Whether you’re a seasoned CTO or someone new to leading in a software engineering team, your role in the ever-changing environment of a start-up is complex.
As your career advances, you are expected to take more responsibility for how you spend your time, set your goals and define and develop your role. While this is often exciting and rewarding, it can also be stressful and lonely. Knowing who to turn to for advice and support might be hard.
Working with a coach can be an effective way to tackle the challenges and stresses of your role. My coaching can help you navigate change, build your confidence, accelerate your learning and development and support you in achieving your goals.
All my coaching programmes are flexible and personalised to your needs. Together, we will focus on developing the skills you need to achieve your goals.
Some examples of areas I can help you with include (but are in no way limited to):
I believe in the importance and value of building inclusive, empowered, sustainable teams and have experienced the challenges of nurturing the cultures, skills and practices that enable teams and individuals to achieve their full capabilities.
I use a combination of coaching techniques to help you make the most of your skills, knowledge and experiences and help you develop your capabilities.
I will also, where it is helpful to you, offer advice based on my hands-on experience of leading engineering teams.
Please get in contact if you want to find out more.
Joel is a thoughtful and insightful coach with a talent for helping you get to the uncomfortable nub of a problem! He helped me both to understand complex situations and take a step away from them in order to find useful approaches and strategies for doing my job better and enjoying it more. I recommend coaching and mentorship for everyone at every stage of their career and would certainly recommend working with Joel.
Joel is a great coach to have. Joel was always prepared, knew precisely the right question to ask and genuinely cared about my development.
After a coaching session with Joel, I always feel my mind is clearer and more focused.
Joel mentored me when I was early in my engineering leadership role. He was extremely helpful, and I really valued his extensive experience as a CTO and tech lead, which meant he could offer useful advice and support, as well as working through some tricky problems with me. He was particularly useful in helping me work out how to focus on strategic priorities even when there were urgent and important other activities competing for my time.
I was a bit sceptical about the coaching approach - I didn't really believe that I could possibly have the answers, and wanted someone else with more experience to advise me, not ask me questions! However, I actually found it very effective. Joel asked incredibly insightful questions, which allowed me to really dig into the issues I was experiencing, and look at them from different perspectives. He helped me tackle some difficult relationships and situations at work, and supported me in identifying actions that I could take even when I felt that certain things were beyond my control.
Joel is an excellent leader and mentor. He actively listens and asks questions that make you reflect and give you more confidence in your decision making. He also promotes an environment where you learn from your mistakes, take ownership of your successes and take pride in your work.
I also offer consultancy services and fulfilling fractional roles to provide wider support for your organisation.