Charlie Warshawski, career and executive coach (ICF, ILM)
Coaching is described as “partnering with clients in a thought provoking process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential”.
That sums up my approach to coaching – supporting you to make important changes to your careers, lives, relationships, so that you can thrive.
Clients who work with me bring a whole range of issues – challenging ones and exciting ones. Coaching isn’t just for when we are stuck, have challenges or are overwhelmed. Coaching is also for growth, development, and for continued work on things that are already good.
In times of crisis such as our 2020 health scare, issues such as redundancy and financial worries often dominate our thinking. Coaching can be used to work out ways to pivot your business, cope with change, and plan for the future.
Clients bring such a wide range of topics to coaching.
They can be topics of enthusiasm and excitement, like:
- a new role/career/goal
- a new phase of their lives
- working on an existing strength
Or they can be areas of concern for them:
- challenging relationships
- behaviours and attributes to change
- improved self-regard
These, and similar, are all issues that good coaching can support.
Coaching is a powerful approach for working on your leadership skills, developing your career, and becoming confident in your approach It is also a practical opportunity to focus on your personal development, your motivation and your self-esteem.
First steps towards coaching
- To get things started, book in for a time for an initial chat to see if coaching is right for you.
- After this, I will send you questionnaires and initial paperwork for you to start thinking about goals and outcomes from the coaching
- then we'll schedule in dates for our sessions. Ideally online, or face to face if you are near to Dorking, Surrey
Training, qualifications & experience
Working with people 1:1 has been my life since 2001. I started this work in schools, mentoring students who were struggling with education and life, and spent 6 years doing this rewarding work.
I then undertook my first coaching qualification in 2007 and started working with adults. I've accrued thousands of hours of coaching people in all sorts of different contexts: leaders at work; personal coaching to support people's wellbeing in life; career coaching at early or mid - career, including career change and redundancy.
What unifies all my coaching is the belief that the coachee has the answers, and appreciates the time, space and useful questions to help them come to awareness and good decisions.
My qualifications include
International Coach Federation PCC accreditation - representing 750 hours of coaching
Institute of Leadership and Management: Level 7 certificate in executive coaching - postgraduate qualification with both practical and academic aspects.
Clients tend to be leaders, and often come from the education sector. Having worked in schools I understand them well, and so am well suited to coaching school leaders. This role is challenging and quite isolated, and they greatly benefit from having the time and space of working with a coach, to overcome their challenges.
In addition, I work with a range of clients from other sectors, other levels of seniority and people outside of the workplace.
Some examples include:
- Personal coaching for career changers, returning to work parents, entrepreneurs
- Executive coaching for leaders in small and larger organisations, in the commercial and charity sectors
- Lots of coaching for parents. As a parent of 4 children I know plenty about the challenges and joys of being a parent, and I have made many mistakes, so know what are some useful questions to ask!
As for good outcomes, this is what happens in coaching! Through one or several coaching sessions, things start to change with the topics they bring to coaching. Awareness grows, confidence emerges, and good decisions are made. Of the hundreds of people I have coached, during thousands of hours, this tends to be what happens. Have a look at some reviews to get some views from people who have been coached.
Professionalism and confidentiality
It is important to choose a coach who works within an ethical framework, so that you know you will be safe and protected. As a member of the International Coach Federation, I subscribe to a code of ethics that means:
- All of our coaching conversations are confidential (within normal legal and safeguarding rules)
- I only used recognised approaches to coaching, and don't veer into mentoring, training or offering advice
- Part of my professional practice is to receive regular supervision, to manage my coaching practice, and to ensure I do my best for all coaching clients
UK International Coach Federation
The International Coach Federation is the professional association for personal and business coaches worldwide.
Coaches can become accredited by the ICF, who have three grades of membership: Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Master Certified Coach (MCC), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Master Certified Coach's have achieved a substantial level of training and experience.
Members of ICF are accountable to a professional code of ethics.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Coaching works best in a package arrangement, when both coach and coachee know that they have time and opportunity to work on their topics. Of course, single coaching sessions can have a great impact, to overcome a single challenge. By contrast, a coaching package is more likely to lead to sustainable change.
The coaching package I offer incorporates:
- An initial contracting session, and some fact finding to establish coaching topics
- 6 x 1 hour coaching sessions, ideally by Zoom unless we are very local (I am in Surrey)
- Mid point and end of session review conversation
Individual coaching sessions are 60 minutes, with follow up email support.
- Full coaching package is £1,995 for individuals or non-commercial organisations
- Full coaching package is £2,750 for commercial sector organisations
- Individual sessions are £195 - £295 for 60 minutes plus follow up support
Although my fees are not the cheapest, the level of experience offered, and the outcomes that coachees achieve means that they are very good value for money. It is always my focus to help clients develop long term, sustainable change, and to grow personally or professionally.
Free introductory call to see if I am a good match for you and your coaching needs
Some recent client feedback has been:
Charlie was excellent, always actively listening and able to focus the direction of the coaching and being able to pinpoint objectives that I hadn’t thought of. He asks challenging questions that really make you think deeply, and this is where the most learning happened for me. He’s wonderful. Christopher Wilde, St. Andrews university
Charlie's gentle, but probing and insightful coaching style really enabled me to analyse what I wanted in a clear and productive manner. Charlie never provided answers but asked the questions that enabled me to find them within myself. He helped me to see both my strengths, and the areas where I needed to push myself to be able to achieve my goals. Charlie's style also enabled me to use questioning more, to help my team arrive at their own conclusions and make more autonomous decisions. Overall, it was a very positive and rewarding experience-highly recommended.
Siobhain Allum, Principal, YK Pao School
I cannot recommend Charlie enough. We have been in touch, in various communication forms for over ten years. Every interaction I have with him leaves me in a calm, contemplative mood. In interactions, he offers energy to counter lethargy, calmness to counter confused mania and grease to a stuck situation. His confident nature has been a great model, and makes him a great coach for whatever is thrown at him. I cannot recommend his services enough.
Lee Wilkins, EY
Beliefs about coaching
The beliefs that I have about coaching and about people, that inform my coaching practice, are simple and clear:
- That coaching is a way of helping you come up with your answers, changes, responses and new ways of thinking about topics of importance to you. No advice, guidance or suggestions in coaching – if you wanted these you would be on a training course or reading a book!
- That we all have the capacity to change many of our traits, including attitudes, beliefs, competencies, behaviours. Some may not be easy to change, but with work and focus, most things can be changed (this one is more than a belief – there is plenty of evidence to show this is true!).
Do you want to have an experience of coaching that is non-directive, gives you the time and focus to work on topics that are important to you, and come up with your own outcomes? If this way of working appeals to you, I’d be delighted to support you. Give me a call on 01306 264026 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an initial chat.