career coaching Category

A true story

27th February 2011
A freelance supplier gets a call from a researcher. A telephone interview with a Producer at a video production company takes place within 30 minutes. At the end of the interview... Supplier: "So, how did you find me?" Producer: "We found your website on Google, read the client testimonials, looked you up on LinkedIn, checked you out on Twitter and saw you were a Career Coach." Supplier:…
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Being made redundant (Part 2)

3rd December 2010
This article is the second in a series, aimed at helping you cope with redundancy before, during and after it happens – whatever role you hold now. Last week, I urged you to take time for yourself. To realise that you are not alone. To remember that it is the post - not you - that is no longer needed. And to find someone to talk to - who…
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Uncertainty or opportunity?

14th August 2010
At a recent Hampshire Economic Partnership seminar, the theme repeated around the room was uncertainty. As organisations look for new ways to sustain their activity, increasing numbers of employees are facing an uncertain future. I was interested to read the Labour Market Outlook from CIPD/KPMG and want to share it with you. The tough news is that a third of employers expect to cut jobs during…
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Big questions

28th May 2009
How do you know where to start these days when you want to help people learn and develop? With a variety of team and individual learning activities to choose from and a wealth of technologies that claim to offer quick and easy learning, how do you decide which route to go down? You need to ask 'big questions'. Some organisations do what they have always done,…
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Word clouds

25th April 2009
Word clouds are visual depictions of the word content of a document or website, automatically created. The learning word cloud you see here is derived from the words used in this website - and indicates the focus of my own work. The client self word cloud is derived from an essay I wrote at Leeds Business School titled The use of self in coaching. It…
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Creativity, Innovation and Change

9th April 2009
My distance learning course, Creativity, Innovation and Change (B822) has arrived from the Open University, via Parcelforce! I have 3 textbooks, 2 course readers, 1 Personality Inventory, 1 Technique Library, 1 CD-ROM of Online Applications, 1 DVD, 5 CD-Audios and 2 A4 booklets. Who said distance learning wasn’t heavy?! I also have 1 course website, online Library access, online support, online forums, a 2-day residential…
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Personalised support for small businesses

22nd January 2009
A great day at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth's Enterprise Pavilion. Fifty people focused on supporting small and new businesses, particularly those in the cultural and creative industries. Much discussion on entrepeneurialism, peer learning, mentoring, training, encouraging creativity and innovation, developing leadership skills, understanding markets, building networks... It seems that highly personalised learning experiences are invaluable in giving startups and those considering self-employment the confidence…
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Coaching lower-wage workers

13th January 2009
A recent study shows that everyone, at every level, can benefit from coaching and mentoring. In 2008,  seven lower-wage workers were coached over a period of approximately three months to determine if coaching was effective, and what coaching issues may be specific to such workers. It became clear that coaching was indeed a powerful tool for facilitating career development and personal development. A number of…
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Coaching through the recession

8th January 2009
Businesses looking to enhance creativity and productivity during turbulent times could find the answer in coaching. Addressing meaning and purpose in coaching sessions helps people to be more creative, more productive and reach their full potential, suggests a survey of more than 1,000 coaches carried out by Coaching at Work and the Association for Coaching. Top of the benefits cited were: increased work productivity (20…
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What’s Stopping You?

7th January 2009
What's stopping you working for yourself? 12th February saw a BusinessLink event, in Cowes, for women who were thinking of working for themselves or who had been trading for a year or so. Working for yourself has some big advantages. But, whether you have just started or you are just starting to think about whether it could be the right move for you, it can…
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University of Southampton

Coaching, teaching and employability projects to develop academic staff, students and researchers. I career coached MBA students each year and project managed the design of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Digital Marketing, attracting 17,000 learners.


Writing national guidelines to help staff manage internships and placements

St. George’s Hospital

Working on career development strategies with early career researchers

National Oceanography Centre

1-1 career coaching to develop awareness of careers outside academia

Elsevier Publishing

Working on the future of publishing with European Marketing Directors


Designing and producing online and video based learning for IBM (UK) Sales

Oxford Brookes University

Team coaching and 1-1 coaching for education professionals

Open University

Leading teams of writers and media developers to design and deliver flexible distance learning

CGI | Admiral plc | Logica plc

Working with clients to train their staff online and as Admiral’s Corporate Marketing Manager

Isle of Wight Council

Coaching and support for staff affected by change and redundancy

University College London

Designing online learning for university professionals

Land Registry

Writing and sub-editing online versions of the Land Registry Annual Report

University College of Estate Management

Consulting to other universities and working with tutors to produce online learning

Royal Agricultural University
Centre for Empowering Patients and Communities

Project management of an online course to empower patients with long term health conditions

Education consulting

“Madeline is always spot on, always reliable, great to work with.”

(Partner in a university online learning project)