People often seek the support of a coach in response to a specific event: a recent promotion; a return to work; a new job with a bigger team; a restructure; a redundancy; an early retirement. At other times people are anticipating change and want a coach to help them to work out how to navigate a new path.
Typically I coach mid-career leaders and managers wanting to develop their own personal style which feels authentic to them and gives them inner confidence and balance. I have worked with a wide range of people from all sectors – commercial, charity, not-for-profit – based in different parts of the world.
A key focus is the exploration of tensions between self and behaviour, role and key objectives. Together we examine and think about underlying factors which may be preventing them from fulfilling their potential and enjoying all aspects of their life more fully.
Working in a calm, confidential space with time to explore and reflect on work related issues gives clients an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.
I use a variety of different ways to encourage open discussion and thought-provoking observations. This can be done face to face or online depending on timing and location.
Usually I work with clients for ten hours over a period of six to twelve months. I like to get to know the whole person to help them identify what drives them in both positive and negative ways. It’s often the unconscious drivers that are the most revealing in helping us to understand our behaviour in the workplace.
With UK based clients we often combine a coaching session with a walk in nature. This has some of the benefits of Forest bathing which is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and social health. It is also known as Shinrin-yoku. ‘Shinrin’ means forest and ‘Yoku’ bathing. Sometimes we can more easily access unconscious behaviours and beliefs when we are relaxed and inspired by nature.
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