Posted on 19th September 2018
We all need a coach sometimes…
I got into coaching back in 2006 after someone encouraged me to read ‘Coaching for Performance’ by Sir John Whitmore. ‘Wow’ I thought, ‘this is the missing piece in my leadership skillset’, and so persuaded was I by Whitmore that later that year I signed up to an MSc course in Coaching & Development.
If you want to be a more effective leader, coaching is an incredibly useful skill. Virtually everyone can benefit from having a coach at some stage in their professional life – that’s why so many senior executives do! Coaching is one of those words which most of us think we know what it means yet often people don’t. Sometimes it’s easier to say what it isn’t! It’s not consultancy, nor counselling nor therapy. It’s not even mentoring or advising, which many people confuse coaching with. Rather, coaching is about learning and when done well it combines a certain attitude or belief in the potential of people to find the solutions that are best for them with a specific set of skills, including asking effective questions and listening with great care and attention.
These days there are coaches specialising in all sorts of arenas: life coaches; sports coaches & career coaches to name but three. At Martyn Carr Coaching our passion is inspiring leaders to grow. For me it’s about current leaders e.g. Business Owners, Executives and their leadership teams, and would-be leaders – the people who either want, or their organisation’s want, to grow in order to take on greater responsibilities.
Professionally I have always viewed myself as a student of management and leadership. Over the course of a 30+ year career, I have tackled a wide range of management disciplines. From production buyer, on to IT analyst programmer and project management, to credit management across into business operations plus a stint in new product development before returning to leadership roles in IT and consulting. I have worked for some major brands that include American Express, Legal & General, Thomas Cook, Sainsburys and EMI plus not-for-profit organisations too.
I have lived in Burgess Hill for about 25 years, and I am now focused on ‘Martyn Carr Coaching’ which I believe passes the Ronseal test of doing what is says on the tin. I am keen to work with local businesses to help current and next generation leaders become more effective through coaching. So if you want to know more about how coaching can support you or your leaders please get in touch via the web site www.martyncarrcoaching.co.uk for an introductory chat.
I am very pleased to have joined BHBPA. Many thanks to Peter Liddell for explaining how the association operates and I look forward to meeting the members in the coming weeks and months.
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "