Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring can support individuals and teams to make progress by:

  • Providing a confidential and non-judgmental sounding board, often welcomed by leaders who may not have the option of opening up to colleagues or peers

  • Helping you to navigate your way through professional and personal transitions, for example taking on new roles, stepping up into higher level positions or returning to work after parental leave or absences from the workplace

  • Supporting you to improve your own leadership and management skills, or confidence to deal with difficult and challenging situations

  • Supporting you to effectively manage significant change processes, which can test your resilience

  • Improving self-awareness, helping to identify your strengths, achievements and development areas

  • Supporting you to make progress in your career, or change career direction completely

  • Helping you to get out of a rut or stop feeling ‘stuck’, professionally or personally

 

THE PROCESS

All of my coaching and mentoring relationships begin with a phone call or a face-to-face discussion. This is really important because it gives the two of us an opportunity to test if we feel comfortable working with each other. We’ll also explore how coaching and mentoring work, cover issues such as confidentiality, the practicalities of the meetings (face to face, skype or telephone), the number of sessions and the frequency. By the end of this first conversation we will have talked through the options and agreed a way forward.

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A typical coaching programme will last for 6 sessions of around 90 minutes, usually around a month apart. This will be tailored to your needs, though, and will vary from client to client depending on the time you can commit, the budget available and the speed with which you would like to see results. There is no ‘one size fits all’ and our initial conversation will help us to tailor the programme to suit you.

At the end of each session, we will reflect on any steps or actions you feel you want to take to make the progress you’re seeking. We will also review progress mid-way through the programme and then again at the end of the programme.

Some clients will consider re-contracting additional sessions but, for many, the initial programme is enough to get them where they want to be.