Building Success Through Truth
for managers at all levels
A useful indicator of your management effectiveness is how much control you sense 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 is about exploring with you what you’re doing to keep everything efficiently aligned towards the results you want. Most managers try to do too much. Sometimes streamlining your workload creates as much value as improving what you do.
Throughout your management coaching journey, we will aim to create even more clarity, control, and consistency – helping you feel more confident, and act more effectively.
Contact me for a free, 30-minute initial consultation to further discuss your management coaching needs and goals.
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Grant Cullen Coaching?
My bespoke management coaching is tailored to individual needs and is suitable for managers at all levels. Some of the key features of my unique approach are summarised below:
Your time and investment are valuable. I will get straight into the issue that’s most important to you. Unlike some other coaches, I won’t waste your time on your background or your history. You already know that. Relevant parts of that will emerge naturally as we work on what you want to achieve.
You will also receive ‘tough love’ from me when appropriate during our management coaching journey. You will find me accepting, compassionate, and non-judgmental but be prepared to be challenged as well. I won’t let you off the hook if I believe it’s in your interests to face something uncomfortable.
We can reach into the deep reservoir of tools, concepts, and models I have built up over the 25 years plus I’ve been a coach. My management coaching is very practical and action-focused. Often employing a proven framework helps realise the value of the actions you will take.
I will work with you to uncover ‘cause’ – not just deal with the ‘symptoms’ of your situation.
I will listen forensically to you, looking for the deeper, significant themes that need to be highlighted and addressed. This will help your thinking about yourself and your decision-making.
Free, no-obligation 30-minute consultation, we’ll establish what your most important issues or goals are, and whether or not management coaching is right for you.
Managing effectively through Humanity, Authenticity, and Ability
My management coaching service is designed around a core of three critical, mutually sustaining areas. I believe tailoring around these three areas allows for an essential balance between a sole focus on performance improvement, and the effectiveness of the human behind the role title, resulting in the development of truly meaningful, and sustainable solutions.
Though three areas are equally applicable to teams and whole organisations, I will adopt the perspective most suitable for your management coaching needs.
When you know yourself as a person, you can be your true self as a manager.
Our management coaching relationship will help you find and manage your balance point among three fundamental human motivators. I will also attend to the five pillars of your wellbeing to ensure you’re feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally solid. Well-being is the foundation of success at any level and particularly true to meet the demands of management.
Key outcome: you feel part of the human race, not the rat race
When you are being your true self, you can be your best self as a manager.
We will identify your core purpose as a manager – the outcome that supports the success of your organisation in the most important way. I will work alongside you to identify your management strengths and the value you create with them consistent with your purpose. Grounding what you do in your strengths is the best way to ensure your management success.
Key outcome: you recognise and are proud of the person you see in the mirror
When you are your best self, you will achieve the most as a manager.
Our management coaching relationship works to create the best possible space for you to bring your strengths to the fore to work effectively towards your most important goals. My management coaching service will be fully personalised to you, and will include developing other attributes you might need to thrive – such as resilience and effective problem-solving.
Key outcome: your management is clear, efficient and decisive
Management Coaching will help you become clearer and more confident about where to focus your efforts. It will help you align your team towards the most important outputs and outcomes and encourage you to empower your team members to continually solve problems, remove blockages and create the tangible value that’s most important to you.
of Management Coaching
Effective management coaching can give you:
The Grant Cullen
Management Coaching Process
My management coaching is highly personalised and collaborative. It is centred on realising sustainable change so that you become more confident and in control and more efficient and productive as a manager. We will work closely on a one-to-one basis. There is also the option of addressing any management gaps we might find through management training which could extend to your team if desired. Discover more about my management coaching process below and discover more about my training offering here.
Coaching and Training
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.
Meet Grant Cullen
Grant has been a leadership coach and trainer for over 25 years. He is a highly qualified coach, accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management, and the Chartered Management Institute to Level 7 Strategic Leadership.
In 2010 he received a UK National Training Award for his Senior Leadership Training and Coaching Programme that the judges described as ‘outstanding’.
He works 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.
His coaching purpose is to help you uncover your truth, whatever that is for you, with a strong focus on identifying what is true about ourselves and our situation. Grant believes this puts us in the best position to solve our problems, grow and succeed.
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 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
Frequently Asked Questions
What is management coaching?
Though the definitions of both coaching and management coaching vary depending on source, management coaching, in particular, is generally thought of as the process of improving an individual’s performance, or working to meet goals and objectives within the context of a senior role (e.g., manager, key figure) through the assistance of an experienced specialist. This specialist, known as a coach, works to develop a trustworthy, structured, supportive environment, in which the individual, or ‘coachee’ may develop a further understanding of their current performance, behaviour, and perception, whilst working to establish and achieve relevant, achievable goals, and take appropriate steps to meet them.
What is executive coaching?
Executive coaching is a highly similar process to management coaching, but tends to involve a higher level of specialisation with regard to prior experience of the coach – for example, an executive coach with prior experience in finance may be most suited to high level figures in the realm of finance and accounting. Executive coaches work collaboratively with coachees to establish a strong understanding of current behaviours, strengths, and weaknesses, before proceeding to create realistic, manageable goals and a direct course of action. In addition to this, executive coaches often act as a sounding board for their clients, offering experience led advice whilst working towards sustainable improvement.
What does a management coach do?
Management coaches are most often highly qualified professionals with extensive experience. They typically work alongside individuals either in management positions (managers, senior and key figures), or with high potential to move to management positions, assisting with their development of a strong understanding of strengths, weaknesses, and current behaviours, before working to establish tailored goals and objectives, alongside a clear path of action towards sustainable improvement. In short, management coaches help senior and management figures develop a further understanding and awareness of their own behaviours and potential, clarify goals, and develop and achieve manageable, valuable objectives.
Looking to improve your performance as a manager or key figure with the help of an experienced management coach? Contact Grant Cullen today for a 30-minute free consultation.
Does management coaching really work?
The effectiveness of management coaching is highly dependent on a number of factors, including both coach and coachee, alongside individual circumstance. With this being said – when correctly implemented, the value of management coaching goes beyond a simple return on investment. Management coaching has the power to sustainably and positively evolve the professional mindset, attitude, and abilities of not just one individual – but the teams they lead – resulting in higher engagement, and improved performance.
A recent study by the institute of coaching revealed that over 70% of individuals surveyed felt that their coaching had resulted in improved work performance, relationships and more effective communication skills, whilst 86% of companies felt they had experienced a significant return on investment.
Ready to experience the benefits of a management coach who truly values your individual circumstances? Contact Grant Cullen today for a 30-minute free consultation.
What is the management coaching process?
The management coaching process is highly variable – and generally depends on both the preferred process of the individual management coach, and the preferences and circumstances of the coachee. The Grant Cullen coaching process involves six steps;
1. Consultation - During this meeting, we’ll establish what your most important issues or goals are, and whether or not coaching is right for you.
2. Coaching package selection - We’ll use all of the information gathered in our initial consultation to establish which of my coaching packages is best suited to your needs.
3. Coaching conversation - Throughout our coaching conversations, we’ll focus on your most important issue or goal, explore this thoroughly, and agree on specific actions you may take.
4. Take action - We’ll note the results of any action taken, reflect on how and why you got this result, and prepare for the next coaching conversation
5. Review - During the next coaching conversation, we’ll focus on what happened, and why. What do we need to focus on as a consequence?
6. Final coaching conversation - We'll review your progress towards your most important goals, and agree on next steps.
Steps 3 to 6 may be repeated as often as is necessary to adjust coaching to meet current circumstances, or in order to establish new goals.
How much does management coaching cost?
The cost of management coaching varies greatly depending on coach or provider – alongside the format in which they provide their services – with many offering coaching priced per session, and others offering packages. Grant Cullen Coaching offers a number of packages designed to suit both individuals and teams across a variety of budgets and timescales. Options include;
Transformation Package - £1150 for six one-hour coaching conversations over three months
Breakthrough Package £595 for three one-hour coaching conversations over six weeks
Problem Solver - £200 for a one-hour intensive conversation
Team/Group Day - £1295 for six hours of coaching/facilitation over one day
These packages may be further tailored to suit your exact needs. Discover the full Grant Cullen Coaching pricelist here, or, to further discuss your management coaching goals, get in touch with Grant today for a free 30-minute consultation call.
How can I be a better manager?
There are a huge number of habitual and organisational changes you can make to become a better manager – however, it is important to recognise that your professional circumstances are almost entirely individual, and that your improvement strategy should be tailored to reflect this. That’s where high-quality management training comes in. Outside of this, Grant Cullen believes that all successful managers possess the following traits;
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.
Looking to further develop these traits? Contact Grant Cullen today to further discuss the creation of a tailored management coaching plan built on a foundation of humanity, authenticity, and ability.
How long does management coaching take?
The length of a management coaching engagement varies according to circumstance – particularly what exactly the individual has set out to achieve – and how long it takes for progress to be made. The management coaching ‘process’ is generally very flexible, and can last anywhere from one ‘problem solving’ call to a supportive relationship spanning years.
Grant Cullen Coaching’s package options offer a ‘set’ alternative to those looking to book coaching over a set period, with the problem solver package offering a one-hour long intensive conversation, and the transformation package offering six coaching conversations and review over a period of six months.
Who is management coaching for?
Management coaching is best suited to individuals in management or senior positions – alongside ‘high potential employees’ set to progress into roles of a similar nature. Though highly useful in helping these figures move past barriers and blockages, management training is not just for those experiencing difficulties in their role – it is also seen as an investment in high performing individuals. Just as top athletes use coaches to guide them through training and performance, managers and executives use coaches to develop an enhanced sense of self-awareness, clarify goals, and achieve relevant, valuable goals.
Looking to improve your performance as a manager or key figure with the help of an experienced management coach? Contact Grant Cullen today for a 30-minute free consultation.