Colin Graves MBA

Executive Coach and Business Coach

I am a coach, mentor, facilitator and consultant in leadership, management and team development. My passion is in enabling individuals and organisations to achieve their goals and realise their full potential.

I am told that my style is highly motivational. Everything we do is bespoke and so each programme is individually tailored to achieve the desired outcomes for the client.

Education and qualifications:

I believe that I bring a unique mix of skills. I have an Engineering degree, an MBA and a first class honours degree in Psychology. I am a qualified coach with the ILM level 7 certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring.

I am also an NLP Practitioner and certified to use a range of psychometric instruments including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Insights Discovery, 16PF, OPQ and Hay’s Leadership Styles Inventory and Emotional Intelligence 360 feedback.

Work experience:

Before my current role I had extensive experience ‘the other side of the desk’ managing people and running businesses. I feel that this adds another dimension to my current work. I worked for 12 years with GE in their global automation business and then I spent 7 years as MD for North Europe for Cognex, a high-tech Nasdaq quoted company.

At Cognex I grew the business to $10million and was responsible for building, motivating and leading a team of 20. In 2000 I helped set up Iridium and I joined full time in 2004 to focus 100% on developing leaders, managers and teams.

Coaching experience:

Clients range in size from small, privately owned, to multi-national corporations across a range of industries aswell as public sector and charitable organisations. For example: GE, Merchants, the NHS, Alzheimer Research, Ofgem, The Cabinet Office, and Vodafone.

My work includes one-to-one and team coaching, facilitation and training. The coaching ranges from one-off sessions to structured programmes extending up to 12 months. I also facilitate interpersonal skills workshops, team building days and leadership development programmes . I am also a volunteer business mentor for the Princes Trust.

Areas of expertise:

  • Business Coaching
  • Delivering results to improve individual performance in line with the organisational requirements
  • Developing action plans for achieving goals
  • Removing barriers to success
  • Career development. Transitioning to a new role
  • Realising potential
  • Presentation and Communiation Skills
  • Making Change Happen
  • Relationship skills
  • Leadership
  • Difficult conversations
  • Work/Life Balance

Level for coaching and facilitation:

Comfortable coaching all levels. Typically most coaching is of senior managers and directors.

Coaching approach:

I use an eclectic, predominantly non-directive and intuitive approach; using a wide range of tools and techniques and, in every case, tailoring a highly flexible ‘programme’ centred on the client. A sample coaching programme would include some of the following aspects:

  • Creating well-formed outcomes for the coaching.
  • Developing self-awareness.
  • Working with the client to explore new ways of working
  • Working with the client to embed the learning and take personal responsibility for ongoing development

Throughout the programme clients are provided with email and phone support. ‘Homework’ is agreed at the end of each session.

Tools and Models used: Self-discovery:

Wheel of Life/Work, Careers Anchors Inventory, values elicitation.Personality Questionnaires: Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Learning Styles; Leadership Styles; Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Questionnaire; Emotional Competence Inventory (360°). GROW model. NLP models: creating well-formed outcomes, perceptual positions, Meta model. Skill-building: Presenting Yourself With Impact. Business Coaching: SWOT analysis, creating mission, vision and values statements.

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To discuss more, contact us now on 07881 636538 or contact us via email.