At boundless we believe everyone has potential to achieve great things. Sometimes a challenging and supportive coach is required to enable that potential to become a reality...
When is coaching a good solution?
Coaching can help to reduce or remove the 'interference' that is impacting performance. The focus of each coaching session will be on a topic that is of value and relevance to you, however some examples of previous client topics include:
Transitioning to a new role or joining a new organisation – 100 day focus (see below)
Business evolution or growth programs - leading through periods of change (change in leader, change in context, change in strategy), integration after acquisition, moving beyond 'start-up' phase
High-potential career development – career coaching, exploring options and enabling a sustainable way of high-performance working
Transitioning roles - 100 day focus
Often the move to a new role can be a personally challenging time. boundless can help to navigate the change and manage the transition to ensure effective outcomes for all by working with clients to maximise their impact during the first 100 days. A specific coaching program will be designed to provide a framework to explore this further.
Group coaching is based on focussed sessions for peers to come together and explore similar challenges. The peer support and challenge provided through group coaching is an ideal environment to share experiences and explore meaningful routes to success. Group coaching works well when organisational-hierarchical relationships are kept separate from the sessions, so that participants can openly explore the topic in a safe environment. There is opportunity to coach each other during the session - this has the additional benefit of developing the participants own coaching skills. Peer coaching after the session is encouraged, and tools are provided to enable this to happen.
Why coaching and how does it work?
Coaching is recognised as an effective way to improve performance, benefiting you, your team and your organisation. Drawing on a variety of approaches, we work with you to build an effective relationship focusing on your specific challenges.
Coaching provides a safe environment to test out ideas with an independent and objective sounding board. Insightful feedback, combined with powerful questions, enable you to:
identify clear and specific outcomes, raising awareness of what success looks like
explore available choices and identify appropriate actions
break through assumptions and self-limiting beliefs
take full ownership of desired outcomes, leading to positive results
The clarity on goals, combined with a clear understanding of success, helps identify changes you want to see, and builds momentum towards implementing those changes. Insightful questions, time for reflection and the opportunity to clarify what it is that you are really aiming to achieve, will be a catalyst, unlocking your potential and identifying Boundless Solutions.
What does a coaching program look like?
At boundless we work with clients from a business setting and we hold coaching sessions for individuals or within the team environment. Whilst we adopt a similar methodology and systematic approach for each coaching program, your program will be customised based on individual or team needs and each session will be unique to you. If appropriate, we can use various tools to gain further insight into the theme we are exploring.
A brief overview of the typical steps in a example program is shown below:
In this phase we explore the business need for coaching with the coach and relevant contact within the business or HR. We will also explore relevant and appropriate measures of success, which are refined further during the Design phase.
Next a ‘chemistry meeting’ is held between coach and coachee(s) to check if all are happy to proceed. During this phase, the coaching ‘contract’ is established to ensure there are shared expectations and agreement regarding confidentiality. It is recommended that a multi-way meeting with key business stakeholders is held to establish expected outcomes and objectives for the coaching program.
During the delivery phase, a number of face-to-face coaching sessions take place over approximately 3-6 months. If agreed, there is also unlimited contact with the coach via skype, text and phone between sessions.
Towards the end of the delivery phase, a further multi-way meeting is held to review progress and agree further actions.
If appropriate, we can incorporate complementary solutions to enable the coachee(s) to gain a greater level of self-awareness.
Complementary solutions to support coaching program
In addition to the coaching program outlined, there are various tools that could be incorporated to increase the individual’s self-awareness. These include:
360 feedback - qualitative thematic report based on input from colleagues
MBTI Step 1 - understanding of preferences and resulting impact on behaviour, communication and influencing style, reaction to change e.t.c.
values cards - awareness of personal values and how they align with organisation’s core beliefs
career anchors - insight into key drivers relating to career choices - past, present and future