Prospectus -The Change Forum
Do you want to
adopt a more coaching style of leadership?
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The next question is whether our coaching
approach will suit you, your personal learning style and your specific
All coaches have different approaches, use different frameworks,
tools and techniques and have a different personal flavour. What suits one
person just won’t suit someone else. The fit between you, your coach and
the coaching approach is critical for your learning comfort and success.
With a background of around 20 years in change
management consulting, we’ve built up a fair bit of experience
facilitating, guiding, mentoring and coaching leaders and teams…
In recent years, we’ve been focussing more
particularly on leadership and personal mastery skills development,
providing individual and team-based coaching in a range of different
contexts – executive and leadership coaching, change management and team
coaching, conversational coaching, self-development and performance
improvement coaching, and coaching for personal and emotional mastery – as
well as helping people develop their own coaching skills to take on a more
facilitative, coaching style of leadership.
1. Our coaching approach is personalised,
specific to you and non-judgemental.
We work with you to realise the goals that
matter most to you - to help you uncover your full potential, achieve
higher levels of self-awareness, become a better leader and tackle
specific challenges you face in your existing or emerging role and work
context. Our coaching engagements typically covers things like:
Role-challenges or performance coaching
Critical issues or concerns that keep coming
up for you
Personal growth and self-awareness
Relationship-building and handling difficult
Emotional intelligence and self-regulation
Conversational mastery and difficult
Leading change and organisational strategy
New approaches to cultural renewal or business
Specific performance difficulties or
Reflecting on ways to refresh your leadership
2. The focus of coaching sessions is individually
determined and controlled by you.
Whether it's performance role coaching,
increasing your personal mastery and leadership awareness, working with
teams, conversational coaching, relationship building, leading with
emotional intelligence, managing change or tackling your own management or
workplace improvement priorities – you choose what you need to work on.
3. And we’re flexible
about you changing your coaching course or direction too.
We know things come up between coaching
sessions that might change the tack you want to take with us or lead you
to rethink your goals or focus for coaching. Sometimes, too, as your
thinking or insights deepen, new lines of self-inquiry emerge that may be
more relevant to you
4. We know how important
a comfortable, emotionally "safe" coaching environment is.
When you’re at work, you seldom get a safe
environment to practise in. You’re under pressure ‘playing the game’ –
there’s no time to reflect, it’s too risky to try out a new tool or
approach and you rarely get feedback about what you’re doing – or not (as
the case may be). You need to feel safe during our sessions together. That
means creating an atmosphere of positive mutual regard between us, where
you can say what you feel, speak your mind and feel free to takes risks,
open up, explore yourself deeply and admit mistakes – without feeling
blamed or judged. We also carefully protect the confidentiality of your
sessions with us.
5. We take a values-based
approach – aligning values-awareness to your challenges
Whether you choose to explore and discuss
them directly, values are always with us. They’re often an essential key
to understand what’s happening for someone with a recurring problem,
troublesome behaviour, or continual conflict situations. We help you
identify your key values or beliefs and explore how they impact on how you
handle particular problems or situations.
6. We ‘optionalise’ with you
– not suggest ‘right’ answers or approaches
We know there’s never one right solution,
one single contributing factor to a dilemma or one person or cause to
blame. We help you identify multiple options and choices and weigh up the
consequences for yourself, through testing different hypothesis and
scenarios and asking open-ended questions that promote discovery of new
7. We take an action
learning, practice-orientated approach
We’ve outlined what Action Learning is in
Section 6. During each coaching session, we’ll discuss try-out actions to
practice, tools you can use to master your specific challenges and also
explore how to adapt what you learn to your every-day work situations,
model new skills and behaviours and build upon your unique experiences,
skills, strengths and knowledge.
8. We cognitively coach to
develop your critical reflection and inquiry skills
With cognitive coaching, you get in touch
with your thinking patterns – your mental models and assumptions – learn
to reflect on how significant an impact they have on you, and develop
sound habits of questioning your own thinking – what we call inquiry.
9. We challenge you –
respectfully - and give unconditionally constructive feedback
We assume you’re not doing coaching just to
have your current thinking patterns confirmed (though we’ll do a bit of
that too!). We challenge you to look at what you’re doing from some
different angles, see yourself through some different lenses and try on
some different mental models. But we always do it respectfully. In fact,
we’ll often brainstorm and challenge our thinking together. And when we
give feedback, it will always be unconditionally constructive.
10. We use tools to support
you through the coaching process – and beyond.
Over the time we spend together, you’ll
build up a customised kit of tools – all laid out in a simple to follow,
step-by-step format – suited to your particular coaching challenges. Tools
are processes, techniques and approaches that will help you bridge the gap
between theory and practice, between ideas and action. They promote
creativity, innovation, self-expression and self-discovery – and we see
them as an absolutely essential ingredient for good coaching.
We also encourage you to work toward self-sufficiency by learning how to
apply our self-coaching model between sessions.
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