My coaching journey began when I was working with young people involved in knife crime and gang violence on the county lines.
I wanted to be more effective in helping those vulnerable young people who were being targeted by dealers and sent out to the counties to sell drugs, and I already knew the power of coaching to turn lives around.
At its best, coaching offers something almost indescribable. I used to call it magic, but now I call it insight.
When I experienced coaching for the first time, I was stunned to find that the answers to my questions lay within me.
When I first started coaching, my sole focus was young people in prisons, but I soon discovered that the principles guiding that work could bring transformative benefits to people from all walks of life.
My coaching experience
I have had the privilege of coaching people in a wide range of settings, all with unique experiences, difficulties, aims and hopes.
Building positive relationships based on trust has allowed me to challenge people in a positive way, and loosen the ties that hold them back from achieving success.
My experience includes:
Master Level Coach Trainer at MOE Foundation
Head coach for Spark Inside
Leadership coach & Leadership Development Advisor for Frontline
Life coach for Young Women's Trust
Corporate and executive coaching for individuals and organisations
My role on the advisory board for Culture at Work also puts me in touch with the coaching needs of senior executives around the world.
Why might I need coaching:
If you’re trying to do something new or different
If you happen to be isolated i.e. senior leadership or in a minority group
When you’re in a personal transition in life
How I can help you become the best version of yourself
As an executive Coach I have worked with people at all levels. My certification is as an Executive Performance Coach so one of my focuses is on maximizing performance. Other common areas I work on include but are not limited to:
Managing difficult relationships and conflict be it with the individuals manager/s, peers and/or direct reports,
Supporting those trying to do something new or different in the workplace
Supporting those who may feel isolated be i.e. in senior leadership or from a minority group
A transition or crisis in their personal life which is affecting their work
As a life coach I support people to move towards their goals and discover ways to overcome their challenges. Some of the people I do life coaching with I work with include young men between the ages of 15-25 years old in who are in prison. I start coaching them when they are in prison and continue with them ‘through-the-gates’. I also coach underrepresented young women between the ages of 18-30 years old and support them with a range of areas which include coach finding employment to increasing their confidence.
I am certified in the ‘Your Career Plan’ credential which means when supporting people with their careers there is a few areas I help with.
For those unsure about their career path I coach them to discover the key elements that help them work at their best. And then create a career design statement that gives them insights into the type of career and roles they would thrive in.
For those wanting to be inspired in their current roles.I help them differentiate and create career goals that keep them motivated. These goals may be for progress/ profit, development, or learning. Once we create the goal we then work towards a plan of how you will achieve it.
And for those who have just started in a new role or career path and are unsure how to navigate the change and challenges I help them to manage the change think through their career journey to success.
Leadership is an area of passion for me, and I believe everyone has the potential to be a leader whether that be leading themselves, individuals or teams. I am certified in RocheMartin’s Emotional Capital Report and the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology’s Strengths Finder. As a result, the area of Emotional intelligence (of which I do 360 reports) and using strengths based approaches are specialist areas for me. In addition, I also used values based approaches.
As a leadership Coach I do associate work on leadership programmes, where I focus on Leadership Capabilities as well as Impact and Influence. In addition, to my 1:1 coaching I am also a Leadership Development Advisor and I deliver group coaching sessions.
Talk to me
If my approach sounds like a good fit for you or your organisation, let's start with a conversation.
Who knows what we might achieve together.
LORD DR HASTINGS OF SCARISBRICK CBE
former Global Head of Corporate Citizenship for KPMG International
I am very honoured to write a note of reference in respect of the exceptional skills of Jeffrey Wotherspoon as a coach. Jeffrey was comprehensively engaged with my thoughts and was quickly able to hear my expressions of concern and context and build a mind model that helped me see myself and the reality around me with a new perspective. Consequently, I was able to discuss in a very meaningful and mature way with him how I should look at and review concerns and how we can work through subsequent decision making. Jeffrey is truly an excellent man exhibiting comprehensive patience and a wise unflustered manner that not only allows rapid ease but also pulls you away from the immediate into the prospective redefined as more settled and yet more ambitious.