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A Coaching Workout

For many the new normal of our working lives includes some form of hybrid or remote working. For others who may have continued at work throughout this time or have recently returned fully to work the challenge of finding time to invest in ourselves, to kickstart our careers and maybe also to put into place some of the resolutions we may have made to ourselves about improving our wellbeing remains a constant challenge.

Coaching will give you that vital kickstart in your career and your wellbeing but how do you find time for it and is it affordable? In order to be completely flexible for my clients who may only be able to find an hour early in the morning, at lunch time, in the evening or over a weekend I have developed a series of online coaching sessions at £50 per session on specific subjects that are designed to fit neatly into a compressed one hour session. They can be selected individually or as a series.

Coaching and worklife balance

Weighing up the future

For many of us the last two years have meant that we have considered what we want from our personal as well as our professional lives. The question of worklife balance has been a constant feature so that greater balance and happiness can be realised. But for many even the term ‘worklife’ has been challenged and a more accurate sentiment moving forward is ‘lifework’ balance. The difference is small but subtle in that it reflects not just the time that we prefer to spend but also the notion that we ‘work to live’ rather than ‘live to work’.

We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list

Michelle Obama

The tools for work and life

The ‘great resignation’ effect is causing many people to look for changed career prospects and for diversification in their current role. This calls for leaders to clearly demonstrate their commitment to their staff and to invest in them. This also links to the stresses and strains that have been created by the pandemic. There has been a growth in mental health difficulties and this has been met by an increased expectation amongst employees that their wellbeing and mental health needs will be addressed through an employer that sees the value in a happy and healthy workforce.

These pressures mean that investment in wellbeing support services, in increased training and in coaching and mentoring are vital to keep the commitment of our staff and also to develop them even further through a skills based investment. There is a direct link between this type of investment, individual happiness, performance, productivity and profitability. This coaching series offers affordable bite size development on aspects of individual and leadership based activities and can be considered by individuals or by organisations more widely for their staff.

Personal Development Coaching

In order to gain the edge we sometimes just need that extra help and finetuning that coaching can provide. Coaching is very much about drawing on strengths and learning how to capitalise on them, it can help to identify ‘blockages’ for you such as assertiveness, creativity, working to your values and the art of negotiating and influencing. These sessions are self contained but of course they can be a starter toward a more complete coaching experience in which a plan is created with goals mapping out the next 12 months.

Coaching these subjects radically shift you toward the new you!

Leadership Masterclass

This series of one hour coaching sessions create pointers and further self-development to consider to become a more rounded leader equipped to meet the challenges being posed in these times of uncertainty. Being able to grow self awareness and to truly appreciate your leadership style and traits is a vital part of leading with empathy and being able to be the leader to your people that you aim to be. The masterclasses also support you in passing these messages on and can equip you to run such development and awareness sessions within your teams.

These sessions also target the assets that good leaders should possess to better support their people through the continued pressures of remote working and to be confident to understand the theory of change and how it affects us all as individuals in uniquely different ways. Nuancing our leadership skills is hard work, coaching is hard work and if you enjoy a challenge then why not try one or more of these online sessions.

Each online session costs just £50 or £120 for three booked as a course
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Professional Pragmatism

When simply being you may need nuancing!

Reflecting on new ways to function well and influence your work culture

Do you sometimes find that there are times when your desire to achieve something or to even hold a good and open conversation in the workplace is compromised by organisational culture and individuals in that culture and does this disappoint or frustrate you?

This can lead to a feeling of personal frustration where you feel compelled to be true to yourself or perhaps even more deeply, due to jarring with your long held values, the outcome can become conflict or disassociation from your organisation. Leadership theorists would state that true leadership requires you as an individual to always tackle this situation through challenge, to walk your values every day. However, professional pragmatism and Machiavelli can equip you with a real world view and with an empowering solution to this dilemma.

Machiavelli suggested the potential to adopt a different route to managing such a situation. Adopting professional pragmatism, a sense of wisdom about the way your organisation functions practically or through entrenched culture, may lead you to deal with such compromises differently. This may also allow you to exercise different leadership skills to negotiate and influence a solution. Negotiating and influencing is a recognised means to reaching mutual solutions that are successful. This solution may be imperfect in leadership theory but adopting the realism of the culture you work within will achieve results and importantly avoid the head on collision that you may feel that can cause catastrophic disillusionment leading to you seeking other employment or to finding yourself in a destructive conflict in any case. This approach can then be better seen as influencing and changing culture from the inside.

Values make us and they can change culture positively

Machiavelli is often associated with dark practices but this aspect of achieving ambitions and objectives through pragmatic means is often overlooked as a viable and successful means to keep personal control and to achieve results in the real world. Another way of potentially viewing this is the concept of not trying to ‘win every battle’ but rather look to the longer term in order to nuance your leadership influence. Ultimately, success has many facets and by maintaining working relationships, reaching a team based practical solution then the longer term success of an individual and the wellbeing flowing from that may potentially demonstrate greater maturity and less naivety.

The theory on professional pragmatism

Badaracco is a contemporary academic who has written on this subject. He has taught this subject for some time at Harvard and describes the awareness that this approach almost represents a ‘worldview’ which can function in the reality of the imperfect workplace. This of course does not deny circumstances in which compromise may not be acceptable and a stand should be made for several different reasons.

Occasionally, this thinking allows the notion that the pursuit of all values and personal aims and objectives might be viewed as idealistic or naïve and that the truth in an imperfect world might be as challenging as ‘what if there is no right answer?’. This may mean that the right answer is the one that best accords with organisational values and the circumstances prevailing at that exact time to achieve the best outcome possible at that moment. This also recognises that changing an embedded culture cannot be achieved overnight and requires careful work to influence.

Leadership is a struggle by flawed human beings to make some important values real and effective in the world as it is

Joseph Badaracco, Harvard.
Pause for thought!

Self-limiting beliefs and coaching

A fundamental role for an executive or business coach is to engage with their client and to assist them without leading them to find positive solutions and to be able to ‘unblock’ any of the issues that may be preventing them from being their better selves. An aspect of this is to challenge and explore any self-limiting beliefs that might be expressed by clients. These can originate from a range of diverse sources such as childhood, interpretation of learning or life experience amongst many. The individual can start to assume these self-limiting beliefs are unassailable facts over time and they become custom and practice. One such self-limiting belief might be a literal martyrdom to feeling that values must always be unswervingly followed and that there can be no successful personal or professional relationship had with those that do not exactly share those values. This can create an environment of winning and losing for the holder of this self-limiting belief and leading to a belief that true self-worth comes from being the source of knowledge that guides others. In some senses this can become egotistical or judgmental to the casual observer yet to the individual practicing such self-limiting beliefs in fact it feels righteous and true.

Coaching can support you to express values differently and better

Having a sense of personal ‘agency’

In mythology, the ‘Fates’ are a group of three weaving goddesses who assign individual destinies to mortals at birth. The Fates were Clotho (the Spinner), Lachesis (the Allotter) and Atropos (the Inflexible). It is possible that in waging a direct battle on individuals in an embedded culture that Atropos is the one to blame for leading the actions of the individual. However, I would like to suggest something more updated on this internal conflict, the idea of ‘agency’.  Wanting to be ‘me’ regardless of the consequences shows a lack of faith in personal agency.

So what is agency? It is the ability to take action or to choose what action to take, to influence your own life, to change your own thoughts and to have faith in your ability to handle a wide range of tasks or situations. Having a sense of agency is also associated with being able to take responsibility for your actions and having an ‘internal locus of control’ over what happens.

Of course there are many things outside of our control. We may think that we should be 6’4” and look just like Brad Pitt, or have a wonderfully slim body, long flowing hair and look like Scarlett Johansson but such dreams are outside of our control, and as such we should focus on ‘controlling the controllables’. This means that you can acknowledge a different way to influence the jarring of personal values with embedded organisational culture.  One of the things you can control is that moment when you say: ‘This is who I am. I’m me. What do I do about this situation?’

Being true to yourself but thinking differently retains personal agency

When simply being you may need nuancing!

In their soon to be released marketing book, ‘Just Evil Enough’, the authors, Alistair Croll and Emily Ross talk about how a successful marketeer of the future needs to be prepared to “subvert systems to create attention that can be turned into profitable demand”.

My contention here is that this thinking is relevant to how we view ourselves and the choices that we make to tackle situations and to achieve what we want to. In other words, how we achieve a sense of agency, of controlling our controllables, and tackle some professional dilemmas with pragmatism. This allows us as individuals to turn subverting systems around and to point that insight to ourselves, rather than the market. So what could subverting your usual way of seeing a values based dilemma look like? This may mean demonstrating the bravery to step outside of your known mediums to find new, creative and more challenging ways to think.

The authors propose that to do this effectively then our traditional normative thinking must be replaced by more radical formative thinking in which norms are challenged. This may include the limitations of our own ego, unconscious bias, our desire to be heard and of course our desire to be right.

If we simply respond to our ego and its need to just be us then this may result in us reacting instantly to our fight or flight instinct. This inevitably limits us, may create a bias in our judgement and propel us to think we are right without mounting a challenge to react and respond differently. Remember therefore by using professional pragmatism, by subverting our thoughts that we can be much more than our thoughts. In these circumstances when we gain agency and control, when we do more than react to our instinctive deeper self, then we instantly create a different dynamic, try it, it may change your career.

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Disruption UK is not OK

Fighting Back…

Uncertain times for all…

Fighting Back…

The last two and a half years has seen huge disruption to us all as individuals, both professionally and personally but also to businesses. This disruption has ranged from reeling at change resulting from the pandemic, to assessing a global economic crisis created by booming oil prices and conflict in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. Now the time has come to grapple with a new way forward, to fight back and to make the very most of the opportunities and challenges ahead. So why is now the right time to invest in coaching in you or your business? Read on…

Take time to reflect and invest in yourself

All Affected Somehow!

How are you affected by these uncertain times? In one way or another all our plans have been affected by the last two years and what might be yet to come in a deeper recession. There is no doubt that some groups have been disproportionately affected more. Women are estimated to have suffered career damage up to 80% more than their male counterparts due to increased caring responsibilities that have fallen on their shoulders and may still be enduring as working from home often involves a much trickier family balance.

What can make up the lost ground? How can employers keep women in key roles and develop them to such roles?

Executive and business coaching is an essential investment by our organisations in their people and their talent, it demonstrates confidence in people and of all interventions, coaching has a proven track record of succeeding and demonstrating the highest results for the best return on investment. McKinsey research in the USA also shows the same disproportionate impact of this time on female entrepreneurs and business coaching offers some ability to create a plan for the next three years to stabilise and create personal growth and growth in the business.

New normal does not have to be ‘same old, same old’!

Why Wait? Act Now! Coach to adapt!

Some may think that coaching is something to do in a few months when more normal ways of working may have returned and the economy might have settled but in fact coaching is vital for now because coaching tackles the impact of unprecedented and unexpected change on individuals and a high quality professional coach will also understand how to deal with the presence of trauma for clients. Now is the time to restoke the fires of careers and professional development conversations. Coaching supports leaders and ambitious aspiring employees to adapt, to develop and to become a part of the ‘Great Reshuffle’ rather than ‘Great Resignation’.

‘Now is the time to restoke the fires of careers’

Coaching provides the way to be on the front foot and to make the most of the opportunities ahead and to exploit and maximise changed ways of working. In this way individual leaders can hit the ground running and drive success through an active career plan with a coach to maximise strengths and to set and support progressive goals.

People Get Results

The Strengths of Coaching

Coaching creates the opportunity to reflect and make the most of strengths!

It is so important to truly step off the merry-go-round of busyness and to treat ourselves to reflection and to development time. Though diaries may be chaotic or for some they may be clearer, either way this is a unique and priceless time to develop as a leader, block out time to book a coaching session in which coaching can identify a defining successful outcome for the next 12 months and how to make the most of all the current opportunities through maximising our strengths. This may range from development opportunities as an individual or leading transformation within teams or the organisation as a whole.

Taking time for yourself in coaching, back yourself!

Coaching drives objective planning and tangibly delivers results!

Now is the time to come to difficult decisions on the way forward, to take stock and to create a plan to achieve goals.  This is opportunity time as the working world may never truly be the same again. How to take time out to develop and make the most of  current circumstances to balance achieving ambitions? Now is the time to spend time thinking more about your wellbeing and being the best version of you so that you identify and take the opportunities before you. It is possible to take the best elements of what has changed to become happier and more effective through coaching.

Coaching encourages objectivity and challenges bias

As you use some of the space created by coaching and take a step back, coaching will enable you through challenging conversations and a focus on results to think through exactly where you are now and what you need to do to reach where you want to be. A coach provides a neutral sounding board and the objectivity to talk through what are the blockers to your progress and how to navigate them and to do so in a completely transparent and open way within a confidential process. Coaching offers no judgement but it does create challenge, mostly the ability to challenge yourself, to consider how you can best learn from experience to move forward. This will create guiding principles for your next 12 months and a new and clearly defined empowering belief in yourself.

Impossible is nothing

Muhammad Ali
Take your opportunities

Coaching provides structure and accountability

Coaching will creates the truest form of accountability, by holding a mirror up to yourself, you become truly accountable. Your coach uses a range of tools to support this but one of the most powerful is your annual plan on page and the accountability that you have to achieve your monthly goals that create the success that you seek in all of the key themes of your life right now. Your coach supports you in dealing with situations and creates the impetus to deal with obstacles and move forward faster, unimpeded. Coaching helps you to see issues very differently and you will proactively develop and deliver and be truly accountable for the changes you make.

New Level Results Coaching and The Curve Software

I am also an associate coach of New Level Results and we are one of the only coaches organisations where you can see and track transformational results and the return on investment in coaching using award winning software called ‘The Curve’. Using this software and results based coaching methodology creates a tangible and measurable plan to enable you to achieve far beyond your ambitions and to face challenges that you might never have dreamed possible. A coxless team of four women were coached using this methodology by New Level Results coaches to become world beaters and to be the first to row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Australia.

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