I work with individuals in established leadership positions; those adapting to new leadership responsibilities; and early career professionals negotiating the complexities of a leadership environment.
My coaching approach is relational, exploratory, non-directive, and holistic. This means that:
- the coach-client relationship is at the centre
- there is no step-by-step ‘pathway’
- I will not tell you what you ‘should’ do
- you are treated as a whole person (the personal informs the professional)
My practice is founded on the principles of courage, curiosity, creativity, and challenge; and integrative in nature, being informed particularly by Gestalt, Co-Active, and psychological models of change. I prefer to hold sessions outside the workplace and, where appropriate, outdoors and on foot, as the natural environment stimulates fresh thinking in clients.
As a coach I support individuals in realising innate potential, moving beyond ingrained patterns of thinking and behaviour, and restoring sense of self. Simultaneously, I focus on the development of the individual as leader, benefiting both the client and their organisation. I do not offer quick fixes, but seek fundamental, longer-term significance for my clients and support outcomes such as:
- increased awareness, understanding, and acceptance of current state
- movement or transformation in thinking, feeling, behaving, or being
- increased sense of self-determination and empowerment
- development of competencies of emotional intelligence
I establish adult-adult, collaborative partnerships; and I am committed to supporting my clients to maintain self-accountability and to take full ownership of their coaching outcomes.
What does it mean to be an ethical coach? In a truly authentic and meaningful way (rather than simply paying lip service to a code of conduct)?
I recently joined the inspiring Simon Cavicchia and Helen-Jane Ridgeway on their two day masterclass: Coaching with the Body in Mind.
Henry Marsh, the English brain surgeon, likens the decision whether – and when – to operate to playing Russian Roulette with two revolvers. Most of us do not face such dilemmas on a daily basis.