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Stephen Edmondson

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 Case study: The power of peer coaching

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“I enjoy the confidentiality of the setting 

and meeting people in a similar position to me,

all with different outlooks and approaches”

Caroline Nock is a regular attendee at Debra's group sessions. She relishes the opportunity to take time out of her busy schedule to examine different challenges she is facing at work.

“One of the things I really appreciate is the timing and spacing of the sessions because a lot can happen in the interval between them” explained Caroline. “For example, at the time of the first session I was looking for a new role and at the most recent session I was talking about the challenge of starting my new position. 

For Caroline, being uncomfortable talking about her achievements for fear of sounding boastful was holding her back at the interview stage. She felt unable to take personal credit for the successful projects she had managed and the group all came up with their own experiences of this with a number of solutions and strategies that Caroline was happy to employ. 

Following her appointment in a new sector, Caroline explored the scope of her role with the group and benefited from the value of their input for her 90-day plan. They already knew Caroline through the previous sessions and understood her challenges. “It means that each day I spend in the team coaching sessions has a lot of value as it can bring fresh insight and intelligent feedback on any number of issues” she commented.

“It allows me time to think properly. I’ve always been a good listener but the structured, effective thinking is on another level. As we take turns in the group sessions I find that contributing to every else’s situations means I really listen and engage fully as my thoughtful response to their dilemma will be expected. It’s a great exercise.”


Also, as I find car journeys a good time to put some strategic thinking into place - the trip home from coaching is always productive!

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