January 2022

As we begin the New Year, it’s a good time to reflect on our vision; not just what we will do, but who we will be in 2022.

It’s easy, isn’t it, to slip into forgetting that our mindsets will significantly influence our behaviours. Where have we lost focus, and I wonder what mantras we have allowed to sneak upon us and get in our way of being our best?

In this session, we will define the terms mindsets and mantras. We will do a quick health check on what it is we are currently believing and assuming and what it is that we are saying to ourselves. What is helpful or less so? Once articulated, we can cherish and preserve what works well for us, and we can begin to adjust what doesn’t help us excel. 

Sounds a bit heavy? Well, I expect we will have a few giggles with each other as we go!

Lesley Matile is a regular presenter at Coaching Connections and a well-regarded coach in the Midlands and beyond. She established Peak Performance Coaching in 2000 following an earlier career in the Probation Service. She delivers executive coaching, coach training and coach supervision. She is accredited by the EMCC at Master Practitioner Level and accredited as a Time to Think Coach.

November 2021

At our next online meeting we will consider Group Coaching from different perspectives:

  • As a participant
  • As the client, contracting to achieve a return on investment
  • As a coach

Join us to:

  • explore Group Coaching
  • share your experiences
  • learn from others
  • identify key messages to demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) and to market group coaching

Prior to the event we will be sharing 3 short videos. These videos capture reflections from a group of professional women in Kenya:

Part 1: Introductions from Naomi, Grace, Esther and Caroline and their reasons for participating in Group Coaching

Part 2: The impact that being a participant in group coaching has at work

Part 3: Exploring personal benefits from Group Coaching

To contribute to and to benefit fully from our time together, we encourage you to watch the videos in advance and come prepared having identified the key messages that you could use to demonstrate a ROI.

Our facilitators for the session are Fiona Anderson and Jayne Sharples.

Find out more about Fiona and her work at My Change Expert and valuingYOU view her profile here. Since the first lockdown in 2020, Fiona has coached a professional woman in Kenya. Her clients appetite for learning and personal growth was a joy to witness. Fiona offered her an opportunity to bring together a group of professional women who would benefit from a group coaching experience. Fiona’s hope is that they would be able to “gift forward” their learning to support similar growth for professional women in Kenya.

Jayne is Group Coordinator at Coaching Connections and specialises in career coaching. Most of Jayne’s work time is spent at the University of Birmingham where she is the Postgraduate Careers Consultant in Careers Network and an internal coach in the University’s Coaching Academy. She will contribute to the Group Coaching session her experience of being a participant in a group coaching programme and her experience helping to design and deliver group coaching.

To book your place at this session please email Jayne: jayne@js-coaching.co.uk

September 2021

As a coach, you know you have more connected and impactful experiences with your clients when the idea of ‘me’ is out of the way. But how do you make that happen more often?

How can this apparent ‘me’ that brings up fears and insecurities in your work be quieter so that you are the powerful space of transformation for your clients more of the time?

My journey took me from the basics of GROW into more sophisticated versions of that, and then into psychology-based coaching with Barefoot Coaching. Each stage having a profound effect on my experience of life just at the time it was needed.

Then, I reached another end-of-the-road point where I felt that, despite all the work I’d done on myself and my psychology, I was still behaving in ways outside of client sessions that didn’t align with the emotionally intelligent coach my clients saw, and which didn’t make sense given all this work I’d done on my beliefs. So what now?

It led me beyond psychology into an exploration of who we really are, our spiritual nature – this is the space of transformation. The more I explored there, the more I found myself being that transformative space for clients, naturally. The chattery voice of the mind no longer impacting on the experience. And *music to my ears* with no meditation, mindfulness or other practices required.

This is what we’re all looking for, and understanding who we really are and how our system works, enables us to be that.

Session overview:

  1. An introduction to the reliable mechanism of the mind – the essence of all spiritual traditions*
  2. The misunderstanding of what suffering is here to tell us
  3. How seeing who we really are, before thought, awakens us to innate brilliance
  4. What gets in the way – even when we think we’re sitting with unconditional positive regard
  5. The reliable guidance mechanism to what’s going on

*If you have an allergic reaction to the idea of spiritual, consider that it’s not what you think it is and come and take a fresh look behind the curtain of all the dogma that’s been created around it.

Short bio:

Helen Amery

My first major transformation (OK, second after having kids!) occurred when I had a hip replacement in 2013, this is what spurred me into coaching. It began with transactional-level coaching but I soon realised there was more to see and so I did my Barefoot qualification, left corporate life and started my own business in 2014.

As you’d expect, many more transformations occurred during my Barefoot journey, which was the foundation to my work for almost 5 years. And yet there came a point when I started to suspect even more was available. As questions arose about ‘how can I still be in this behaviour pattern?’ and through hearing my yoga teacher talk about Buddha, I began an exploration into the essence of spirituality, awakening and enlightenment (specifically The Three Principles and NonDuality); alongside the science and philosophy (which seem to be confirming everything the East have known for millennia). I felt like I’d found exactly what I was looking for.

Having experienced my own awakening and ongoing enlightenment, my work is now to reconnect coaches and leaders to that innate brilliance – the space of transformation – that they already are. Find out more about my work at: https://wildfigsolutions.co.uk/

To book on to this session please contact Jayne or Irene

July 2021

Online Coaching Exploration and Coaching in Trios

Irene Bayliss and Jayne Sharples will facilitate the session to give you an opportunity to explore the world of online coaching including an opportunity to participate in small groups/trios. The session will include:

  • Sharing of online coaching experiences – best practice/top tips
  • Breakout room participation in small groups with the opportunity to take part in a practical coaching session – coach online, be coached online and receive feedback from a peer coach.
  • Sharing of learning/experiences with the whole group – (note: not the personal coaching content of the session which will be confidential within the small group but the wider learning using the process).

Please be prepared with a topic about which you would like to experience on line coaching. This is a rare opportunity for coaches to experience coaching from another coach, reflect on their own coaching and receive feedback from a peer coach.

Please note that this is a change to the previously announced session.

Irene and Jayne are the group co-ordinators for Coaching Connections, go to About Us to find out more.

Please email Irene Bayliss to book your place at the session.

May 2021

“Coaching Ethics: integrity in the moment of choice.” Allard de Jong

We sign up to a Code of Ethics.  We contract with our clients to keep them and us safe. We have supervision to support our practice and our wellbeing.

So much of this is about what we do in the coaching space.

Coaching Connections on May 8th is going to help us connect with who we are in the coaching space – how we bring our whole selves to a coaching relationship.

Liz Wilson is co-author of Emotional Intelligence Coaching and wrote the chapter around Coaching ethics and best practice. Liz says “the intention of this session is to give us an opportunity to get up close and personal with ethics, best practice and our own emotional intelligence as coaches.” 

We’ll spend some time discussing ethical dilemmas and solutions. We’ll also explore how our emotional intelligence supports us to make the best decision in the moment, when we pay attention to it.

If you feel drawn to do so, please send any ethical dilemmas you might have experienced, or that would be interesting to consider, to Liz in advance at liz@lizwilsonconsulting.co.uk

Please ensure you have paper and pen with you, or the digital version if that’s your preference.

Liz Wilson is a creative qualified coach, accredited to PCC within the International Coach Federation and speciailises in coaching leaders and high potential individuals.