Jenny Ames - Jenny Ames Consulting Ltd

Coaching with Jenny Ames

I launched the coaching section of my business in 2019, after gaining the Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring Practice from Oxford Brookes University and Membership of the Association for Coaching (MAC).

For those of you who are new to coaching, I have written a post to explain what coaching involves. In a nutshell, I aim to provide you with a safe, confidential space to think and reflect on a challenge you may be facing. You will provide the agenda while I will listen carefully to what you say and ask you questions to help you to consider the challenge in different ways. The aim is to help you to find ways forward.

My coaching focus

You may be an individual in career transition, regardless of your career stage or job sector. For example, you may be thinking about a major career change, such as leaving employment and setting up a business. Or you may just have been promoted to your first leadership and management role, such as head of department.

Alternatively, you may be a university researcher (ranging from a research student to a research institute director) and not necessarily be in career transition. For example, you may be a mid-career academic who is needs to get more grants to get promoted. Or you may be a postdoctoral researcher who is wondering about a complete career change.

My decision to focus my coaching practice on people in career transition and university researchers reflects my own career. I was an active university researcher for about 25 years after completing my PhD. I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Lecturer, Reader, Professor, Director of Research, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) and Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor (Research). I have worked at seven universities across the UK over a 35-year career and I was a Visiting Professor at an American university for six years.

One-to-one or group coaching?

I offer both one-to-one coaching and group coaching to universities, other organisations and private clients. One-to-one coaching involves meeting either in a physical space, or virtually, for example, using Skype. Group coaching offers you the possibility of using other group members, as well as me, the coach, as a resource. You will be in group with other clients who are facing a similar problem.

I aim to provide the kind of coaching that works for you. For example, group coaching can be blended with one-to-one sessions.

Types of challenges I cover

I coach clients on topics related to skills, such as time management or preparing to give a talk. I also work with clients who feel that they are at a cross-roads in their career, for example, deciding whether or not to change sector or uncertainty about how to spend time purposefully in retirement. Sometimes clients have more than one challenge and I can help you to prioritise which one to work on first.

Coaching approaches

I am familiar with various coaching models and coaching approaches. These include those based on the Gestalt tradition and person-centred coaching, for example. One particular approach I am interested in is narrative coaching, which I often use when a client is considering a career change. My approach to narrative coaching is particularly influenced by the work of Reinhard Stelter.

Research leadership and management

Coaching and mentoring to develop talent

Initiation and nurturing of cross-sector collaborations

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