Positive LivesCoaching Services and Supervision
Positive Lives offers coaching and training workshops to improve Creativity, Confidence, and Communication Skills for individuals, groups and teams.
What We Do
“Coaching encourages learning, invites creativity and delivers high performance. It respects the individual, builds confidence and generates a culture where responsibility sits with the performer, not the manager. In this way people become accustomed to taking decisions and acting quickly and with flexibility.”
Miles Downey – author of Effective Coaching (Orion, June 1999)
Could you benefit from Coaching?
- Are you at a Crossroads in your Life and Career?
- Are you ready to make positive changes?
- Do you suffer from lack of focus – or lack of confidence – in your new role?
- Would you like to find out what your strengths and talents really are?
- Do you need to prepare for interview or a presentation with greater confidence?
- Do you need to motivate and lead a team?
If you can answer Yes to one or more of the above, then coaching will benefit you.
Download this quick assessment tool to measure your current satisfaction with your professional or personal life:
- Professional Assessment
- Personal Assessment
We offer face to face coaching* within a 20 mile radius of Chester, Cheshire – or coaching by Zoom or telephone.
*Face to face coaching may entail a surcharge for suitable private venue hire.
Benefits of Positive Lives Coaching:
- Discover Your Strengths – Using a proven career industry online profiling tool (Gallup Strengthsfinder), we coach you to recognise and build on your existing talents and strengths. Discover how your strengths are your shortest path to success in business and in life.
- Effective Networking Skills – Improve your networking skills. Identify Your Circle of Influence & Frontline of Allies.
- Powerful Values-based Leadership – Identify your authentic personal and leadership values.
- Impact and Presence – What message are you perhaps unconsciously presenting? How to articulate your strengths, and the impact you want to make. How to influence others and develop your Presence.
- Understanding Communication Styles – What is your strongest communication style? How can you expand and enhance your style to ensure real communication takes place?
- Most importantly, we will encourage you to bring your best, be your best and feel your best every step of the way.
‘Supervision is a place where a living profession breathes and learns…supervision can be a very important part of taking care of oneself, staying open to new learning’
Hawkins and Shohet
“A regular, protected time for facilitated in-depth reflection on coaching practice”
(Adapted from Bond and Holland, 1998)
Before engaging a supervisor, you may find this helpful:
- Deepen your self–awareness and strengthen your skills as a coach
- Safeguard your practice ethically
- Build confidence and creativity
- Explore your work and any challenging client issues in a safe learning environment
- Pay attention to the ethics of coaching and how to handle complex boundary issues
What is supervision? Supervision is sometimes described as coach-mentoring. Experiential learning is at the heart of supervision. It is conversation-based learning between two professionals – a working alliance. The objective of this alliance is to give the best possible service to clients.
Why do I need a supervisor or coach-mentor? Primarily to develop your competence as a coach. Having the opportunity to reflect on your work, and talk through tricky client issues to explore different approaches will help both you and your clients.
Having a Supervisor helps you to gain Professional Work: Increasingly, organisational buyers of coaching are specifying that external coaches working for them should be in regular supervision.
Achieve Professional Accreditation: Many professional coaching bodies are now either insisting or advocating strongly that members receive regular supervision.
Special Offer for Newly Qualified coaches (6 months or less): £70 per one-hour session for first six sessions.
Individual fee: £85 per one-hour session by telephone; £100 face-to-face (plus travel expenses outside of 20 mile radius of Chester). Group supervision on site: £150 per hour (plus travel expenses).
Please contact me for a no-obligation discussion about the benefits of supervision on your coaching practice.
Lisa has trained with the Centre for Supervision Training and with the Coaching Supervision Academy and holds a Diploma in Coaching Supervision. She regularly supervises the coaching development of manager-coaches, as well as independent practitioners.
Creative Personal & Team Development
Storytelling is the oldest form of human communication. It is a way to inspire, share values and knowledge, a way to connect with others powerfully and gain personal insights.
Stories in Organisations:
Story is a very powerful personal development tool in business. Story can transform your business, improving your decision making and communication skills. Story encourages innovative thinking and is highly motivating as it focuses on success in your team and common-values. Positive Lives offers bespoke workshops and training programmes for you and your organisation to benefit from this simple yet powerful communication and development tool, including the highly acclaimed “Story Cafe”.
We also offer team development workshops, using “story circles” to develop meaningful conversations for eg, discovering shared values, exploring and learning from critical or significant incidents, articulating and co-creating Vision.
All our organisational story projects can be evaluated, using our evaluation framework which has been formally assessed through a rigorous academic process. The evaluation framework can be adapted to suit your needs and outcomes.
Our Creative Development Services
Story Cafes – Stories for Wellbeing:
Story Cafes are designed for staff development, and for mental health service users. Story Cafes are a relaxed, informal environment where people can listen to stories, from the traditional folk tale to contemporary stories. Stories, with their simple format and humour, have a profound influence on how people feel about themselves. At one level, simply enjoyable; at another level, a way of gaining personal insights, connecting with others and improving social skills. Our Story Cafes are aligned with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing which we endorse and promote.
- Improves sense of Wellbeing
- Improves social and communication skills
- Creates social connection and strengthens community
- Gives an experience of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing
- Contributes to service improvement programmes
- Builds effective teams upon shared values
Story Skills Training
We also offer a programme of training workshops for leaders and managers who want to develop their communication skills to motivate others, or to improve client engagement and make service improvements (eg Personalisation, Recovery agenda). Content includes story gathering skills, story writing skills, stories for communicating vision, working strategically with stories, learning from organisational stories and storytelling ethics. Plus tools and tips from our acclaimed publication “Story Skills for Managers: Nurturing Motivation with Teams” (Wall & Rossetti).
Team Development Workshop
We use a blend of story telling, appreciative inquiry and facilitated group discussion based on our unique “Story Cafe” model. Its aims are to develop engaged teamwork, innovative thinking, communication skills and confidence. This workshop prepares the ground for real and meaningful organisational culture change, by creating an emergent and safe space for creative ideas, reflective insights and knowledge sharing. This programme offers a way to create confidence in the team and in the future.
- Strengthening relationships and teamwork
- Inspiring people to change
- Supporting Culture Change by generating better buy-in
- Promoting Knowledge-sharing
- Stimulating open discussion about service improvements
Words for Wellbeing:
Words for Wellbeing is a 6-8 session creative writing programme which can be rolled out in staff development, health and adult community learning settings. Our creative writing programmes are aligned with the 5 Ways to Wellbeing which we endorse and promote. We can also deliver Words for Wellbeing as part of a Recovery College programme for mental health service users.
Benefits of “Words for Wellbeing”:
- Improves Self-Development and Self-Esteem
- Improves Communication Skills through Creative Writing
- Improves Reflective Skills
- Develops stronger connections to Community
- Expresses shared Values
- Enhances Wellbeing and Confidence
Your requirements are unique to you. We will do our best to respond to your needs, be flexible in our approach, and come up with a cost-effective solution for you.
As a guide:
- An hour’s presentation to your team or conference: £150
- A half-day workshop: £350 (£250 for Voluntary Organisations, Social Enterprises)
- A full-day workshop: £700 (£500 for Voluntary Organisations, Social Enterprises)
- Words for Wellbeing programme for community groups – £100 per 2-hour session.
What is Coaching
“The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.”
International Coach Federation
Is coaching like having therapy or counselling?
Coaching looks at the present and the future – where you are now and where you want to be. You will not be asked to analyse the past.
Are there different types of coaching?
Yes. There are many definitions of coaching as well as different models of coaching: eg career coaching, life coaching, business coaching, leadership coaching, executive coaching and coach-mentoring.
Is coaching the appropriate discipline for the changes I want to make?
Coaching is not always the solution. You may benefit more from other disciplines, such as skills training, mentoring, counselling, therapy, career advice or business consultancy.
What does a coach do?
I will work with you to:
- Discover and clarify with you, what you want to achieve
- Encourage you to discover solutions and strategies for yourself
Where does the coaching take place?
Choose between telephone coaching or face-to-face coaching. Or I can travel to your workplace (travel fees apply).
What can I expect in the first few coaching sessions?
We will work together to:
- Assess where you are and where you’d like to be
- Set specific goals and outcomes for the coaching
- Explore what motivates and energises you
- Corporate coaching: assess company goals in relation to your own goals
Is there a syllabus or set programme?
No. You set the agenda.
However, the coach will follow certain steps or principles which give structure to the process.
What else should I expect?
- To be continuously and positively supported
- To be challenged
How long does the coaching last?
This will vary according to your needs. I recommend at least six sessions of coaching to get the best benefit from your investment.
How much does coaching cost?
The average national rate is between £70 and £200 an hour (according to a survey by the Association for Coaching).
I offer a flexible payments scheme, and different tariffs according to whether you are self-funded, sponsored by your organisation, or are a student/postgraduate.
What qualifications are necessary for someone to call themselves a coach?
The market is not regulated; anyone can call themself a coach. Check carefully before investing your time and money. A trained coach will be able to describe their model of coaching, their qualification. A professional coach will also receive supervision on their coaching. They are likely to be a registered member of a professional coaching body. I am registered with the Association for Coaching and am fully insured.
I'd like to know more. What should I do next?
Book a free 30-minute coaching consultation, and find out if coaching is for you.
Contact me now on 01244 678850 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org