Coaching for Culture Programme

Coaching for Culture Programme

Would you like to transform your organisation into an empowering, higher performing, innovative place to work?

Many of my clients have deep aspirations to empower their teams. In my experience the most high impact, transformative and sustainable way to do this is through developing a coaching culture. This is now widely recognised by many such as the Human Capital Institute and CIPD, some examples are here:

I am passionate about suporting and empowering organiations to create a coaching culture – so they can transform their leadership and organisations. And my purpose for this is also that this has the propensity to change individual lives, communities and our world as a whole.

My ‘Coaching for Culture’ 4 tier programme has been providing powerful coaching training in various public, private and non profit sectors in the last 3 years. This programme can cover up to 6 days and also can be delivered in line with relevant consultancy and/or 1:1 coaching.

The programme is bespoke and can tailored to be delivered in whole or in parts, depending on requirements. The purpose is to develop a leadership coaching culture which ultimately cascades down to transforming results and quality of service, engagement and innovation.

The programme is usually comprised of training for executives, leaders and managers at various levels within the organisation (including for those with some, little or no experience of coaching). The programme can include:
• Introduction to Coaching Skills
• Developing Coaching Style
• Building an Organisational Coaching Culture
• Advanced Coaching Mastery
• Reflective Practise

This programme can also be tailored to training or provide develop/reflective practise for existing internal coaches.

To find out more about this programme please email me: nicci@awareleadership.co.uk or call me on 07817 246930.  You can also apply for a FREE group taster session HERE.

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Public Sector Leaders

Public Sector Leaders

So you have come to the right place if you’re a director, head of service or aspiring manager in a public sector organisation.

These days being politically astute and being able to get the job done is great but the world is changing, budgets are tighter and tighter and greater commercial acumen is needed to adapt to a more innovative environment – AND empower teams in a radically different way.  Being a public leader requires significantly more than just being able to play policitcal games.  More of you is required!

You may want to transform your leadership behaviour, be better at working across organisational boundaries or be able to make a real difference to delivering whole community benefit – under pressure and whilst creating a better work/life balance.

You get the job done well in your social enterprise or charitable sphere, you have all the relevant expertise and to date this has carried you through.  You’ve made your way up, your team appreciate you and yet you know you can have much more impact if you reduce that self doubt or are able to engage staff and partners in a more powerful way.

In this arena of austerity, how can you bring teams and others on board into a sometimes ever changing agenda? You can do the usual, but this usually ends up with you working silly hours and still you don’t seem to be making the impact you know you are capable of.  You don’t know where to start to reduce working hours or stop the inner critic that is swirling around in your head.  You’re feeling de-motivated, frustrated, put upon, stressed, confused and certainly pressured.

My powerful individual and group coaching leadership programmes will help you develop vital purpose and personal skills that will give life to your leadership and team.  You will find the passion, motivation, release to be the leader and person you are – not fitting a mould or political persona but developing how to build a powerful purpose and emotionally compelling communication techniques that will transform your professional impact.

To find out more about my Public Sector Leadership Programme click HERE or contact me about behaviour change coaching programmes email me: nicci@awareleadership.co.uk or call me on 07817 246930.  OR you can pop a question or comment into my live online chat box!

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Public Sector Leadership Programme

Welcome to this transformational 18 month behaviour change programme…

This is an intensive, bespoke experiential programme for executive and senior public sector leaders who want to revive or transform their leadership behaviour and develop the ability to adapt to their ever changing organisational context.

This programme is centred on both individual leadership and group learning for 10-12 people.

Purpose: To explore where leaders are in their leadership, their defining style and how current challenges can propel leadership growth. To define a series of proactive choices about their leadership and vision for the future, developing emotional resilience and inner strength to bring this to the fore. Building leadership behaviour changes that will support them as a team to continue to adapt to their wider organisational purpose and context.

‘When you change your behaviour, you have the ability to transform your experience – including how people respond to you’

Programme Highlights
• 18×1:1 online behaviour change coaching sessions
• 8x ½ day face to face group training sessions*
• Online platform to collect and share notes
• Online forum to connect and share learning

Programme Outline
1:1 Behaviour Change Coaching – exploring personal challenges in leadership and empowering leaders as individual’s to bring forward their best. Propelling and dovetailing growth as individual’s learn from group sessions
Current Leadership Capacity* – exploring where leaders are currently in their leadership individually and as a team, including challenges and perceived capabilities. Benchmarking areas for growth or behaviour change
Flexing Leadership Style* – exploring leadership style and how this impacts the day to day environment and results. Learning how to adapt and flex style according to the context
Team Engagement* – exploring how the leadership team is engaged and motivated, and, in turn how their teams are motivated. Exploring how achievements are celebrated and building mechanisms to create a open feedback culture
Purposeful Leadership* – exploring where our inner critic may hold us back as individuals and as a team. Developing mindful techniques to facilitate behaviour change. Learning transforming tools to highlight and build emotional resilience
Personal Integrity* – exploring what it takes to be a public sector leader in the current climate, including how to honour personal integrity in difficult times. Exploring personal and collective values that can be sustained over time
Continuous Improvement* – exploring what it takes to create a culture of continuous improvement, including giving and receiving open and honest feedback. Building a culture which embraces learning and change
Leadership Team Vision* – exploring your individual vision for your leadership and identifying key barriers. Identifying key qualities that you can develop to build capacity and sustainable growth.
• An Inspired Vision for the Future* – exploring the organisational vision for the future and how leaders can make this emotionally compelling and engaging. Identifying how to inspire hope and commitment from teams and other stakeholders.

Benefits
• Increased personal mastery for individuals significantly increasing leadership engagement and capacity
• Increased confidence and purpose in going forward and creating a powerful leadership vision for the future
• Increased ability to adapt to different leadership styles and uphold the context of the organisation’s purpose
• Increased ability for individuals to embrace the leader that they are and build emotional resilience within the current (and developing) culture
• Ability to consciously create a deliberate organisational culture and context which is continuously improving

Quality
The following elements are a core part of the programme to ensure quality of delivery:
• Outline objectives agreed at the start of the programme and reviewed quarterly
• Individuals 1:1 coaching objectives are set at the start and reviewed quarterly
• Evaluations/reviews provided as part of each group session with analysis of participant feedback
• Quantative and qualitative objectives measured and anecdotal feedback sought in all reviews
• Completion review, including measurement against objectives and partner feedback

Commitment/Timings
Commitment and timings are as follows:
• 1:1 coaching sessions – online once a month for 18 months
• 8×3.5hr group training sessions designed to both dig deeper and provide tools to build leadership capacity. Sessions would be spaced over the programme period
• Quarterly review meetings (1hr) – to review progress, outcomes and any adjustments
• Completion review meeting (1.5hrs) – to review programme outcomes and next steps

To find out more about this programme please email me: nicci@awareleadership.co.uk or call me on 07817 246930.  You can also apply for a FREE group taster session HERE.

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The Leadership ‘I AM’ Meditation

The Leadership ‘I AM’ Meditation

Time to – stop – checkin and give yourself 1 hour of ‘ME’ leadership time. Listen to this 30 minute guided meditation designed to relax you and tap into your intrinsic leadership qualities

To find out more about this course please click on the above link.  If you have any questions at all or would like to explore what you would get from taking the courses please email me: nicci@awareleadership.co.uk or call me on 07817 246930.  OR you can pop a question or comment into my live online chat box!

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The Leader Within

The Leader Within

This is a 2 module course designed to raise your awareness of the unique leader within you. This course shares some golden pieces of information and encourages you to identify your key growth area – creating an active purpose and enabling you to create a clear focus on your leadership development.

To find out more about this course please click on the above link.  If you have any questions at all or would like to explore what you would get from taking the courses please email me: nicci@awareleadership.co.uk or call me on 07817 246930.  OR you can pop a question or comment into my live online chat box!

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Conscious Leadership

Conscious Leadership

This is a 3 module course designed to awaken you to the power of your mind. This course shares some precious information about how your mind works – enabling you to becoming powerfully aware – and take radical responsibility for your thoughts/feelings. This will empower you to pro-actively choose your response rather that ‘react’ as you have in the past. This will increase your ability to consciously lead, no longer being at the whim of automatic behaviour patterns that are not serving you…

To find out more about this course please click on the above link.  If you have any questions at all or would like to explore what you would get from taking the course please email me: nicci@awareleadership.co.uk or call me on 07817 246930.  OR you can pop a question or comment into my live online chat box!

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My Purpose and Background

My Purpose and Background

My Purpose

Is to transform the face of leadership to one where leaders and their teams are FOR each other, open to learning and willing to show their humanity. I want leaders to role model  empowerment and inspire their teams.

My Journey – Career

I started out in accountancy many years ago, working initially in public sector and then KPMG.  Working for KPMG was a big grounding for my career – I learnt a great deal of professionalism and skills which (to this day) serve me well.  I then went into retail and moved into leadership (still in finance), followed by another move into the music industry where I changed my path to project management.  I got made redundant in 2005 and this is when my entrepreneurial journey started!

I started a social enterprise focusing on team building activities, particularly working with corporate companies and contributing to their corporate social responsibility initiatives.  I then started training and then coaching – delivering many courses over many years including leadership style, time management, equality & diversity, communication, self esteem and purpose .

My Personal Journey

Around the same time that I got made redundant I felt very dis-satisfied in myself.  Somewhat uncomfortable in my own skin as it were.  At the time I was a Trustee with a counselling charity and I embarked on a recommended self esteem course run by a More to Life mentor.  This course radically transformed my awareness of myself and how I perceived others and life.  

This was quite an awakening!  It was a big shock for me that, at times, I did not think very highly of myself.  To this day I am truly grateful for this wake up call – I learnt how to transform my perception of myself, others and life.  I learnt how to build my esteem and intrinsic qualities based on who I am rather than who I thought I should be or what I did or didn’t achieve.  This was life changing!  I still use the tools from this course to this day.

Following this I completed the More to Life weekend and a number of further courses and coaching.  I learnt how to support myself on a daily basis to get back on track with myself when my leadership or life was challenging.  This has transformed my willingness, emotional resilience, ability to be 100% in, responsiveness, self care, self mastery…the list is endless.  Then the much bigger piece (or game as my coach used to say) was to go for being a Spiritual Warrior.  This was a massive shift in self mastery and connection with myself.  You can read/hear more about this in My Journey.

I am feeling grateful and in awe of what is possible as I type this.  It is now my passion to share myself, my knowledge and my learning to grow myself and others.  And enjoy life!  Especially a radically different quality of life…

This ongoing journey has and continues to transform my facilitation and coaching skills, equipping me with the knowledge to understand, teach and empower others through becoming aware of – and then changing their behaviour.  I have LIVED a number of the challenges my clients have and I am continually proud of the leadership growth I have seen.

I have and continue to design many leadership courses and individual/group coaching programmes primarily focusing on powerful self leadership, self mastery, emotional resilience, transforming confidence and behaviour change.

What I Stand For

I stand for being FOR myself and others, being open-hearted, compassionate, bold, honouring and empathetic.  I am committed to doing my own work to ensure I am clear, present and real with my clients.  It does not support them or me to be anything less.

I LIVE what I teach and trust on a daily basis that everything is exactly how it is meant to be – because that’s how it is (or was!).

Which is why my style and approach is based on the principles of real life, real professional challenges – which simply means leadership transformation on your terms.

So if this is the way you would like to develop your leadership then you’ve come to the perfect place.


My Experience 

I am a highly incisive executive coach and trainer, having brought together many years of corporate, public and third sector experience with my expertise as a skilled facilitator.

I am passionate! Particularly about transforming individuals and their business culture through role modelling authentic leadership and sharp, powerful self awareness.

I work with a range of executives and business owners – specialising in the legal, finance and property sectors. I generally work with executives, partners and emerging leaders who want to achieve one or more of the following:

• Develop their engagement and relationship building skills with clients, staff, peers
• Grow and/or change their leadership behaviour to improve performance
• Develop their confidence and/or transition from a technically led role to a leadership role
• High achievers who want to significantly reduce stress and improve peace of mind
• Step-up their leadership skills to be more at ease with overcome challenging clients, staff, peers

I truly believe there is no better way to create an empowered environment (and reduce barriers) than to role model this through leadership practise and behaviour. This is where individuals and organisations can become high performing, innovative and responsive.

In addition to my work here, I volunteer on a regular basis as a Community Youth Panellist in both Essex and Hertfordshire and I am trained in restorative justice practice and techniques.

I live in Ware, Hertfordshire and spend much loved time with my family, practising yoga and dancing at any given opportunity!
You can view my LinkedIn profile   to see my experience and background in more detail, including client recommendations.

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New Year…New Inner You?

New Year…New Inner You?

Wow the New Year can be such a catalyst can’t it? For me the build up to Christmas and that momentum of switching over to a new year has created a fire in me to change!! How about you?

I spent quite some time during the build up to Christmas reflecting on what behaviours I wanted to develop, master, enjoy. Yes enjoy! The major theme for me has been about focusing more on the quality of the moment – the NOW, each present moment. As ever my focus is on how I am BEing, not what I am DOing. 

It’s very easy isn’t it to focus on changing things external to us – getting into New Year’s resolutions that focus on the DOing to improve our lot or indeed fix something that we perceive to be a failure or weakness of how we are.  

So for me development, personal and professional, is predominantly focused on BEing not DOing. How do I want to BE different, how do I want to create or change a behaviour.

‘Our attitude is like perfume…people can smell it’. And we get what we get as a result.

A few insights occurred to me during my period of reflection:

  • Fixing – the momentous amount of time I’ve spent trying to ‘fix’ something about myself has been huge! This is all good because it has lead me to where I am now. However, acceptance of me as I am and where I am is really where I can propel myself to come alive and step forward
  • My Experience – EVERYTHING that I experience is happening on the inside, not outside of me…particularly my perception of myself, others, the leadership context. This perception dictates how I behave
  • BEing – I can DO a lot of things, however how I am BEing whilst I am doing them is what makes a real difference to me, my leadership and the resulting impact

Thus right now, in the context of behaviour change, I realise some of my biggest learnings in all the 20 plus years I‘ve been proactively developing myself comes down to 3 fundamental things:

  • Willingness, openness, acceptance – this is never ending…
  • Getting off self condemnation…again…and again…and again…
  • Challenging…my beliefs…perceptions…assumptions…

I shared in my last article about the ‘Building Inner Confidence for Professional Impact’ on-line course that I have spent the last 18 months developing. At the crux of this are some of these insights…especially the approach that the course isn’t a sticking plaster. It’s a combination of the last 20 years of self insight and learning.

It’s not about telling yourself that you are this or that or indeed that anything external is going to give you the confidence or assurance you want. The course is asking you to be willing to go inside, dig deep and see what’s there. Pick at the uncomfortableness, see what your perceptions and beliefs are about yourself. See that those negative beliefs and perceptions are fundamentally complete rubbish! And the real truth is something only you can discover because that is inside you – or is yet to be revealed. That’s empowernment my friends…

Writing this I remember how scared I was to go inside me and take those first steps. So I have a huge empathy with anyone who may be feeling terrified, apprehensive, scared, anxious about doing so. I was so fearful that I’d find something awful, something fundamental about me that was just life changingly terrible. Or something that would mean all my concerns and fears were actually true. I was a liability, a burden – and essentially not good enough. Well of course I didn’t find anything like that. It was all hot air, fears, complete crap, self created illusion. Hard to know that though right? Unless you take that courageous first step…

So here we are…a New Year and the golden opportunity to use this catalyst, this energy to fuel change. Take the plunge to invest in yourself and your ongoing journey that is your life and leadership… 

What’s the worst that can happen? Or more importantly what’s the amazing BEST of you that could emerge?

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Building Inner Confidence for Professional Impact

Building Inner Confidence for Professional Impact

This is a 6 module course designed to transform your inner confidence. This course shares a wealth of information and transformational tools for you to practise over time – increasing your inner confidence and mastering that sometimes negative inner voice…

To find out more about this course please click on the above link.  If you have any questions at all or would like to explore what you would get from taking the courses please email me: nicci@awareleadership.co.uk or call me on 07817 246930.  OR you can pop a question or comment into my live online chat box!

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