Dr Sarah Brooks
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My role as a coach is to support individuals who have experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct or harassment in the workplace to consider their voice options before they commit to a particular form of action. Exploring thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential space without the need to commit to action can be transformational for individuals and result in more impactful outcomes.
Most often, the only option within organisations is to voice formally to a manager. However, given the heightened emotions and increased sensitivity that accompany such situations, alongside the feelings of isolation and shame that are also common, speaking out can feel like an undesirable option. Yet, to take back control of a disempowering situation can be life-changing. Even if voice is not the outcome of the coaching, choosing to remain silent or walk away from the situation is a considered form of action and results in better wellbeing for the individual.
I am a full-time academic at Sheffield University Management School focusing on understanding how people speak up in the workplace. Prior to becoming an academic in 2012, I had a varied career working for a number of large private and public sector organisations as a management consultant and operations manager specialising in upward communication in the workplace. I have been a coach since 2004 and have developed a theoretical framework which helps us work through options.
Whilst I am grateful that my coaching offer is not borne out of lived experience of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, I am familiar with feeling unseen and unheard, not knowing who to talk to, doubting myself, feeling shameful when thinking that I might have brought about situations through my own doing, and being fearful of not being believed. I know how this feels and I don't want anyone to feel alone, unseen and unheard during difficult times in their lives.
Being impactful comes from feeling powerful. That can be difficult in hierarchical organisations where there are layers of management with sometimes very obvious reminders that you are less powerful than those more senior.
But there are different types of power and we will work to identify the source of yours. Whilst the old adage "knowledge is power" is true, it's not enough to get your voice heard. It takes skill to articulate precisely what you know and the changes you want to see .
We will focus on identifying the source of your power. We are all infinitely powerful. Yes we need to be courageous too, but I can help you find that power to voice.
There is so much evidence to show that remaining silent is bad for our health, resulting in stress and burnout, absence from work, long-term sick leave, poor mental health and episodes of breakdown.
Voicing provides such benefits to self-esteem and confidence. There is nothing we can't achieve if we feel good about ourselves and capable of achieving the things we want to.
It may seem as if voicing is only a small thing, but learning how to do it well will serves us for the rest of our lives.
Please do get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Associate Certified Coach, ICF (exp 2024)
- Senior Practitioner, EMCC (exp 2025)
- Member, Chartered Management Institute
- Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
Current Coaching Roles
- Associate Coach - She Leads Change - March 2021 - present
- Associate Coach - Queen Bee Coaching - January 2021 - present
- Pro-bono coach NHS London Leadership Academy - April 2020 - present
- Pro-bono coach NHS Project 5 - April 2020 - August 2022
- Pro-bono CMI coach and mentor - September 2019 - present
- PhD Work Psychology (2016)
- MSc Psychological Studies (2009)
- MSc Management Consultancy (2005)
- BA Hons French and Spanish (1995)
- Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, 2012 - present
- Foundation course, Time to Think - October 2021
- Mental Health First Aider (2021)
- Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice (2008, 2020)
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Areas of coaching I deal with
£100.00 per session
Free initial online session
I offer coaching on a 1-2-1 basis. Please ask about my prices.
There may be opportunities for you to work with me for free if:
1) you work for the NHS through London Leadership Academy.
2) you are a female leader in Manchester through Queen Bee Coaching.
3) if you are a female leader working with She Leads Change
4) You are a member of the Chartered Management Institute
When I work
Each coaching session lasts one hour.
"Thank you Sarah, your work has been nothing less revolutionary in helping me make what is a fundamental shift, the full effects of which I know are still ahead."
“Sarah was an independent support who I opened to in a way I didn’t expect, I trusted her approach and I came through the other side a stronger person.”
“I started my coaching conversations with Sarah thinking I had a clear idea of my objectives, I was wrong! Through her searching questions, insightful observations, and open challenges Sarah has helped me realise what is actually important at this time in my life and how that is impacting how I feel and what I do at work.“
I also offer pro-bono coaching for female leaders living in and around Manchester through Queen Bee Coaching. www.pankhurstprojects.org/QueenBeeCoaching/