, explore your thinking and work together on developing ways forward.
At the same time we can thoughtfully challenge your thinking to build greater self-awareness and resilience in you.
I believe in coaching the “whole person” which means we’ll explore you and your life in depth and understand how the interconnected parts help or hinder you getting where you want to go.
A good coach will be a trusted sounding board and reflective partner, will help you make the most of your strengths and enable you to find a path that works for you.
How does Executive Coaching work?
In its simplest form, executive coaching is just a series of conversations. But a good executive coach is one who can listen, empathise and play back your own thinking – helping you explore your perspective, challenge you when needed and help you turn your ideas into action.
You always set the agenda
You’re in charge and set the agenda for each session or group of sessions. We’ll always agree at the start what you want to focus on and what we want to achieve.
My role is to be an attentive companion
I’m not there to give you my views – I’m there to explore your thinking. A coach should never be the biggest personality in the room and our focus will always be on helping you find your own way.
We’ll always focus on what actions or outcomes we want to see. Sometimes you won’t know exactly what that looks like – so we’ll work on it together
It’s a partnership
We’ll always work in partnership with an equal commitment and accountability to get you where you want to go.
Executive Coaching packages
For clients who want to invest the time and energy in working together. An Executive Coaching programme is generally a minimum of 6 sessions, but can be longer if we both agree it’s useful.
1. Initial exploratory work
We’ll work together to explore your issues, where you are now and where you’d like to be. We may also agree to do some additional psychometric analysis to give us a clearer picture of your strengths and areas for growth.
2. Additional sessions
We’ll contract a series of sessions and agree the overall objectives. We’ll then use the remaining sessions to work towards your goals, accessing and adapting as we go.
Useful for clients who have a very specific, but isolated, dilemma or situation and would value a session to explore options, expand their thinking and choose a way forward.
These sessions are generally 1 hours. This type of session is useful if you’ve had coaching before and know what to expect, or you’d like to see how we get on and work together.
With these Life Coaching sessions we won’t be spending time beforehand doing much analysis, so we’ll tend to dive into things straight away!
Need help but not sure you can afford it?
I would never want money to be a reason someone in need doesn’t get help and support. For this reason, I offer reduced rates for anyone who works in the charity and not-for-profit sector. I offer a reduced rate for a select amount of people per year.
If you or one of your team need help but are struggling to find the means to pay for it let me know.
You’ve become a trusted companion in some of the biggest life changes I’ve experienced to date. Your support, insight (and challenges!) have been invaluable.
Consultant, National Health Service, UK
A little bit about me
Read more about my approach and principles to coaching.
A little about my background
I’ve worked in executive coaching with people in organisations like:
My experience includes:
Change management and programmes
Working on large change programmes for international and regional businesses. Supporting teams and individuals to design betters services, and make this better for their customers.
Enabling people to be their best and happiest
Supporting people in organisations across the world manage change in their life, help find solutions to their problems and support them in improving their performance.
Putting humanity back into business culture
Cultural change that’s more than just words on a slide. Authentic, meaningful and thoughtful cultural shifts to help organisations be all they can be.
I’m trained as a Level 7 Executive Coach, accredited by the ILM.
The ILM is a globally-recognised coaching institution.
If you’d live to have a chat and see how I could get, just drop me a note