Develop your mindset to succeed in business & life
BUSINESS & CAREER COACHING
FOR DRIVEN INDIVIDUALS
What is coaching?
Coaching is a process that accelerates change and helps you identify a clear path for what you want and how you will make it happen.
Through challenge and support you will break free of unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviours, and be able to achieve a clarity of vision that helps you reach your goals and aspirations.
“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance”
John Whitmore, in Coaching for Performance.
Benefits of coaching as defined by the International Coach Federation (ICF) include:
Optimizing work performance
Expanding career opportunities
Improving business management
Cultivating work/life balance
"And then it all fell into place"
Who is coaching for?
Coaching is beneficial for absolutely everyone, it keeps you focused & motivated uncovering abilities and thought processes previously lost or simply unknown. Our area of expertise here is business and careers as these are areas we are particularly active in. The only coaching requirement for you is to regularly turn up and then take on any actions that are agreed. That’s it.
Whether a start-up, a young company or a mature SME, my leadership coaching develops your leadership skills and awareness to grow your company, your team and yourself. Through maximising your abilities and decision making you will be able to grow the bottom line whilst staying healthy, both physically and mentally and become a better leader.
Clients for career coaching are given leadership coaching to help enter or re-entering the working environment. Seasoned professionals pivoting or just people aspiring for more from their career develop a gowth mindset as leaders in their own right. Through coaching you can create a clear path to happiness in your work life and find the place where you are most in tune.
SOME AREAS WHERE COACHING CAN HELP
HAVING A PERSONAL SOUNDING BOARD
CREATING A BETTER WORK/LIFE BALANCE
NAVIGATING A START-UP BUSINESS
MANAGING YOUR WELLBEING
CREATING A VISION FOR SUCCESS
INCREASING EQ TO LEAD BETTER
IMPROVING TEAM COMMUNICATIONS
IDENTIFYING & AVOIDING BURNOUT & STRESS
DECLUTTERING YOUR MIND FOR BETTER DECISIONS
MAKING A CAREER TRANSITION
GETTING MOTIVATED AFTER A SET-BACK
SUCCEEDING IN YOUR NEW ROLE
DISCOVERING THE BEST YOU FOR YOUR CV
STARTING A SIDE BUSINESS
PREPARING MENTALLY FOR THE JOB MARKET
MAKING AN IMPACT IN YOUR WORK
RETURNING TO WORK AFTER TIME OFF
FINDING POSITIVITY AFTER REDUNDANCY
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"When you are required to exhibit strength, it comes"
IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE
Hi, my name is Jon Swallow, that’s me below on the left with my business partner, and it’s really great to be introducing myself to you. I’m a qualified executive coach and co-founder of an leading logistics company. It probably helps if you know a bit about me so I’ll give it a whirl and try and give some of my more background.
In 1999 we were two young professionals who had a simple vision for a business, a lot of energy and a determination to succeed. Through a bank manager that was thankfully very open to our plight we began trading. The first few years were great, but equally horrendous as we lost everything, twice! But we stayed the course and with persistence and patience we built the company up to become a leading global logistics provider which still drives forward 21 years later as a technological hub for logistics.
My roles throughout my career have touched all facets of business, from operations, accounting, HR and marketing through to the strategic and comms role I fill now. Ultimately leading the business has required me to know as much as possible about each componenent of it, in order to create synergy between them all, staff, systems and processes.
These years of highs and lows have given me a breadth of knowledge I can pass to others through the power of coaching. I work with business leaders and executives wanting exponential change takes them to the next level through deep coaching. I also work with those looking to transition either between roles or a complete change of career, which is often later in life.
So maybe you’re thinking, why is he coaching and running a company as well. Well in the past 5 years I was part of a peer-peer CEO group where I was coached extensively. It was such a transformative experience it spurred me on to bring coaching to my own workplace. Seeing the power of coaching I decided to train as a coach and qualified through the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC). This enables me to work with proficiency and help people achieve their business or career goals and ambitions, things they may once have thought out of reach.
In schools my work as a careers mentor enables students to have a clear strategy to get into the career they want and develop skills where necessary.
Liasing with recruitment agencies for my business, then interviewing, inducting and training new staff I hear first hand from them the struggles they’ve experienced in their careers. Also working as Anglia region Governor for the Young Forwarders Network, I get to support students entering the logistics industry. All these roles ensure I keep abreast of the realities of the work landscape. One point though is that I do not let this dictate my thinking of you. If you want to be an nuclear physicist and are prepared to put in the work, let’s go for it!
Lastly my role as an Enterprise Advisor enables me to work with business and schools to try and bridge the gap between education and the workplace. These continual touch points between business and employers makes me uniquely placed to help bring people and employers closer together and frame evolving business needs and a driven individuals aspirations into one dynamic pot.
Now at 51, with a wife and two children, 9 & 10 and one crazy hamster, my spare time is still incredibly varied. A 35 year career in martial arts is slowing down, but my music and video production are still a big part of my life.
Reading and research is another big area of time and being an avid absorber of business and leadership books and anything that focuses on resilience, positive psychology and sciences, I bring relevant aspects into my coaching practice.
In the end my philosophy is simple. Never be too old to try new things, keep learning, be brave, work hard and ask for help if you need it. You can do what you imagine, you just need to take that first step. And if you fail (which we all must do), what happens next is vital to success.
When I see my clients succeed there is not a better feeling in the world. My promise to you, that I will give my all to help you find your path and get you to where it leads. Become excited in the unknown.
DON'T WAIT FOR OPPORTUNITY, CREATE IT.
Having worked as an internal coach for my own company and in schools, I now focus on helping others in business and education through my own practice. Qualified as an Executuve Coach through the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), sessions are either in person, virtually or by phone, whatever is most suitable.
My style of coaching is solutions focused including the use of positive psychology, resilience training and mindfulness. Solutions focused coaching is looking forward to what is possible and what strengths will take you there. Many sessions include goals of regaining confidence, clarity of vision, achieving personal ambitions and finding purpose. Many of my clients are very succesful and simply need to rediscover themselves to bring back their energy and vibrancy that may have waned.
Business and careers is my background and my learning in positive psychology and leadership are applied into the programs. Coaching however is not about my business background, coaching is simply a process, and we learn it’s not the issue in front of us that’s the obstacle, it’s just the way we think about it. Coaching is about you and your journey
As your coach we unravel together often deep rooted limiting beliefs or mental blockages through intensive listening, powerful questioning and creative exercises. All geared to enable you to increase awareness and go beyond what you previously had thought out of reach.
I’m a firm believer that people are more resourceful and capable than they know and this is the essence of coaching, that you have all the answers, you just need someone to unlock them. From my own observations of others, the research in the public domain, and from being coached myself, the answer almost always lies within.
Be it a time management issue, lack of confidence, imposter syndrome, annoying worries (or all of them!), there’s always a mental aspect to the challenges we face. As your coach I will show you how to overcome these hurdles and develop a plan so you can move forward.
Being coached does require commitment. For some it can be challenging to start with, but as you develop, the more you put in, the more you get out. The key to a succesfull outcome will be the commitment to agreed actions and the energy to keep going which is where help. I will always remain by your side, through any difficulties, ensuring you make it through. Only you can decide if you feel ready to positively change, but once you realise what ability you can truly unlock, nothing will ever seem such an obstacle again.
Feeling clear of issues that are holding back our progress, and feeling positive that we’ve made a change and achieved our goals will become a memorable part of your life. After a while you will look back at the person at the beginning of the journey and smile, because you know you took the brave steps towards discovering your true capabilities.
After some sessions I will provide resources, workbooks & information where I feel its helpful. This is not consultancy or counselling though, this is about empowering you and your own decisions where as coach, I’m simply the facilitator to make sure you succeed. And you will.
Wishing you all the best positivity for creating your future self
Musings, articles, research and more from the world of coaching for business & careers
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