IPA Training Forum: How coaching increases engagement and improves performance

Why coaching culture is useful to organisations - so have a topic you would like to be coached on!

In this interactive and practical session, Tanya will explain what coaching is and take you through several coaching tools and techniques, that you’ll have a chance to try out in breakout groups.

This session will cover:

You will have some practical coaching skills to take away, and a plan to easily implement them. You will also understand how coaching skills can be beneficial for everyone, and how a coaching culture is useful to organisations to increase engagement and improve performance.

To support the practical elements of the breakout groups, it would be useful if attendees come with a defined (but light touch) topic that they are happy to share with others and be coached on. Examples of suitable coaching topics include:

  • How can I implement coaching techniques into my day job?
  • What could I do to save money?
  • I’m struggling to manage my time effectively
  • I’m not sure where I next want to go on holiday


Tanya Whitehead is a senior People professional with 12+ years of experience across HR, People, and L&D, gained through senior HR positions supporting leaders across creative, media, advertising and not for profit sectors, including the well-known Saatchi & Saatchi and Great Ormond St Children’s Charity. She has now founded Talent Wise Consulting Ltd, to strategically support organisations to attract, retain, engage, and develop their people.

Tanya is a licensed MBTI (Myers Briggs) facilitator and a trained coach through the Institute of Leadership and Management. She has a general grounding in HR through her CIPD accreditation, MA in HR and Employee Management, and an undergraduate Law degree.

Tanya provides a range of Learning solutions including coaching, people manager training, team away days, and group workshops, as well as working with clients on a project or retained basis for strategic People work. Her most recent client engagements include a stint as an Interim HR Director at a growing creative tech company, several coaching assignments with senior leaders, project work around Employer Brand & Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development strategy development, and introducing Employee Engagement surveys to multiple organisations.

Last updated 05 August 2022