Professional Development Coaching
Most people spend a huge amount of their lives working, either in paid or unpaid roles. Our observation is that many people undergo years of technical training for their roles, but in contrast have very little training or coaching when it comes to developing key non-technical skills such as being collaborative, handling disagreement, being an effective communicator, making difficult decisions and managing and leading people. Our professional development coaching is designed to help people be more effective in those roles by developing these key non-technical skills and attitudes, and to find much higher levels of enjoyment at work.
We seek to make each client coaching session a source of inspiration, greater confidence, challenge and practical wisdom.
Our first goals are always to build strong relationships of trust and professional support, whilst establishing a clear coaching agenda defining what greater flourishing looks like for each client. Our professional development coaching is usually based on a package of between four and eight ninety minute sessions, based at a client’s site, at a local hotel or conducted online via video.
To help build this agenda we may use 360 feedback analysis or psychometric questionnaires. Each session is then geared to achieving the agenda. We do also provide articles for clients to read before some sessions and we will often provide e mailed feedback summaries. Our style is predicated on the following:
- Building a warm professional friendship
- Providing affirmation, support and respect
- Respecting the boundaries and confidentialities of the client
- Providing challenge and constructively critical feedback when appropriate
- Seeking the client’s welfare and greater flourishing at all times.
When a client is being sponsored by an organisation, we do give summary feedback to the employer if they require it, though this is almost always checked with the individual first. In working with employers, we will also often arrange an initial and possibly a final session with the person being coached and his or her line manager.
Professional development skills
Key skills we focus on include:
- One to one communication
- Presentation skills
- Influencing skills
- Building mutual relationships of trust
- Handling disagreement
- Collaboration and team skills
- Decision making
- Building confidence
- Giving feedback
- Decision making
- Understanding yourself and others
- Emotional intelligence
- Emotionally intelligent leadership
- Developing and maintaining a strong emotional life at work.
The discipline of flourishing
Both of the pictures on this page (of the Lake District and the Northumberland coast) show our ongoing fascination with sky, water and scenery in their endless variations. We find such natural combinations very restful, reminding us that we need to regularly take time to regain balance, perspective and reconnect more deeply with beauty, wonder and stillness.