When ZZZ was appointed as CEO of his Business, he inherited an organisation that had experienced 5 years of high-speed growth. His predecessor had overseen a doubling in the size of the headcount and had been particularly people focused and an engaging communicator. Despite the success of the previous 5 years there were internal divisions and external market pressures making the job of leading the organisation a challenging one.
Personal challenges facing ZZZ included:
I worked with ZZZ to coach him through the first 12 months of his tenure as CEO. That work involved:
I was asked by a member of the leadership team of a large organisation to coach a manager in her team who had handed in his resignation. She accepted that she was offering the manager career support a bit later than would have been ideal, but felt he could well be making the wrong career decision. She was also keen to do what she could to retain him in the organisation.
I contracted with both parties, agreeing that the content of the sessions would remain confidential between the manager and myself. I also ensured that both parties knew my role was to coach, not to achieve the resignation being withdrawn.
I used an accelerated version of SIMA, over a period of one week. SIMA uses an interview technique to build a picture of a person’s motivations. In particular it focuses on the person’s pattern of success and how they achieve it.
In this case the SIMA programme resulted in the manager identifying a variety of reasons why the new job he’d accepted was unlikely to provide him with a satisfactory next career step.
Having withdrawn his resignation I worked with him over a period of three months to devise alterations to his current role, a short and medium term career plan and to evaluate a series of internal opportunities for his next career move.
I coached a consultant who was finding it difficult to influence the Board members of a client. He had superior technical knowledge in the subject matter, but as a result of a clash of styles was finding that the client’s were unreceptive and that both parties were finding the project un-fulfilling.
I spent some time with him, understanding the issues from his perspective and getting a feel for both his preferred style and that of the key client contacts.
I used SDI Strengths Deployment Inventory) to provide him with a simple practical tool to help him identify his preferred behaviours and those of the client. This tool also gave him a better understanding of how his style changed under stress and how to identify changes in the client that might indicate conflict or stress.
Over a series of coaching sessions straddling a number of interactions between the consultant and his clients, improvements in the relationship and the quality of the project outputs were achieved.
I am currently working with a middle manager in a large professional organisation. He is well rated in his current role but struggling to achieve recognition as a contender for promotion.
Early coaching sessions have established his medium term objectives and the barriers to promotion he feels exist. This has been achieved using freestyle coaching and will be supplemented by SIMA to create a 'template' against which he can evaluate future opportunities.
Further sessions will focus on:
Alan was instrumental in helping me to understand where my career priorities lay and to build the skills I needed to ultimately take the challenge of a new role. In particular, Alan showed me a route to building my confidence in expressing my thoughts and ideas to others, something which I felt had always held me back previously. I feel very fortunate to have benefitted from Alan's thoughtful yet challenging guidance and would strongly recommend Alan to anyone else who feels they need assistance in rebooting their career.B M - Client Relationship Manager
Alan was my coach for the duration of a SIMA (motivations coaching) programme. I undertook this programme at a period of time when I was considering a change of employer. Alan was very focused during our coaching sessions and constructively challenged my beliefs about myself, enabling me to think in a logical and positive way about my future options. Alan always allowed time for me to express myself and has an open and friendly manner, without appearing patronising. The experience of undertaking the SIMA programme, with Alan’s support, was extremely beneficial and I would strongly recommend Alan as a coach.SB, Senior Manager, NHS
Alan was refreshing to work with. He delivers his own brand of mentoring, which combines the rigour of human performance methodologies with the right amount of humour and personality necessary to deal with the topic without it seeming awkward. Alan challenged me to apply some of the intellectual and analytical rigour of my strategy consulting job to my own development and career.PW, Associate, private equity investment fund managers
Alan has helped me to take a different approach to my work and career. He has enabled me look at problems more creatively and also to step back and see the bigger strategic picture. He draws on extensive experience to help me identify a helpful course of action for the whole range of workplace issues, from building relationships with difficult colleagues to managing upwards and advancing my career.BS, Manager, Barclays Capital