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What is coaching and how might it help me?

Coaching is a personalised development experience, in this case for HR Directors, which can deliver enhanced knowledge, improved performance and insight, and lasting change. It creates a supportive environment that develops critical thinking skills, ideas, and behaviours about a topic/issue specific to you. Coaching takes place in real time, in a one-to-one situation with a coach that has been personally selected by you, taking into account your own personal learning style and specific needs at the time. 

What can you expect?

You can expect:

  • Short (one to one and half hours approximately) intensive periods of 1:1 contact with your coach – ideally away from your office.
  • A series of meetings that you schedule to suit your diary - typically every 4-6 weeks.
  • An entirely personalised development activity, designed specifically around you and your needs.
  • A totally confidential environment where issues can be explored in greater depth, providing the opportunity for a deeper level of personal awareness.
  • No artificial work to do. Coaching will use real work issues as the learning material.

How to select a coach

  • Read the individual biography documents and CVs of each of the coaches in our coach directory. Look for a coach who has relevant experience, is likely to understand your particular context and who you feel has an approach to coaching that suits you. You may find that some coaches are more business focussed and others take a more holistic, “whole person” approach. You may also want to consider the convenience of their geographical location. Many coaches are very happy to travel to you but this is something you will need to check out.
  • Narrow your choice down to two or three coaches that you think you might be able to work well with and then email them with what you are looking for. You should ensure that you are asking for an informal (no obligation on either side) exploratory telephone call.
  • On the telephone describe your context and particular challenges, listening to how the coach might be able to support you. This exploratory conversation should enable you to decide which coach you would like to meet/work with.
  • Your selected coach will then meet with you to talk you through the contracting process and agree the initial objectives for the coaching. As with all contacts you will need to be very clear about goals, timescales, preferred venues, precise costs, expenses and coaching fees.
  • Your coach will work with you to help develop a personalised coaching plan. This will involve a series of one to one meetings, and may also include use of other techniques such as personality profiling eg 16PFT, MBTI etc, 360° feedback, and self reflection.
  • At this point you may want to share the details of your coaching programme with your line manager.
  • The best coaches will ensure that a mid-term review takes place and will evaluate the coaching process/changes with you fully at the end.

Good luck with your coaching. For any further advice, or if you can suggest a coach who has worked with you or colleagues at executive level, please feel free to contact:

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