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Books on creativity and curiosity

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Flow
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment ...
Mindfulness for Creativity
by Danny Penman
Work deadlines, to-do lists, family commitments, pressure to perform... Our frantic lives demand so much from us that we can often feel locked into a cycle of frustration, anxiety and stress, unable to tackle the tasks before us or see a way out ...
Wired to Create
by Dr Scott Barry Kaufman
Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Creativity works in mysterious ways, with inspiration often arising out of nowhere - and then failing to show up when we need it most! Combining the latest findings in ...
Creativity
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author's objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that ...
Curious?
by Todd Kashdan, PhD
“Curious? is one of those rare books that can make you rethink how you see the world.” —Arianna Huffington “This is the perfect book to read when you are having second thoughts about challenging yourself to explore that next step in life ...

Books on strengths based development

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Flourish
by Martin E. P. Seligman
Explains the four pillars of well-being--meaning and purpose, positive emotions, relationships, and accomplishment--placing emphasis on meaning and purpose as the most important for achieving a life of fulfillment.
Authentic Happiness
by Martin Seligman
'A practical map for a flourishing life' (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence) In this groundbreaking, heart-lifting and deeply useful book, Martin Seligman, internationally esteemed psychologist and the father of Positive Psychology ...
Flow
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment ...
The Strengths Book
by Alex Linley
Realise your strengths and you'll be realising the best of you. Do you want to be confident, successful, and sustainably happy? Do you want to achieve your goals and enjoy beter realtionships? Leading strengths experts provide the evidence that ...
Average to A+
by Alex Linley
Who wants to be average? Nobody does, and yet few of us know our strengths clearly, or know how to make the most of them. Until now. Average to A+ is the seminal volume for identifying and maximising our strengths.. Written by an international ...

Books on mindfulness and compassion

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Mindfulness
by Williams Penman
MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It's the kind of happiness that ...
Lovingkindness
by Sharon Salzberg
Explains how the Buddhist path can help individuals discover the inner joy within themselves, and shares simple Buddhist teachings and suggestions for meditation.
The Little Mindfulness Workbook
by Gary Hennessy
A practical, jargon-free workbook for you to put mindfulness strategies into practice and improve your life. Explore the key principles of mindfulness to reduce stress and be more effective and efficient, generally improving your well-being.
Love 2.0
by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D.
We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening ...
Buddha's Brain
by Rick Hanson
Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern ...

OD Testimonials

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Please note that these testimonials relate to the time when I worked with the organisation and some organisations and people have now embarked on new ventures! Click also coaching and mindfulness testimonials

On behalf of everyone who took part, thanks again for all the hard work, insight and energy you put into today. Everyone joined in and there was a real buzz throughout the day aided by your skilled facilitation.

Chief Executive The Pensions Management Institute

 

Thanks for delivering such a light touch but powerful workshop yesterday. It did just what I hoped

Chief Executive London TravelWatch

 

We needed a facilitator to help us in the critical task of coalescing the senior management team. Heather did exactly that and lived up to out high expectations.

Group Chief Information Officer, Herbert Smith LLP

 

Very creative and added lots of energy to my team, embedding change into our everyday

Vice President, Investment Banking

I’ve worked with Heather on numerous occasions and always been struck by her creativity and her ability to help me see things differently.

Head of Recruitment and Development, EMEA JP Morgan

 

She is an absolute professional. She has enormous integrity, is honest and practices what she preaches ie she is self aware, motivated and is easily able to put theory into practice.

Head of Learning and Talent development, Marsh

Thanks very much for the session.  I thought it hit the right buttons -good, impartial overview of the area – good framework to help people think about what coaches could offer, and what kinds of coaches there are out
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Head of Development, Nomura

How can coaching help?

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Clients can come to coaching for many reasons and benefit from the personalised nature that a coaching session can bring. Clients find the main benefits of working with a coach are:

  • Greater clarity over personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Improved confidence
  • Having a safe confidential place to talk through concerns objectively and bounce ideas
  • Accountability and follow up to do the things they said they would
  • Non judgemental support
  • Achieving personal goals

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Working with me

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Whether I work with you individually, or you are interested in organising coaching for a an employee or a client, I follow the same process.

First, I like to have a chat with the person I am coaching to find out more about their needs and to tell them a bit more about me and how I work. I call this a ‘chemistry’ session. It is complimentary and the purpose of this session is for you to find out the answers to your questions and for me to find out a little bit more about you. At the end of this session we will decide whether we would like to move on to the next step.

The next step is to start to agree a coaching programme for you. If this is private coaching we will set up our first session and start to agree our ‘coaching contract’ or in other words what you would like to be different as a result of undertaking the coaching. These will form our coaching goals and will provide a framework or signpost for what we will be working on and towards. If I am working for an organisation I would also at this point talk to your manager or HR to find out what they think your goals should be. We would then all get together to agree your coaching contract. I will discuss this with you at our complimentary chat.

We will then work together for a number of coaching sessions. Before a session, I like to give some pre-work to get you thinking ahead of the session, this could be reading, personal inventories/psychometrics or getting you to have a think about some questions related to your goals. This is an important part of the coaching along with any goals and homework you set yourself after each session. However this can be tailored to what is best for you!

At the start of each follow on session we will discuss how you are getting on with your actions and at the end of each session I will ask for feedback about how the session was for you. At the end of our coaching programme, I will ask you for some further feedback about how the coaching has helped you achieve or start to move you towards your goals. We will also end the sessions with you having a plan as to how to keep on keeping on!

Coaching Testimonials

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I have a good job and a stable family life, however I felt I’d lost control over my career path and I’d had recently lost my father to cancer. I was struggling to stand back and think about what I really wanted to do with my career. Heather helped me by using several different methods to look into my motivators, my strengths and what it was I actually wanted. Heather helped me find a way to use my own bias for taking practical steps to work out what to do next. In short I found the small number of sessions extremely useful in getting me to think clearly and to take action. I feel I am regaining a bit of control. Mark, HR

Thank you for all help with clarifying my priorities and future plans. I found our sessions hugely empowering. Senior Teacher

Heather coached me over a 2.5 year period through a career transition into a leadership role and returning to work after having my first child. Her support has been invaluable during this time. Heathers style is relaxed and informal putting you at ease straight away. She is able to navigate any topic required with the greatest of ease moving seamlessly from one learning to another providing tools and resources with the best fit for each individuals learning style. Joanne, Project Manager

Heather guided me through a number of exercises so that I was able to take stock of my career to date, to assess what I needed from a job and also to define what I was good at and enjoyed doing. However what I valued most was being able to talk to her about my career and what I want to do, and this has enabled me to view the future with less fear and more optimism. Whatever direction my career takes, I know that I can discuss any issues with Heather and receive support and advice. Simon, Project Manager

I am in a much better place than I was when we met and I can not thank you enough.  I feel that I can stand with the best of them again and feel that I deserve to. Tracy, Finance Professional

I feel that I have been able to make a more positive contribution to the strategic direction of the organization, and have gained greater confidence in my views. Heather is very personable and professional, and I have valued her input in my ongoing development. Bryan, Transport

Heather has consistently given me timely and appropriate support during a period when I was experiencing change and wanted to make a number of decisions.  Her support has very often been insightful and just what I needed in several situations. Andrew, Procurement

I have been working with Heather for some months now and so many elements of my life have been affected by the coaching process in such a positive way.    Having someone completely disconnected from your work and personal life, and in an entirely confidential situation, really allows you to share your character and what makes you, you.    My objective at the outset of the coaching programme was to develop in my role but in a way that was truly authentic to my character and values, and I believe that Heather has shaped our sessions and work together over the past months and really helped me along the road to achieving that.  I have already, and would to continue to recommend Heather as a coach to my colleagues. Helen, Procurement

It made me take a look at bad habits I had picked up, the way I am perceived and also what inspires me and motivates me. It has definitely made me think about the sort of job I want in the future and how best to present myself. Jo, Communications & PR

During the course of my employment as Head of Learning, EMEA, at JPMorgan, I worked with Heather on a number of initiatives and clearly got to know her very well.   Heather coached a number of individuals at JPMorgan, including myself, and was excellent.  The coaching Heather gave me ultimately resulted in me moving role.  I have since asked Heather to facilitate team workshops for me around motivation and career goals and aspirations. Brenda, Investment Banking

Using a combination of one-to-one interviews, personal profiling tools and tailored background reading, Heather has enabled me identify key professional strengths and personal goals to draw up a career development plan which will match the lifestyle choices I am aiming for.  By working with me to pinpoint how I operate, areas of work and development that I enjoy / prefer and what I want to work towards, Heather has been able to channel my choices for the future into manageable steps and realistic targets. Esther, Operations Management

Thankyou for your help and advice and for supporting me on my journey back to reality! I appreciate everything you’ve done. Sandy, Mental Health

Heather’s coaching helped me to establish and reach personal and professional improvement goals and objectives. Furthermore, Heather’s coaching skills were very effective in helping me to make difficult decisions by consulting with me and asking the right questions to enable me to feel comfortable with the decisions I was taking. I would highly recommend working with Heather Johnston as a coach. My experience of working with Heather has had a positive impact on my self awareness, on writing ambitious development objectives, and overall on improving my potential both personally and professionally. Lara, Investment Banking

Supervision for Coaches and Development Professionals

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Supervision is a place where a living profession breathes and learns….supervision can be a very important part of taking care of oneself, staying open to new learning, and an indispensable part of the coach’s ongoing self-development, self-awareness and commitment to learning.
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Supervision

Having undertaken my coach training in 2004, and coached for many years and trained others to coach,  I wanted to push my skills further and to offer others a peer to peer learning relationship and the support and challenge needed to enhance your practice as either an internal or external coach, a L&D or OD consultant or anyone working in a helping profession. This can involve supervision related to your client work; where you are in your own development journey or reflecting on the impact of your work on the wider system you are working within.

I bring a unique combination of skills to my work as a Coach and Supervisor, melding the analytical thought of business skills thinking through my early career, with creative approaches and thinking combined with a solid foundations in reflection and mindfulness and cognitive behavioural coaching supported by an active interest and practice in the latest offerings in strengths based positive psychology and compassion based approaches. This is underpinned with my Supervision training focused around the seven eyed model with Robert Shohet and Joan Wilmot at CSTD.

“Heather is a great supervisor.  She is calm, empathetic and practical.  I feel like she understands the issues and challenges my thinking in a non-judgemental way.  Heather’s contribution has helped me build on my coaching offering”

Maria

I have a wonderfully rewarding peer supervision relationship with Vicky Palethorpe who is also a supervisor, counsellor, mindfulness and compassion practitioner and coach.

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I offer different rates depending on the nature of my clients and am very happy to have a ‘chemistry’ session to explore if I might be the right supervisor for you.

For Organisations my rate will be my organisational coaching rate with a 10% discount if you book 3 sessions. Please contact me to explore. As a cost effective and in some ways richer alternative I also can offer group supervision for groups of up to 6 coaches.

For those that work independently my rate is tiered, determined by your billing rates and income, and my rate is detailed below with a further 10% discount if you book 3 sessions

For those working mainly as

Organisational and Executive Coaches £85

Private Coaches/ small business coaches £50 per hour

Life coaches  £40 per hour

I offer virtual sessions or face to face sessions and always start with a face to face session where at all possible. I use an interactive virtual classroom platform which enables us to use an interactive whiteboard and share slides, videos and documents if needed as part of the session.  If you are looking for face to face sessions then travel charges will also apply depending on where you are based.

Got some questions?  Then please do get in touch to explore on 07801 246113 or via email hello@mindtrip.co.uk

 

Case Studies- Twinings

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Coaching

I coached a number of people over a 4 year period at Twinings. Covering those in more senior roles and those that were transitioning into manager roles. Each coachee had a tailored programme based on 3 way contracting for objective setting over a number of months with often a follow up/ refresh session after an appropriate length of time. I worked with people in procurement, marketing and finance. A common theme was that each person was transitioning, often being promoted or changing job roles and need some tailored support to help them flourish in their new roles. Some of this work also included some outplacement and maternity coaching.

L&D

I worked closely with the wider procurement department designing a stakeholder engagement awayday focused on flexing communication styles and communicating complex information concisely.  

Finding Peace in a Frantic World 8 week Course

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About the course

This course is based on the best selling book: Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. The course runs over 8 sessions with guided group meditations and exercises that introduce you to the foundations of mindfulness. Each week you will be invited to undertake some home practise which helps you to build a mindfulness practice and build resilience in everyday life. Participants will need to buy the book which is available at bookstores and online.

This course is for the general public and is based on the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course developed by Dr Mark Williams and colleagues at the University of Oxford.

On the course, you will learn practices such as the Body Scan, Mindful Movement and Sitting Meditations with the aim of taking what you learn in these practices and applying them in your everyday life.

The course focuses on eight key themes outlined in the best selling book Finding Peace in a Frantic World, all interlinking and building each week through home practice.

Home practise is an integral part of the course, as it enables you to establish the skills that you are learning and apply them and see the benefits in your daily life. Each participant is encouraged to undertake approximately 10-20 minutes daily practice, six days per week, between each class. This at times can be a challenge to fit in and participants are encouraged to be kind with themselves in finding a way to make mindfulness practise work for them. The longer time given to practise the greater the benefits!

The course is most effective if you can try to attend all sessions as each session builds on the previous session. Attendance certificates are given to those that attend 7 or more sessions.

For those interested in training as a mindfulness teacher in schools, this course fulfils one of the prerequisites.