Acorn Coaching and Development

Improving business performance

Raising Project Performance

Acorn's project team coaching process is your route to accelerating and improving project performance and greater profitability within your business.

Project directors understand the importance of effective collaborative behaviour to the success of any project, but it is especially vital when the performance of the project is dependent upon multiple stakeholders. From newly formed Joint Ventures to complex projects running off track, Acorn’s Project Team Coaching process can be flexibly applied to deliver measurable business benefits at any stage of a project – from bid through initiation to close. It is never too early – or too late – to accelerate performance.

Accelerating project performance through our Project Team Coaching process, created as a result of 20 years' experience of working with large complex projects, involves the Acorn coach working closely with project directors, managers and their senior teams. Our process, tailored to meet your business requirements, will deliver both a sequence of predetermined inputs with high value outcomes, and also support the response to emerging demands.


Ongoing dialogue and the use of project specific questionnaires determine the eventual shape and content of each developmental input, taking into account the particular dynamics and needs of each project team.

Why do I need it?

Successful projects, now more than ever require all key stakeholders to work towards a common project goal. There will always be differences but they must be resolved quickly in order to minimise the disruptive impact upon successful delivery of the project plan. Issues must be brought to the surface early in order to gain resolution, and importantly Senior Project Team members must look sufficiently far ahead versus simply fire-fighting.

Acorn's Project Team Coaching process challenges performance in these and other areas in order to ensure project success.

Benefits of Project Coaching

Acorn accelerates project performance through:

  • Accurate transfer of project specification, from bid winning team to the senior team delivering the project
  • More accuracy in meeting client's and stakeholders' expectations by understanding and managing all critical success factors
  • Clear lines of communication and enhanced relationships within the project and with the customer
  • Clear project vision, strategy and systems established to positively influence staff as they come onto the project during the various stages
  • Increased likelihood of meeting project time, quality and cost requirements by speeding up the efficiency of dialogue and problem solving
  • Managing pace and consistency on the project, helping with the adherence to systems and procedures, increasing adherence to safety policies and minimising the occurrence of defects in the working environment
  • The creation of a collaborative culture, from the start

Project Coaching in Action

Initiation: Stakeholder Management, Bid Handover Effectiveness, Process Agreement, Communication, Utilisation of Best Practice, Leadership/Empowerment, Resource Planning

Delivery: Alignment – Delivering on Promise, Aligning Vision & Values, KPIs & Measurements, People Engagement, Working Agreement, Process Alignment, Team Structure & Communication, ‘Right First Time’, Creating a safety culture

Handover: Learning & Best Practice Reviews, Personal Development Reviews, Celebration of Success, Client Satisfaction/Perception, Owning Transference of Best Practice

Building Future Capability: Owning the application of the learning, Ensuring the learning is transferred into the project lifecycle

Bid Winning: Aligning Bid Partners, Client & Bid Co Alignment, Scoping Team Size & Management Requirement, Define Bid Wining Strategies, Bid Leadership

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.