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WXL Coaching: was set up by me, Wyn Lewis, to deliver business and personal coaching to people, teams and groups who want to change, do better and excel at work and in life.
why me: I’ve been a business partner, director, employee, HR adviser, manager, owner, shareholder and solicitor for a long time. I know how people and business work. I can help you focus on where you are and where you want to get to.
experience: I have a wealth of business, commercial, legal and life experience to bring to coaching. If you want to know more, look at my profile on LinkedIn and get in touch for an initial discussion.
Coaching is more than just a cosy chat. It’s about:
getting yourself to think better and differently: to be more open and curious; to make more informed and effective decisions; to identify and achieve professional and personal goals, solutions and strategies; to maximise performance and potential; to increase job satisfaction; and to communicate better.
getting yourself to do more with what you already have: dramatic transformations are usually too much of an “ask” of anyone; but everyone can be persuaded to see things differently and take a new approach.
getting yourself to take action now: to take you from where you are to where you want to be instead; to achieve something significant that you really, really, really want.
getting yourself to do things you want to avoid: by doing exercises; doing homework; doing things differently; thinking about who you are, what you want, how you work, when you want to do things; being honest; being uncomfortable (in a good way); being committed; and exploring.
letting your coach into your world: to challenge, guide, inspire, laugh with, listen, provoke, question, support and test you; and say what your friends and colleagues might not.
If you’re an individual:
- there will be one initial meeting to see if we would be a good fit working together. That initial meeting is a confidential 1-2-1.
If we work together, there will be a coaching agreement and a personal coaching programme for 3, 6 or 13 months. This usually involves meeting for around 90 minutes every 3 weeks or so and will be tailored to you and what you want to focus on. In practice you get 24/7 access.
If you’re an organisation:
- there are usually two initial meetings: one with a team or group leader or budget holder to discuss business expectations and the business case for coaching; and another confidential 1-2-1 with each person being coached, or with their team or group leader.
If we work together, there will be a coaching agreement and a personal coaching programme for 3, 6 or 13 months, or a one-off project. Individual coaching usually involves meeting for around 90 minutes every 3 weeks or so and will be tailored to the individual and what they and you want to focus on. In practice you get 24/7 access. Group or team coaching arrangements will vary with the work involved.
Typically, coaching covers (but isn’t limited to) things like:
- Accountability | acting up | ambition | anxiety | authority | autonomy
- Board member responsibilities | business development
- Career guidance | career management | change | clarity | confidence | conflicts | CVs
- Decision-making | delegation | difficult conversations | difficult people | director duties
- Employed to self-employed status | being an expert
- Female executives | first 100 days in a role | fitting in | flexible working
- Home v. office-based working | hot-desking
- Impact | independence | interviews | interview practice | interview skills
- Job-related issues | job-hunting
- Kindness | knock-knock behaviours
- Leadership | leadership styles | leadership trends | liking yourself
- Managing yourself and colleagues | making a difference | maternity returners | mentoring | mergers
- Networking | new colleagues | new job – first 100 days | new job – your predecessor | new owner
- Onboarding | organisational issues | outplacement
- Perfectionism | power politics | presentation skills | procrastination | productivity | promotion
- Questioning | quitting
- Redundancy | resilience | returning to work after a break | relationships within work | responsibility
- Self-employment | shyness | stepping up | stuck in a rut | stuckness | succession planning
- Team members | team-working | time management
- Uncertainty | understanding – not just responding
- Values | visualising | VUCA world
- Wellbeing | what could be | work-life balance
- You – and what that means
- Zooming-in techniques | Zone of Deference behaviour
remember: your coaching focus, and you, may change during a coaching programme… and that’s fine.
investing: in coaching, the word investment is more relevant than the word cost. What you pay for coaching is an investment in yourself and in your future. So the cost of Coaching is less than the value of Coaching.
cost: whether you are an individual or an organisation, the cost will depend on your coaching programme. You pay in advance, then draw down your time during the programme.
value: do not be tempted to measure the cost of coaching by time spent. Think of coaching as a chance to explore yourself, your team, your group and your colleagues achieving things you might otherwise miss.
social responsibility: you might, after each coaching conversation, want to donate to WXL Coaching’s chosen charity – Dementia UK – to reflect the value to you of your last coaching conversation. You can do that here.
As well as my A-Z coaching (see above) I’m also a bit niche and work a lot with the following people:
women in business: I work with women who are successful in business, especially women lawyers, to prioritise the demands of work and life in a way that fosters a successful career, but with less guilt about also having a personal, family and social life. I’ve managed teams of (mainly female) lawyers and know what it’s like.
young lawyers: I work with young lawyers who are on track to partnership, but who may be exhausted by this, to balance professional and personal ambitions in a way that satisfies both, without feeling left out when friends earn less, but get out more and seem to have more fun. I’ve been there myself and know what it’s like.
generation X: I work with people in established careers to focus on “what next” to see if this involves more of the same, or ambitious change, and whether this means full- or part-time employment, self-employment, retirement or something else and how to achieve this. I’m in this group myself and know what it’s like.
My goal is to make other people successful and for them to feel good about that. Here are some examples:
Working with an ambitious young lawyer…
… who then changed his job for more money and a better lifestyle
Working with an experienced financial services expert…
… to transition from employment to self-employment
Working with a voluntary sector public relations professional…
…to get a previously denied promotion and a new position
Working with a copywriter…
… to gain a qualification, manage her time and have a parallel career in media
Working with a senior C-suite executive …
…to split his time between executive director duties and family carer duties
Working with a long-standing partner in a large law firm…
… to make mid-life decisions about life and work
Working with a successful business owner-manager…
… to expand his business within the UK and internationally
Working with a team of 15 managers within a multinational bank…
… to work better with each other and with their teams
Working with a recently-appointed partner in a private company…
… to adapt to her new status and grow the business