My coaching work takes the form of conversational 'encounters' held in specially chosen locations or using particular media as a basis for our engagement. I work with my clients to design opportunities to help them both generate creative difference and maintain the dialogue essential to help them foster creativity and innovation in their lives and workplaces.
I approach these conversations from an 'inquiry' perspective. There are no shortcuts and I don't have a repertoire of easy answers. We discover together.
It can look and feel a bit like this:
- Walking through Scottish cities with senior healthcare executive as we find ways to balance ferocious workplace demands alongside family life and his own well-being.
- Hanging out in London museums with a successful consultant developing new ways of 'seeing' and working in the world.
- Using visual media exchanges to help a client get 'beyond the words' as she considered her career options.
- Inquiring through music with a top civil servant to re-imagine organisational structures.
- Using 'selfies' with clients considering their sense of authenticity and identity through organisational change.
The kind of questions I enjoy working with:
- How can we work with vision and intention in a turbulent, changing world?
- What can we do to set the conditions for creativity in teams and organisations?
- Why is my organisation stuck in a rut? Our conversations seem to go around in circles and nothing changes.
- What does creative leadership look like? For me?
- How do I host the meetings that will enable colleagues to feel safe and supported as they work with innovation and change?
- I'm just not creative. What do I do about it?
- How do I show up in a way that supports others to be their best?
There are no silver bullets that I know of, nor will what worked for one client work for someone else. Creativity is situational and unique. But I support my clients as they find their answers and develop the capacity to find their own creative ways of working in the world.