Welcome!

I am really delighted you have selected me to be your coach whilst you study for the MBA with MMU. I don't underestimate that undertaking such a huge qualification whilst working is incredibly challenging and I take my hat off to you!

I really hope coaching helps you to accelerate your learning and apply all that new theory into practice.

To make it as easy as possible, I wanted to have this page as a reference point for you to use to get the most out of coaching.

The process

So, you've already had the chemistry session and decided that coaching with me will be a good fit, so firstly, thank you. I'm excited to start working together! The table below serves as a guide as to what to expect from your coaching experience with me.

If you create an account on my website (top right 'Log In' button), you can book, reschedule and cancel your sessions.

 

(NB cancellations of fewer than 14 days are charged at full rate)

MMU Executive Coaching Experience

Step 1: Establish your coaching goals


A good place to start is to really have a think about what you want to get from coaching. By completing this Coaching Goals word document and sending it to me before the first session, I can get a really clear idea of what success for you would look like for you. If you're a bit pushed for time, just think of 2-5 bullet points of what you'd like to get from coaching and whizz these across to me so I can include them on the Coaching Agreement.




Step 2: Complete the Coaching Agreement


Once you've shared with me your 'Strategic Goals' for coaching, I'll send over a Coaching Agreement. As you can see from the example in the link, this covers all of those foundational things that are required by the International Coaching Federation including the Code of Ethics that I work to. A Coaching Agreement is something that all of the Coaches on the MBA programme will have.




Step 3: Book in your sessions


Decide on when you would like to start coaching and the how long between each session. Coaching works best when clustered, so 6 sessions over 6 months is a great way to maximise the impact. Most MMUers cluster their coaching towards the beginning of the MBA during the reflective leadership part of the programme. This really helps you to cement who you are and how you lead. It is however entirely up to you... You can book in your sessions via my online booking system. By creatng an account on the site first (Top right hand side 'Log In' button) you'll be able to see all your booked sessions in one place and reschedule as needed. You can book either 1 hour or 1.5 hours for each session depending on your availability. (Cancellations of fewer than 14 days are charged at full rate.) I also offer a 'coaching on demand' service subject to availabilty. If something comes up where you'd like a coaching session, log into the site and reschedule a session to fit the time you need.




Step 4: Prep for your coaching session


Coaching will mostly take place over Zoom, but it is lovely to organise one or two of the sessions to take place face to face in Manchester. Each coaching session will typically be 60-90 minutes. It is good to think about what you would like to work on before each session to get the most from the experience. That could be something related to your strategic goals, or a live issue/opportunity which you would like to do some more thinking about. Bring pen and paper with you to the session as it's likely you'll want to make a note of learning or commitments.




Step 5: During/immediately after your coaching session


Either during, or immediately after each session, MMU requires you to complete the Coaching Progress Review Form which you can send over to me once completed: hello@garybuxton.co.uk This form is then shared with Ian Jenner, Programme Director of the MBA at MMU. It serves to evidence that the coaching session took place and releases payment. It's a really good idea to capture as many reflections as you can from the session on this form and to identify which of the Senior Leader Behaviours were a feature of the coaching session. These forms can be used as evidence in Year 2 in your Masters Business Portfolio. Ian Jenner has advised that the students who use their Coaching Progress Review Forms for these ROEs (Reflections on Evidence) typically get higher marks. Top tip!





 
What Next?

If you're keen to continue coaching following our six sessions, then let me know and we can organise getting you set up either personally, or through your employer.

Here's to mutual success!

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