What is coaching?
Coaching is an often misunderstood term, with many different ideas of what it is, and what it isn't. The Navanter definition of coaching is:
Effective coaching is a relationship built on mutual trust, which unlocks a deeper self-awareness of innate potential in the coachee, enabling them to maximise their own performance.
In effect, coaching allows individuals to become more effective in ways that work for them, not in a one-size-fits-all approach as traditional directive development employs.
Where is coaching useful?
Coaching is useful in a variety of business situations to improve performance, solve problems, increase effectiveness and save time and resources when important decisions need to be made, goals set or milestones achieved.
Coaching can be used, for example, to:
It's also a popular choice amongst senior executives who find that the experience and skills which have helped them reach their position are no longer sufficient to operate effectively at that level. A coaching conversation helps individuals set their own objectives and agendas to achieve these, in a safe and beneficial environment focused on personal and corporate success. In fact, coaching in the workplace growing rapidly as an effective approach to improve performance. Respected L&D publication, Training Journal, describes this increase in this article.
Why should you be coached through Navanter?
Neil Shorney, coach and director of Navanter, has been coaching and mentoring others since 2003. Between 2008 and 2014, he followed a structured training programme through leading US business school, The George Washington University School of Business. He achieved their Professional Certificate in Business Skills, which covered a broad range of topics vital to a professional coach:
Since 2012, Neil has trained and coached other coaches for Strategy Execution (formerly ESI International) - one of the world's largest learning organisations, who have trained more than 8 million people in 7,200 companies around the globe. As one of just a handful of coaches and coaching trainers in the organisation, he was been the principle coach in Europe from 2013-2017, when he decided to work for Navanter full-time.
At Navanter, we don't provide the kind of wishy-washy "life coaching" which is so common these days, but results-focused executive development from a coach with an in-depth knowledge of how real businesses work - knowledge gained over 19 years working in the corporate world. Neil has coached business people from diverse industries such as energy, pharmaceuticals, legal, finance and retail organisations, as well as the European Central Bank.
Neil combines broad business knowledge with extensive coaching experience and qualifications from The George Washington University and SDI®, to bring you a comprehensive coaching service to meet your business needs. As a certified Project Manager, this isn't just about goal-setting, but about developing clear paths to success, monitoring progress, and using your own experience to guide your future actions.
What is coaching like with Navanter?
Coaching from Navanter can take many forms. We offer our coaching face-to-face, via phone or Skype, or online via email. Whatever format you choose, you'll get the same level of commitment from your coach as you work together to achieve your business or career goals. It will begin with the coach understanding who you are as a person, where you've come from and where you are now. From there, you'll discuss challenges and aspirations, and set a goal towards which you'll work. The coach will then guide you towards that goal by helping you to identify any risks and opportunities, helping you to pin-point your relevant skills and knowledge gaps, and monitoring your performance over the course of the coaching relationship. The aim is to help you achieve your potential.
Your coaching will likely involve the use of tools and models from our extensive tool-kit as appropriate to help you reach an awareness of your strengths and challenges, as well as of those with whom you interact. There will also be tasks for you to complete between each session, and a suggested reading list personalised to your situation.
We want you to be fully engaged in the coaching sessions, so you'll be provided with a full set of follow-up notes after each coaching conversation so you don't need to worry about taking notes yourself.
What does coaching cost?
Unlike some companies, we don't believe in selling you a standard programme of 3- or 6-month sessions with a set number of sessions per month. Instead, we'll agree a course length with you and you'll only pay for the coaching you actually need. Our coaching prices are:
How do I get started?
The first step is for us to have a conversation and ensure that your needs are in line with our expertise. Contact us to arrange an initial phone conversation, and we'll take it from there.