WHAT WOULD BE USEFUL TO KNOW ABOUT COACHING?
Ideally, let’s meet or have a call to talk more. In the meantime, I like Miles Downey’s description of coaching:
"Coaching is the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another."
That's what I think I do. There is a lot of science behind why it works, and I believe that it's also an art.
Here’s a great source of information on what coaching is, and is also the professional body that I am accredited by and whose standards and ethics I subscribe to.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM WORKING WITH YOU?
Honesty – yours and mine. A focus on the future. A belief that even when we don’t feel ok, we fundamentally are ok, and we all have the potential to make the change we want to make. A sense of humour. Empathy. A lot of questions. A lot of space to think. Challenging your perceptions of yourself and others and testing what is true and what is a story you’ve been telling yourself. Commitment to actions.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THINKING PARTNER?
In coaching, you have the answers that are right for you. Some of my clients want to work on creative projects that involve me sharing ideas and insights or offering a view on something. I am happy to do that, and those clients find it useful when I do, as long as we are clear when we are coaching and when we are not.
I am also often employed by my fantastic colleagues in the profession who are designing and delivering leadership programmes, away days, impact workshops and coaching training. I work in partnership with them on producing, and delivering, the most useful and impactful day for their clients.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE?
Ask yourself what you want to work on and why. What will you gain from working on this?
Ask yourself whether you are willing to invest time, effort and finances to working on these things?
When relevant, have conversations with the sponsor of the work, or the person you want to sponsor, and be clear what you all agree would be a useful focus for coaching, and what benefits that would bring to you and your organisation.
Bring an open mind and a whole heap of curiosity.
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS? HOW DO I KNOW YOU’RE A SAFE PAIR OF HANDS?
I have a Professional Coaching Skills Certificate, and a Diploma in coaching from Coaching Development. I have also completed Roger Schwarz’s Skilled Facilitator course, TA 101 and Giles Barrow’s Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analysis (Education). I am a member of the ICF and adhere to their code of ethics and professional standards.
I invest in regular supervision on my work and have appropriate professional limited liability insurance. I love to learn, and continue to look for opportunities to learn from the best in this field. More recently I attended Essentials of Systemic Coaching and Constellations with John Whittington and got so much from that, and have attended workshops with the incredibly inspiring Brene Brown and Peter Szabo.
There's a stack of books on the 'What I do' page that represents those that have most influenced my work to date, and I look forward to continuing to learn from them, and from the thinkers and inspirers I've yet to encounter. Here's what some clients and colleagues have to say about my work.
WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?
Corporate fees are discussed and agreed as part of the contract with the individual and/or sponsor and are in keeping with executive coaching rates at board and director level.
I have some availability at a lower rate for individuals paying privately.
I want to support people who are growing their creative projects or businesses, or who are in the charity sector and unable to pay corporate rates. I currently operate an 80/20 model where 20% of my available work time is spent working with people who are in this category. If you think this might be you, I'd love to hear from you.
Travel expenses are charged at cost.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I am lucky to live in glorious Royal Tunbridge Wells in the South East of England. I meet many of my clients in London, and can happily travel further afield, including internationally. I often work via Skype or phone so that is an option if the cost of my travel to you would be too great.
WHO ELSE MIGHT THE CAUSEWAY CONNECT ME TO?
If I’m not the right coach, or the work that your organisation wants to do requires more than one person, or I recognise that someone in my network would be useful to you I will bring in one of the highly regarded and brilliant coaches that I am honoured to work alongside.
WHY ARE YOU CALLED THE CAUSEWAY?
Coaching is a way of moving from one place to another. It’s not that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to get there on your own, but you’re likely to get there more quickly, efficiently and confidently, and have a better time while you do it, when you work with a coach.
A causeway connects two places. Spotting potential connections and connecting people who might be useful to each other is something I love to do, whether it’s via an article or a book, or in person.
The Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland also just happens to be the place where my husband proposed, much to the delight of the nearby tourists and, of course, me!