The executive coaching I do is in collaboration with Michael Wilkins who holds the European qualification in coaching at Senior Practitioner Level. Michael trained as a family therapist at the Tavistock Clinic and as a mediator.
Applying these skills to small businesses, family businesses and legal and medical partnerships is effective. Below he describes his approach to the work.
What is Michael’s approach?
I use a coaching approach to help people with their relationships at work and also how they relate to their work. I explore ideas about how they can behave in their work role so they can meet the expectations of the organisation.
This will obviously entail looking at the individual person and the patterns they create in their relationships with others at work especially their manager and staff that report to them. I have found relationships with managers often reflect previous relationships with authority figures such as parents. Recognising this provides the momentum to alter present behaviour and relationships.
Sometimes coaching will help a person to decide that the fit between them and their organisation is too uncomfortable for them, perhaps because of the culture of the organisation or a change in the expectations of the work role.
It is often this feeling of discomfort that motivates people to come for coaching.
What does it mean in practice?
Coaching is a focussed approach to problems and I find that initially there is a need for regular weekly meetings as we get to grips with the problem. This maybe for three or four meetings then they will become less frequent as changes are put into effect, often every 3-4 weeks. People come to coaching as part of their development and it is paid for by their organisation or they pay themselves.
What is Michael’s experience?
- I have been coaching for over 15 years at all levels of role including supervising the work of other coaches.I have learnt about the role of managing and leading in small businesses through my work at Business Link and the family atmosphere that can be built up but that at times reduces the capacity for hard-nosed decision making.
- I have worked with many people in organisations where there is a constant pressure to reduce costs such as the Health Service and Schools.
- Working with leaders of voluntary and third sector organisations has taught me about the struggle to manage people who are passionate about their work but fight against the reality of the constraints of their funding.
- Working with managers and partners in large professional firms has taught me about the need to be astutely political and to build networks in order to survive and prosper.
“Working with Michael, has given me the space to think, be challenged and have a critical friend.”
“Michael’s grasp of my situation was instant and the questions and lines that we followed during the process were very pertinent.”
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” – Wayne Dyer.
Michael Wilkins Qualifications and Memberships
- European qualification in coaching at Senior Practitioner Level.
- Chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
- Certificate in the practice and teaching of Family Systems Therapy (Tavistock Clinic)
- Member Institute of Family Therapy.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Management. (KCC)
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