Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Are you in the right career?

If you have a feeling or even a pattern of thoughts about being in  the wrong career then this blog is for you.

In my experience the most typical reason for your thoughts and/or feelings is due to the lack of congruence between your values and those of the work that you are doing. You may interpret this as a lack of job satisfaction or not enjoying your work content.

Just now I was talking to a client on an initial complimentary call to discuss her career needs now. This individual soon alerted herself to her 'family values' background and how these were at odds with her current 'sales' focused role. We are going to be working on identifying her work values as part of a career transition diagnostic that starts with a blank sheet of paper!

What are your values? What is important to you at work and in life? Remember that you bring your whole self to work so whole life values will impact your work and what you think and/or feel about it.

I suggest that you start by reflecting on your values. If you require help with this or any other career support please get in touch on 01761 237400 or through

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Outplacement Coaching

If you are facing redundancy from your organisation then this short post may be of interest to you.

It is worth your while I think to initiate a conversation with your Human Resources representative about outplacement coaching even if there is no policy in place on this. You can but ask...

Many organisations have some budget for outplacement coaching for staff that are made redundant.

Outplacement coaching gives you the opportunity to work with an outplacement career coach to move into a new work role. This can be a time when you need extra support to work on a number of things from your confidence to your CV to preparing for interviews.

Here at West of England Coaching and Counselling we provide tailored packages to meet your budget and coaching needs so that you feel confident and take the right steps to move forwards in your career.

If you are or think you may be facing redundancy some time soon, do have that conversation and put yourself in the driving seat of your career.

If you have any questions or would like to book a complimentary initial meeting please get in touch via 01761 237400 or

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Coaching to improve your Communication

If you recognise that you could improve your communications with your colleagues then this blog may be of use to you.

We often acknowledge that communication is the key to success in our personal relationships and especially where we are cohabiting.

In fact communication is key to our success in life as a whole and that includes our working relationships.

On one large project in my work as a management consultant my role was entirely to manage the communications aspects, which demonstrates just how important communication is in the workplace.

Many medium-large organisations have heads of communications that manage this business critical success factor internally and externally.

Who are your key stakeholders? Who are the key people that you interact with regularly? Who could you improve your communications with?

The starting point is to identify who your key work colleagues are and why. Next prioritise who you need or want to have a conversation with and why.

For example, you may need to make your line manager aware of a problem that has been on your mind for some time. I think that if you plan what you want to say and think about what they can do to support you, this may help you to book time and feel better one you have bitten the bullet.

Whatever communication need you have in mind at work, it is best to think why you have that need, what you want and how things could be better once you have had the conversation. Also think about when and where as timing for the other person and a private location are important to a good result.

Most of my business coaching clients come with a communication scenario to discuss that involves a work colleague. To feel good at work the quality of your working relationships is an imperative.

If there is a work relationship that you want to improve and would like some help, please get in touch. We would be happy to hear from you on
01761 237400 or

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Career Change and Fear of Failure

If you are fearful of career change even though you want this please read on.

Fear of failure is one of the most common irrational fears known to human beings.

What to do about it?

when you catch yourself being pessimistic, negative, look at your beliefs driving this and dispute them comprehensively to change how you explain the way the world works to yourself. It is the same with not feeling 'good enough'.

Ah, you say back, 'but I have failed before'. With some optimism on your part failures do not have to feel like failures. Rather they can be framed as learning experiences.

People that you and I deem to be very successful like Steve Jobs or Richard Branson for example, often talk about having failed a lot in their lives and only succeeding after major setbacks. I like one definition of an expert - 'someone who has made more mistakes than others'.

Persevere in the face of setbacks with your career wants as with other wants in your life.

Ask yourself if you had a short time to live who you want to be. Do you want to be your real self or live your life defined by fear of changing careers?

Speak to yourself kindly and consider what could go right for you as well as the skills that you would bring to bear on your desired career.

It is worth remembering that when we are passionate about what we do, at work and play, we often excel.

Go for it!

If you would like support on your career journey please get in  touch on 01761 237400 or via e mail