Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 20.07.49One year ago today, I started this blog about coaching doctors.

It’s been a great year and I’ve enjoyed working with all my clients. They have included people planning for their first Consultant post, women GPs managing part-time work & families and senior secondary care Consultants taking on new projects. Many clients have wanted to get better at managing time, projects and conflict, and just about everyone has had insights into how they could do things differently to get better outcomes. Whilst every one of my clients is different, I thought I would share with you my top five observations from the last 12months of coaching doctors.

1. Doctors need to be encouraged to prioritise themselves more.

2. Doctors value having time to think, reflect and consider their development needs with someone ‘independant’.

3. Doctors’ personal lives benefit when they improve their professional performance.

4. Doctors like understanding their strengths & weaknesses and developing them. 

5. Doctors learn fast and make quick progress.

What do you think? Post your thoughts below.

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Three NEW coaching programmes

Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 12.21.09There are 3 common themes that many of my clients, Doctors, wish to focus on. Whilst the individual contexts are always different, I’ve decided to launch this brand new set of 3 coaching programmes that have been designed for people who want to target their learning on one of these subjects:

1. Managing Conflict      2. Managing Time      3. Effective Communications

A coaching programme on one of these themes will give you the opportunity to review, assess and improve your competency in these areas. Together we will identify your goal, assess your preferences and working styles, and use your professional situation to design new tactics and test them out.

Each Programme includes:

  • 1 x test and feedback session (e.g. TKI, MBTI or EI)
  • 3 x one-to-one coaching sessions lasting approx 90minutes
  • Post coaching session summary to aid your reflection
  • Programme learning resources

Each programme costs £350. To find out more about each programme, download the NEW programmes 2013 brochure here.

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What are the ingredients to a successful outcome in coaching?

Research carried out by the Ashridge Centre for Coaching highlights key features that significantly contribute to a successful outcome for coaching clients. The research is yet to be thoroughly analysed, but initial findings suggest the quality of the Coaching Relationship remains the best predictor of outcome. Ashridge considered the Coaching Relationship by Bond, Task and Goal. All three are important but the ‘active’ ingredients in the working alliance appear to be Task and Goal.

Another key ingredient in the Coaching Relationship is the client’s self-efficacy. This is the measure of your ability to complete tasks and reach goals.

Indeed, this finding supports previous research that has shown that a person’s self-efficacy expectations have a direct bearing on their personal and career development.” Erik de Haan & Nadine Page 2013.

So, clearly being really focussed on what you want to achieve and believing you have the power to do something about it, is important.

But what if you are unsure what to do? What if your confidence has been knocked about and you feel that events are controlling you? It’s a common enough feeling. And actually, working on tasks and goals that are self generated and focussed on your own development is hard to prioritise.

I suspect this is where the ‘Bond’ element of the Coaching Relationship plays a role. If your Bond with your coach is based on mutual respect, empathy, allegiance and hope, then self generated goals and tasks can be carefully and realistically crafted.

My recommendations:

  • Prioritise your own development.
  • Pick your coach wisely.
  • Be clear about what you want to achieve.

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Ashridge – The largest ever coaching outcome research – preliminary findings

The Ashridge Centre for Coaching’s The largest ever coaching outcome research has already drawn exactly 2,018 completed client questionnaires, 1,880 matching coach questionnaires and 130 matching coaching sponsor questionnaires. These numbers are at least ten times more than most existing coaching outcome studies and larger than any study known in this field. They have already analysed about 75% of the complete dataset and at the moment they are writing up a substantial article about their main findings.