The Coaching Café® provides professional tailored coaching and learning solutions for both individuals and groups.
Since 2005, we’ve worked alongside enterprise, SME and non-profit organisations across a wide range of industries.
We believe in empowering people to choose where they want to be in their lives, and our solution-focused coaching and mentoring processes provide a supportive framework that empowers you to rise to new challenges or embark on a new path with confidence.
Our areas of specialisation include:
- Coaching individuals to lead themselves, their teams and their organisations
- Mentoring coaches, who are moving into the corporate space
- Mentoring facilitators who are interested in moving from a training to a true learning model.
Our coaching is offered online through contracts that are flexible and tailored to your specific needs.
For anyone who solves technical problems, understanding the cause is an important part of solving it, but when it comes to people, spending too much time focusing on causes makes us experts on the problem – and no closer to finding a solution.
The Coaching Café advocates Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg’s Solution Focused approach which operates on these three principles:
- If it works, do more of it
- If it doesn’t work, try something different
- If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
Authenticity is all about understanding your strengths, values and goals, and developing the Emotional Intelligence (EQ) necessary to manage your life and relationships in line with them. The concept of Authentic Leadership was pioneered by Bill George, and encourages leaders to develop their authenticity to help them connect and align better with those they lead.
The True Leadership® programme is based on authentic leadership concepts and cutting edge thinking. Combined with the application of strengths, it enables leaders to discover and apply their unique potential and the unique potential of those they lead.
Strengths Based Approach
Knowing your strengths and being able to use them to their full potential creates confidence and engagement. By highlighting peoples’ strengths, we encourage them to acknowledge and develop what they do well, rather than focusing on what they need to improve.
We recommend the Gallup Organisation’s CLIFTON STRENGTHFINDER® assessment which is based on over 40 years of ongoing research, and identifies talent themes that have or can be developed into strengths.
Developed by Professor Sylvia Downs and her team at the University of Cambridge, Skilled Learning is the product of years of research into how learning happens. Skilled Learning is the art of ‘learning how to learn’, and helps you to take the most appropriate approach to whatever needs to be learned.
True learning is social and interactive, and results in skills that are transferrable to any number of different situations. Our Skilled Learning programmes support this through debates, quiz sessions, research projects and more.
Lynne Melis is the Director of the Coaching Café® responsible for the integrity of the learning material design and process and an expert in designing and facilitating programmes for individuals and teams at all levels. Lynne’s understanding of how true learning happens is complemented by her BA(Psych), MBA and a Secondary Teacher’s Diploma. She also has a Certificate in Coaching Skills from the Coaching Centre (2007) and has completed the PURE Brief Solution Focus Coaching qualification. Lynne has extensive local and international experience in making learning material more accessible and inspiring others to design and facilitate in this way.
Mary Gardner is the founder and Director of the Coaching Café® responsible for the integrity of the coaching process. She has extensive experience facilitating the strengthening of leaders and their teams with True Leadership® and Solution Focus coaching. Mary has completed the PRO qualification- ACTP (an ICF accredited programme) presented by Solution Surfers, a Swiss-based company. She qualified with a Diploma in Business and Life Coaching from the Coaching Centre in 2005. She has an Honours degree in mathematics, and has in-depth local and international consulting experience in both IT and Strategic Facilitation.