coaching and training
I am a qualified Career Development Coach ((ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring)ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring), offering one-to-one and group coaching.
A core principle of my approach to coaching is that of encouraging autonomy and agency. I see myself as a facilitator - a means through which another person, or people, can engage in a critical exploration of their particular contexts, viewing them from new/different perspectives. This allows people to recognise and consider ways of navigating possible obstacles, working out what they need to do move towards their goals, and devising realistic, realisable action plans.
I approach coaching as a 'person' first and as a 'coach' second - using coaching models and techniques as tools and guides rather than as a prescriptive approach.
Some feedback from people I have coached:
Adam is a great coach and he immediately put me at ease, allowing us to have honest and productive conversations about my aims and expectations of the coaching experience. I felt that he struck a delicate balance between being personable and offering discrete guidance.
Through his use of probing, reflective, thought-provoking questions, Adam was challenging in an appropriate way.
Adam related my comments back to me and gave me space to elaborate, encouraging me to focus on the issue and identify options. The coaching sessions gave me time and opportunity to explore and discuss these in depth
Adam showed great active listening skills, and summarised my ideas well, which helped me identify practical steps to reaching my goals.
The atmosphere was relaxed but focused. Adam encouraged me to consider realistic outcomes and asked relevant follow-up questions to draw out more details, allowing me to think about next steps and timescales.
The coaching sessions with Adam offered me a dedicated time to pause and reflect during a potentially turbulent career transition. Our discussions allowed me to consider different perspectives on situations and sometimes this has led to a resolution that I perhaps would not have reached independently.
"The Lego® Serious Play® Method is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject." (® Serious Play® Method is a facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject." (lego.com)
I use Lego® to encourage people to build metaphorical models of concepts and processes, and to explore these with others in order to gain greater awareness and understanding of their current context..
Workshops to date have focused on:
- critical reflection of learning journeys
- mid-course evaluation and devising action plans
- using coaching techniques in teaching and learning
- developing intercultural communication skills
Some comments from workshop participants:
The interactions and activities were really well planned. I have never felt more engaged in a CPD workshop.
I liked the challenge of building models of ideas, and then joining our individual models to create one whole interconnected team model.
The use of Lego to visually communicate was - initially - difficult to do, however this got us all thinking and we came up with some great ideas.
I got a lot from using Lego to view my approach to learning from a completely different perspective.
I am a Worldwork Licensed Consultant and run Intercultural and Communication Skills training sessions.
Through a process of critical reflection, the workshops focus on exploring the relationship between culture and communication, and encourage participants to consider skills, strategies and approaches for developing their own intercultural communication skills.
Some comments from workshop participants:
I have been reminded that culture has a great influence on use of language and that words can mean different things to different people.
I will explore how to use the intercultural competencies with my team to check we are doing our best.
I've re-realised the importance of adapting how I express and understand things in relation to cultural context(s).
I enjoyed the in-depth discussion of culture and cultures - the idea that "All communication is intercultural" really struck a chord with me. I want to explore this more.