When we listen really well and with our full attention, we enable others to do their best thinking. That’s a belief I live by in my coaching and training business, though what I offer is far from a cosy chat over a coffee! Anyone who’s been through the coaching process with me will know that it can bring challenge; sometimes it feels difficult and it will always bring new insights, awareness and learning.
I decided early on that nature and the wonderful outdoors would play a big part in my business. It’s a key reason I chose Lancaster and Sheffield Universities for my student days and High Peak as the place to raise my family. There’s something powerful about finding resolution in the natural environment whether that’s a park hidden away in an urban setting or an area of woodland in Derbyshire or the Lake District. Coaching beyond the constraints of a room creates space for my clients to explore what’s really going on for them, not only cognitively but in their bodies too. It’s a different kind of knowing which opens up new possibilities through creativity and connection.
When I work with my coaching clients outdoors I help them address their questions holistically, emotionally and somatically. Without doubt, it’s a more sensory experience. Perhaps we’ll go out on a ‘quest’ where we invite the environment to support the client’s explorations and offer unexpected answers and ways forward. For example, they may ask ‘how can I improve communication with my team,?’ What does collaboration look like in my business?’ or ‘How can I champion change in my organisation?’ We take time to connect with our environment mindfully, slow down and take time to explore, notice and reflect through walking, sitting, taking photos, tuning-in to the abundance of metaphors around us, capturing notes and talking. At the end of the exercise, we consider together the insights gained and next steps.
I work with:
• new and senior leaders who are looking to unlock their own effectiveness and impact or incorporate coaching into their leadership style;
• consultants who recognise how coaching questions can help them develop their business in a way that’s right for them; and
• people from all backgrounds who wish to become coaches themselves and coaches who wish to take their practice outdoors.
You’ll see ‘associates’ in my business name because I choose to work with like-minded, like-hearted coaches and trainers who bring their own passion, expertise and approach to my business. Together, we empower clients to explore and know more deeply what’s right for them and to find the resourcefulness and courage to take the next steps.
In an interview with Helen Roscoe as part of her Wellbeing Sessions, I talk about my approach to coaching and particularly coaching outdoors.
Ethical practice is at the core of how I work as a coach. I am a member of the European Coaching and Mentoring Council (EMCC) and subscribe to EMCC’s Code of Ethics (see http://www.emccuk.org).
I have an Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring from the Bristol Business School at the University of Western England, ILM Level 7 in Executive Coaching and am an NLP Master Practitioner and licenced MBTI facilitator.
I am privileged to live on the doorstep of the High Peak yet close to the bright lights of Manchester. I’m a mum (and have found coaching as a parent can be hugely powerful), a lover of the outdoors and a glutton for books. I love yoga and sing whenever I can.
To find out more about how I can make a difference for you, your teams and your organisation, please get in touch. Thank you.