Coaching skills for leaders & managers

We believe that every modern leader or manager should develop coaching and mentoring skills, that they can use daily, to the benefit of individuals, teams and their wider organisation.

Developing essential skills for leadership

We believe that every modern leader or manager should develop coaching and mentoring skills, that they can use daily, to the benefit of individuals, teams and their wider organisation.

Building in-house coach-mentoring capability enables your leaders to more readily get buy-in and action on larger organisational initiatives. Direct reports and team members will feel they have a better understanding of what change is required and how they can contribute to achieving your shared goals. Your leaders will be able to effectively hold their teams to account through challenging yet supportive conversations allowing successful delivery of your strategy.

How can we help?

Our off-the-shelf and bespoke programmes are well placed to develop the behaviours needed to make your organisation stronger, more capable and more adaptable.

ELECTRIC Coaching®


ELECTRIC Coaching® is a short, practical and impactful programme.  ELECTRIC Coaching® provides essential tools and skills for leaders and managers, and for anyone who needs to create good relationships and have quality conversations with others at work. Performance coaching is the foundation of this programme.  It’s been specifically designed to support operational managers, senior leaders and professional specialists to develop a coaching style that improves individual and team performance.

ELECTRIC Coaching ® is not designed to teach people to be full time coaches. Instead it focuses on helping leaders use coaching skills in a pragmatic, authentic way to improve performance, engagement and collaboration in the people around them.  We teach participants the core skills of listening, asking insightful questions, and giving challenging feedback – and help them balance the levels of support and challenge that they use.

The ELECTRIC Coaching® programme is accredited by The EMCC at Foundation level.

Find out more about ELECTRIC Online®

Amazing! What a clever use of simple tools. Great to really see and experience how the ELECTRIC coaching technique can transform ideas, thinking, management approach and really support others in feeling motivated and taking ownership of their dilemmas.


The ELECTRIC journey


The learning experience is split into 14 hours of flexible online study and 6 hours of practice. The learner practises using a coaching style in their everyday workplace conversations, using the three essential core skills of: listening, asking questions and giving feedback, together with the ELECTRIC framework.

  • Practice your coaching skills in 'real life' situations in your work place
  • Easy-to-follow modules designed around the core coaching competencies
  • Professional qualified coaches provide on-hand tutoring
  • Everything in one place, no additional reading
  • Be ready to make a significant impact in just 20 hours
  • Fit in around your time and your schedule
  • Fun, engaging learning style includes videos of 'how to' and 'how not to' coach.

The assessment process is straightforward and again, all online. – It comprises a set of questions, which are linked to the core Learning Outcomes and the uploading of a second audio (15 minutes long) of one of the learner’s workplace coaching style conversations.

I would say don't underestimate how much fun it is to do this - in the peer conversations and group learning we had fun and got some really good peer support going. The programme is straightforward and concise. It's accessible as a result and very user friendly.

Jill Colbert, Recent ELECTRIC Graduate

Find out more about ELECTRIC Online®

Would you like a tailored ELECTRIC programme or face-to-face workshops?

We are able to incorporate additional modules and content to supplement the core ELECTRIC programme.  This often includes introductory webinars and content to help participants use the core skills in their unique context.  

We also offer face-to-face learning as an alternative to the wholly online version – achieving the same learning outcomes and with the same high quality content, delivered in person for cohorts of 6 or more.

The framework then encourages commitment to review specific actions over time to ensure the discussion leaves a pragmatic and lasting legacy – delivering a sought after change for the better.


Developing High Impact Business Partners

At The OCM we have a long track record of developing Business Partners through 1:1 coaching and skills training. We know it can be a hard role to do. There’s always a balance of ‘enabling’ and ‘safeguarding’ – and the Line does not always appreciate what Business Partners can offer.  It's a rewarding and impactful role, but without support, can sometimes feel like a thankless task, where needs and complaints are expressed loudly, and praise and recognition are thin on the ground.

We have developed a programme specifically for Business Partners which helps build the essential skills and competencies needed to thrive and to deliver on what the Line needs.


I have been partnering with the OCM for a couple of years now as I have taken my team through a journey of significant change. Our focus has been on building trust and team spirit, resilience and courage and also on what  a commercial and strategic HR Business Partner should really focus on.  My team is much stronger and high performing as a result of these coaching interventions and I couldn’t be prouder of what we have achieved together.  Graham and Jenny are incredibly knowledgeable, flexible, quick to grasp the main issues at hand and super friendly. I would recommend them to any leader looking to move the dial with their teams.

Fabiola Thomas Chartered FCIPD, People Director at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

Developing coaching skills to support EDI

The OCM’s team includes specialist coaches and mentors who support leaders in building their knowledge of ED&I principles, developing a more inclusive leadership style and improving their impact on those around them.

We run training and development interventions for teams and groups helping them understand the core ED&I principles, and then applying them in their unique contexts.  These sessions result in tangible actions which benefit the team members, the team’s effectiveness, and the wider organisation.

In-house Workshops

We also offer a range of workshops for line leaders and professionals.  These can be delivered as one-off interventions or as part of a broader development programme. 

Topics include:

  • Effective influencing and negotiation
  • Purposeful conversations
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Hiring Successfully
  • The Art of influencing and negotiation
  • Leading with impact
  • Managing conflict
  • The leader as coach and mentor
  • Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Leadership presence and influence
  • Financial awareness

These can be tailored to your specific context – contact us to find out more.


  • Can be designed to meet very specific organisational challenges including:
  • Supporting Change
  • Increasing engagement/accountability/productivity/creativity
  • Leadership development
  • Developing coaching skills for senior HR leaders to support EDI
  • Strategy enablement.

These programmes vary in content, structure and delivery format depending on need and can form part of wider strategic project or standalone project. They always includes ROI criteria and measurement/review processes.


  • A short, practice orientated mentoring skills development programme
  • Ideal for anyone who wants to be a mentor or is involved with internal mentoring programmes
  • Accredited by the EMCC at Foundation level
  • Delivered in house in groups of 6, 9 or 12
  • Off-the-shelf but can be customised to meet specific organisational requirements.