I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 with a degree in Politics. Following a brief stint as a political researcher for the Scottish Government, I decided that a career in government ma...
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A coaching ethos has always been part of our business model. Our naturally collaborative approach has not only helped teams and organisations achieve their goals, but has enabled individuals to grow and achieve theirs; we are consistently told this is a key differentiator that sets us apart from other consulting firms.
We have made significant investment in building professional coaching skills within our firm. The majority of our partners, and some of our most experience consultants have completed or are undertaking the Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme, an award winning and professionally accredited 18 month course offering an excellent mix of academic and practice based learning.
Berkeley also continues to invest in our coaches ongoing professional development and supervision to ensure our business coaching skills continue to help us to build trust and nurture high calibre people - whether internally to aid personal development or as an additional service for our clients.
The experience has been so positive for us, that within Berkeley we have fully integrated coaching techniques into our core personal development and performance management processes, and we use it extensively to help our consultant team deliver more effectively in their day to day work with clients.
This approach has delivered excellent results for individual consultants, for the firm as whole, and for our clients.
Outside of Berkeley we have provided coaching for many Berkeley clients as well as contacts drawn from our wider network of business relationships. This has included senior executive positions (e.g. CEOs, CIOs, COOs), transformation leaders (e.g. Heads of Change, Programme Directors, Programme Managers), as well as less experienced but ‘high potential’ staff.
Our external coaching clients tell us that they have benefited from a tremendous personal development and performance ‘boost’ that has helped them break through to new levels of confidence and capability. The feedback we have received has been generous and unanimously positive.
Berkeley coaches combine non-directive coaching techniques with rich consulting experience built up from decades working across a wide range of business sectors, organisations, and challenging situations.
All Berkeley coaches:
are either partners or highly experienced consultants bringing an average of 25 years’ experience
have themselves shaped and delivered some of our clients’ most complex transformational change
have personal experience in senior leadership roles dealing with periods of intense pressure, with complex situations and with highly challenging individual and stakeholder dynamics
have personally experienced the benefits of being coached.
Our approach is personalised and non-formulaic – our coaching support is tailored completely to the individual’s unique context, leadership challenges and goals.
We are able to offer a powerful and complementary blend of non-directive coaching techniques, consultancy skills and broad-based personal experience.
Coaching can be effective in a wide range of situations. There may be a particular trigger - such as the start of a new and challenging role, when struggling with an underperforming team, or when responding to a tricky piece of feedback - but there doesn’t have to be.
The coaching process can appear deceptively simple. It is, after all, essentially a series of structured discussions between two people working to achieve a breakthrough in the coachee’s personal development and performance. As is often the case though, the quality of the results is highly dependent on good preparation and set up. We use the following five step approach to ensure that our coaching clients achieve the best possible results from their investment in the process.
Our coached clients tell us that they have benefited from a tremendous personal development and performance ‘boost’ that has helped them breakthrough to new levels of confidence and capability. The feedback we have received has been generous and unanimously positive.
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