Chestnut Education Group

Executive Coaching

Personalised and flexible development intervention for leaders or managers, enabling you to access your personal resources and improve your performance

What We Offer

We offer coaching services designed to meet your specific needs, with professional executive and leadership coaches. Coaching services can be provided as part of a leadership or management development programme or on a one- to one basis. Coaching is a personalised and flexible development intervention for leaders or managers, enabling you to access your personal resources, improve your performance and become more effective.

The process is built around one-to-one discussions with an experienced coach who listens carefully, challenges and questions, and provides meaningful and focused feedback. The agenda is set by you and the aim is to work towards palpable change and action. The coaching relationship is confidential and provides a safe space to explore your ideas, issues, problems or strategies with the aim of clarifying your thinking, building your confidence and supporting you to formulate goals and the means of achieving them.

When and How Can Coaching Help?

  • Building confidence to address a particular challenge, for example a work related crisis or a problem with a team or individual.
  • Handling a difficult situation
  • Developing leadership confidence
  • Starting a new job or role
  • Specific skills development such as improved communication, delegation or time management
  • Career development and progression

How Does It Work?

Once you have made the decision to arrange coaching with us, sessions will be scheduled. Whilst the timing and frequency of coaching is something to discuss with the coach, we normally find that a coaching package of 2 to 3 sessions, each lasting 90 minutes works well in most circumstances.

It is helpful if the first couple of sessions are no more than a few weeks apart and at least one of these sessions is on a face- to -face basis. The third session then provides an opportunity for reflection on progress and setting of longer term, and sometimes, new goals. Later sessions, if more convenient can be conducted over the phone, Skype or other videoconferencing facility.

Professor Lesley Dobree

Professor Lesley Dobree is an experienced, high achieving professional with many years of executive leadership and management expertise in the public sector, most recently in higher education. Lesley has a track record of success in leadership, strategic decision-making, transformational change management, leading teams, enhancing communication and driving quality improvement. Since retiring from her role as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Anglia Ruskin University in 2017, Lesley has founded her own company Dialogue for Success Ltd which specialises in providing consultancy, mentoring and coaching services. She is also Director of the NCEE Entrepreneurial Leaders Programme.

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