leaders & professionals
Running an organisation or team can be
great - rewarding, challenging and meaningful
However, sometimes you might encounter situations that are so challenging you feel you don’t have the time, emotional energy or even skills to manage successfully as you would like; for example:
Managing difficult relationships and conflict at work
Developing innovation/creativity while keeping the day-to-day stuff going
Building a positive organisational culture to improve performance
Better manage the stress inherent in the role
I can help you and your organisation successfully navigate
these tough situations.
I don’t offer an ‘off the peg,’ coaching programme or methodology, but my expertise as a psychologist and coach to help you really think through the situation and figure out the best way forward. This could include coaching, group coaching/facilitation, negotiation or board level work.
I will partner with you as an independent mind to offer a different perspective on a challenging situation. I will be supportive but also challenge you. It’s usually difficult for senior people to get the honest feedback they need to move forward.
How many times have you observed seemingly intelligent and professional people behave in the most irrational or toxic manner?
My approach will help you unravel and understand the often unconscious and emotional factors behind such seemingly irrational behaviour. Such a perspective can be priceless when leading an organisation or team. The systems psychodynamic model informs my coaching and consulting work. This approach has its roots in psychoanalysis and systems theory and offers a deeper perspective. I work with you to help you understand the deeper motivations and resistance to change, and to uncover and tackle the root of organisational issues, rather than simply deal with their manifestations.
My approach works with the emotional dimensions of organisational life, which are often unconscious or unexpressed.
My approach is systems oriented which sees you as part of a wider organisational and social system, rather than just an individual with developmental needs.
I am accredited at Senior Practitioner level by the
European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
My European Individual Accreditation number is EIA20193100.
I am also a registered Clinical Psychologist registered with the
Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), number PYL04963.
How I work:
We will talk to begin to understand you and your situation and how we can make it better. A background in psychology helps me understand what has made you the person you are, and the person that you have the potential to become.
I want to know what drives you, what inspires you, what derails you and how you deal with adversity when you face challenges. We will work together to quickly identify your strengths and how to play to them - it is usually best to work on improving what you' are good at then worry about what you are bad at.
We will identify specific goals you want to achieve, and how we can measure your progress in meeting these goals.
The coaching programme begins with a conversation to discuss your situation, identify your goals and agree a plan for achieving them. I may also ask you to complete a personality profile using the reliable and valid NEO-PI-3 psychometric test. This test measures the ‘big five’ personality characteristics. The profile will help you understand your personality, and how you can build on your strengths to improve your performance.
After that we meet face-to-face at least monthly (we can arrange more meetings as needed). I will partner with you as an independent mind to offer a different perspective on a challenging situation. I will be supportive, but also challenge you.
It’s usually difficult for senior people to get the honest feedback they need to move forward.
Coaching is a powerful developmental experience for you and will
generate clear benefits for your organisation.
It will help you to become more effective, confident, and fulfilled in your
role and more successful in meeting your objectives.
EMCC European Mentoring & Coaching Council
The EMCC exists to develop, promote, and set the expectation of best practice in mentoring, coaching, and supervision globally for the benefit of society.
Our vision is to be the ‘go to’ body in
mentoring, coaching, and supervision.
NEO-PI-3 psychometric test
The NEO is the gold-standard questionnaire measure of the Five Factor Model, providing detailed personality descriptions that can be a valuable resource for a variety of professionals.
The NEO is a concise measure of the the major domains of personality, as well as the six traits or facets defining each domain. Taken together, the domain scales and 30 facet
scales facilitate a comprehensive and detailed
assessment of normal adult personality.
I am a qualified practitioner in the administration and interpretation of this licensed psychometric test.
“Dr Mike helped develop my leadership skills and provided me with the confidence to perform and lead teams with diverse backgrounds.
His experience also assisted me to understand where I could remain true to myself and when I needed to change to be successful.
Mike’s background in psychology was a great benefit as his knowledge and research allowed us to dive deep into certain situations which helped
to develop my leadership skills.
This, coupled with some great real life examples, really opened my eyes and allowed me to understand better the people I was leading as well as
the mentality of the organisation.
He is a great listener and will always be able to pinpoint the areas that need focus, but instead of telling you what or what not to do, he will facilitate a conversation and ask probing questions which then allow you to
come to a realization yourself.
Overall, Dr. Mike’s coaching sessions have really allowed me to grow in confidence with who I am and what type of leader I want to be and it
has been invaluable especially through the tough times that
I have recently had to go through.”
Country Manager Italy & Spain, Cathay Pacific Airways