We think two heads are better than one. We passionately believe in the talents and potential of people in our sector. And we think that the right questions, a fair few years of experience and a passion for learning new things make us well placed to support you in your career.
If you've found yourself here, chances are, you already have some thoughts about coaching. Every year we help a few people to move forwards using one of the programmes below. Occasionally, we even design something just for them. If you are considering having coaching, feel free to contact us or book a free call to discuss if we might be for you. We may have the right coach for you but if we don't, we'd still like to help you decide if working with a coach is the right choice for you.
This is how our coaching programmes started. We support senior managers in operations, volunteer and sports development roles. We can help you shine.
Originally designed for new CEOs, this is a structured four month programme designed to support as you embark on a signifcant new challenge.
Maybe you love what you do, maybe not. Either way you've been thinking about the future. You aren't sure what's next or where you want to get to. Or maybe you are one of the lucky few who knows exactly where you want to get to but aren't there yet. Let's see if we can get you there together.
It doesn't matter who you are or what job you do, there's always a sticky patch. Maybe it's a particular project or person, sometimes it's just a difficult time. We think this is what coaching was made for. Because whether teamwork makes the dream work or not, it certainly makes challenges a little more manageable.
COACHING - WHERE TO START
Most people spend quite some time contemplating having coaching before their first session. Here, Jane Stewart writes about the challenges in finding the right coach and taking the leap.
" I have one of my many brilliant ex-bosses to thank for my first coaching experience. He booked an initial session without asking me and off I went, feeling a combination of happiness that he was investing precious resources in me and worried I was doing something so badly he'd called in outside help. But the things I learned in the first session 10 years ago with Rachel are as useful now as they were in helping me move forward then.
The next time I looked for my own coach was rather more complicated. I wanted face to face sessions but Rachel was 400 miles away. So I googled and researched, on the hunt for the best deal and the best fit for me. I looked at website after website and searched Linkedin for answers. I overthought it completely and wasted a lot of time. In the end I bought a couple of self-help books and tried to do it myself. Unsurprisingly, it didn't have the impact I was looking for.
Each of those times, I was quite reactive when I wanted to be proactive. Given I thought coaching was an investment I wanted to make again at various points in my career, I wrote down a 3 step plan to remind me to just get on with it. It's not perfect and not for everyone but it stops me dithering, gets me to focus on why I want some help, and to establish how much I'm prepared to invest in it."
Janes 3 Point Plan
1) In 60 seconds, write down why I'm thinking of getting some coaching.
2) Next, write down a number that I can afford and that I would pay someone right now if I could snap my fingers and make the change I want. (eg a new job)
3) Message any and every coach I like the sound of and tell them 1) and 2) then ask them what they could offer and what or who they would recommend for my budget.
4) There is no 4. If 3) doesn't work, revise 1) and/or 2) and repeat 3.