Step Change coaching is for you if you want to develop yourself, either personally or professionally. I help you to create life changes, so that you can unleash your potential.
What makes your heart sing? Do you want more from life? Work with me to live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Coaching and mentoring in Project Leadership skills, for increased project success.
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I coach people who share my passion of wanting to continually learn and develop themselves, either personally, or professionally.
In 2004 I had the good fortune to be assigned an executive coach, that step became life changing. I had been trained at top management schools but found that working with a coach enabled me to understand and develop my own potential and develop an authentic leadership style, personal to me. I learned about developing my personal brand.
I was so inspired by the difference it made, that I decided to train as a coach. I had been interested in continual personal development for many years and coaching became an additional skillset to continue to develop both myself and my teams. Additionally, I have trained in hypnotherapy and am a licenced Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner.
“Julie is an inspirational leader who has an excellent pragmatic approach to managing teams and change. She is talented communicator who puts emphasis into developing those around her. It was a privilege and a pleasure to work with her”. VP Big 4 Bank.
I provide Life coaching, Executive coaching and, utilizing my many years’ experience in PPM, I also offer coaching and mentoring in project and change leadership.
The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. It is facilitating the client’s learning process, by using professional methods and techniques, to help the client to improve what is obstructive and nurture what is effective, in order to reach the client’s goals.
But it’s not all about goals and performance.
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy” – Dalai Lama
While there are some specialist areas of coaching, it all focusses on the person being coached, whether it be executive, business or life coaching. Authenticity of the individual is core.
What makes your heart sing?
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy” – Dalai Lama
People seem so busy, there’s always something to do. How do we create balance in our lives?
How do we create the pearls of life, so that at the end of our lives we can look back at the string of pearls and remember “Life was good”.
Coaching can help you get clarity on the important things to your life, so that you can create more pearls.
Areas of coaching include:
- Work/life balance
- Challenging times
- Better relationships
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Personal development
- Negative thinking
- Clarity of dreams, life goals and taking action
- Breaking unhelpful habits
Areas of Coaching include:
Preparing for Promotion
Stepping up a level can be a real challenge. Coaching can help both in preparing for, and getting to grips with, a new role. Moving up the management chain often requires changes in individual behaviours, from operational to leadership competencies. Our suggested coaching interventions for stepping up are:
Self-awareness; competency development; building relationships; managing politics; building teams.
Effective performance management is as much about people as process. Coaching can help managers to understand how to motivate and inspire, enabling them to optimise individual and team performance. Our suggested coaching interventions for performance management are:
Business performance: motivation; objectives; planning; feedback.
Personal performance: self-awareness; managing state; confidence; prioritisation.
Team performance: engaging teams; purpose and goals; values; trust; commitment; accountability; group coaching; action learning groups.
In this fast paced world, everyone will benefit from learning to handle the wrong kind of stress. Stress reduces performance and often leads to sickness. Our suggested coaching interventions for stress management are:
Prioritisation; learning to say ‘no’; work-life balance; relaxation techniques; managing state.
Better business relationships
Building and maintaining relationships, and working well with others is valuable currency in today’s business world. Our suggested coaching interventions for building better relationships at work are:
Listening; understanding body language/signals; perceptual positions; relationship management; stakeholder management.
Handling difficult situations
Internal team conflict can have a major impact on team dynamics and cohesion. Our suggested coaching interventions for handling difficult situations are:
Active listening; perceptual positions; clean feedback; assertiveness; conflict evolution.
Uncomfortable or not, we need to understand how we are perceived by others. Our suggested coaching interventions for developing the personal brand are:
Self-awareness; perceptions; 360 appraisal; authentic leadership style/brand.
“Julie draws on real experience, she’s been there. Very thorough in her approach. Excellent listening skills, and comprehensive feedback. Overall very effective and I enjoyed working with her”. VP – Client Executive, Telecoms.
Benefits of business coaching and mentoring in the workplace – CIPD Study
Coaching is a proven way of transforming business performance. CIPD asked learning and development professionals in 250 large organisations about the results of their coaching programmes. Almost all said coaching as a development tool benefitted both individuals and organisations. Specific benefits include:
- better communication and interpersonal skills
- increased confidence and motivation
- improved conflict resolution
- better management performance
- 90% of organisations with over 2,000 employees use business coaching
- 95% say that coaching has delivered tangible benefits to their business
PPM Mentoring & Coaching
However, it was my leadership training that enabled me to effectively lead high profile projects and operate at very senior levels, leadership skills such as understanding organisational politics; who were the key influencers and how decisions are made, to get the governance right. Leadership skills in building effective teams, understanding team values, the art of active listening, collaboration and involving others. Communication skills, setting a clear vision that could be communicated in the context of business drivers.
I am also aware that while programme and project managers are trained in methodology, project sponsors and project board members often do not understand the methods or the terminology and can get put off by the perceived bureaucracy.
Which is why I offer coaching and mentoring for project managers, in project leadership skills, and for senior project stakeholders, to help them get clarity of their role and how they can be most effective in steering the project to a successful conclusion.
Getting these basic building blocks right leads to less project over-runs, saving time, money and reputation (organisation and personal reputation).
Project coaching and mentoring is one to one help, that is personal, targeted, effective and supportive of the individual management styles.
I also offer consultancy to get the building blocks right, and project assurance to keep projects on track.
Many project methods advocate a specific governance model, and while this approach can work, it is not uncommon for project boards to be poorly attended. Most organisations already have a governance structure in place for running the business, both across operational and change management. This structure is the way senior management teams discuss and make decisions. Creating a project organisation can be an artificial arrangement, often including the same senior team members who are part of organisational governance. Learning how to use existing governance arrangements for project governance can be helpful in getting the right people to make the right decisions, at the right time.
Understanding senior stakeholder expectations of the project can help risk management. These expectations are often unstated and therefore not able to be managed in an overt way. If senior projects board members have different views and expectations, a project manager can have a tough time. I can help you to learn how to identify, understand and deal with differing (and sometimes conflicting) customer expectations.
Learn how to understand competing organisational priorities and how they affect your project. Learn how to identify allies and manage detractors through power and influence.
Creating a strong project vision, that explains very simply the project outcomes, how the project relates to overall strategy and how it affects day to day operations forms a firm foundation for project communications, both within the project team and to the wider stakeholder group.