I am a highly qualified executive coach and life coach with 26 years experience helping clients move forward, especially in their working lives as leaders and managers, but also their personal lives because one often affects the other, solving practical or mind-set issues, and focusing on solutions.
I can draw on the rich variety of my business and personal background to help you to think through and develop your working life in many areas as the following may indicate:
Former Corporate Life - Prior to 2008 (when I set up my own business to do coaching and related services) and for more than a decade, I headed up teams of professional staff and sat on the Corporate Management Team. In the same organisation, I was leader of the volunteer staff-to-management engagement team covering 600 staff - I saw and dealt with everything, coaching, mentoring and mediating whatever key issues came along. I did this for individuals (staff, middle and top management), whole teams and the entire organisation.
Current Coaching Life - Since 2008, both individuals and businesses hire me for all sorts of work-related development matters and people issues. Individual clients find that it really helps to talk about certain work issues privately to an expert and neutral person. Businesses use me to coach staff, managers, partners and board-level executives, ranging from very small firms to household name multi-nationals. I find that people are people, whatever situation they are in and whatever level they are at.
Private Life - I've been married for over 30 years and brought up two children who have both gone through university and are in the world of work. I have experienced some really difficult times in my life and come through the other side having learned a lot - being a man of faith has helped. I enjoy reading and studying, and walking along the beautiful Thames Path, and have been known to coach some people in that environment!
Training, qualifications & experience
Taken an integrated and comprehensive suite of university accredited degree-level coaching certificates (together, the 'Advanced Certificate in Psychological Coaching'), taught by two top-class coaching psychologists. The modules, all rooted in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC), included the following:
- Certificate in Coaching (covering more traditional coaching methods, with CBC).
- Certificate in Psychological Coaching (CBC with other psychological models).
- Certificate in Performance Coaching.
- Certificate in Assertion and Communication.
- Certificate in Occupational and Organisational Stress Management.
- Professional Member of the Association for Coaching with coaching education and experience to their highest level of 'Master Coach'.
Personality & Psychometric Assessment Credentials
Accredited by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations – awarded their European Test User Certificate.
Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS - UK chartered body for psychologists) and on their register of competent persons for undertaking personality and ability assessments (formerly Level A & B).
BPS qualification in personality: theories, differences, issues, assessment.
Trained and accredited in a wide range of market-leading psychometric instruments to help assess people and to fast-track coaching support, e.g. for Emotional Intelligence, resilience, team relationships and team roles, strengths, personality types and traits, personal values, ‘dark side’ behaviours and conflict styles.
After his degree, post-graduate and chartered exams, Julian also got a Diploma in Management and completed a comprehensive and integrated suite of leadership development courses in-house.
In addition, he went through a comprehensive Executive Business Development Programme at CASS Business School, City University of London.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) in recognition of his extensive senior management experience.
Was selected by the Institute of Directors as one of their experts in leadership.
Registered Mediator with the UK Civil Mediation Council (CMC) and Certified Mediator with the International Mediation Institute (IMI).
Triple accredited mediator: for workplace and employment cases; for civil and commercial cases; and for hybrid family/business cases.
Invited by ACAS to join their panel of independent arbitrators/mediators to deal with collective employment disputes and to supplement their conciliation service
Association for Coaching
The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
In addition to the listed items above, I can also help in the following areas noted below, individually or linked together in any way of help for you.
These are the 8 modules I created for my fully integrated and sequenced leadership and management development training programme.
- Understand How People 'Tick'... the human 'operating system'
- Understand How to Tap Strengths... becoming our personal best
- Understand How to Boost Resilience... minimising limitations and stress
- Understand How to be Personally Effective... fostering wellbeing and success
- Understand Strategic Leadership... getting the best from the big picture
- Understand Operational Management... function more like a well oiled machine
- Understand Organisational Dynamics... engaging with your teams for success
- Understand Conflict and Communication... handling difficult conversations well
These are some of the stand-along topics I can help with too:
- Performance Management
- Change Management
- Influencing & Negotiation Skills
- Assertion & Listening Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Problem Solving & Decision Making
- Key Skills for Senior Managers, Business Owners & Strategic Leaders
- Critical Skills for First Time Managers
- People Skills for... e.g. Project Managers, or Lawyers, or...
- Building Effective Teams
Please email or call me for a FREE initial conversation to see if I might be the right coach for your particular needs and to see what sort of help might be most suitable for you. I may not be the cheapest, but with my wealth of experience do represent great value for money.
Skype or phone coaching is cheaper than face-to-face coaching. Sessions are prepaid
Typical options are either a single 'blockbuster' session (for more 'straightforward' matters) or blocks of three sessions, which are at a discount, and normally include psychometric questionnaires (people find these fascinating!). Six sessions would normally be the maximum needed.
Call: 07590 534162
Please be prepared to leave a message as I often can't answer straight away.
Here are a few public testimonials from the many men and women I have coached from all sorts of different 'levels' and roles about their personal and workplace issues - these four (amongst many others) can be found on my LinkedIn profile:
"Julian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his coaching. He provides clients with extremely helpful perspectives and insights in order to fully help them understand their current situation and the key drivers involved. He expertly utilises a range of techniques and methodologies enabling clients to find a change of direction. On the journey I found Julian to be constructive, committed and incredibly skilled in finding a new strategy for myself - the return on invested time was hugely worthwhile and I would highly recommend his services."
"Julian has excellent skills for coaching. He listens very carefully, asks great questions, challenges in a constructive way, and helps clients work out a realistic way forwards. I found him a very genuine person, who wants to help others find win-win solutions."
"Julian has helped me on a personal coaching basis and is very patient and understanding and has had great insight into the issues involved. I would recommend him most highly."
"I used Julian as an executive coach over a period of a few months during a period of upheaval and transition, when I had to make some key decisions that would have significant impact. Julian’s support and his experience as a coach and facilitator were invaluable to me during this period. He helped me firstly to understand which attributes of the possible solutions mattered most to me, and then to prioritise my options and identify different ways of moving forward. Julian seemed to instinctively know when to act as a sounding board and when to take on a facilitator role, and his unobtrusive style made it possible to make progress quickly and painlessly, even when considering quite sensitive matters."