• Coaching for Senior Elected Members

    The Improvement Service have developed a coaching offer for senior elected members in Scottish Local Government. This offer provides senior elected members with easy access to 1-1 executive coaching.

     

    A coaching framework has been developed so that coaching:

     

    • can be easily accessed
    • is cost effective
    • of high quality
    • is evaluated and refined to ensure it is fit for purpose

     

    Why Coaching?

    Coaching provides elected members with a confidential space, with a qualified, professional and impartial coach that will support and challenge them to achieve greater impact in their role as an elected member.

     

    There is strong evidence and research1 that shows coaching has a positive effect on skill development, mood and motivation, but most significantly the biggest effect is on performance improvement.

     

    Coaching is delivered 1-1 and is thus tailored to the goals of an individual. As such, coaching offers a flexible development opportunity that is arranged around the commitments of the elected member. Although most coaching relationships involve face-to-face meetings, coaching doesn’t have to be done in person all the time and some coaching relationships occur entirely via telephone or video conferencing.

     

    Coaching is not a one-off intervention and to be effective at improving performance we recommend a coaching relationship consists of a block of 4-6 sessions around 2 hours long, over a period of 6-12 months at times that suit you.

     

    1. Rebecca J. Jones, Stephen A. Woods and Yves R. F. Guillaume (2015). The effectiveness of workplace coaching: A meta-analysis of learning and performance outcomes from coaching. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, ISSN Online: 2044-8325.

  • What is Coaching?

    "Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” 
    John Whitmore, Coaching for Performance.

     

      About you in your role as an elected member

      Focused with clear goals which you set

      Trusted and confidential

      Headspace and time to reflect, think and be heard

      Scheduled - usually 2 hours at a time that suits you

      About impact and performance improvement

     

    What it’s not:

     

    x   Counselling

    x   Mentoring - advice based on personal experience (“Here’s what I did when...”)

    x   Informal (i.e. a quick call or email for advice)

    x   Chatting without a focus

    x   A substitute for other training (i.e. media interview training)

     

    Coaching is a 1-1 process with a qualified and skilled coach who will support you to work through live issues and towards goals with a focus on learning from your actions. The coach will take a non-directive approach by asking questions and inquiring, rather than telling and providing answers.

     

    Coaching should not be confused with mentoring or counselling/therapy. Though there can be some similarities to all three, each has a distinct purpose and practice that distinguish themselves from the others (http://www.central.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/CoachMentor/similarities-and-differences.html)

     

    Coaching will often lead to the identification of further training and development needed to realise a goal and provide the catalyst for undertaking that development. It is not on its own a substitute for undertaking further development opportunities to meet a development need. The information you provide in the Coaching Request Form will help us determine whether coaching is an appropriate intervention.

     

    The following article provides further information on what coaching is and isn’t: https://internationalcoachingcommunity.com/what-is-coaching/

  • How It Works

    Step 1

    Please discuss your intention to request coaching with a relevant officer from the council and check whether coaching and the potential costs are in line with relevant council policies and budget.

     

    A relevant officer could be the lead for elected member development (Head of L&D, Head of Democratic/Member Services) or it may be a senior officer that you work closely with. If you are unsure who a relevant officer is, please contact electedmembers@improvementservice.org.uk and we’ll put you in touch with an appropriate officer in your council.

     

    Step 2

    Complete a Coaching Request Form and a member of the IS team will respond to acknowledge your request and check with the nominated officer that you have approval to access coaching.

     

    Step 3

    Upon receiving confirmation of approval to access coaching, we will send you three profiles of coaches to select from. Notify us of your choice of coach and we will inform that coach that you wish to work with them.

     

    Step 4

    Your coach will contact you to arrange a pre-coaching conversation to agree your goals and how you would like to work (including number and type of sessions). A coaching contract will be agreed.

     

    Step 5

    You will participate in coaching based on the coaching contract. The coach will inform the IS of the coaching contract and the IS will liaise with the nominated council officer for all payments after each session.

     

    Step 6

    Upon completion of the agreed contract, you will be invited to evaluate the coaching process.

  • Cost

    Coaching via the framework starts from £225 (excl. VAT and travel expenses) for up to a 2-hour session (excl. VAT and travel expenses).

     

    Coaching relationships vary and therefore the total cost will depend on the agreed number of sessions, length and format. For the coaching to be effective at improving performance, we recommend agreeing a block of 4-6 sessions around two hours long, over a period of 6-12 months.

     

    The length, format of session (face-to-face, Skype, telephone), and travel time plus expenses for coaches will determine the cost of each session and this will be agreed in a coaching contract. The Improvement Service will oversee all coaching contracts and act as a broker for all payments by liaising with the coach and nominated council officer.

     

    Upon completion of a coaching session, the Improvement Service will invoice the council via the nominated officer, for the agreed payment as per the coaching contract.

     

    Coaching rates (excl. VAT and travel expenses) are as follows:

     

    • Up to 2-hour session with no travel for coach (i.e. Skype, telephone, or elected member travels to coach) - £225
    • Up to 2-hour session and up to two hours travel for coach - £337.50
    • Up to 2-hour session and up to four hours travel for coach - £450
  • Request Coaching

    Complete a Coaching Request Form and a member of the IS team will respond within 5 working days to acknowledge your request.

     

    Please discuss your intention to request coaching with a relevant officer from the council and check whether coaching and the potential costs are in line with the councils elected member development policy and budget.

     

    A relevant officer could be the lead for elected member development (Head of L&D, Head of Democratic/Member Services) or it may be a senior officer that you work closely with. If you are unsure who a relevant officer is, please contact electedmembers@improvementservice.org.uk and we’ll put you in touch with an appropriate officer in your council.