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Shine Coaching

“The greatest leaders mobilise others by coalescing people

around a shared vision.”

Business coaching has been a relatively new addition to Shine’s service repertoire but, on reflection, it is of no great surprise that we have experienced equal success with our corporate clients. After all, great leadership is great leadership. Managing successful change presents exactly the same challenges in education as it does in the business world.

The role of the Headteacher in today’s educational landscape is often likened to that of the CEO and it is easy to see why; helping teachers and school leaders to improve their performance means improved outcomes for the pupils/students. Likewise, helping employees and managers to improve their performance means increased profitability. The parallels are undeniable. The skills and experience which Dave has honed in many different educational settings over the years can be easily ported to the world of business. One could argue that context-specific knowledge is inconsequential; the skill lies in the questioning of the coach. This assertion is no better illustrated than through the work of Humphrey Walters - someone with next to no experience of rugby. Through his unique approach Humphrey was able to coach the England Rugby team to World Cup victory in 2003; an incredible achievement.

Our aim?

Through coaching, our simple aim is to support our clients improve engagement, performance and results.

The benefits?

Trying to define ‘coaching’ can be challenging to say the least.

Instead, it can be more helpful to focus on the impact of effective coaching...


Our aim at Shine is to ensure that our cients feel more:

  • Empowered

  • Confident

  • Energised; and

  • Committed to action


In addition, through our sessions, we strive to ensure that our clients develop greater clarity of thinking in relation to:

  • Goals

  • Solutions and/or actions to meet current challenges

  • Knowledge of self – in particular the client’s strengths; and

  • Understanding of others – their words, actions and motives

Why us?

The common threads that continually run through client fedback are:

  • We feel at ease very quickly

  • We appreciate the use of gentle humour during challenging times

  • We really do feel that we can talk about anything without feeling that we are being judged

  • The offer to call at any time for a chat is greatly appreciated

  • We always leave the sessions feeling lighter, clearer and more positive about how we tackle the challenges ahead


The ingredients?

At Shine, we  believe that successful coaching conversations involve a number of key ‘ingredients’:

  • Time to develop trust and rapport between the coach and the coachee

  • Active listening

  • Deliberate questioning to prompt deeper reflection

  • The identification of goals

  • Coach perceptivity / discernment

  • Giving developmental and positive feedback



  • No judgment; sessions can provide a safe space to ‘let off steam’ and express concerns / worries

  • Complete confidentiality

  • Time for reflection; there may well be awkward silences!

  • Our only agenda is the client’s success

  • Clients will have complete ownership of their ‘next steps’

  • A non-directive process, with no advice given (unless sought!)

Why not contact us today to discuss how we can work together to achieve great things for yourself, your team, and your company.


“Dave has been brilliant at coaching our leadership team towards maximising team productivity, collaboration and – ultimately – enjoyment of work! His approach has not only facilitated thought and theory around distributing leadership, it has encouraged implementation of collaborative strategies to encourage our business leaders to better empower members of their teams to together take our business to the next level. Uniquely, Dave has achieved fantastic outcomes whilst ensuring training is enjoyable and fun, with a focus on full participation from the whole team during the sessions.”

Paul R, Managing Director / Owner and Founder, Sweethaven Computers, Reigate, Surrey

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