As a relatively new entrant to the NHS, I was keen to explore coaching as a way of helping navigate the healthcare leadership landscape. I undertook a year long programme of one-to-one executive coaching with Mark as part of the Healthskills contract with my NHS employer, and alongside my studies on the NHS Leadership Academy Nye Bevan programme.
I found being coached was revelatory. A good coach enables and empowers you to ask the hard questions of yourself, as well as explore possible answers. I found Mark to be very skilled at drawing out the areas where I needed to focus my time and energy in terms of self-reflection and then decision making. It helps if you approach coaching as a proactive and purposeful set of actions and interventions that you invest in – directionless navel gazing it isn’t! My sessions supported me in identifying areas for development and improvement, as well as helping me do the deeper thinking about my longer-term career goals, based on where I really felt I could make a positive difference within the NHS.
I also found the coaching support to be a complementary (and necessary) activity alongside my further leadership studies at the NHS Leadership Academy, helping me to deepen my learning and insights based on a more accurate understanding of myself and how I worked with and impacted others.
I would recommend a programme of coaching to any aspiring healthcare leader – it is a valuable investment both for you and your employer, as well as being highly enjoyable to boot, given Mark’s intuitive and personable approach.