Julie Jessup

How I work

Initial meeting

The fit between a coach and client is critical. In order to establish a relationship and help my clients make the best decision, I offer a sample coaching session as part of my initial complementary meeting.

Setting clear objectives

Coaching is only powerful when the leader and coach are working towards achieving clearly defined objectives. These objectives may evolve during the process of coaching, but it is important to be aware of these shifts.

A critical part of the coaching process includes guiding the client towards a deeper understanding of these objectives, and ensuring they are targeting the areas with the greatest potential impact on the organization as well as their personal development.

Early in our work together, these objectives are often reviewed by key members of the organization. At every stage, confidentiality is respected.

My approach to coaching

In my coaching, I rely on my in-depth understanding of organizations gained through 25 years in strategic Human Resources positions. This helps me to grasp essential issues, spot patterns and inconsistencies and ask targeted questions. I have a pragmatic and straightforward style that helps clients stay focused on their goals.

Assisting leaders to identify and then amplify their strengths builds quick wins. Challenging leaders to adapt their approach to create opportunity builds long-term change.

Although I rely on my experience to coach effectively, my role as a coach is not to teach (more information on my broader leadership development work). I accompany clients in defining the true issues at stake, in widening the options for developing different strategies, in deepening their understanding of the potential impacts of their choices. However it is always their solutions and their choices.

In my work, I use a wide base of theory (some of the authors who influence my work). This enables me to select the best model or approach to help my clients better understand their situation or to add to the quality of reflection.

As an American working in international positions in France for over 20 years, and now working in Belgium, I have strong intercultural experience. I can assist managers in dealing with international complexity, or offer new approaches to managers working in a national context.

Coaching - the process

Each coaching process is designed to meet the needs of individual clients. There is no defined term for everyone, but typically I work with clients over a period of approximately six to ten months, with coaching sessions roughly once a month. I am also available, during that time, for phone and email contact.

Consolidating learning

At the end of a coaching, I ask clients to review progress against their expectations. As requested, a written report is produced (with careful attention to confidentiality) to help leaders and other stakeholders understand more clearly what has been achieved through the process.