Grant Cullen Coaching
Award-winning Coach and Trainer for Leaders,
Managers and Talented Contributors
I have been a leadership and management coach and trainer for over 25 years and am accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Chartered Management Institute to Level 7 Strategic Leadership.
In 2010 I was fortunate to receive a UK National Training Award for a Senior Leadership Training and Coaching Programme that the judges described as ‘outstanding’.
I’ve been privileged to work with leaders, managers, and key contributors at all levels and across all sectors, including financial services, engineering, pharmaceuticals, FMCG, social enterprise, local government and SMEs.
My coaching purpose is to help you uncover your truth, whatever that is for you. Identifying what is true about ourselves and our situation puts us in the best position to solve our problems, grow and succeed.
Contact me for a free, 30-minute consultation call, or, read below to discover more about my coaching and training services.
My management team and I worked with Grant over a year during a turbulent and challenging time for our business. He created a climate of trust in which we engaged in honest, open self-examination. He helped us embrace our uncomfortable reality and work together to create a strategy for coping with the present and adjusting to our new future effectively.
Jenny Lyons, Divisional Manager, Medivet, Watford
Grant worked with us through an accredited management development programme over several months. He used coaching extensively within it to give us the support and guidance we needed to come to our own realisations and understanding of topics. We could then apply this insight effectively to our own situations and real-life scenarios. Grant has an incredibly approachable style, his sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended them and we had great feedback from our attendees that they got a lot out of their time with him.
April Duckman, Head of People Support Services, CMS Distribution
Through skillful and targeted questioning, Grant enabled me to clarify my true professional aspirations. He also got me to challenge my existing viewpoints and form new insights for much better decision-making.
Dipendra Mistry, Senior System Test, and Integration Engineer, SatixFy, Farnborough
Grant helped me gain valuable perspective on our business during a challenging and sometimes chaotic period. Often my assumptions about issues were changed significantly after meeting with him. He is an excellent coach, sounding board and a stimulating questioner. He was also instrumental in forging my senior people into an effective, interdependent team.
James Francis, CEO, Saffron Housing Trust, Norfolk
“I was overloaded at work, out of control, and blaming myself for not coping. Grant helped me gain perspective and realise most of my problems had external causes and were stopping me from using my talent as an educator. He helped me put a compelling case together to ‘manage up’, influence senior leadership, and enlist support for myself in a sustainable way. Now I feel much more solid and able to create the teaching value I love.”
Jo S, Key Contributor, International School, Stockholm
The Grant Cullen Coaching Philosophy – Humanity, Authenticity, and Ability.
The very best leaders, managers and key contributors I coach tend to share three qualities:
They are people first. They recognise their humanity as foundational to their identity. They are comfortable with themselves without being complacent. They are compassionate towards others without sacrificing responsibility and accountability.
They know themselves. They make self-awareness a lifelong study. As a result, they behave authentically as a cornerstone of their integrity. They have developed self-belief based on their true impact on the world, and have no need to hide behind over-confidence or self-delusion.
They use their strengths to succeed. They accept they can’t be excellent at everything so they focus on the abilities they have that create the highest value for the people around them. They relish opportunities to develop, empower and support others to be excellent in areas they are not.
My coaching philosophy is based on these interdependent qualities of humanity, authenticity and ability.
- My Coaching Philosophy
Humanity is the foundational quality of the three core elements of my coaching philosophy.
As people, we have three basic motivations: to get along with others, to get ahead by achieving things that are important to us, and to find meaning in our lives – such as committing to a worthy cause that is greater than ourselves.
Through coaching, I will help you discover the importance of these three motivators and will identify changes that will help you optimise them. In addition to this, I will coach you to visit your five pillars of wellbeing – being active, connecting with others, contributing, learning, and awareness – to ensure they are serving you appropriately well too.
Thankfully we are moving away from the delusion that we must behave like machines that are always switched on in order to be productive and achieve important goals. We are realising the quality of our thinking, the decisions we make based on that and how we choose to focus and restore our energy are more effective ways to make the right difference in the world for ourselves.
Our authenticity is a result of our humanity.
Just as we are all physically different, so our personalities and ways of thinking are unique. Being authentic is about finding, accepting and being the most comfortable and confident version of ‘you’ while embracing the value of change, development and growth.
The key to this development lies in embracing your purpose – the big WHY that represents your strongest personal motivator. This can be vocational and last a lifetime, or, you might identify a number of them at different times in your life. Whatever your purpose is for you, it is the cause or goal you are prepared to stretch and grow for, accepting challenge and adversity along the way.
The best way to move towards realising your purpose is as the first-rate you that you actually are, not by trying to be a second-rate somebody else. Coaching will help confirm who this first-rate you is.
Within your authentic self are your strengths – the knowledge, skills and abilities that set you apart and with which you can create the most value.
We all have them.
Leadership and management coaching will encourage you to find even better ways to use your strengths in pursuit of your most important goals, and create the space for this use to be most effective. The more you are able to apply your strengths in the right way, the more successful you will be.
Supporting your strengths will be a number of other abilities you need. For instance, you might need some organisational discipline to maintain enough space to use your strengths properly. Coaching will also help identify these strength supports. You only need to be sufficiently competent at these, not expert.
Coaching will also help identify the things you shouldn’t be doing at all, either because you’re poor at them, or because someone else is much better than you already. You will be encouraged to let go and delegate the things that hinder you as much as possible so you can maximise your focus on what makes the biggest positive difference for you.
Leadership & Management Coach
Coaching & Training Packages
The best measure of your leadership is how engaged your people and stakeholders are. The only tool you have to achieve this is your behaviour.
My leadership coaching packages focus on your current behaviour, the level of engagement you’re looking to attain, and what’s getting in the way. Even small changes in your behaviour as a leader can produce dramatic increases in engagement – you just need to learn to make effective, authentic, and habitual changes. Leadership coaching will help you do this.
A useful indicator of your management effectiveness is how much control you feel you have over how you’re using your resources. Some key inputs to that include how much clarity you’re creating, how agile you and your team are in the face of adversity, and how consistently you’re producing the tangible results you need.
My management coaching service works to collaboratively explore what you’re doing as a manager to keep your actions efficiently aligned towards the results you want. Most managers try to do too much. Sometimes, streamlining your responsibilities and actions creates as much value as directly improving your actions. Throughout your management coaching journey, we will aim to create even more clarity, control and consistency, letting you feel more confident and effective in your management role.
Leadership and Management Training
Training is one of the best ways to acquire knowledge.
Throughout the leadership or management training process, I will work with you to design and deliver a tailored training programme to fill key gaps and improve your leadership and management knowledge.
We will also discuss how to embed the value of the training afterwards so that your newly acquired knowledge turns into workplace value for you. The training can be extended to include your team if required.
Key Contributor Coaching
As a key contributor, you’re probably highly skilled and effective within your role, but may struggle to exert the authority and influence you need to create the best possible results. You might also have your ambitions thwarted by rigid rules, or well-intentioned but inflexible gatekeepers.
Through tailored coaching we will work collaboratively to explore how much agency and power you actually have, and look at the potential for increasing these through strategies such as credible self-promotion, building alliances and nurturing reciprocal relationships.
Key contributor coaching seeks to maximise your impact and influence so that your contribution is valued and supported to the extent it should be.
Accredited coach and trainer for
leaders, managers and talented contributors.
For over 25 years I’ve been helping leaders, managers and key contributors attain higher levels of contribution, performance, productivity and contentment through award-winning coaching and training.
Throughout our coaching or training journey, we’ll work collaboratively to identify what’s actually true for you in your situation, including the real causes of your problems and frustrations. We’ll deal with unhelpful falsehoods, assumptions, beliefs and shortcomings and use your truth and your strengths within it to help you create the success you want.
Contact me for a free, 30-minute initial consultation to further discuss your training or coaching needs and goals.