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Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile!
What challenges are you facing in life at the moment:
- Issues with your career or business (personal, staff related or about developing your business)?
- Difficulties getting the correct work/life balance?
- Unclear what your direction/goals should be, or how to go about achieving them?
- Approaching a life transition (e.g. move into management/leadership, redundancy, retirement)?
- Problems with finances (personal and/or business related)?
- A desire for greater personal development or self esteem?
- A lack of focus, confidence, motivation or energy?
- Interested in exploring how your spirituality can better integrate with other aspects of your life?
If any of these apply to you then there are three ways you could respond:
- Hope the problem will resolve itself in time. Life shows us that often this isn’t the case
- Attempt to solve it yourself (and/or with friends and family). This can work, but sometimes everyone is so involved in the issue it is ‘hard to see the wood for the trees’ and you feel ‘stuck’
- Seek professional and independent help, which is where coaching can be invaluable
A coach is a ‘back stage’ support in helping you devise an approach to addressing the challenges (becoming ‘un-stuck’), come up with the action plan to move you forwards and hold you accountable for actually taking those steps. Coaching offers an all too rare opportunity to have dedicated, uninterrupted, 1:1 support in focussing on your situation.
During a coaching session this is what you can expect:
- First of all, the coach will listen with real attention to who you are and what you want to achieve from your time together. They will reflect back to you what they have understood
- They will encourage you to realise you have all the resources you need to overcome obstacles, rise to challenges and take action to reach your full potential. They may also challenge you and seek to bring a fresh perspective that you may not have considered before
- They will agree what actions you need to take to move forward, either by the next session or longer term. They will then check what progress has been made in order to monitor and hold you accountable. This may not always be comfortable but is essential if progress is to be made
- What the coach is NOT there for is to solve your problems for you. It is absolutely essential that each individual accepts responsibility for their own life and the outcomes that make it up. Coaching is non directive – only YOU have the power to make change (* however see note about mentoring below)
Now if I could tell you a little more about myself, to help you decide if I might be the best person for you to work with. My name is Paul and in terms of working life I come from a background in change management for large organisations in both private and public sectors. I also now run my own small business. Outside of work I am married with three children. I also have a number of ‘life experiences’ to bring such as international adoption, volunteering at a Food Bank and with a charity that helps people in financial difficulties. I can bring all these experiences into a coaching session, together with my training as a coach and NLP practitioner, to help individuals set their goals and then progress towards achieving them.
I mentioned mentoring above, which is different from coaching. A coach does not need to know very much about the ‘subject matter’ that the client brings to discuss. This is because coaching relies on the relationship and applying generic skills in listening, questioning and reflection. It can even make the coach’s job harder if they do happen to know a lot about the client’s ‘subject matter’. A mentor, on the other hand, can provide ‘subject matter’ expertise. I also provide mentoring in the areas I know best from my normal working life i.e. change management (project management and business analysis) especially in financial services and the public sector. Although mentoring is still non directive, as a mentor I can offer advice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- International Diploma in Business Analysis, British Computer Society (BCS), 2016
- Business & Life Coaching Diploma, UK College of Personal Development, 2014
- NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, UK College of Personal Development, 2014
- PRINCE2 Project Management, 2012
- MBA (Masters in Business Administration), Open University, 2002
- BA (Mathematics), Oxford University, 1984
Areas of coaching I deal with
I offer a free 45 minute introductory session (face to face or by phone) to explore whether and how we could work together. Thereafter I charge £40 per hour. The number of sessions required is by mutual agreement.
Type of session
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I am available evenings and weekends