My coaching style is warm, curious and pragmatic with the intention of creating a safe space for the client. By using a blend of insightful questions and reflective challenge, particularly around the use of language and metaphor, I help to unravel confusing or conflicting thoughts, so you can get clarity and move forward with deliberate intent.
How coaching can help you
Most of my clients find that they are "stuck" at work and want help with career progression, career planning, or becoming more confident in a new role or after returning from a career break.
Coaching increases their field of awareness, allowing them to truly understand what’s important to them and to be aware of learned patterns of behaviour
From this a number of underlying issues come to the fore such as influence and impact, strengthening relationships, work-life balance and navigating change. My clients come from both the private and public sector.
Coaching can be face to face or online and a typical programme would last for four to six sessions. Sessions can be supplemented with psychometric or 360-degree evaluations for a small additional fee.
Key to my approach is a clear understanding of the coaching goals and how progress towards these will be measured.
How coaching can help your organisation
If your organisation is trying to build capability, undergo organisational change or get more from your high potential talent then an organisational coaching programme could benefit you by:
Helping leaders to align their individual actions and leadership decisions to the overall organisational strategy.
Supporting individuals to clarify personal objectives, reflect on learning and embed any behavioural changes.
More quickly elevating the performance of junior team members, than training or experience alone.
Improving organisational performance through better collaboration and strategic decision making.
This translates to an increased confidence and capability in your workforce, enabling you to meet your strategic goals.
"I started seeing Helen at exactly the right time in my career. I was considering a new move to get a promotion and Helen really helped me see what I wanted. She talks to you like a human but is very clever at drawing things out of you. She challenges but is also supportive. When I had my interview, Helen helped me keep calm and helped me shape my ideas. I felt like she was always there for me. I got the job and I really think that Helen played a part in that. She is a great coach and anyone would be lucky to have her coach you."
Jude Wilson, Business Support Leader, PwC
I went to Helen for outplacement services wanting to rebuild my self-confidence and find a path through the difficult emotions I was experiencing, trying to use this as an opportunity for a reset and reframe in terms of career goals and direction. Helen has helped me with those goals in an incredibly supportive manner, showing skill in utilising her coaching skills to help find a way forward.
The result was I was having great success with interviews earlier this year and quickly secured a new contract. Due to the coaching received from Helen I was far more resilient in coping and have an optimistic and pragmatic approach to exploring opportunities post lockdown. I highly recommend Helen’s consulting services to anyone looking to change career or looking for assistance in developing their current career path
Fiona, Business Improvement and Transformation Consultant
"I didn't know what to expect when I started my sessions with Helen as I had no previous experience of coaching. She has taken time to help me articulate what I want to achieve from the process and to gain a fuller understanding of who I am and what is important to me about work. Her Socratic approach has enabled me to develop a greater understanding of what my core values are and how to apply these at work. I had been drifting in my working life for quite some time and without spending this time with Helen I probably would be still. She has helped me to focus on why I'm doing what I'm doing and how I can improve in the future."
Stephen Salmon, Senior Engineer, HaskoningDHV
I had a session with Helen in an effort to refine the way I've been thinking about my work and better define the 'core' of what makes me tick. I have a complex portfolio career with some recent changes and was feeling a bit stuck in my attempts to try to make sense of my direction. Helen's questions were thoughtful and incredibly productive. She skillfully guided me towards a genuine 'aha!' moment that just made everything click - I left the session feeling SO excited about what is next and felt a renewed sense of purpose. One happy woman 'unstuck'!
Katie Bank, Arts Researcher