Coaching harnesses your skills and strengths, provides clarity on options and actions, keeps you accountable, builds confidence, develops a capability, leverages your potential and can help to improve your mindset, wellbeing and professional success.
What is coaching?
Coaching is a partnership between coach and client. The coach helps the client to achieve their personal best and to produce the results they want in their personal and professional lives. Coaching ensures the client can give their best, learn and develop in the way they wish. Put simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the 'here and now' rather than on the distant past or future. Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximise their own performance.
When do people have coaching?
People seek coaching for an enormous range of reasons. It is now very common for people to use coaches regularly in their business lives and careers for different reasons over time. It may be a career crisis, a difficult team or colleague, lack of confidence, dissatisfaction with work or wellbeing, decision making, lack of focus, business burnout, an objective sounding board, personal, professional or business development.
Below are some examples of typical coaching focus areas:
- Buiding leadership confidence
- Improving team performance/culture
- Dealing with difficult people
- Building team effectiveness and productivity
- Leadership philosophy, style and communication
- Influence and impact
- Difficult relationships and discussions at work
- Building credibility and presence
- Applying for senior roles/pitching to Boards
- Making the right career decision
- Career dissatisfaction and options
- Managing stress or burnout-
I take a practical, results focussed and individualised approach. We identify your objectives from the start, explore the challenges options available in line with your goals, gently challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs: and give you tools, strategies and support to take action to move you closer to where you want to be.
Some clients like to use project management software for a visual tracker of actions, goals and daily reminders.
We meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, whatever works for you best via phone, zoom or in person.
Please note - places are limited to ensure availability.
"Sophie was engaged as an Executive Coach to assist me in developing my leadership skills and working through my career options. Sophie’s style is warm, empathetic and genuine and she has a great ability to guide the conversation so that you develop your own insights and actions rather than assuming she has all the answers. Sophie really helped me focus on what was important to me as a leader, expanded my thinking around career opportunities and helped me identify opportunities for personal development. I would recommend Sophie as an experienced and excellent coach for anyone seeking career guidance, or wanting to further develop themselves personally and professionally." Tania Turnbull, Marketing Director, ANZ
I have had the great fortune of undertaking coaching sessions with Sophie Graves which have been immeasurably beneficial to my professional and personal life. Amazingly, I felt my understanding of myself, my motivators and barriers and my ‘personal power’ had significantly increased even after just one session. Sophie’s approach is supportive, pragmatic and insightful, and Sophie has a knack for striking the right balance of challenging you to step outside your comfort zone while also being your cheer squad (or, more importantly encouraging you to become your own cheer squad!). As part of coaching, Sophie provides practical ‘homework’ to complement the discussions undertaken during the sessions. This means that the benefit of learning goes beyond the confines of the session – and allows you to apply the learning in real time. Sophie is an enthusiastic and effective champion for women reaching their full potential and owning their strengths and expertise and my short time with Sophie has taken me from feeling very nervous about speaking up at high level meetings to presenting on stage to approx. 500 people! Engaging Sophie has, by far, been the best investment I could make in my career.
Sarah McPherson, Manager - Program Performance & Impact
I have worked with Sophie in her capacity as a facilitator and a coach over the past few years. As a facilitator of leadership workshops, I have always found her style to be open, calm, clear and engaging. She is always well prepared and although not forceful with the group, has an amazing ability to 'round up the troops' to achieve some definitive actions and agreed next steps before the end of the session! As a coach, I have valued Sophie's advice and capacity to understand my needs and areas of focus and then work with me to clarify key goals and priority actions to achieve these. She is always very responsive, meets face to face and provides me with relevant literature or tools that relate to the area that I am working to improve. I really enjoy and respond to Sophie's clear, calm and authentic style and through my experience. would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a facilitator or a coach. Kellie-Ann Jolly, CEO Victoria, The Heart Foundation
I can’t recommend Sophie Graves’ program highly enough. When I first contacted Sophie, I was feeling very isolated, overwhelmed and unsure of my skills as the Director of my small business. Having never studied business prior to becoming a business owner, I always felt as though I knew very little about how to be a “proper” manager of my staff. During our initial sessions, she spent a considerable amount of time finding out about my business so that she could tailor our sessions to my specific needs. After we had identified my unique goals, we worked together to find workable solutions to my problems. One area that I was finding most challenging was feedback sessions with staff. Sophie helped me learn some simple strategies to put in place to ensure that I was well-prepared but that the meeting was a respectful and supportive one between both parties. This has made an enormous difference to the way that I now engage with all my staff and I am no longer under-confident about conducting these types of meetings. Through my monthly individual sessions, I’ve learned, first and foremost, that I know far more than I think I do! However, Sophie has taught me highly useful techniques to help fine tune my knowledge. I have found her style to be approachable, consultative and supportive. The sessions were highly practical and I was instantly able to put her recommendations into practice. She has helped me to feel more confident and self-assured as a Director. I feel as though I have a coach in my corner and I know that I will continue to seek out her support as I need it. Her business mentoring/coaching services have been invaluable. Thank-you Sophie! Olivia Connelly, Director, Gameplan
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