Leadership Coaching2021-01-22T08:11:05+08:00

Let’s Solve Your Leadership Challenges.

Leadership is challenging, and it can feel frustrating when you’re not achieving your goals in a leadership role.

Perhaps you have career goals you want to achieve, or problems you need to solve. Maybe you want to get that big promotion and need some help to get there. Or perhaps you want to leave a strong legacy and make a lasting difference to your team and workplace.

The question is, are you satisfied with your situation right now?

Let’s work together to improve your leadership and get you where you want to go.

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Why You Should Work With Me.

When you work with me, you can expect the following benefits:

  • Greater confidence and self-awareness
  • Motivation and accountability to take action to improve your work and leadership
  • A feeling of being in control of your situation
  • Greater clarity in your career direction and goals
  • The ability to test your ideas with an experienced, independent coach.

All of these benefits will help you to build better working relationships, effective leadership behaviours and experience greater job satisfaction.

You’ll feel more resilient and make a greater positive impact on your people and the organisation.

If some (or all!) of these points sound like something you need, let’s have a conversation to see how I can help you.

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If you are experiencing the following challenges, I can help:

Feeling self-doubt and lacking confidence in your leadership capabilities

Wanting to get that big promotion, and needing help to get there

Feeling overwhelmed, flustered or unable to get your important work done

Feeling stuck in a career rut, not feeling like you’re achieving your career goals

Feeling unable to solve performance or behaviour issues in your team

Feeling unable to make an important decision

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What Happy Clients Are Saying

I helped Bernard improve his confidence and overcome self-doubt when moving into a senior leadership role.

“I would definitely recommend Ben’s coaching to new or existing leaders and managers. In particular, Ben’s feedback and coaching session summaries are very useful and helped me immensely to stay on track to achieve my goals.”

Bernard N., Operations Manager, Canada

I helped Alisha navigate a tricky political people-problem and build confidence within her team.

Even though I have been in leadership for a number of years, I was able to take away new strategies not only for myself, but for the leadership around me.

I felt like I had constructive items to take away from each session. It was also nice to spend time on self-reflection, which is something that most people don’t regularly prioritize.

Alisha M., Director, Michigan USA

I helped Karolina work with her team to build accountability and show more proactive behaviour.

Being new to a senior manager role, I wasn’t sure whether I was leading my team effectively. I decided to ask Ben for help with a specific issue I’d been struggling with for weeks.

One session with Ben helped me to define 3 easy to follow steps that I tried immediately with my team. The results exceeded my expectations.

I continue coaching sessions with Ben as I want to keep improving and it helps to have an independent advisor to bounce my ideas off. Ben’s style is focused on practical solutions that I can put in place quickly and it works!

Karolina S., Senior Manager, Chicago, USA

I helped Karen build confidence in a challenging workplace and clarify her career direction and goals.

Ben is an experienced and knowledgeable coach who is professional and highly skilled in leadership coaching. His coaching approach is practical, strategic and effective.

I strongly recommend Ben to anyone who wants to develop their career, to overcome challenges and to achieve results in leadership.

The coaching process brought out the best in me, raised my level of confidence, helped me set effective goals and create my career vision in both a strategic and practical way.

Karen L., Team Leader, Sydney, Australia

I helped Riley to manage her workload more effectively to reduce feelings of overwhelm.

One of my challenges was regarding time management, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find out that this was one of Ben’s strengths.

Everything was laid out at the end of each session with clear expectations and the accountability was also there during the following session.

Riley B., Manager, Michigan USA

I helped JR build a better working relationship with a challenging boss.

After the coaching, I feel that I have found a friend in Ben with whom I can share my thoughts and who is willing to listen and calmly provide the necessary guidance.

I have implemented his suggestions and benefited from his advice. I highly recommend his coaching to all who want to learn how to become better leaders and gain respect from your team.

JR, Senior Manager, Dallas USA

How to Get Started

Here are some things you should know:

  • I will cover the cost of the first coaching session. I allow up to 90 minutes for the first session, so we don’t need to rush to stop within an hour.
  • We’ll discuss your most important challenge and work together to identify up to 3 actionable steps you can take to gain clarity and move forward. This is a real coaching session …  not a free chat where I try to sell you on my coaching. My focus on this session is to help you make progress.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Click the button below to book a time to have our first no-obligation real coaching conversation

2. I will send you a short online survey to complete before the coaching session, so you can provide me with useful background information – this is a very important step for me to understand what you want to achieve

3. We’ll have our first coaching session and see how we can work together to help you achieve the results you need.

Obviously greater results can be obtained with more than one coaching session, but I’ll cover the first one so you can see the value coaching can bring to your leadership.

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The PRINT® Motivational Assessment

Corporate PRINT Coach Certification LogoAs part of my coaching process, I use PRINT® to help me understand my clients, but also to help them improve self-awareness and gain valuable insights about how they lead their people and interact with others.

I am a licensed practitioner/coach in The Why of you Powered by PRINT®, a breakthrough model of human motivation and behaviour that was developed by The Paul Hertz Group.

The approach is used to enhance understanding of the way people react and how they relate by explaining the “why” behind their behaviour – why people act as they do, why they make certain choices, why they are attracted to certain things and why they function better in certain situations than others.

Everyone has core motivations that drive their actions and behaviours. PRINT® reveals what these motivators are and in doing so, clarifies what is needed to bring out people’s best. It helps unleash the potential that lies within all people. PRINT® is a valuable guide to create success and reveal what can be done to face and overcome one’s challenges. PRINT® builds insight into others, as well as one’s self.

There are 72 PRINTS®, each with their own core motivations and behaviours. No PRINT® is better than any other and each possesses its own natural gifts and contributions (Best Self) and its own potential barriers and obstacles (Shadow).

Every PRINT® exhibits Best Self and Shadow behaviour. The goal of the Why of you program is to teach people how to diminish the frequency of Shadow behaviour and increase the presence of Best Self. Shadow is people’s automatic response to the stressors in their lives. It may be more automatic for some people to be in Best Self or Shadow than others. A person’s professional and personal environment plays a role, as well as their level of self-awareness. Studies have shown there is a positive correlation between Best Self and performance.

I am certified to use and analyse the Paul Hertz Group’s PRINT® Survey, a 10-15 minute, statistically validated, highly accurate, and dynamic online instrument as part of my coaching process (dynamic meaning that different questions come up based on how previous ones were answered, so people take different surveys). The instrument helps me uncover an individual’s core motivators and the behaviours that reflect both their Best Self and their potential Shadow. This information helps me work in partnership with individuals to efficiently accomplish goals and generate strategies to yield desired results.

Knowing “why” accelerates successful growth and transformation. PRINT® provides this vital information.

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The MORE Leadership Model

I designed the MORE leadership model to help to frame my leadership coaching conversations. At a high level, the MORE model covers all the main aspects of what it takes to lead successfully.

I use the model during coaching to target areas for improvement or gaps that are causing problems for clients. During coaching, we will use the model where appropriate to look for areas to improve the way you lead and achieve your leadership goals.

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The MORE model can be summarised as follows:

  • The Myself part of the model deals with the foundation of leadership, which is understanding who you are as a leader. Without self-understanding, leaders are likely to stumble into situations unprepared and may not gather the right team around them.

Leaders who are self-aware, understand what motivates them as well as their strengths and weaknesses are better prepared to tackle their leadership challenges.

  • Others is about successfully understanding and managing your stakeholders. This includes your own manager, your team members and other important people in your workplace. Understanding the needs, drives and motivations of others will help you to navigate tricky leadership situations and get the best out of the people around you.

Leaders who ignore this aspect are likely to run into roadblocks, upset their stakeholders and experience poor results from their people.

  • An important part of the MORE model is the Results-Focus. While it is important to be attentive to the people-aspects of leadership, this is not enough by itself. You also need to understand the outcomes you need to achieve, as well as have a vision of your ideal future and a set of steps to get there.

Without a focus on results, leaders will work hard to engage and please their stakeholders and teams, without really achieving the outcomes that are expected of them in their leadership role.

  • Last, but certainly not least is the Effectiveness part of the model. Effectiveness is about being present and engaged, efficient and understanding your priorities. Effective leaders know what to focus on, and don’t waste time or procrastinate.

Leaders who are ineffective are at the highest risk of burnout because they will spend too long engaged in trivial tasks, or lack focus, trying to tackle too many activities at once.

All of the parts of the model work together to create a balanced representation of great leadership. So if you want MORE from your leadership, we can use this model during coaching to help you achieve great results.

How My Leadership Coaching Works

I’ll understand Your Situation

Before our first discussion, you’ll complete a simple form explaining your current situation, including some details of your role, organisation or industry you work in and your current challenges.

Then, we’ll schedule a 30 minute call to discuss your needs and goals in detail. All of this helps me to understand how I might be able to help you, and it helps you to decide whether my coaching services are right for you.

Coaching for Outcomes, Instead of Hours

Instead of coaching for a set number of sessions, I have found that clients get better results when undertaking coaching over a period of time. Because we are committing to a longer time period, this allows us to work together to achieve bigger goals, rather than being occupied by the “small stuff”.

This means we can be flexible with the schedule. If something comes up that needs attention, we can schedule some time to address situations as they arise.

I’m not interested in wasting your time or money. I’m interested in helping you improve and get real results.

We’ll Set Goals

It’s important to understand your goals for leadership coaching up front. What do you want to achieve? Without understanding your goals for coaching, it’s impossible to know whether we have succeeded!

Based on the goals you set, I can structure the leadership coaching sessions to best achieve the outcomes you are striving for.

We’ll Connect Wherever You Are

I run most of my leadership coaching sessions using online video-conferencing, so that we can connect from wherever you are. I’m based in Australia. However, I have successfully coached people from all over the world – time differences are not an issue.

This means you can get the support and guidance you need, no matter where your work or life schedule takes you.

About Ben Brearley

Ben Brearley

I am the founder of Thoughtful Leader and have led people, teams and projects in many different organisations and industries.

I’m a leader, AIPC and PRINT® certified coach, MBA and former management consultant, and I love helping leaders achieve better results and improve their leadership skills. Why? Because that’s how we create better workplaces!

I have led, mentored and coached leaders and staff at a wide variety of organisations in industries including Healthcare, Government, Utilities, Technology, Resources and Construction.

I’ve personally experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of leadership within a range of diverse teams, projects and organisations, and can help you achieve your leadership goals.

Get in touch and let’s start a powerful conversation.

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Let’s Get Started

Here are some things you should know:

  • I will cover the cost of the first coaching session. I allow up to 90 minutes for the first session, so we don’t need to rush to stop within an hour.
  • We’ll discuss your most important challenge and work together to identify up to 3 actionable steps you can take to gain clarity and move forward. This is a real coaching session …  not a free chat where I try to sell you on my coaching. My focus on this session is to help you make progress.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Click the button below to book a time to have our first no-obligation real coaching conversation

2. I will send you a short online survey to complete before the coaching session, so you can provide me with useful background information – this is a very important step for me to understand what you want to achieve

3. We’ll have our first coaching session and see how we can work together to help you achieve the results you need.

Obviously greater results can be obtained with more than one coaching session, but I’ll cover the first one so you can see the value coaching can bring to your leadership.

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How a Typical Leadership Coaching Session Works

Each leadership coaching session runs for up to 90 minutes and is generally structured in the following way (but this may change, depending on the outcome you are seeking):

  • Last Session Review – if this isn’t your first session, we discuss what has happened since we last met. Did you execute the actions we spoke about? What challenges did you face? Did anything significant change in your situation that we need to address?
  • Goal or outcome for the session – we determine the goal or outcome that you want to achieve from this session. I work with you to set this outcome, but the goal ultimately is decided by you.
  • Explore options and barriers – based on the goal for the session, we discuss options to move you forward to achieving your goal and the difficulties you may encounter.
  • Identify something you’ll do differently – if everything was working, you wouldn’t need coaching. So we identify at least 1 specific thing you will do differently to improve the situation, before our next session.
  • Check outcomes – you review your key goal from the session and the key actions you are going to take before the next one. We discuss how you feel and what new insights you had as part of the session.
  • Close out and accountability – how are you going to make sure you complete your actions? We discuss the best ways to make sure you carry out your assigned next steps.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Coach For a Set Number of Sessions?2021-01-15T06:38:12+08:00

It really depends on your requirements and preferences. In general, I find that coaching for 3, 6 or 12 months at a time is the most effective. Over a time period like this, we can focus on your significant goals and challenges and you can achieve more powerful results.

Some clients also prefer coaching just for a few sessions at a time. This is fine too, but sometimes because of the short-term nature of the coaching arrangement, we tend to focus on smaller goals and challenges. Of course, you can also get great results this way, but it’s likely that for your complex and most significant needs, it can be helpful to spend more time.

So, I have packages that focus on coaching you for a set time period, either 3 or 6 months in duration. In this arrangement, we can be flexible with the session schedule, and if situations arise that require more attention, we can slot in extra sessions without worrying about any additional cost.

During the time period, I’ll be able to support you better, without worrying about exactly how many sessions you have left to go.

If you prefer a shorter engagement, I can also provide coaching in 5 session blocks, which can be held at times that suit you. I generally recommend every two weeks because it gives you time to take action in between sessions.

I find that it’s generally not a good idea to have sessions too frequently, because what happens in between the sessions is extremely important! You need the time to take action between sessions to achieve your goals.

Is the First Session Just An “Intro Call”?2020-11-23T06:29:28+08:00

No. The first session is a real coaching call.

I’m not interested in having a discussion about coaching – I think it’s more valuable for you if we actually do some coaching. Then you can become familiar with the process and we can determine whether my coaching is a good option for you moving forward.

I allow 90 minutes for the first session, so we don’t need to rush to stop in 1 hour. I can also answer some of your questions about the coaching process and how it can work for you.

What happens if I can’t book a time that suits me?2021-01-08T06:59:11+08:00

If you follow the booking link by clicking the buttons on this page, you’ll see the times that are available for coaching sessions. If none of these times work for you, simply contact me and ask.

We can usually work together to arrange a suitable time, no matter where you are located.

Will Coaching Give Me the Answers to My Leadership Challenges?2020-11-08T16:43:42+08:00

Yes and no.

Coaching is not about me telling you what to do – it’s about having conversations to help you work through your challenges, understand the best way to achieve your goals, or to test your ideas.

So no, I won’t give you the answers. But I will facilitate a process where you will come to understand what the answers are!

If I just tell you what to do, there is no buy-in from you. You need to be involved in generating the solutions, so you are more invested in executing them and following through.

During the sessions, I can provide advice based on my experience. But I won’t do this straight away, because this is just another form of giving you the answers.

How Much Time Will I Need to Spend?2020-11-23T06:26:13+08:00

It all depends. The coaching sessions themselves are up to 90 minutes in length, so that doesn’t take too long.

But it’s what you do in between the sessions that matters. In each session, we work to develop actions for you to take after the session. This might involve trying out things at work – this may take a lot of effort.

The only way you will get results is to put in the work outside of the coaching sessions. What this looks like exactly will depend on the topics that we discuss.

Is Coaching Just Like a Conversation?2020-11-23T06:12:19+08:00

Not really. Sure, we do talk during the session.

However, coaching is about outcomes – and to get outcomes, we need to focus. We need to work to identify the real issue that you’re having and what is holding you back.

If you come to the session with a list of problems a mile long, then we will never get anywhere. So I will help you narrow your focus so we can tackle specific topics to help you move forward.

A coaching conversation helps you to see your situation differently, so that you can take action and do something different. After all, what you’re doing now isn’t quite working, so we need to work together to make a change.

What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for Coaching?2020-11-23T06:10:52+08:00

To prepare for coaching, you need to be prepared to put in the work, and to be open and honest about your situation.

If you want someone to give you the answers, my coaching services are not for you.

However, if you’re willing to put in the effort and have challenging conversations about your leadership, then coaching will be able to help you.

Coaching conversations can be uncomfortable sometimes, because we are discussing problems that are holding you back. Sometimes you might be unaware of the real problem, and our conversations will uncover them. This can be uncomfortable, because you’re learning some truths about yourself.

However, having these conversations is exactly what will help you to move forward and let go of what is holding you back.

Ready to Get Started?

Here’s how to get started:

1. Click the button below to book a time to have our first no-obligation real coaching conversation

2. I will send you a short online survey to complete before the coaching session, so you can provide me with useful background information – this is a very important step for me to understand what you want to achieve

3. We’ll have our first coaching session and see how we can work together to help you achieve the results you need.

Obviously greater results can be obtained with more than one coaching session, but I’ll cover the first one so you can see the value coaching can bring to your leadership.

Book Your Free Session