What is coaching?
Coaching is a one to one process with a person receiving coaching – a coachee – in a thought-provoking and creative way that inspires them to maximise their personal, professional and leadership potential.
There are many benefits to coaching, particularly in times of change helping people to improve skills, behaviours and professional performance.
Central to the philosophy of coaching is an innate belief in the potential of the coachee, helping them to see and learn things in new ways.
While the coach need not be a technical expert in all aspects of the coachee’s work, they will have the capability to move the coachee forward.
Potential benefits of coaching
• Develop self-awareness & resilience
• Improve performance and potential
• Improve direction & focus
• Develop stronger motivation & Drive
• Become more resourceful
• Improve your relationships & levels of Influence
• Develop your leadership capabilities
• Managing work-life balance
• Navigate through challenging times
What happens during a coaching session?
A skilled coach will use a combination of questioning, listening, observation and feedback to create a conversation that is rich in insight and learning. Your coach will listen to you to find out how you think, how you learn and what your current situation is. They will encourage you to overcome obstacles and take action to move you forward, help you to learn new ways of approaching things.
Coaching relationships will typically be over a defined period (between 4-6 sessions or sometime short one off sessions. Each session lasting between 45-60 minutes each. These formal arrangements will be contracted between the coach and the coachee at the beginning of the relationship.
Professional coaching that you can trust
We’ve established a professional coaching community of experienced practitioners from across the NHS and the private sector. All our coaches are certified with an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 5 certificate in Coaching or equivalent.
Our coaching standards are in line with guidelines set by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and our coaches adhere to the EMCC Code of Ethics.
To ensure you receive a high quality, professional coaching experience, we provide ongoing development and supervision to our coaches.
Coaching is free of charge to NHS staff and under no circumstances should coachees under this scheme be charged for coaching.
What your coach will expect from you
To be open to the potential of coaching and to contribute to conversations honestly and openly. You will be expected to stay committed to the process, which means attending sessions, taking your own notes and keeping any agreements you make during the sessions.
How to apply
If you choose to have a coach you would need to consider what you wish to gain from coaching. Once you have an idea of this you can register on the London coaching and mentoring register to get started.
Once registered, you can search for suitable coaches by selecting your criteria. You will be presented with a number of coach profiles. You have the option of contacting up to 3 coaches for a chemistry meeting to establish best fit. It is important that both you and your coach feel comfortable with each other.
You do not have to continue the relationship past the chemistry meeting if you do not wish to.
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