Coming up soon…

We have just booked rooms for our first workshops in Milton Keynes. Cannot say more right now, but keep watching this space for more news in early July!

Some benefits of Coaching

There are many benefits to coaching and plenty of statistics to prove the effectiveness!

A survey conducted by ICF (International Coaching Federation) gives an example of 4 benefits identified by clients:

80% improved their self-confidence

73% improved their relationships

72% improved their communication skills

67% improved their work-life balance

Have you had coaching? What improved for you?

DISC profiles

Are you currently experiencing or looking for a change?

About to start your first job, changing career, looking for a new position, getting promoted, experiencing change at work – whichever it is DISC is for you – and you can now get them from Wenford People!

A DISC profile will provide you with an understanding of how you behave naturally when completely at ease, how you are likely to behave under stress and how you feel you should behave e.g. in a work situation. It is important to emphasise there is no right or wrong profile, but knowing and being mindful of your preferences can help you make the right choices for you.

Completing a DISC assessment on-line can be done in under 10 minutes. Afterwards our qualified DISC practitioner Winnie Sorensen will delve into the result with you in detail to help you explore and understand your natural behavioural patterns, along with your strengths and challenges.

With over 30 years of proven reliability and over 40 million users, DISC assessments are a trusted tool and used worldwide in training and coaching – as well as in organisational development and performance improvement.

Contact us to hear more about DISC and how you can take the first step towards your new life!



Coaching Misconception

At a recent event, I was asked by another guest what I did. When I told him, I was a coach, he was quite interested and asked what area or people I coach. I told him that I work with many different individuals and groups. He was quite surprised by my reply – but it is one I have become used to. I think the word “coaching” is often used and misused and that has in my view lead to a misconception that as a coach you need to have a mastery of the area you coach in.

Coaching is about listening for what is being said – what is not said – and how it is said. It’s about paying attention to and reading non-verbal signals, tonality, and everything else which is being communicated by the client.

Coaching is being entirely focused on the individual. It is about their issues, performance, ideas, thoughts, feelings, actions and above all their goals and results.

Coaching is a journey where the destination is the sum of all the client’s choices. The client is the captain, the client decides on where to start and the destination, the coach is merely there as a co-pilot to assist with the navigation to uncover the best possible route to reach the destination.

Working with many business clients, naturally most of my coaching sessions are about working life and situations. It is common also to venture into many other areas of the clients’ life as inevitably they often play a part in the overall picture – the choice though, is the always the client’s.

An experienced coach will become a thinking partner for the client. The coach will allow plenty of time to think and if asked offer powerful questions to help the client find their chosen route for their own individual journey. The coach becomes a valuable resource to help the client perform at a higher level. It empowers the client to independently think and act and walk away from the sessions equipped and empowered to act. Coaching just like leadership is not about telling and directing others.

Now this is my view of coaching – what is your opinion?

Seafarers Awareness Week – June 24-30, 2017

June 24-30 is Seafarers Awareness Week, the annual campaign by the maritime welfare charity Seafarers UK to raise public awareness of our ongoing dependence on seafarers, those men and women who work in our tidal waters, around our coasts and across the oceans of the world. Often working unseen and unappreciated, they form the vital link between supply from the sea and consumption ashore.

Seafarers UK coordinates and promotes Seafarers Awareness Week in June each year, to coincide with the International Maritime Organization’s global ‘Day of the Seafarer’ on 25 June and UK Armed Forces Day, this year headlined in Liverpool on 24 June.

In 2017 Seafarers Awareness Week is promoting maritime employment opportunities, including shore-based jobs. Currently more than 100,000 UK nationals work at sea, on vessels ranging from workboats and superyachts to tankers and container ships – and of course in the Royal Navy Fleet. 

Our Royal and Merchant Navies are currently crying out for new seafarers, particularly those with engineering skills, and globally there is a huge demand forecast for Merchant Navy Officers of all specialisations, the best of whom are trained by the UK’s renowned maritime academies and colleges.

Seafarers UK is also promoting ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’, encouraging port and harbour operators to raise government and public awareness of their £19 billion annual contribution to the national economy. UK ports support 344,000 jobs ashore, handling almost 500 million tonnes of freight and more than 60 million passengers every year.


Help Keep Seafarers Warm….

Looking at Sailors Society website today I came across a cry out to “nautical knitters”:  Commit to Knit – Help Keep Seafarers Warm!

It is a call to all knitters to use their skills for a fantastic cause, i.e. to knit wholly hats and other items to keep seafarers warm in hazardous storms and icy weather.

Sailors’ Society international network of port chaplains and ship visitors hand out the hats to seafarers visiting port, while others are wrapped and included in the Christmas welfare parcels that are taken on board ship for the festive season.

For a seafarer who has been away from home for months on end, a hat is a simple but priceless and much needed gift. It tells them that they have not been forgotten and that someone cares about them. “We know the hats are sent with love, they are knitted by kind souls who do not even know our names. How can we ever thank them?” – A Seafarer

Please find a link here for a selection of Sailors’ Society knitting patterns.