Quite simply, we believe that coaching wants to be used, be useful and be accessible. So we offer three core programmes that allow these things to happen. They are:
There are thousands of coaches in the UK, many of whom have qualifications, and many more who don’t. Coaches who choose to get qualified want to see a return on their investment, and a benefit from all their hard work. So we are an approved centre for the Institute of Leadership and Management, and deliver their accredited coaching qualifications.
They are well respected and recognised, in the commercial and public sectors, and allow our qualified coaches to access more coaching opportunities. Although they are a standard qualification, we are allowed to tailor them to the needs of our learners, and to deliver the courses in the way that we know works best for successful learning
The courses are a combination of training room days, home study and working on assignments. We offer them as open courses, where individuals can book themselves on, and in-company courses where we work with small groups who work for the same company.
The headteacher of this school was committed to coaching, and wanted to engage in it fully. First step – he enrolled on our ILM level 7 course and studied to be an executive coach. The programme took him 6 months to complete, after which he was coaching at a high level.
He then moved to have us help train his leadership team as coaches, so that the whole organisation has some coaching capacityThe head, Peter Hopkinson, now uses coaching as his main approach to supporting staff development and school improvement. He meets regularly with his team members, and the conversations are coaching in style. He has seen a significant impact, both in how he works with his team and in their capacity to work out their own solutions.
What comes next after getting qualified as a coach? For those who are embarking on a career as a self employed coach, it’s time to set up a business. And this is where it starts to go wrong for many coaches. Either they don’t have the time, skills or resources to do all that “other stuff” that is needed to help them learn how to do this. Or they have to spend lots of money by doing further training, engaging with marketing experts and the like
Charlie and the team have taken their experience in running successful coaching businesses, and are offering a comprehensive, end to end package that covers everything that a coach needs to know to make their business successful. Yes, everything! Sales, marketing, pricing (the thing that no one wants to talk about), as well as finances, admin, and the big picture questions of vision, values, niches
Why – because we believe that coaches have already invested enough to get themselves qualified, so they should be able to access some high quality material without any further outlay. And because so much that is out there for coaches isn’t clear, or comprehensive, we wanted to bring together a comprehensive package
Coaches who take their qualifications and remain employed are keen to not only coach at work, but make their workplace a coaching friendly environment. This is as true for small organisations as it is for multi nationals.
And often, organisations don’t have a clear strategy of how to get from their current stage, to a stage when coaching is being used regularly, openly, and usefully for the benefit of employees and the organisation itself
This is where our creating a coaching culture programme comes in. With a combination of interviews, meetings and consultancy, we are well placed to establish where your organisation is at in terms of being “coaching ready” and to identify what the next steps are