‘Your coaching helped me mature into my new role more quickly than I would otherwise and therefore, ultimately, do a better job. It also gave me a sense of potential control over my own leadership behaviour that has helped me become much less prone to stressful situations.’
Thinking Practice is rooted in the creative and cultural sector, where informal mentoring has always been integral. Coaching is a powerful tool for developing people and one Mark Robinson is excited about as a way of making the cultural sector a less stressful place to work, and of bringing the creativity of the sector to other areas of business and the economy. Mark holds an ILM Level 7 (post-grad level) Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring. Before setting up Thinking Practice he was Executive Director, North East at Arts Council England, and has worked with, and managed, many inspiring cultural leaders. Mark also draws on experience from his 6 years as an award-winning vegetarian chef. (As he often says, no one ever says ‘If you can’t stand the heat stay out of the office.’)
He is an experienced facilitator with a natural coaching style – he’s genuinely more interested in you finding the solutions that work for you than you doing what he might think is the right thing. He’s glad people working with him enjoyable as well as productive, because life’s too short to be only one or the other. Mark’s approach is to help you identify how to build on your strengths, so you can be extraordinary at whatever you do, not to fix your weakness so you can be an okay version of anyone or everyone else. The package depends on individual needs, but would usually comprise between 4 and 6 sessions of 1 to 1 and a half hours over 6-9 months, depending on your goals and situation.