Every individual, team and organization is unique, so each intervention is specifically designed to suit your unique needs and requirements. Solutions are based on the latest scientific research and and inter-disciplinary knowledge.
Executive coaching – individual and/or team
Get the Most out of Life
Coaching interventions are based on the Integrated Experiential Coaching (IEC) Model which was developed and researched to facilitate experiential learning in individuals. The model has, however, been adapted to team coaching with ease. A number of teams within Africa and Europe have been coached using this Model. This research led to the first Professional Doctorate in Executive Coaching being awarded in the world. The Doctorate was awarded by the University of Middlesex and the then National Centre for Workbased Learning in London. The model and the research has been published as a book under the title, “Integrated Experiential Coaching: A scientist-practitioner journey towards becoming an executive coach”, (Chapman. L.A. February 2010, Karnac Books, London).
Stress and wellness coaching and consulting
Guidance & Inspiration
One area that continuously worried me while developing and researching the Integrated Experiential Coaching Model was the impact of stress on a manager’s ability to manage complexity. Executives sometimes find it difficult to implement their designed strategies because they become overwhelmed by the complexity involved with modern managerial leadership. In my experience as a coach, I have found that, despite having the potential to manage complexity, many executives and senior managers were still overwhelmed by it. The natural question was why it was happening, particularly to people who had the potential and experience to manage complexity. Over time I became more and more convinced that stress was a major factor, and researched the impact of stress on cognition.
Innovative research by the Institute of HeartMath has looked at how stress impacts heart rate variability, and how heart rate variability in turn impacts cognition. Using the latest Biofeedback technology enables the client and I too explore what was happening to them physiologically and how that impacts their learning and performance. As a result, my experience has shown that individuals who learn to get into a more coherent heart rate variability pattern, through effective stress management, are able to significantly improve their experiential learning in coaching. The more relaxed an individual is, the more effectively they learn which in turn increases their ability to manage managerial complexity.
Work-place learning and stress management interventions
Embrace Life’s Challenges
Work place learning interventions are usually focused on improving team performance around managing the supply value chain or critical business processes. All the sessions will be designed and coached around the Experiential Learning Cycle. Meaning that every session will start with exploring their concrete experience in terms of their understanding of the topic covered. Once a common understanding of the topic is reached, we will then move into the reflective observation phase by getting them to reflect on what statistics they need to measure and manage that topic. The abstract conceptualisation part of the learning cycle will be used to introduce some of the industry best practice statistics and how to calculate them. Together the team will have to decide which measurements are the most appropriate for them to use to manage the given topic. In between the sessions, the team will have to go and experiment with what they have learnt by going to find the data they need, and calculate the statistics. Furthermore, they will have to explore the root causes of any deviations and what they are doing to manage those deviations effectively. The follow up session will start by reviewing the statistics, the root causes of any deviation, and what they have done to manage the deviations. Ultimately the aim is to get them to change their behaviour from managing their individual units reactively, to pro-actively managing the entire value chain or processes.