Professional support for working people

FAQs

 

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Why consider Working Edge?

 

  • To maximise the success of your business, company or organisation
  • To increase your personal effectiveness, success and satisfaction at work
  • To ensure a competitive edge in your business by creating a highly self-aware,
    clear responsible team
  • To access excellent communication and presentation skills training
  • To talk through challenges, decisions and choices
  • To manage change and stress
  • To improve relationships at work
  • To explore fresh ideas and gain new perspectives

 

How is Working Edge different from other coaching organisations?

 

  • We are a down-to-earth 'no gimmicks' organisation, specialising in clear, straightforward support
  • We do not have a formula into which everyone must fit - we are highly flexible and respond to each person as an individual
  • We are trained in psychotherapy and counselling as well as in personal and professional development, so we can identifiy and resolve the personal issues that may prevent people from being their best at work
  • We are passionate about providing widespread access to coaching and we provide excellence at reasonable cost
  • We are an ethical and highly respected organisation - see our testimonials page

 

What kinds of issues does Working Edge tackle?

 

  • Creating excellence
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Managing change
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Managing difficult relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Presentations
  • Motivating a troubled staff team
  • Ways to deliver a challenging project
  • Appraisals: giving and receiving
  • Finding a new job
  • Ways to gain promotion
  • Returning to work after a break
  • Deciding on a career change
  • Rationalising the demands of an over-busy portfolio career
  • Finding the right advisors to develop a new business
  • Coping with stress
  • Time management
  • Self-belief and self-esteem
  • Assessing your strengths and weaknesses
  • Managing up and managing down
  • Is it too late for change?

How confidential is Working Edge?

That you are working with Working Edge and anything you say in a Working Edge setting is entirely confidential. In organisation, group and individual sessions, your coach will run through confidentiality, including areas where confidentiality can become complicated, for example, where a coach is asked to report back to senior management or HR or where a coach is asked to write a court report.

In Working Edge group or organisational settings, each participant commits to maintaining confidentiality. Everything said is confidential, as is who else is a member of the session or group. You can talk about anything concerning yourself, anything the facilitators say, and of course, the fact that you are in the group.

 

Should I try Working Edge for my business, for individual coaching or join a Working Edge group?

It is entirely your decision. Coaching for your organisation or team can help if you want to maximise the effectiveness of the whole company or team, or if there are particular challenges in your business you would like to address. Individual coaching or mentoring may be most helpful where you are dealing with highly sensitive issues or if you feel vulnerable or exposed. Individual work can also be helpful if you want an introduction to Working Edge and one of its leaders before joining a group.

In the groups, you may find many of the benefits of working with an executive coach or business mentor and more: access to the experience of your peers in the group; a network of allies and experts to call on and the all-important practice in working with others, with the potential to receive honest and constructive feedback. With all these benefits, working in a group can be a particularly stimulating and dynamic way to learn.

Why Join a Working Edge group?

 

  • To access the expertise and experience of others in the group – peers from a wide range of
     professional backgrounds
  • To use the facilitators and others in the group to clarify your ideas, develop  strategies, celebrate successes
  • To learn new skills and develop awareness of yourself and how you interact with other people
  • To build a network of experienced people who can become a continuing source of advice, help
     and ideas
  • To become more skilful at working with others
  • To increase your effectiveness, success and satifsfaction at work
  • To talk through challenges, decisions and choices
  • To manage change and stress
  • To improve relationships at work
  • To explore fresh ideas and gain new perspectives
  • Colleagues, family and friends can only do so much and have their particular perspectives.
    Our groups are specifically designed to provide you with the expertise of peers and trained
    facilitators

 

How many people are there in a group?

Kathy Gale and Harriet Spicer facilitate the meetings and there is a maximum of six participants.

Where does Working Edge coaching take place?

We work with businesses and organisations nationwide.

Individual coaching sessions and Working Edge groups take place in Highbury, North London and sometimes in Central London. Contact us for further information.

Who runs Working Edge?

Harriet Spicer and Kathy Gale, who have both run their own businesses and who have between them worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors. They both have many years' experience and training in personal development work.

What do I commit to?

Our work with organisations is individually tailored to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss this further.

For individual coaching, we suggest you commit to a minimum of six sessions and then discuss further sessions with your coach.

For Working Edge groups, we have found that the longer the same group of people stays together, the more rewarding the experience becomes, and Working Edge groups are often most effective as a continuing resource in your life.  We require everyone who joins to commit to a minimum of two ‘terms’ of six sessions and to pay for each term in advance. You pay for the six sessions whether or not you are able to attend every date.

You commit to our policy on confidentiality and must keep confidential anything
said by other participants in the group and who the other participants are. If you wish, you are of course free to talk about anything you have said in the group and the fact that you are a member of the group. This confidentiality agreement exists to build and protect openness and trust between everyone in the group.

How much does it cost?

For individual coaching and mentoring, £75- £100 per 50-minute session.

For the groups, we require a minimum commitment to two ‘terms’ of six sessions and ask for payment of each session in advance. The cost per term is £410.

Charges to organisations depend on the length and nature of the work required.

Please contact us to discuss this further.

Do I pay or does my company pay?

Some people pay themselves and others arrange for their companies to do so.

We are happy to accept either arrangement.

Where organisations approach us to work with individuals in their team, it is usual for the organisation to pay.

What have clients said about Working Edge?

“Working Edge offers excellent opportunities to identify solutions that helped me face varied challenges in my work. I was given lots of encouragement that helped me produce immediate results and ways forward in my career."

“Working Edge has offered me time and space to look objectively at my current situation, and to begin to consider new pathways.  Harriet and Kathy are inspirational group leaders who gather together highly intelligent, stimulating and thoughtful participants in an open and supportive environment.  I leave each session with a sense of renewal, and full of admiration for all involved."

“We called on Kathy Gale when our organisation was merging with another, to advise us how best to restructure and develop our publications department.  Kathy spent time with each company and talked to all staff members concerned with a great deal of sensitivity.  She researched the history and performance of the department, analysed our business plans and helped us to recruit a new Head of Department.  We implemented Kathy's suggestions and our publications department has revolutionised its performance, making a much stronger contribution to our organisation ." Rachel Thomson, Senior Programme Director - Campaigns, the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

“Working Edge provided me with a fantastic opportunity to talk about relationships and challenges at work in a safe and confidential environment.”

“Working Edge offers the chance to really think about how you manage your life, both at work and at home, and why you respond the way you do. And when issues are discussed, and patterns of behaviour examined - and hence seen with more
objectivity - you can consider real change. Taking part left me feeling calmer, clearer - and considerably happier.”

Most individual and group testimonials here are not credited because Working Edge work is confidential.

 

Contact us to talk to us about Working Edge and what we offer.

• Executive Coaching • Business Mentoring • Professional Development in London