Geoff has been providing coaching to senior leaders in community and community health organisations for more than two decades. Geoff’s approach to coaching involves seeking to understand professional practice requirements and the capability gap to achieve these. This involves listening and sharing leadership experiences, practices and outcomes.
Coaching topics vary broadly across strategic and operational management activities, including: strategic decision-making; stakeholder relationships, influencing others; purpose and goal-setting; line management, giving work instructions and delegation; and managing time and priorities.
In some cases the coaching is devoted to meeting the demands of the current work role; in others it is about preparing for future roles. Sometimes the activities are short-run to achieve a particular outcome; and in others it involves a multi-year commitment to meeting regularly addressing the issues of the day as well as over the horizon thinking.
Geoff’s approach is encouraging rather than demanding. His role is multi-faceted, and includes attentive listener, challenging interrogator, collaborative solution-seeker, incisive court jester, critical friend, and enthusiastic cheerleader.