ILM Executive Coaching and Mentoring Training

Our signature ILM accredited Executive Coaching and Mentoring course lasts for five days over several months and includes everything required to become an accredited internal or external coach in an organisation, as well as enabling participants to become authentic coaching managers.   We have delivered this coaching and mentoring course in 27 countries and several languages over the last 10 years, and it has often been named as the best management course participants have ever attended. This course  will transform a manager’s leadership style, and the practice with other participants brings about a transformational change in self-awareness, energy, potential and personal impact at a profound level. Our executive coaching and mentoring training is:

  • Designed by business people for business people
  • Structured to be practical, embed the skills for the long term and make efficient use of participants’ time
  • Uses best practices refined and shaped by the feedback of thousands of participants
  • Based on proven methods and the use of unique and novel learning techniques directly acquired from Sir Richard Branson, Sir John Whitmore and other thought leaders in the coaching arena, including Tim Gallwey and Nancy Kline.
  • Relevant to today’s highly pressured managers

Our approach to executive coaching and mentoring training

The style of our coach training is ‘learning by doing’. It is a very practical approach in which participants have the opportunity to practise coaching about issues arising in their workplace and to receive feedback from our trainers and each other.

The executive coaching and mentoring course is divided into two or more modules. Between the modules, participants are paired with another course participant in order to practise their skills in a safe setting. This builds confidence and fluency, enabling them to embed the new skills and use them in the workplace after the course is over.

All modules of the executive coaching and mentoring course are specifically tailored to examples relevant to your organisation, and participants coach each other on issues currently occurring in their workplace. We are skilled at integrating our programmes into your existing coaching and leadership models and methods so that your investment in prior learning is not lost.

We are committed to ensuring that the impact of our interventions with your organisation is captured in a way that is meaningful to your business. We will work with you to develop a method that meets your specific requirements and gives you the information that you need throughout the programme.

ILM Coaching and Mentoring Training – Certification

We are an ILM Centre approved to deliver ILM Endorsed, Level 5, Level 7 and Diploma coaching and mentoring courses. The ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) is the UK’s awarding body for general and specialist management qualifications. It is the leadership arm of City & Guilds, which awards NVQ qualifications, and its awards are internationally recognised.

Our training team

Our trainers are fully trained in our methods and have worked with us for 5-10 years. They all have experience as managers in the workplace themselves, as well as at least 10 years’ experience at delivering coaching and coach training to leaders at all levels of seniority including CEO. Our trainers are experienced coaches specially selected for their presentation skills, empathy and ability to challenge participants within a safe space.

Our approach to executive coaching and mentoring training

Our courses are fast moving, intensive. The content is pragmatic and constantly adjusted to relate to the participants’ own workplace and unique challenges. We believe that every minute in the training room must deliver something useful and practical for participants to take away.

Our training consists of demonstrations by the trainer with volunteers, group discussions and participant practice. People learn by doing and focus what is relevant to them as individuals. In between the training sessions there are practical assignments enabling participants to integrate the skills, experiment and stretch themselves within the safety of course buddy coaching sessions, and develop their own unique way of using coaching skills in tune with their leadership style.

Attitude v skills

We believe that a coaching culture is a holistic term which embraces skills, attitude and behaviour in an organisation. There is a misconception that coaching is about learning particular techniques, like listening and asking questions. These are indeed coaching skills, but we believe that in a ‘coaching manager’ it is the underlying intention behind the words that matters, ie treating people with respect, focusing on their development, believing in them and raising mutual trust and self belief:

Any manager whose intention is to respect and develop others will lead in this way whether or not they have attended a course, although training in coaching skills will enhance their approach. However, if the intention is not in place, they may well find themselves saying, “I’m using open questions but my staff still hate me!”

We encourage managers to learn and copy the skills as taught on our courses, integrate them through practice, and then throw the rule book away. In this way, it is possible to manage with a coaching approach but in one’s own authentic style, congruently with one’s personality and values.

The coaching-mentoring-managing continuum

Non Directive AskThe role of today’s leader requires an ability to move smoothly between being directive, guiding as a mentor and drawing out self-directed learning by asking questions:

At times managers must tell people what to do or what not to do, it is part of their role. Within a holistic coaching approach, where trust is high and people are freed up to develop their potential, such direction will be an inspiring and motivating part of the relationship between boss and report.

Participants who would benefit from this course

  • CEOs
  • Directors
  • Senior and middle managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Learning and Development Heads
  • HR Executives
  • Trainers
  • Executives wishing to become internal executive coaches

This course is open to the public twice a year in London. Full details are available on Open Executive Performance Coach Training

Contact us to discuss your coaching culture strategy and to bring coaching and mentoring training into your workplace.

Shorter Workshops and CPD (continuing professional development):

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– Coaching and Mentoring Skills
– Coaching Supervision
– Leadership Tools for Coaching Managers
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Click here for Clean Coaching
Click here for Coaching Culture Strategy

Clients and case histories

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