Building a Coaching Culture starts here

Global research published by one of the industry’s leading professional bodies, the International Coaching Federation (ICF), shows that there is now a clear link between high-performing organisations and a strong coaching culture.

Our consultancy services are offered to organisations and feature a portfolio of tailored solutions and products that can serve to address a multitude of issues facing both large and small businesses today. We work at all levels within an organisation to help build a coaching culture where the emphasis is placed on improving performance, maximising your people’s potential and driving business success.

Our team of consultants are experienced coaches with direct expertise in supporting businesses with their management practices and people strategies. We will work with you to embed sustainable change and encourage a culture of inspirational and trusted leadership, employee engagement and talent management as well as being able to assist with an organisation’s wellbeing strategy. In addition, we deliver in-house training programmes for managers of all levels, HR professionals, organisational development specialists and internal coaches, as well as coaching for teams, management and young professionals.

Here is an overview of some (not exhaustive list) of some workplace issues we can support you with.

Developing and Retaining Talent

A fierce labour market and skills gap mean organisations are at war for hiring and keeping their top talent. Career progression is a priority for workers and a coaching approach providing access to continuous learning is critical in retaining high performers.

Work is becoming increasingly complex and as functions change due to advances in automation, our people need to continue learning to keep up. An employee’s level of potential is becoming more influential when it comes to making recruitment and talent pipeline management decisions. Whether a graduate scheme participant or a future leader, coaching can scale their development into more senior roles as well as grow interpersonal skills, resilience, management capabilities and motivate employees to pursue personal and professional excellence. It’s also now an integral way of working for organisations as more managers are equipped with coaching skills.

Developing and Retaining Talent – Webinar

A recent Jobrapido* survey notes that when asked which leadership characteristics are important for retaining staff, nearly half (47%) of respondents said a boss should inspire their workforce and make them want to stay. A further 39% said the ability to listen is the most important quality for a manager, and 10% think that bosses should provide a clear career structure for all staff, not just a select few.

Rob Brouwer, CEO of Jobrapido, said that employers must do more in the face of a war for talent. “In the UK the demand is becoming vigorously strong and far outstripping the supply for talent. There is clearly a need for bosses, line managers and HR departments to pay even more attention to the need not only to attract the best talent in the market but, once onboard, to look at all the ways to engage and retain them.”

The challenge is that in many organisations the flatter the structure, the more the line manger experiences the time challenge to offer the listening time to support their people on their development. So how can line managers make their conversations more effective and shorten the queue?

Join consultant coach Kate Freedman to explore how coaching can underpin your organisation’s strategy to retain and develop its talent. Kate will explore how line managers and HR specialists can use coaching skills and in-house coaching pools to support their talent initiatives.

She will share a case study of how in her previous role as an internal coach and partner to HR she led a pool of line managers ready to accept the listening challenge which in turn helped more individuals feel seen and heard. A simple tactic that contributed to a drop in attrition levels and reduced churn in a challenging environment for the newly onboarded, mid-career doubters and identified key talent.

* Source – HR Magazine 25 July 2019

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Teams Working at their Best

Team coaching is one of the hottest topics in management and there is a global trend for increased teamwork at board level. Teaming has reached the C-suite and is seeing executives adopt a more collaborative team-based business model.

The use of systemic team coaching is enabling businesses to deliver an upwards shift in team and organisational performance and results. Unlike one-off workshops and team-building exercises, systemic team coaching enables teams to identify and resolve their challenges over a programme lasting several months – resulting in deeper learning and long-term sustainable change. It is more effective and cost-efficient than one-to-one executive coaching and encourages a team to embrace collective leadership.

Our consultants will work with you to explore the team’s role and purpose, team dynamics, ways of working, stakeholder relationships, and the value they can collectively add to the organisation. We also offer our Team Connect 360 diagnostic tool which is a powerful aid in goal setting and evaluating a programme’s results.

Teams Working at Their Best – On-demand webinar

During this webinar, team coaches and AoEC consultant coaches Vanessa Wye and Filip Fiers explored possible enablers for organisations to develop teams working at their best. Based on their best practice, powerful approaches and methodologies will be shared, as well as lessons learned. They looked at possible “moments of truth” in the developmental process of teams and debated how being aware of “tipping points” in the context of teams can accelerate growth.

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Coaching for Leaders

Coaching is an established and recognised tool for developing the effectiveness of CEOs and C-suite level directors and can be applied at various stages of an executive’s management career.

In addition to providing team coaching in-house, the AoEC also offers its flexible Systemic Team Leadership programme which enables participants to rise to the challenge of coaching their teams to think and act systemically and address their unique challenges and opportunities.

Coaching for leaders is highly beneficial and helps refine communication skills, increases resilience and strengthens managerial abilities. Those with coaching skills are also instrumental in engaging and motivating employees to continue expanding their skills and inspiring them to succeed. Executive coaching can also contribute to building trust by focusing on results, relationships and reputation, while a coaching approach has also been shown to make company directors lead more effectively through periods of change.

Coaching For Leaders – Recorded webinar available on-demand

In this webinar, consultant coaches Rachel Daniel and Kay Young explored the role of coaching in helping leaders work more effectively as well as feel a greater sense of satisfaction and connectedness in their roles and in their organisations.

In our increasingly complex and fast-moving business world where change is constant, leaders are increasingly challenged – both internally and through external influences. When leaders engage in coaching, a whole new world of awareness and possibilities can emerge, resulting in learning, growth, change and action.

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Motivation for Perfomance

A coaching culture is immensely valuable in improving performance and can be lucratively used to tap into the workforce’s potential. Employees who are engaged in their work and encouraged to further their skills are driven to succeed.

Those employees who are empowered to take ownership and be accountable also have the freedom to innovate and focus on excellence with value-creation for the customer. Coaching fosters staff buy-in with a feeling of being valued and cultivates loyalty, trust and engagement in the employer. Organisations which prize their people are highly desirable to work for and the opportunities for professional development alongside career progression are often more attractive than large salaries and benefit packages.

Coaching can extend a person’s skills beyond where they are now and those who have undergone coaching are more self-aware and better in managing their relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders. Coaching augments critical skills as well as helping manage behaviour and prepare employees for times of change or uncertainty.

Motivation for Performance – Webinar
2nd October 2019 @ 1pm BST

Honing an organisation’s learning capability is key to adapting and therefore safeguarding future performance. A hard-working, motivated workforce who are flexible in the face of change is fundamental to this.

That’s all well and good to say, but the practice may be far from straightforward. As a leader you may be faced with difficulty in enabling engagement and high-performance because most staff are overwhelmed or finding it tough. During tough times of change or survival, organisational motivation is at risk; fatigue can set in.

You may be seeking solutions to this dilemma via new measures of performance management or via upskilling. The traditional route of training may deliver over time, but often falls short of the mark because new skills learnt off-site are not, or cannot be, integrated back in the workplace. Coaching cuts through that. Coaching is about enabling learning, in real time, on real-life challenges. It can help you uncover real meaning, where your value sits, and how that aligns with the organisation’s performance needs. Coaching delivers win-win.

Join Jenny Campbell of the Academy of Executive Coaching in this interactive and dynamic webinar, to learn how to unlock workplace motivation and performance via coaching. Explore the key factors to consider in motivation for longer term performance in the middle of complex and uncertainty. You will get the chance to consider how today’s performance measures might be changed to incorporate adaptability, and how to match motivation for that.

This engaging webinar will help you understand differences of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, how resilience affects motivation, and how to redefine performance in the middle of our VUCA world.

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Managing Change

Mergers and acquisitions, global expansion, a change of leadership or the roll out of new technology can all be disruptive, and organisations find their priorities and strategies constantly must shift to keep up. Change is a natural process, but it is the fear of the unknown that can cause resistance within a workforce when change is underway.

The core features of change management are communication, leadership and resilience and each can determine the failure or success of a change management initiative. Coaching is one of the most useful ways to improve change management capabilities as it can organise people for change, be used to modify behaviours, enhance communication and grow resilience at individual and team level.

One-to-one and team coaching sessions are designed to suit the specific needs of the coachee(s) and give them the opportunity to talk through their feelings, their concerns and reflect on how change might impact them. Interventions of this nature help build critical thinking and trust in senior management as they can overcome this resistance and break down challenges.

How Coaching Will Help You Manage Change – Webinar
30th August 2019 @ 10.00am BST

“Change is the law of life” said John. F Kennedy. Most of us will have found this to be true.  And you won’t be alone if you find dealing with change a challenging experience.

Join Alasdair Graham and Lotte Poole of the Academy of Executive Coaching to learn how best to work positively with change. Part of the learning will cover challenging the obstacles, creating a clear vision of what success looks like and supporting the learning that comes from this journey.

You’ll discover the psychology behind the resistance to change, hear real-life case studies of change you can relate to, and learn practical tips which you can apply yourself.

This engaging webinar will help you see the different forms change can take ranging from large organisational culture shifts to personal life decisions. You’ll hear how coaching is a powerful tool which high-performing companies use to make new initiatives more successful. It can be applied in personal, team or organisational settings.

You will have the opportunity to take part in real-time research, pose questions to two coaches who often help leaders with tough changes, and take away some practical techniques and tools.

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