How do I know what I think until I see what I say? EM Forster
Forster’s words, written many years before coaching became part of the vocabulary of leadership development, speak to the essence of coaching.
Our philosophy is that you don’t need to be a subject expert to coach someone – in fact expertise can get in the way if you try to impose it on the client. A better approach is an artful blend of questioning and listening. The essence of our coaching is non-directive: we follow the energy of the client and prompt their thinking through intelligent and thoughtful questions.
Our clients range from colleagues working at Board Level in engineering, energy, banking, legal and public sector roles as well as education, to aspiring leaders in a diverse range of industries.
Mentoring is generally more directive than coaching, but is offered in the same spirit. Our mentors all have Board or equivalent level of experience and have worked in organisations as diverse as Microsoft, Médicins sans Frontières, and Brown Brothers Harriman.
Whether a client is at the start of their career or is considering a mid-career change, our approach is broadly the same. Often a key insight is found by enabling the client to access their less conscious thoughts which their current circumstances have not encouraged them to explore. To quote Carl Jung “until you make the unconscious conscious, it will rule your life and you will call it fate.”
Our coaching and mentoring philosophy
Our new book describes our coaching and mentoring philosophy and how it has been applied in a “unique” programme for future women leaders.