Building Success Through Truth
Key contributor coaching
for talent at all levels
As a talented individual, you’re probably a key contributor to the success of your organisation. Your high impact comes from the specialist knowledge and strong skill set you possess as well as your ability to influence and win over your colleagues to your way of thinking.
Within talent coaching, we will assess the impact you’re making and create as much space as possible for your unique strengths to flourish. We will also consider any blockages or frustrations that are holding you back and devise ways to overcome them. The aim will be for your to feel free to do your best work and fully valued and supported doing so.
Contact me for a free, 30-minute initial consultation to further discuss your talent coaching needs and goals.
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Grant Cullen Coaching?
My bespoke key contributor coaching is tailored to individual needs and is suitable for talented individuals 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 talent 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 talent 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 talent coaching is right for you.
Putting your talent to work through Humanity, Authenticity, and Ability
My talent 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.
I will adopt the perspective most suitable for your talent coaching needs.
When you know yourself as a person, you can be your true self as a talented contributor.
Our talent 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 reach the high standards you set for yourself.
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 key contributor.
I will work alongside you to identify and celebrate your unique strengths and the high value you create with them. Grounding what you do in your strengths is the best way to ensure your personal 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 with your talent.
Our talent 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 talent coaching service will be fully personalised to you, and will include developing other attributes you might need to thrive – such as resilience and emotional intelligence.
Key outcome: your contribution is high quality, highly valued and you are highly appreciated
Talent Coaching will help you move towards your full potential by finding ways for you to create the space for your strengths to flourish. It will help you stay organised and focused and eliminate low-value activity. Talent Coaching will also help you promote your value effectively by nurturing key relationships and building a network of advocates and champions.
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The Grant Cullen
Talent Coaching Process
My talent coaching is highly personalised and collaborative. It is centred on realising sustainable change so that you are performing to your highest potential and justly valued as a key contributor. We will work closely on a one-to-one basis. Discover more about my talent coaching process below.
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 talent 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 talent coaching?
Talent coaching works to assist talented individuals with significant potential (who are often key contributors to their organisations) in exerting the authority and influence needed to create the best possible results, working to balance high ambitions with the rigid rules, or well-intentioned but inflexible gatekeepers often encountered by those in key contributor positions.
Throughout the coaching process, the talented individual and coach generally work collaboratively to explore and establish the true extent of the individual’s current power, before looking for potential opportunities to increase this through strategies such as credible self-promotion, building alliances and nurturing reciprocal relationships. In short, key talent coaching seeks to maximise the impact of the individual, working to ensure that their contribution is valued and supported to the extent it should be.
What is key contributor coaching?
Key contributor coaching may also be referred to as talent coaching - depending on the position of the individual seeking assistance, or the context that the training is conducted within. Key contributor coaching works to empower individuals actively contributing to their organisation, but often lacking recognition. Greatly assisting key contributors in leveraging further influence, coaching guides individuals in exerting the authority and influence needed to create the best possible results. This coaching process balances high ambitions with the rigid rules, or well-intentioned but inflexible gatekeepers often encountered by those in key contributor positions.
How much does talent coaching cost?
The cost of talent coaching varies greatly depending on coach or provider – alongside the format in which they provide their services. Common pricing plans include payment by session and packaged plans. Grant Cullen Coaching offers a number of packages designed to the needs of clients requiring both one-off, and sustained talent coaching. 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 price list here, or, to further discuss your talent coaching goals, get in touch with Grant today for a free 30-minute consultation call.
What is a key contributor?
Key contributors are often thought of as the silent pillars of their organisations. Typically highly productive and active members of their workplace or team, key or ‘individual’ contributors do not have anybody reporting to them - and are typically not in a formal position of leadership. Despite this, these individuals make significant contributions across their organisation, influencing its overall success in a number of ways.
These talented contributors can often benefit greatly from coaching, geared towards balancing their existing influence with formal power, and further building upon their strong skillset.
Is talent coaching worth it?
Whether or not talent coaching is ‘worth it’ is dependent on a number of factors, including what exactly the individual or organisation is looking to achieve as a result, the quality of coaching provided, and the amount of coaching undertaken.
When conducted by an experienced professional understanding of the talented individual or key contributor’s goals, talent coaching can be a highly valuable process, helping deserving organisation or team members flourish.
Looking to leverage your power and potential as a talented contributor? Contact Grant Cullen today for a 30-minute free consultation to discuss your coaching requirements and ambitions.