What are some of the benefits of Business Coaching and Mentoring?
- Builds confidence
- Allows clients to develop personal insight and learning
- Supports clients through transformation and growth
- Improves Individual and Organisational Performance and Productivity
There are three types of Executive Coaching solutions that I offer to clients. They are:
Traditional – This approach is used to help managers define tasks and processes. This might be the delivery of a new process, service or product. This approach is more facilitative and may include training sessions on analytical techniques.
Transitional – This method is used to support middle-management teams in order to explore better ways of organising the way they work and behave. This approach should be used if there is a scaled improvement program ongoing within the organisation where a complete change in work culture is required.
Transformational – This is the most challenging of the three approaches. This method works with very senior-level executives to facilitate building on existing work practices in order to achieve a greater vision and purpose for the organisation. This may call for some creative thinking and the development of key strategic goals. It is strategically that executive teams can make a difference if they are performing at the correct level and pace. My intervention will support executive teams to achieve that level of activity.
I am certified by the Institute of Leadership and Management as an Executive Coach and Mentor and I am a member of the Association for Coaches (AoC). To retain my ILM accreditation, I undertake CPD hours and supervision from a AoC qualified practitioner on a monthly basis.
“Andrew was my leadership coach for three sessions. He was a great coach, who helped me identify my strengths and how I can use them in my future career. He was very attuned to my needs and was always flexible in making sure that our sessions focused on the areas that I wanted to work on, but he also brought valuable new perspectives to each of our sessions. I would highly recommend his coaching.”
Lara De Mets
Postgraduate Law student at the University of Edinburgh
“I recently started working Andrew as my coach. Andrew is thoughtful, challenging and I particularly valued the questions he asked that helped me to see for myself that I needed to look at a certain situation from a different perspective ... letting me work out the solution for myself rather than telling me what he thinks I should do.
I always look forward to our sessions together and have seen a change in my confidence, vision and energy over the time we have been working together”
Head Of Financial Control at Ocado Group
“Andrew is a superlative coach. The combination of his own experience and expertise, coupled with being a sincere and genuinely kind and lovely person, means not only do you instantly build a rapport with him, but his guidance is also consistently valuable and relevant. Not only would I highly recommend Andrew, I would also count him as a friend and mentor now.”
Chief Executive Officer – Ethical Healthcare Consulting CIC
Great coach! Our 5 sessions helped me clarify my objectives for the coming years and define strategies to reach my goals. Highly recommended!
Sir Henry Dale fellow, Chancellor's fellow at The University of Edinburgh
Working with Andrew gave me the time and space to focus on making decisions about what I actually wanted and what steps I needed to take to get where I wanted to go. His gentle focussed questions made me step back and think differently and as a result I am looking at a new future.
It’s also interesting working with a coach who has a different background. I enjoyed that aspect very much, so don't narrow your options to your own sector!
Non-Executive Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
"I Was A Little Apprehensive Prior To Engaging Woodward Consulting Because We Are A Small Service-Based Business Rather Than A Large Oil And Gas Related Manufacturer. However I Was Reassured On Meeting Andrew, Who Has A Wide Range Of Experience And Within A Short Period Fully Understood Our Current Business Process And Some Of The Improvements We Could Make"
Jon Proctor & Andrea Nicholas
CEO & MD | Green Tourism
“Without The Support Of Andrew, We Would Have Been Unable To Deliver This Complex Programme Of Work. We Would Have Delayed Recovering Our Investment In Capital Equipment And Perhaps Not Achieved Our Target Benefits At All”
Managing Director - Rockwell Solutions Limited
"Working With Andrew To Improve Our Overall Productivity Has Proven To Be A Very Useful Exercise, Opening Us Up To Alternative & Quite Straight Forward Techniques To Reduce Non Productive Time On Our Main Coating Line By A Significant Amount. In Addition To The Highlighted Savings Gained On This Line We Are Continuing With The Methods Learned To Make Other Improvements To Our Productivity In The Factory"
Operations Director at Pelikan Hardcopy Limited
"Andrew helped us design, run and review a ‘World Cafe’ event for the Westminster CAF Demonstrator Project. The concept was a new one for us but Andrew explained it well and did a great job in ensuring that the event was effective for our purposes and also did a fantastic job of facilitating the event on the day. Feedback from the day was very positive and we’re looking forward to inviting Andrew back to help us with a similar event in the near future"
Project Manager for the NHS / Westminster Digital CAF Demonstrator Project
"Very efficient, worked to the task, worked within budget, was receptive and adapatable to change during the task. Was humorous but professional at all times. Had prepared and planned for the task. Kept the audience engaged and focussed at all times."
Senior Manager at NHS Digital
“Andrew and I were colleagues for two years running the key Efficiency Programme within the Department of Health. Andrew was a most experienced, reliable and effective consultant, focused on delivery and could operate at all levels and across all structures. His depth of expertise and experience was a major asset to both me and the Department and wherever he operated brought praise and admiration from those he supported.”
Programme Director CSED Department of Health
Know You More and the University of Edinburgh
It is an exciting journey to be part of the coaching cohort supporting Know You More and Edinburgh University during this time of challenge.
The University of Edinburgh has partnered with Know You More to support the professional development of their leadership population.
Their development will consist of a coaching programme delivered digitally and aimed to support the following:
Know yourself: understanding self as a leader, individual styles and strengths. Sharpened personal and people leadership skills and improved confidence and wellbeing.
Know your context: discussion and challenge to their current situation and a greater understanding of their role within that situation. A greater sense of clarity and direction
Know your goals: bringing together strengths and context, identifying a focus for development and forming steps toward achieving their goals. Better and consistent performance.
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