Coaching FAQs

What is strategy coaching?

Coaching is about finding practical solutions to difficulties and recognising and playing to strengths. For example, if we discover that memory works best for meaningful events, we will practise ways to associate boring things with meaningful events, to remember them.

Coaching is also about working with stress levels, knowing how to change habits to be in the best state possible and identifying longer term goals to help find motivation.

Coaching works for a range of difficulties or conditions, such as Anxiety, Depression, Dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Condition, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis.

Through coaching clients are expected to try new things and practise in between sessions. It isn’t always easy but it does work.

Will the coach be able to give a strategy for problems?

Sometimes, yes. Due to our years of experience, we have lots of tips to share. However, we also want to make sure that strategies suit the individual person and the exact role, so most of the time our coaches help clients to develop their own strategies. This means that:

• The client has more ownership.

• Strategies are bespoke.

• The client is learning how to develop their own strategies, therefore increasing independence and confidence.

Is the manager involved?

We try to involve managers as much as possible, to give the greatest chance of carrying new ideas into everyday work. We ask managers to come to the first session and then we encourage regular debriefing. We have an open door policy for managers who want to discuss things with us.

Personal information will be kept confidential and we will not disclose examples or stories, just which solutions we are practising and how we expect them to help.

Is coaching always 1:1?

No, we offer workshops on common topics such as memory, organisation and time management. Our research has shown that group work can be more effective in building up confidence and competence to self manage difficulties. It also provides a legacy of peer support in an organisation.

How will I remember everything that happens in coaching?

Our coaches send a brief bullet point overview, of all the strategies and things to do, after each session. There is the option to share this with the line manager, as a follow up de-brief and conversation, as this great for remembering. We also arrange sessions with a few weeks gap between sessions. This helps our clients to remember and practise new ideas. After the coaching is finished, we have online resources or a DVD to help refresh a certain topic or if job roles change and an areas needs to be revisited.

Does coaching work?

Our research, published by the British Psychological Society, shows that our clients find their productivity improves by 57% after just four sessions! Their managers also report a 30% improvement. The difference between the two is because our clients are rating themselves much lower than their managers to start with – we think this is due to low self confidence, something that we change during coaching. Our research also shows that 88% of our coaching clients are still in their job 12 months later and in fact 23% have been promoted in that time! Those that have moved on have done so without lengthy HR or legal disputes.

What if it isn’t for me?

Let the office know, as early as possible. We do, on occasion, swap coaches as some personalities don’t match, even though our coaches are very good at building rapport! The most important thing is to get the most out of the coaching, so the earlier it is raised the better. Don’t be afraid to ask for something different.

For more information

Contact our Head Office for further details, costs and timescales. or 01273 890 502