Keith Abrahams - Positive Ways
Coaching is about unlocking a person’s potential by helping them to learn and develop positive ways to lead and manage themselves. To be able to model or show this, and successfully partner a client, like any good guide, the coach needs to have knowledge of the ways things work. This includes being trained in emotional intelligence and leadership.
I am a widely trained, professionally accredited coach and both an experienced trainer and psychologist. This includes having a breadth of experience in leading businesses and developing managers (as a CEO), with emotional health organisations (as a practitioner) and as an active participant in the ups and downs of life (and business!)
My consulting rooms are based in Harley Street, Cambridge and North Hertfordshire.
Focuses of coaching?
A distinction is often made between Life and Executive Coaching. The reality is that even executives want a life and execution is about taking action, and personal life always has an impact on business. People who have a life often want to develop their careers or even their businesses. Even though there is not a huge difference in the coaching methods and techniques it is useful to distinguish between the different circumstances and focuses that clients often approach me for:
1. Life Coaching
Is about finding a balance in your life that is using the stresses of modern day life to be successful in what is important to you. It is about:
- Taking stock of your life and getting clarity
- Regaining control
- Taking positive action
- Keeping on track and in balance
This could be around being healthy, parenting, sports or academic development or in having healthy relationships or in knowing and fulfilling a purpose. Sometimes it is simple about finding motivation and renewed health. www.positiveways.co.uk
2. Executive Coaching
Everybody should be an executive of their life. I am often engaged by renowned Coaching companies to provide consultancy and Executive Coaching, whereby I deal with confidential support in management issues. This includes those seeking (or aspiring) to be senior executives in a business. As we are promoted we often find we have skills or experience deficits to fill.
For those that are accomplished (and choose not to be coaches!) my challenge is 'who tells you when you have it wrong?'
All Executives and senior managers should have a confidant and the opportunity to explore how to improve their performance by:
- Getting clarity
- Changing limiting beliefs
- Becoming productive
- Developing the talent of their teams
So the three main reasons I am engaged are:
To develop high potential, especially through change, act as a sounding board and to sometimes address derailing behaviour.
I sometimes achieve this through the use of the Emotional Capital Report and the 360 ECR methodology.
3. Business Coaching
Sometimes I am engaged by consulting companies to provide SME type businesses with help with in areas of their business that they have least experience; this can be as true of the growing business as it can be for the struggling business. Not only do the business owners/managers need personal support, they often come to me for advice on sales, finance, marketing and personnel issues.
Many of my clients make use of my business and management experience in supporting them with their career planning, management development or in business planning and development, including facilitating workshops, supporting customer service, sales or developing new systems and processes.
4. Depth Coaching - Personal Development
Some of my clients want to explore and understand themselves at a deeper social, emotional and sometimes spiritual level, which some call existential. Whatever the client’s agenda is or needs they have, I am able to support them to resolve unconscious mental processes and to recover innate hidden resources.
5. Life Ways Program - Interpersonal Development
The Life Ways Program recognises that we all have to transit through various stages as we grow and that today’s society does not recognise what used to be known as ‘Rites of Passage’ and as a result the support and guidance developing adults need is not in place.
Life Ways addresses this by being available not just during the transition, but also in helping for the preparation of that transition. This includes for example; leaving home, becoming a useful member of society, a partner, parent, grandparent, elder and preparation for the final transition.
The program is fully inclusive.
Coaching is different from Counselling and Psychotherapy, which are concerned with healing past hurts. The counsellor helps bury the past. They are 'undertakers'.
Whilst this is important in order to move on (choose a coach who can identify such issues with you and help you find the right way to address them), coaching focuses on the life enrichment process. It’s about moving on and becoming even better. It is about 'birthing the future'. Coaches are 'midwives'.
Clients are unique and I have trained in numerous coaching ways and traditions in order to shape my approach to meet my client. Some need support to re-gather their resources; I act as a Sherpa and show them how to build their resources. Others seek just clarity in their lives, businesses or careers. I am their guide. Many want to find positive ways to enhance their already successful ways; I am their coach. In particular, once we have a spoken, I will ensure your find the right way for you to achieve.
I place warmth, empathy and gentle humour at the centre of my coaching process, yet I can hold my clients 'feet to the fire' whilst the make their choices and take action to meet their goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certified Professional in EQ and Leadership
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy & CBT,
Post Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapy
Certificate in Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Education
Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the Association of Coaching
Roche Martin Accredited
Associate of the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis
Member of Human Givens Institute
Member organisations *
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Organisations often engage me to provide Executive & Leadership Coaching to their aspiring and existing senior management team.
1. Coaching Standard – Twelve Structured Sessions to meet your longer term goals
2. Coaching Lite – Six Session Focused on your short term goals
3. Bespoke Program – Specifically tailored for you
4. Ad hoc sessions - Retainer fee
5. Call your Coach – access to your coach at short notice
6. Leadership & Emotional Intelligence Coaching - The Emotional Capital building methodology
- Energetic career development
- Developing as a professional – Article two
- Developing as a professional: The work, life & study balance
- All change – getting and staying motivated
- Self-esteem and Decison Making
- GROW the way forward
- What are the benefits of using CBT in a coaching setting?
- Profiting from Emotional Capital
- Coaching focuses
- Interviewing For Emotional Intelligence
- Coaching Grows Up
- Resilience - Reality, Reason, Rehearsal and Response
- Working through Stress
My breadth experience as a father, finance & managing director and lecturer have been enriched by my qualifications in business, psychology and teaching and of course coaching. As well as having served at board level, I lecture in Business and teach interpersonal skills to groups. I apply that combination of experience and expertise in enabling my client’s successes, in their Life or Business. It’s a fairly unique combination of skills which enables me to be an effective, single source of support.
I bring people and business psychology simply together, without the ‘psychobabble’. My approach is pragmatic, honing my clients own resources to help them resolve their issues, approach their goals and get their needs met, with support and encouragement that puts personal democracy and gentle humour at the centre of a wise process. Individuals need new ways and the commercial world is becoming more alert to the benefits that a Business Psychologist (BP) can bring. It’s a thrill to also work with company clients who draw down on my knowledge and introduce more effective working practices.
Type of session
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During the day and eveningd 7 days a week