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.
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)
Step 1: Read the Coaching AgreementAll Barefoot Coaches have a Coaching Agreement. My Coaching Agreement is downloadbale here and covers all of the foundational things that are required by the International Coaching Federation, including my Code of Ethics. Engagement with me as your coach will be guided by these principles and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about the agreement during our first session.
Step 2: Establish your coaching goalsA good place to start is to really have a think about what you want to get from coaching. Barefoot has created a Leadership Coaching Journal which is a tool you can use to think about your coaching goals. This document is an editable pdf and you're very welcome to send me your coaching goals prior to our first session. Your organisation may have also identified some key areas of focus. We can work together on how best to integrate these.
Step 3: Book in your sessionsYou 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. (Subject to the cancellation terms of the Barefoot Coaching Agreement and any requirements specified by your employer) If you're using a platform other than zoom, once you've booked, send me an invite to your preferred platform (MS Teams for example) I also offer a 'coaching on demand' service subject to availabilty. If something comes up where you'd like a coaching session, let me know and I'll do my best to get you booked in asap.
Step 4: Prep for your coaching sessionIt 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 sessionDuring your coaching session you may have made commitments to yourself. Think about booking time into your diary to make sure these commitments are realised. After my coaching sessions (yes, I have coaching too!) I like to book 30 mins afterwards just to write down all the things that I noticed. Using your Leadership Coaching Journal can be a great way to really deepen your coaching experience.
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!