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In a Nutshell
Coaching is a guided process that supports you create the results you want. It offers a framework for you to set stretching and challenging goals; plan strategies and actions to achieve your goals; be held accountable for taking action; and develop thoughts feelings and behaviours that will enable your success.
Individual Coaching works well for:
- Senior/executive leaders
- Programme/project/change managers
- Anyone preparing for or in transition
- Anyone seeking or settling into new roles
- Anyone wishing to strengthen their performance, work through issues, develop new capabilities
- Anyone seeking greater meaning, purpose and passion in their life and/or work
Team Coaching works well for:
- Executive and senior management teams
- Project/Programme/Change management teams
- Teams experiencing turmoil and/or undergoing and/or driving change
- Teams seeking to improve their performance, and
- Teams needing better experience with diversity, inclusion, and team cultures that support performance.
Group Coaching works well for individuals when discovery, experimentation and drawing on the collective wisdom of others will add value to their coaching experience. Among other things, it is great for developing interpersonal skills, personal power and presence.
Stephen gained the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification in 2017 through the International Coach Federation (ICF), is committed to upholding the ICF Code of Conduct and his ongoing professional development; and was trained through the NeuroLeadership Group, an ICF-accredited training organisation.
Coaching is offered as a service to assist the development of individuals and teams. It is targeted to address developmental and support needs. Coaching will help you:
- Enhance personal and/or team competency
- Establish, pursue and monitor progress towards short-, medium- and long-term goals
- Develop desired skills, attitudes or capabilities through support and guidance
- Explore new ideas and concepts through training, discussion, probing questions, creative exercises and other methods
- Strengthen your decision making and action taking abilities by providing encouragement, support, and independent critique of your process, and
- Broaden your field of understanding and application by introducing concepts and ideas that may be outside your typical focus and background.
Read on if you are interested in more information on:
- Benefits of engaging a coach
- Why use a coach?
- What is coaching?
- Stephen's Coaching Philosophy
- The International Coach Federation
- Stephen's Coaching Process
- Further Information on Coaching
- Stephen Harrison, Your Coach
Benefits of engaging a Coach
By working with Stephen as your coach the following benefits are available to you:
- Increased confidence in your roles and responsibilities
- Improved interpersonal and management skills
- Assistance in setting and achieving stretching goals, professional and personal
- Access to a trusted confidant
- fresh perspectives and insights into how to deal with difficult situations effectively, including how to focus on true issues and not just the symptoms
- Encouragement to be more innovative and willing to sell your ideas
- Stimulation to try new ways of thinking
- Improved performance in areas of coaching focus
Why Use a Coach?
Some reasons you might consider introducing Stephen as a coach into your life:
- Initiating a new project
- A new management role
- Exploring or developing a new business strategy or approach
- To escape from a rut
- To explore ideas
- To beat a troublesome trait
- To strengthen skills
- To develop greater effectiveness
- Work through personal or organisational change
- To have an independent sounding board for your ideas
What is Coaching?
While the figure is a generalisation, it does indicate broadly the distinctions between approaches used to support individuals and groups.
Consulting and Mentoring rely on experts providing advice to clients. The expert effectively assumes a degree of responsibility for the outcomes produced. They TELL the client what they need to know and ought to do. Counselling and Coaching rely on asking questions to draw out of the client what the client already knows, assisting the client tune into their own wisdom. The value they bring is in how they ASK questions, stimulate thinking, and open the client to themselves, what is going on for and within them.
Consulting and Counselling focus on solving problems. While the client may couch requests in terms of seeking a solution, the approach tends to identify and address problems. They are backward looking in terms of understanding what led to the current situation and finding a way forward. Coaching and Mentoring are solution-focused, looking at where the client desires to be, and they focus on what is required to transition from the current state to the new one. These are forward moving approaches.
Coaching leaves responsibility with the client, and through quality questions facilitates the client in clarifying what they want to create, what their future state will be, and how to make the necessary transition. Coaching recognises that each client is a unique being, with a brain that has the capacity to develop its own solutions, and that the client will own the results when they are their own insights. When answers are provided from others’ thinking the ownership and commitment of the client to the idea is lower. Developing their own insight, the client experiences changes in their own neural pathways, and in a very physiological manner the ideas are very literally theirs.
Stephen's Coaching Philosophy
Each person has their unique strengths, weaknesses, experiences, personality and brain. Stephen believes that every person has a unique contribution to make, and that we are most motivated when working congruent with our values, beliefs and purpose. Imagine if more people lived to their full potential.
What, how and where each of us are best to contribute is, however, not always that clear and making sense of this is a life long journey of discovery and learning. As a coach, his intent is to be a wise guide to people who are committed to taking ownership of their lives and seeking to improve their capabilities. He encourages coachees to discover their life purpose and personal values, set stretch goals that matter to them, gain clarity on the strategies and actions required to achieve their goals, and develop effective responses challenges to deliver the desired results.
Stephen’s coaching methodology draws on a wide range of disciplines including adult learning, neuropsychology, positive psychology, whole brain thinking, career development, organisational development, systems thinking, complexity leadership theory and action methods. He undertakes regular professional supervision to assure the best possible results for his clients.
Stephen adheres to the International Coach Federation Code of Conduct. This includes assurance that each session is held in strict confidence between the Coach and Coachee.
The International Coach Federation (ICF), founded in 1995, is a globally-recognised organisation with its purpose being “to lead global advancement of the coaching profession”. Their envisioned future is that “coaching is an integral part of society and ICF members represent the highest quality in professional coaching”. As such, I am bound by the ICF Code of Conduct, and am working through the various levels of accreditation to advance my capabilities and deliver the best possible coaching to my clients.
The ICF has identified core competencies that they expect a proficient coach to display, including:
- A. Setting the Foundation
- 1) Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards
- 2) Establishing the Coaching Agreement
- B. Co-creating the Relationship
- 3) Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the Client
- 4) Coaching Presence
- C. Communicating Effectively
- 5) Active Listening
- 6) Powerful Questioning
- 7) Direct Communication
- D. Facilitating Learning and Results
- 8) Creating Awareness
- 9) Designing Actions
- 10) Planning and Goal Setting
- 11) Managing Progress and Accountability
Stephen has been trained against these competencies and endeavours to apply them consistently in his coaching practice. Additional information on these competencies can be obtained from the ICF web site.
Stephen's Coaching Process
Stephen will work with you (in Individual Coaching), with you as part of a group (in Group Coaching), and with your team (in Team Coaching) to ensure you have the ingredients needed to develop insight; learn; identify and implement needed change; and to assure optimum performance. With teams, this also includes attending to their culture, group dynamics, and work processes and practices as necessary. By working with you to achieve inter- and intra-personal congruence and access to your full capacity and capability, your energy and attention is applied to create your desired outcomes.
Further Information on Coaching
The following brochures provide the full information on coaching and the various options offered by Stephen:
- Coaching Overview (this page)
- Individual (Executive/Leadership) Coaching
- Team Coaching
- Group Coaching
- Why Sponsor Coaching?
Stephen Harrison, Your Coach
Follow this link to read Stephen Harrison's profile
Refer to the Testimonials page to see what clients have said about Stephen as a coach.