Small & Medium Sized Enterprises
Especially designed for organisations employing fewer than 250 employees.
Every business is reliant on happy, confident and able staff. Every leader needs investment and challenge.
Leading a team or an organisation is both a privilege and a challenge. Creating change is both exciting and difficult. In a world of paradox, creating the time to think and reflect for you or your team is crucial to making good decisions and being successful.
About Gary Buxton
Gary has worked in national leadership roles for 15 years. Gary found the organisation Young Advisors in 2007 and over 7 years, grew the organisation through a franchising model to employ over 1,500 across 55 locations nationally. In 2015, Gary took the inaugural Director of Youth Services role with Ingeus, a global B-Corp to establish their service offer for young people. In addition to mobilising a UK contract portfolio of £70 million, Gary designed programmes for Ingeus internationally, was the Operational Lead for designing the Contract Lifecycle methodology (which is now used for each multi-million pound contract that Ingeus delivers) and chaired the Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Board. Prior to concluding the role in early 2019, Gary was the SME and Operational SRO for securing an additional £108m of further contracts that would ensure the Division's future was assured until December 2022.
As a qualified Executive Coach with a degree in Psychology and additional complimentary qualifications in Action Learning, Psychometrics, Project Management and Facilitation, Gary brings both technical and experiential insights into his coaching practice.
Gary’s coaching style is characterised by positive curiosity and he uses a wide range of tools and models to support the coaching process. Through open questioning, thought experiments and the use of creative techniques, Gary is able to find unique ways of unlocking your inner motivations and accelerate your thinking to bring new insight on both leading people and strategy.
This process serves as an illustrative model of how coaching could work. Clients can customise how the time is used to flexibly meet your needs. This might be a very structured programme over a set period of time as detailed below, or a bank of hours which you can draw on as you and your business needs it. If you've got a clear idea of how you would like your coaching to work, just let Gary know!
A chemistry meeting. This meeting will give you the opportunity to meet Gary and discuss your goals for coaching. Gary will outline the process of coaching and you will be able to reflect on whether coaching feels like the right option for you. This is a no-obligation meeting and there’s no charge if you both conclude that coaching isn’t the right thing for now. If you’re happy to proceed, you’ll bolt on a contracting meeting.
The contracting meeting will agree the strategic goals, programme of activity and then both parties can sign up to the coaching agreement.
A benchmarking survey. This will be an opportunity for you to appraise performance levels against the strategic goals as identified in the contracting meeting.
Booked coaching sessions will last no less than 90 minutes, not more than 120.
(6-12 month/session programmes) An online mid-point check in to review how you’re progressing towards your strategic goals and gather additional data to support your professional development.
The provision of any resources such as recommended reading, helpful models etc to support the coaching process.
(6-12 month/session programmes) Observation session(s) – This is an optional extra whereby you can invite Gary to observe you in a real-life work situation (such as chairing a meeting). Observations are designed to gather more data on your strategic goals. Observations will typically last around 90 minutes, and the feedback from the observation will form part of a subsequent coaching session.
Support via email in between sessions as deemed helpful (see contract for guidance)
Performance appraisal survey against strategic goals. Again, you will be able to rate your performance against each of the strategic goals as agreed in the contracting meeting. Gary will then compose a report for the final review session to review progress made.
Final review session to review the coaching experience over the period of engagement