Career & Executive Coaching for Organisations
Helping your people to thrive and flourish at work
You’re a business owner, member of the HR team, or part of your organisation’s leadership team. You’re committed to helping the people you work with to succeed. There is someone you would particularly like to help with their career at the moment. You don’t have the time or existing resources to support them effectively and want to bring in a coach to help.
Why you are thinking of hiring a coach
You want to help your people at work to grow and develop to become successful managers and leaders who are commited to the organisation. There is someone at work who is struggling with something. Some of the many situations they may be experiencing include:
- Finding it hard to settle into a new role
- Feeling demotivated after missing out on a promotion
- At risk of burning out
- Lacking confidence in themself
- Feeling the pressure while having to lead during a time of change
You don’t want to lose them or to see them fail.
How I can help
Coaching is a way of empowering someone to overcome any challenge at work that they’re experiencing. It gives people space and time to think – something that can feel impossible to do when life and work are so fast paced and demanding. We start by talking through whatever it is they’re finding difficult and the outcomes they would like to achieve from the coaching. Over a series of coaching sessions I’ll listen carefully to what they say and then ask them powerful questions to help move them get ‘unstuck’ and move forward in their thinking. I also have activities they can complete that will help them to understand themselves better and start to find solutions. Although I won’t give advice, I may share useful books, articles, talks, podcasts, courses for them to consider if I think this will help them to expand their understanding of a particular area (e.g. management skills, public speaking skills, leadership skills).
The person being coached will finish the coaching feeling calmer and more confident in themselves, having successfully tackled whatever obstacle has been holding them back at work.
Why trust me to help?
I’m passionate about coaching and have been described as going ‘above and beyond’ what is expected to help my clients. It’s all very well having the right qualifications on paper (I have an MA in Human Resources Management, a Career Coaching qualification from Career Counselling Services and the ILM level 7 certificate in Executive Coaching) but what helps me to stand out from other coaches is my empathy, understanding and commitment to helping the people I coach to grow their confidence and skills.
Checking this is the right solution
I believe it’s important that the person being coached (the ‘coachee’) is fully bought into the idea of being coached and the person coaching them. For that reason, I offer a free initial ‘chemistry’ meeting. It gives the coachee the opportunity to meet me and ask me any questions that they have about coaching and working with me. It also gives me the opportunity to meet them and to get a good understanding of what outcomes they’re hoping to achieve from the coaching, so that I can tailor my coaching to fit their needs. After the initial meeting, I will completely understand if the coachee feels I’m not quite the right coach for them. In fact, if this is the case, I will be very happy to recommend another coach for them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Career coaching is a way of helping someone to overcome a challenge they are facing in their career. Different career coaches have different career challenges that they support with and these are usually linked to their experience and training. I am lucky to have had a broad range of experience and training, which means that I can provide coaching to help my clients overcome any career challenge they are experiencing. This support usually falls into one of three areas (although they can sometimes overlap) – helping people to:
- Get their next job (through practical support with CVs, interviews and job search techniques).
- Change career
- Feel more confident in the job that they have (by overcoming a particular challenge).
Executive coaching is a branch of career coaching. Different career coaches are trained and experienced at dealing with different aspects of careers.
An executive is, *someone who has responsibility for positioning the organization for success and authority over a team of senior managers and/or businesses. Although the same challenges present themselves to people no matter what stage of their career they are in (e.g. ‘is the right job for me?’, ‘how do I deal with this difficult colleague?’, ‘how do I take the next step in my career’, ‘how do I stop working from taking over my life?’, ‘how do I stop feeling like a fraud in this role?’), there are challenges that are specifically linked to being in an executive role.
Some of the challenges faced by executives include being able to confidently lead teams, how to make unpopular decisions and how to steer the organisation in the right direction. As a trained executive coach, I am able to support executives, empowering them to work through these challenges with confidence.
*Susan L. Colantuono (2010) “No Ceiling No Walls”
My standard coaching package (for organisations) is a course of 6 x 1.5 hour coaching sessions, at a cost of £1,800. However, I can tailor my coaching solutions to your needs. So, if you feel the person you are booking the coaching for would benefit from fewer or more sessions, I can suggest a different solution for you.
Yes. For coaching to truly work, the person being coached (the coachee) needs to know that nothing they say will be shared with anyone else (including the person who has booked the coaching on their behalf). However, if you have booked the coaching for someone in your organisation and you would like an input into the goals that they are set, or would like to know how they are finding the coaching helpful, we can work on a solution that you are happy with. This usually starts with an initial conversation between you, me and the coachee to agree on a way of doing this that the coachee is comfortable with (and that won’t negatively impact the coaching).
When coaching has been booked by an organisation (and the organisation is based in London, Sussex or Surrey), I can travel to the organisation’s office and deliver the coaching in a meeting room there. However, if the person being coached lives locally to me, they are very welcome to have their coaching at my home office (in Banstead, Surrey). Or, if they are not comfortable being coached at the organisation’s premises, I can usually arrange access to a meeting room (through my membership with Regus offices) at a location that is convenient for them.
The frequency of the coaching sessions depends on the needs of the person being coached. If they are feeling highly stressed or need to prepare for a specific deadline, the coaching sessions can take place weekly.
The most popular coaching option is to have the sessions every two weeks. For some people, every three weeks, or four weeks works well. The longest gap that I recommend having between sessions is a month. If sessions stretch beyond this, you can start to lose the impact and flow of the coaching.
Yes, that’s no problem at all. I work with private clients, as well as working for companies. Please get in touch and we can talk through the options.
Claire Townshend, Head of HR, EMEA & US
I brought Fay into our business to provide career coaching and to support some senior business services managers and senior associates following their recent promotion. Fay is extremely professional, she is confidential, knowledgeable and a good sounding board. As most of our staff are client-facing and charge their time, setting time aside for coaching type activities can often be difficult. Fay perseveres and ensures that she stays in touch and engages with the people she is supporting on a regular basis. I can think of no greater compliment than one Director being so impressed, that they asked for the coaching to be extended to another member of their team and has mentioned some of the exercises Fay used on numerous occasions. I cannot recommend Fay highly enough.