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About Coaching

What is executive coaching?
Coaching is a one-on-one conversation that is facilitated by a coach and focused on the needs of the client (coachee), with the objective of supporting the coachee to become more self-aware, and, through this, to become more effective at work. The coaching is entirely confidential, so the coachee can feel safe and secure to discuss any issues.

About systems-psychodynamic coaching
The psychodynamic approach aims to understand the inner world of the person, and in so doing to ensure a better understanding of their role within the organisation. The aim is ultimately to help the coachee to improve their performance, to become as effective and successful as possible in the context of their professional role and organisational goals.

About the coaching engagement
Often it is helpful to have a preliminary chemistry meeting between the client and coach (and line manager, if the client’s organisation is sponsoring the coaching) to ensure that all parties are aware of what is involved, comfortable about the prospect of working together and to set out the aims and articulate the goals for the coaching ahead.

The preliminary engagement is for an initial session of two hours, and then between 3 to 7 sessions of 90 minutes, at a mutually agreed venue, likely either Swiss Cottage, Finchley or Blackfriars (ideally not the place of work of the coachee). The frequency, location and content of the work is agreed in the initial session. A set fee and contract is agreed at the start of the engagement, involving the sponsoring organisation if required. For those working in the social sector and unable to afford coaching in a personal capacity, then a pro bono arrangement is possible.

Further to a collaborative review of the progress made at the end of the initial engagement by coach and coachee, there is the possibility to extend the contract for additional sessions. This review may also include the sponsoring organisation if they are funding the work.

About the coach
David Russell is Founder and Director of The Social Enterprise, a multidisciplinary social change agency, with a developing expertise in executive coaching. He currently coaches leaders from national and international charities, social enterprises, business and the NHS. Since 2014, he has principally been consulting with Unilever, and Survivors Fund (SURF), a UK-based international charity, the work of which he directed for five years.

David is a Chair and Trustee of several international charities, and has an MPA from New York University, and MA from Cambridge University. He is working towards accreditation with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council to Senior Practitioner level at the Tavistock Clinic, and his coaching work is bound by the EMCC Code of Ethics.

Further information
Please contact David at david{at} or on 07590 329 267

Written by thesocialenterprise

July 23, 2019 at 10:00 am