Sue Belton

Executive Coaching and Training

How we can work together

Leadership coach

I’m Sue Belton and I am a leadership coach. I specialise in working with people in the creative and tech industries, in management and leadership roles, so they can fulfil their leadership potential.

To do this I offer 1:1 coaching, team coaching, skills training workshops, in situ coaching for exceptional leaders, personality profiling and culture change consultancy.

  • Is your start-up growing and you need help retraining, hiring and training the right staff?
  • Are your staff turnover rates soaring and your team disengaged and miserable?
  • Do your managers need some support to reach their full potential as a leader?
  • Are you able and ambitious but struggling in a new role, or unsure of how to manage your career?
  • Do you feel you are missing critical skills and it’s affecting your career?

I had a long career in TV production before re-training as a coach so have significant hands-on experience working in the creative industries.  My clients say I’m empathetic, fun, pragmatic and challenging, and my unique coaching approach and tools get excellent results.

To find out how I can help you and your team become stronger and more effective leaders, please contact me today.

How Can We Work Together

You’re working on overdrive; just about surviving under the pressure. But you’ve started making small errors and your work life balance is suffering. If you want to improve how you deal with your stress levels and workload, get much better at delegating, and learn how to stand back and see the bigger picture, then I can help. More strategic thinking, stronger communication with clients and boosted resilience are all within reach.

You’re working on overdrive; just about surviving under the pressure. But you’ve started making small errors and your work life balance is suffering. If you want to improve how you deal with your stress levels and workload, get much better at delegating, and learn how to stand back and see the bigger picture, then I can help. More strategic thinking.

Coaching for individuals

1:1 coaching

(4 – 6 months, one hour every two weeks)

Choose 1:1 coaching if you’re in a leadership position and want to address skills deficits, feel more in control at work and identify and attain your career goals. You’ll:

    • Learn your core values and key ‘motivated’ skills
    • Understand the impact your strengths and weaknesses have on your team
    • Identify goals that you and your manager want you to achieve
    • Get an action-focused plan packed with measurable objectives and regular reviews

You’re performing well and ambitious, but need some support to reach your potential. Have you ever asked yourself these questions? If so, check out My Process below, contact me and let me help you.

In situ coaching for exceptional leaders

(Three sessions + one observation session)

Perfect for you if you’re a confident senior leader who wants accelerated learning and direct input on particular behaviours and interactions. This is a four stage process which can be done as a stand-alone or as part of your 1:1 coaching programme.

      • We work together to identify the specific skills and behaviours you want to improve
      • I observe you in the workplace interacting with your colleagues
      • Following a review of my observations we design action points to address relevant behaviours
      • We meet again a few weeks later for a review

Interested? Contact me to find out more.

Coaching for teams

HR manager?

Your staff turnover stats are so high you need a revolving door at your office entrance. Your staff are overworked and demotivated and there’s an uncomfortable atmosphere. If you’re ready to retain more staff, improve morale and increase team performance – or have ever felt like this – I’m here to support you do just that.

Leadership Accelerator programme for new leaders

(3 months, including an initial goal-setting session with relevant line manager; then two sessions a month and a goal review session)

If your staff need to boost key skills choose my Leadership Accelerator programme and they will be able to:

      • Effectively deal with stress and heavy workloads
      • Adopt a more strategic approach to work
      • Manage conflict and difficult working relationships
      • Create their own unique and authentic leadership style

Team coaching

Choose bespoke team coaching if stress, conflict or low performance levels have become the norm.

      • We’ll identify the issues you have and the outcomes you want
      • I’ll then design a coaching programme for your team
      • You’ll witness fast-track improvements in individual and team performance
      • Team coaching will motivate everyone to perform at the peak of their abilities

You may also be interested in 1:1 coaching for key staff, culture change consultancy, personality profiling or in situ coaching for exceptional leaders.

Start-up founder?

It’s time to stop firefighting! Work with me and you can concentrate on retaining and motivating key staff and hiring people with the right values for your business. You can create a successful working culture with engaged motivated staff when I help you slowly hand over day to day operations, improve your work/life balance and get off the path to burnout. If you’ve ever felt like this, get in touch.

Skills training workshops for creative teams (10 – 15 people)

If your team is not gelling, you’re at loggerheads or just underperforming I will create a bespoke training workshop for you. This can cover topics such as:

      • How to be resilient when your workload and stress levels are elevated
      • Communication and conflict resolution
      • Neuroscience-based coaching skills to use in the workplace

If you’re having problems attracting and retaining staff, or trusting them to manage, you may also be interested in 1:1 coaching, team coaching and my culture change programme.

Culture change consultancy

Choose culture change consultancy if you are trying to thrive post-merger, or if you’re a post-investment start-up. I’ve helped non-performing teams and emerging start-ups train, retain and motivate their staff, align their workforce to their key values, and hand over the reins to their management-trained employees. How can I help you?

You may also be interested in 1:1 coaching for key staff, team training workshops, personality profiling or in situ coaching for exceptional leaders.

Have you ever felt like this?

Since 2008 I’ve worked with senior management in ad agencies, digital marketing agencies, T.V. companies and at tech start-ups. Here are some of the things I’ve heard from my clients and how I’ve helped them.

My start-up is growing and I need help with taking it to the next level without burning out or losing key staff

              • I’m the visionary but all I seem to do is firefighting. What can I do?
              • I don’t feel like I’ve got enough hours in the day. I am already burning out and I’m only in my 30s
              • I know I need to hand over day to day operations but I don’t trust my management team to carry out my vision
              • I am losing my best people. Can you help me?
              • I have a very young staff and they need help with leadership and managing teams

 

Staff turnover rates are rising and my team is miserable and disengaged

              • Employees keep resigning because our managers can’t manage
              • We’re struggling to manage workloads and resultant stress levels
              • We have communication problems and culture clashes
              • Our business continuity strategy calls for management training and development, but we haven’t sourced either
              • Performance is low, even from our stars – what can we do?
              • Our managers find it hard to delegate and to step back to see the bigger picture
              • Team goals, purpose and roles are unclear. How can we make things better?

 

I’m performing well and I’m ambitious, but I need some support to reach my potential

                • I didn’t get that promotion I wanted. How can I get it in the bag next time?
                • I’ve got an exciting new role with a great title, but I don’t have the skills to do it and I’m panicking
                • My work life balance is 100% work and 0% life. Help!
                • My time management skills are non-existent – what can I do?
                • Every time I get bad feedback I crumble. I’d like to be more resilient
                • I’m terrible at dealing with conflict, and with difficult people, and it’s causing me problems
                • I’m very successful and earn great money but don’t know why I’m doing it any more

Find out more about My Process, and My Approach and Tools below this section or contact me using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

My Process

Which training is best for you and your team?

Know you need training, but not sure which? We’ll start with a conversation about your business covering your history, where you are now, and your vision for the future. We will then identify your core business needs and what’s stopping you reaching your vision. Then we’ll discuss whether 1:1 coaching, team coaching, skills training, or my culture change programme will be most effective for you.

1:1 coaching – my process

Before I start coaching any of your employees we will have a session to determine whether we’re a good fit for working together.

If so, I can design a 360 degree evaluation or personality profiling tool for each employee which will highlight strengths and weaknesses and the impact these have on others at work.

Next we will set each very specific measurable goals and objectives all of which will be agreed with their line manager.

1:1 individual coaching will take place for one hour every two weeks. This can be done face to face, on the phone or via Skype.

Every six sessions we’ll have an evaluation with each team member and their managers where we will track progress against pre-agreed objectives.

For more information about 1:1 coaching or my bespoke team coaching, see above or get in touch today.

My coaching approach

To improve your and your employees’ leadership style, increase performance, build resilience and create sustainable change, I use a powerful combination of Co-Active Coaching, Neuroscience and Somatics.Co-Active Coaching addresses who the person is being as well as their behaviours, so it’s great for working with leaders around the impact they want to have in the workplace. I will:ask powerful questions, mirror back any potential self-sabotage or unwelcome patterns of behaviour
challenge you all to think deeper and further than you ever have
help you deal with the blocks and fears that have prevented progress to the next level
Together we’ll disrupt outmoded behaviours and ways of thinking, replacing them with new ones that will serve you now; empowering you and your team to be the best leaders you can all be.Harnessing the power of neuroscience though NeuroCoaching we’ll uncover why you and your staff behave the way you do, what’s happening in your brains when you act, and the significant impact of stress on the brain. You’ll make the changes though coaching; understanding why some behaviours and habits don’t stick – and learning the secret behind making sure your new ones do.Using Somatics (meaning ‘of the body’) we’ll anchor your new thoughts and behaviours in your body so we get lasting change – not quick fixes that only last a couple of months.

Whatever you want to achieve I will help you identify your main strengths and development needs based on your key skills. Together we’ll create an action and accountability-focused plan to encourage you and your employees to improve specific skills and practices in a positive and sustainable way. Work with me and you and your staff will become powerful and effective leaders, more productive, happier and more fulfilled at work and at home – permanently.

My coaching tools

My clients benefit from the following coaching tools. Do ask me if you’d like more in depth information about them or how they work.

Personality profiling tool

I work with the Hogan Assessments framework to help you hire the right people, develop key talent and evaluate leadership potential. Hogan has 30 years’ experience reducing turnover and increasing productivity. If you’d like to predict your staff job performance through assessing personality, derailment characteristics, core values and cognitive reasoning ability, please contact me today.

Culture change tool

Using the long-established Barrett Values system we will apply powerful metrics which will enable you and your team to measure and manage the culture of your organisation, and discover the leadership development needs of your managers and leaders.

My background

With a background in the fast-paced world of TV production I understand the pressure you’re under every day. I’ve been there.

I know you’re only as good as your last idea; that clients always come first (so where does that leave you and your staff?) and that your whole team is too busy battling through every day to take a step back and address the issues that keep you all awake at night.

It was to help people just like you (and me) that I first started my training with the Coaches Training Institute. Added to the hands-on experience and management experience I gained working for the BBC for 14 years, since 2008 I’ve been doing professional development training in organisation and relationship systems, advanced neuroscience coaching, the Hogan Personality Inventory, cultural transformation, 360 feedback delivery, and leadership embodiment training. I’m a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and adhere to its code of ethics. I believe in the transformative power of coaching so have my own coach and undergo regular supervision.

Testimonials

JM, Head of Department

“When I started coaching with Sue I was quite panicky and worried about work, I had just been given a promotion to manager level and really needed to look at my time management, prioritisation, how to develop my team and really step into my role. Sue is a fantastic coach. She is open, perceptive, challenging, totally gets me and believes in me. Through coaching with Sue I have learnt how to manage my time, how to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, how to delegate more and trust my staff. I am happier, more contented, more organised, more productive and more confident – what boss wouldn’t want that for their staff?”

SA, Creative Director, Advertising

“With Sue as my executive coach, I have extensively changed my leadership approach.

    •  I now see myself more objectively. In the past, a distorted self-image prevented me from identifying areas that warranted improvement—a major stumbling block in my leadership growth and development.

Sue quickly identified the problem and provided the tools I need

    •  to understand how others perceive me. With my newly honed skills, I can adjust my actions and modify my behaviours for increasingly positive results. These indispensable lessons will serve me well as I continue to climb the leadership ladder.”

LD, Executive Producer, TV

“I have found my coaching with Sue to be extremely valuable for a number of reasons.

    •  The advice she has given has either dovetailed or reinforced what I am hearing internally about how I need to change my behaviors to change my role in the company.

Sue has the ability to understand not just what will make you successful in business in general,

    •  but what will help you in the culture you are in right now.  It was important to hear a voice that came without any political spin that I could trust, and she has provided a flat wall that I can bounce ideas off with complete openness. Sue has showed emotional intelligence, a willingness to connect, an honesty in assessment, and an ego-free launching pad.”

ME, Private Equity

“Sue’s coaching was invaluable.

    •  I learned to identify the barriers and key performance issues that have been holding me back. Sue was incredibly skilled at asking the tough questions that helped me see things from different perspectives, and she then held me accountable for achieving my goals.

Sue is not only challenging and insightful, but also patient and understanding,

    •  with remarkable instincts and knowledge. Her coaching style is a perfect fit for any business leader who wants to perform at a higher level.

The skills and concepts I learned will be invaluable for the rest of my career.

    •  I’m a much better listener, handle myself more effectively in meetings and provide much sharper responses.”

PS, Web Marketing MD

Sue allowed me to take an honest non-defensive view of myself

    •  through the eyes and perceptions of others within the organization. While some of the 360 comments and perceptions where critical of my communication & management style,

Sue was compassionate in her approach

    •  to help me focus on change and self improvement. This allowed me to take an honest assessment of myself and put my goals and aspirations into context for the future.

Sue helped me to become more aware of the  elements of communication and management situations

    •  that I could control and change for the better. The end result was amazing in the fact that I was able to change my communication and management style for the better as well as the perceptions of my subordinates and peers across the organization.

My  self-awareness has grown

    •  and allowed me to become a much more effective executive, leader, coach and mentor.

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