Acorn Coaching and Development

Improving business performance

Personal Coaching for Performance Improvement

Acorn’s coaching approach is to create a professional relationship where our coach works collaboratively with the client towards their achievement of business and personal objectives. The dialogue is based on trust, respect and the belief in a person’s ability to change.

Change, whether technological, social, political or competitive, is dynamic. Organisations need to respond and adapt to shifting business situations, and successful change, whether reactive or proactive, means people need to do things differently.

The key focus in our coaching interventions is the attainment of individual and organisational outcomes. Our method embraces contrasting philosophies, moving between non-directive questioning to raise awareness, and a directive approach in which the coach brings their experience and opinion to the relationship. Acorn coaches are skilled at moving between those different approaches as the need requires whilst remaining true to the principles of coaching.

Critical to success is the ability to maintain responsibility to the organisation whilst holding client confidentiality.

Why do I need it?

Coaching for Excellence
To enable high-performing, high-potential individuals to clarify their goals and accelerate their performance, often to ‘step-up’ to a more senior managerial position and to be effective as quickly as possible.

Performance Coaching
To help people where there is a perceived shortfall in capability. The client may be experiencing specific performance issues or facing new challenges.

Skills Coaching
To enable individuals to acquire and embed specific skills. Coaching usually takes the form of observation followed by feedback

Developing Internal Coaches or the Leader as Coach
To build the skills and confidence to develop the capability of others, whether for specific skills or to ensure the continuity of the succession pipeline.

Coaching the Leadership Journey
To ensure leaders are effective as quickly as possible by managing their leadership transitions ahead of, rather than after, the event. Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s leading leadership thinker, believes leaders reduce their effectiveness because they believe the habits that ‘got me here, will get me there’. Charan et al lay out the journey as a series of stages through which the leader must transition. Each leadership step up requires new mind-sets and habits.

Acorn’s Leadership coaching approach recognises and utilises Charan’s Leadership Journey and Marshall Goldsmith’s insights, working with, testing and questioning the beliefs that help and hinder the leader’s effective progression.


The Benefits of Coaching

Acorn’s Coaching approach results in genuine, sustained behavioural change. Specific outputs include:

  • Better engagement
  • Improved personal effectiveness
  • Increased productivity
  • Alignment with business strategy
  • Clear goals
  • Stronger problem solving skills
  • Increased self awareness
  • Better, more confident decision-making

These outputs bring tangible benefit to both the individual and the organisation.

Coaching in Action

One-to-One Coaching
One-to-one coaching can be conducted in the work place, off site or by telephone. Acorn is experienced in the benefits and consequences of each approach and can advise as to the most effective approach for your organisation.

Triumvirate Coaching
Triumvirate Coaching draws on the skills, experience, insight and support of a third stakeholder. From the outset a mentor, line manager or other stakeholder is involved in establishing and monitoring the focus and output of the coaching.

This method is particularly beneficial in accelerating the performance of those who have recently taken on additional or more senior responsibilities, or who are experiencing a performance difficulty with a particular issue.

Coach Training
Acorn delivers effective coach training programmes to help build an organisation’s internal coaching capability.

Leadership Coaching

Acorn's approach is to gain an understanding of the business situation, experience and capability of the people requiring leadership development and accelerate their ability to achieve results through engaging people. We demystify the role of leaders, making the subject pertinent and accessible to all.

Team Coaching

Acorn's Team Coaching Model© distils accepted theories and studies on high-performing business teams into a formula which is tailored to your business needs using coaching tools.
Team Coaching accelerates team effectiveness.

Project Coaching

Project directors are fully aware of the importance of initiating effective collaborative behaviour on any project but never more so when the performance of the project is dependant upon multiple stakeholders. Acorn has developed a Project Team Coaching process which can be flexibly applied to a range of projects from bid stage to initiation, through to close.

Graduate Development
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Acorn's Graduate / Apprentice Development modules guide new talent through the process of transition from university life, integrating into the team and accelerating their performance and contribution to the business.