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Welcome to Nick Howell Coaching

Through a coaching relationship, I partner with small and medium-sized businesses, their leaders, and employees, helping to release their potential.  Not only to confidently grow their business and careers, but to also be the best version of themselves across their work and personal life.

Coaching is a process in which the coach works in partnership with the coachee to help them draw on their own self-knowledge, experience and resources, developing their own thinking in order to solve problems, make choices or achieve success in a chosen activity.

I strongly believe that coaching has an important part to play in the support structure of anyone who is wishing to be successful in the workplace.

For You As a Business Leader

It can be an isolating experience owning or leading a business.  I help as a professional partner to support and coach you through your current business situation, so you can rediscover your clarity and be the best version of yourself.

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For Your Employees

You want to do the right things to help retain your high-performing and high-potential employees and for your business to benefit from employees that have the opportunity to grow and develop.

Coaching empowers individuals to own and progress their career development, to enable them to build awareness around their journey and find more effective ways in reaching their potential.

Those people who have a coaching relationship feel valued and it shows that they can develop within your organisation.

My Experience

I have over twenty-three years of experience leading within corporate environments.  I have lead, developed and coached high-performing individuals and teams, successfully leading customer centric service delivery functions.

 

I've coupled this deep business experience with a professional, certified coaching skill set to provide a rounded coaching and mentoring offering that can support your individual needs in a bespoke way (read more about my background here).

Getting In Touch

I find that each coaching partnership is different, depending upon differing needs and context.  I would be happy to have a conversation with you, to really get to know what you would best like to achieve from a coaching relationship and we can explore how my services can best help you.

Read on if you would like to explore the following topics:

Where my Coaching Service Can Help

Partnering With Me As An External Coach

Where My Coaching Can Help

Where My Services Can Help:

For Business Owners and Leaders

A Healthy Mindset

You may be feeling stressed and strained, overwhelmed, down, or uninspired. Things that once felt easy now feel difficult.  You may be quick to worry and slow to bounce back.  I can help you rediscover a clearer, more positive and healthier way of being so you can get back to enjoying your career.

Goals and Direction

You may feel a little lost with business direction and momentum has slowed.  What was once clear has got a little complicated.  I can support you to gain new clarity on your goals and priorities, providing new awareness and tools to give you renewed motivation, direction, and momentum in your business.

Valued Thought Partner

It can sometimes feel isolating running or leading a business.  You may feel unable to confide with someone honestly on the issues that are causing you unhappiness or frustration.  I can become your valued thought partner, building a trusted relationship, providing you with impartiality, confidentiality, accountability, providing expert coaching with a business background, supporting you to find solutions to your challenges and aspirations.

Work/Life Balance

Work life is bleeding into home life and vice versa.  Your balance feels way off and it's impacting your life in a negative way.  I can help you identify where positive changes can be made, for you to optimise the use of your time, to be able to have the time and energy to do the things you love to do.

Productivity Boost

Your business is leading you rather than the other way around.  You are time poor, and this is negatively affecting you and your business.  I can help you uncover where improvements can be made to give you back one of the most important assets you have…your time.

For Employees In The Workplace

A Healthy Mindset

Expert coaching support to work through issues that may be impacting progress, performance, and motivation.​

Personal Awareness & Career Clarity

An exploration into career paths and direction.  To identify skills, strengths, leadership profiling, and what they enjoy, helping them to re-discover career direction and where they can best excel within your business.

Promotion & Progression

Preceding or following a promotion or change of responsibility, to be setup for success in a new role with the right mindset, priorities, and approach.

Work/Life Balance

I can help identify where positive changes can be made, to create awareness surrounding priorities, to optimise the use of time, to be able to successfully be the employee at work that they aspire to.

Productivity Boost

You are putting in the hours, but never seem to be progressing on the important stuff, you feel there are not enough hours in the day.  I can help you uncover where improvements can be made to give you back one of the most important assets you have…your time.

Conflict Management

I coach individuals through conflict management so as to create awareness and new ways of thinking, to better manage negative conflict situations going forward.

Example Benefits

Example Benefits For Your Business

 

Differentiates you as an employee.

Attracts and retains your best employees.

Positively affects employees engagement and productivity.

A more successful business.

Example Benefits For Your Employees

 

Provides employee professional development in soft skills that matter.

Shows employees that they are valued and can develop within your company.

Positively affects employee wellbeing.

Empowers individuals to own and progress their career and development.

Improves self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-belief.

Improves work/life management.

Improves employees personal awareness.

Example Benefits For You

Happier and more content

Accountability structure

Removal of isolation

Anxiety reduction

Stress reduction

Procrastination reduction

More confident with business direction

Increased motivation

Better work-life balance

Better goal setting and achievement

Better habit forming

More positive outlook

Relationship improvements

Those around you gaining benefit

Using me as an 'External' Coach

Partnering With Me As An External Coach

A Valued Partner

As an external coach, I can become a valued partner to you and your organization.  Building up over time a trusted partnership with a continuing understanding of your business, and potential areas of opportunity.  I can provide impartial and unbiased perspectives, with accountability for the positive journey ahead

Confidentiality

There may be times when there are reasons where confidentiality is questioned, perhaps between individual and line management.  This can result in limitations being set on how honest, open, and effective a coaching relationship can be.  As a professional external coach working to a code of ethics, I can provide a confidential coaching setting.

Coaching Skill Set with Business Leadership Experience

By utilising myself as a professional business coach, you gain benefit from my business experience coupled with a professional coaching approach.

Impartiality

As an external coach, I remain impartial and non-judgemental.  There’s no sub-agenda or existing relationship dynamics, simply a desire to help individuals gain awareness and understanding and for them to realise their full potential and function in the best way within the organisation.  Impartiality can also bring with it a more open and honest dialogue that can provide breakthroughs in whatever obstacle or topic is being discussed.

Timely and Prioritised Coaching

There can be times when conflicting priorities can jeopardise your ability to internally coach individuals in the most effective way.  By partnering with me as a professional external coach, you can be certain that the right focus, time, and skill set are utilised.  You can focus on other important priorities with the knowledge that you are giving equal importance to coaching needs.

Contact me

and we can discuss your requirements and explore more fully how coaching can help you and your business.

Why Invest in a Workplace Coach
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Why Invest in Business Coaching?

Fostering a coaching culture within an organisation has proven to be effective in growing and maintaining a high-performing, productive, engaged workforce with benefits also including staff wellbeing.  More companies are investing to provide professional coaching to their key executives, new team leaders, top performers, and up-and-coming high-potential employees.

And while the ROI of coaching in the workplace can be difficult to measure, there is an increasing body of evidence to show that it does reward companies that choose to invest.  More and more companies are starting to see the benefits of what coaching can bring to their organisation.

  • 80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills. 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment in coaching and more (source: ICF 2009)

  • A third of all Fortune 500 companies utilize Executive Coaching as standard leadership development for their elite executives and talented up-and-comers.  Source: The Hay Group

Workpace Coaching FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you'd like to discuss things in more detail and have specific questions, please do contact me.

  • I haven't experienced coaching before, what can I expect?
    Coaching sessions can be seen as a series of thought-provoking powerful conversations. where we explore the topic which brought you to coaching. I will provide a warm, friendly, enjoyable, non-judgemental, and safe environment. We will properly unpack your situation to really understand and clarify what it is you want to achieve and why. I'll use a series of coaching techniques to help you challenge your thinking and gain awareness of where you are, where you want to be, and how to get there. Depending on your situation, we will use different exercises to provide awareness and clarity, for example: understanding your values, life balance, goal setting, confidence, creative thinking, and limiting beliefs holding you back to name but a few. People have commented that it's a very cathartic and powerful experience to have a dedicated, uninterrupted space to talk at your own pace with yourself as the topic. There is no need to know the coaching process, I will help navigate this. All you need to do is come prepared to talk about the topic of what led you to this stage and the rest will follow, we take it at your pace.​
  • I'm a little nervous in reaching out, what can I expect?
    Don't worry, that's a perfectly reasonable feeling to hold and it could be for different reasons. No need to worry, I am here to help you. I provide a very relaxed, warm, and friendly space where we can talk in confidence and at your pace. It can sometimes be a brave and confident step to even get to the stage of reaching out, so well done for getting to this first stage! Coaching can be seen as a series of thought-provoking conversations, so all you need to do is come ready to start talking about the topic that led you to seek out coaching and the rest will follow.
  • What can I expect from our 'Discovery Call'?
    Our discovery call is just that. A free 45-minute friendly conversation (give or take, I won't clock watch). A chance to meet each other and have a conversation and discover a little bit about each other. In our call (either via phone or Zoom) we can: Talk about your situation and what you would like to be different. If I feel that coaching may be right for you, I'll explain more about coaching and how may help your situation. I’ll provide you with details on my coaching programs. You will be able to ask any questions you may have. I'll offer you the chance to sign up for a package that's a good fit for your situation. If you feel that coaching is not right for you at this time, that's fine. There will be no pushy sales conversations from me. At the very least I hope you will have more knowledge to use for your situation than before our conversation.
  • What frequency are the sessions held?
    Both frequency and scheduling can be very flexible and can be made to work based on your availability and your specific journey. Generally, frequency starts weekly to gain traction, fortnightly to keep momentum and later sessions can be spaced if needed. Ultimately we will land on a frequency that provides a balance of momentum, reflection, and sufficient time to reflect and implement learnings. Flexibility is the key take-away word.
  • How long are the coaching sessions?
    For the 'Transformative Twelve' and the 'Structured Six' Packages The first session is ninety minutes. This is to ensure we have a good amount of time to build a conversation and set some good initial foundations for our further sessions. Thereafter, each session is 60 minutes long, which is on average a good amount of time for a session to be effective. I'm not a clock watcher, so if we feel it's right to carry a conversation to a natural end, timing is flexible whilst respecting any time limits you have. The Focus Month Session This consists of two ninety-minute sessions, a length designed to get the most out of our month together. The 'Power Session' If you are booking the 'Power Session', this is ninety minutes long. This provides us with a good amount of time to explore a single topic or area.
  • How long does it take to achieve results?
    This differs depending upon each individual's unique situation. Clients typically though find that learnings and take-aways come from each session, sometimes subtlety with reflection and sometimes arriving within big WOW moments which is great for both the client and coach to experience. Coaching is also a journey of building awareness with results usually building up over a grouping of sessions. You are in the driving seat as to when you feel you have reached the outcome you desire. Some clients work through a package of sessions and then request further sessions spaced out over time to check in and help keep momentum and direction on their life's goals.
  • How much do you charge for your services?
    The 'Transformative Twelve' Package £1424 (payment plan available) - This package provides tailored coaching to work on multi-faceted situations, situations that may contain more change, and a longer journey, where a continuation of a coaching partnership helps keep momentum, accountability, and a provision of a coaching relationship that supports you through those unknown challenges that surface when working towards your change. Usually scheduled over six months. The 'Structured Six' Package £858 (payment plan available) - Allowing deep exploration and opportunity for building a valuable partnership and change journey. Usually scheduled across three months. The 'Focus' Package £395 - A packaged rate for two ninety-minute sessions held across four weeks that can be used to explore and deep dive into a more defined goal or topic. * Discounted pricing for subsequent package bookings for existing clients. * Package carryovers - If you feel you have reached a point in the coaching where you have reached a good place, you can place the remaining paid sessions in the bank, which you can then use as you need within the forthcoming 12-month period. Not sure what option to choose? Not to worry, please feel free to contact me so we can discuss your situation in more detail at nick@nickhowellcoaching.com, +44 7511 415 005,
  • What can you promise?
    Coaching is unique to every single person with many variables so it would be wrong to promise certain outcomes, that said, the vast majority of people do realise the positive change from coaching that improves their lives. I can promise that I will agree and demonstrate my commitment to you and our coaching relationship by: Coaching you to the best of my ability, with 100% of my energy and commitment. Providing a positive and safe space for you to navigate desired change. Provide a space that aims to make the coaching experience an enjoyable one. Being available for each coaching session on time, fully prepared, and in the moment. Being totally focused on your needs and committed to empowering you to take the steps you need to achieve your ambitions and goals. Providing support, and encouragement whilst challenging you to reach your full potential. To be non-judgmental, objective & open throughout the coaching process. Maintaining 100% confidentiality unless required by law to disclose information you have given me. Suggest to you another source of support if at any time we mutually agree that coaching is not the most appropriate way forward for you at this time in your life. We will work together to determine whether termination of sessions and/or referral to a GP/counsellor or another source of support would be beneficial. Giving you as much notice as possible if, for any reason, I need to reschedule a coaching session.
  • What happens if I have holiday time or other commitments during our time together?
    It's important to ensure we keep a regular frequency of coaching sessions to ensure we maintain progress and momentum. If however, you need to fit in those planned and unplanned life priorities, I remain fully flexible to reschedule sessions where needed.
  • Can you help me with mental heath issues?
    Coaches can't provide clinical treatment for conditions such as depression and anxiety or other mental health issues. However, the nature of a coach's techniques and methodologies often result in lowering stress, managing emotions, reducing anxiety, improving relationships (personal and professional), and improving overall wellbeing. Within our coaching relationship, I will raise with you my thoughts on possible needs for another source of support such as a GP or counsellor if I ever feel there may be a need.
  • What's your availability?
    I offer availability across the working week, with morning, afternoon, and evening times available.
  • What are your payment options ?
    Payment can either be in the form of a bank transfer or via PayPal (inc a small additional fee). Payments for the 'Transformative Twelve' and 'Structured Six' packages come with an available payment plan to help spread the payments if required.
  • Do you work by a code of Ethics?
    Absolutely yes. Please find here a link to the Association For Coaching Ethical standards which I follow.
  • What is Transformational Coaching?
    Transformative Coaching - Psychological – It explores the client both inside and out, their beliefs, values, expectations, assumptions, and psychological patterns that guide how they show up in life or the workplace. Humanistic – It builds on the assumption that clients are whole, unbroken and they have the resources they need to make changes. Integrative – Drawn from a wide range of schools of thought, it enables coaches to find their own unique, psychologically grounded way of working with clients. Holistic – Coaches learn to pay attention to all aspects of a client’s experience – the cognitive, affective, somatic, relational, and behavioural dimensions. “Transformative coaching creates the space for the client to see themselves afresh.” Nick Bolton, Founder, Animas https://www.animascoaching.com/our-knowledge/faqs/what-is-transformational-coaching/
  • Is your business environmentally aware?
    I'm very environmentally aware and believe we need to prioritise the discussion on this topic and take action where possible. Coaching by its nature is rather low impact and attracts little overheads. However, I do use a renewable energy supplier, recycle print cartridges, and use recycled paper. I offer virtual coaching which can help with reducing the impact of travel on the environment. I have also partnered up with ecologi.com, for each coaching package purchased, we will commit to planting twenty trees. This in turn helps in a small way with carbon offsetting and biodiversity.
  • How much does it cost for coaching within the workplace?
    Pricing will differ depending upon several different factors such as - location, content, virtual or in-person delivery, and specific requirements and outcomes. Please contact me and I would be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail and provide a quote. Rest assured my rates are competitive.
  • Where can you deliver career and leadership coaching?
    This can be performed in person if required or more commonly in these times virtually via Zoom or MS Teams. If there is a requirement for a longer-term workplace coaching relationship, I can also offer a mixture of in-person sessions and virtual, which offer the best of both worlds.
  • How can I measure the effectiveness of coaching?
    As part of my service, I conduct a thorough fact-finding process. My goal is to understand the context and what the desired outcomes are. Within sessions, there is a mixture of big lightbulb moments together with more gradual change over time. Learnings and awareness also coming between sessions resulting from what we have covered. This is why a package of coaching sessions is usually the most beneficial. I will use questionnaires and direct feedback opportunities to compare situations during and after coaching. This serves two purposes: keeping the coaching relevant and measuring its effectiveness.
  • As a business leader, how can coaching help me and my business?
    There have been numerous studies conducted on the topic of coaching in the workplace. Here is a useful article published in Forbes that summarises this.
  • What’s the outside-of-session time commitment likely to be? Is there a lot of “homework”?
    While our sessions are pivotal, much of the transformative work happens in the time between our meetings. Occasionally, I may recommend activities or reflections to undertake on your own. This won't be a requirement after every session, but when it is suggested, it's because these tasks are designed to deepen your understanding and integration of new insights and learning. It's important to note that these activities are a key part of your growth process, helping to solidify the changes you're making.
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