Lichfield District Council

Welcome to starting your coaching/mentoring journey with the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool (WMCMP)!

Working with a coach or mentor can make a profound impact on performance and confidence. Coaching and mentoring are proven to help enhance performance and the speed at which it is achieved.

A coach will help you through raising awareness; looking at different perspectives to enable you to think things through in ways you couldn’t do on your own and a mentor does this through sharing their experience and expertise. It could be an hour of focussed discussion, or over a number of short sessions. If you have something you want to accomplish at work consider working with a coach or mentor to help you get there. 

Coaching from the pool involves working 1 to 1 with someone who can help you look at how you need to be in your role as well help you establish what you need to do. Coaching can support if you want to:

  • make a change, no matter how big or small
  • think through decisions or re-imagine the future
  • constructively review and enhance your approach and working style
  • improve working relationships
  • develop your resilience

If you are looking for someone with relevant skills to help your thinking so you can develop, then coaching could be right for you.

Mentoring from the pool involves working 1 to 1 with someone who has skills or experience you want to develop yourself in, such as gaining;

  • practical advice or to deepen your technical knowledge
  • understanding of how a service area or organisation works
  • knowledge about how to work strategically or politically to get the job done
  • a way to develop your networks

If you are looking for some development from someone with credibility and experience to support your professional development, then mentoring maybe right for you.

Accessing trained and accredited coaches and mentors from the range of organisations represented within the West Midlands Pool offers a unique opportunity to focus on specific issues within a professional and confidential setting with someone from an external environment.  It enables reflection, promotes understanding and brings forward fresh insights to reach the desired outcomes.

Who could benefit?

Lichfield District Council recognises the added value coaching and mentoring can bring to an organisation and is committed to offering all our colleagues access to these opportunities to support their continued development.

The West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool offers free coaching from professionally qualified coaches or mentoring from engaged and experienced individuals committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Access to the pool is available to all colleagues, however priority will be given to requests which fall into any of the following catergories:

  • Individuals who are involved with and leading staff through transformation and change programmes – to support transition and effective change management

  • Individuals taking on something new, including those who:

  • Have taken on new responsibilities or a different job

  • Are starting a new project or service review

  • Moved to or taking on a new team
  • Are new to the organisation
  • Are new to management
  • Individuals who are looking to develop different leadership/management styles, and to improve their communication techniques to develop and motivate their team.

Accessing Coaching or Mentoring

If you believe that Coaching or Mentoring would imorove your performance and enable you to contribute further to the organisation’s success please complete the registration form on the online matching hub, providing a clear summary of what you are looking to gain from a coaching/mentoring relationship. If coaching is a suitable development option for you, please register as a coachee on the online matching hub, if mentoring then register as a mentee. Your request will then be reviewed and if approved you will be given access to search for a coach or mentor.

Further Information

If it would help to discuss your requirements and understand which is the best option for you please contact Learning@lichfielddc.gov.uk 

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