Welcome to Jim Pirrie Coaching
I'm Jim Pirrie, and I specialise in Professional Development Coaching.
I work with early- and mid-career professionals who are getting established it their chosen field. If that's you, then your job is to use the depth of your professional expertise to deliver results. And my job is to help you to add a breadth of other capabilities: the skills and attributes that help you thrive, and help transform you from technical specialist into a true business professional.
My work draws on my experience managing teams in high-tech design, development and manufacturing, and in working as a consultant to some of the most prestigious professional services companies across the world. I've been a member of the International Coaching Federation since 2003.
So what does that mean in practise? Here are examples of where I work with my clients:
- Confidence and self-assurance
- Clarity of expression
- Presenting skills
- Writing skills
- Strategic decision making
- Change management
- Modelling success
- Creative thinking
- Personal and business goals
- Dealing with difficult situations
- Influence skills
- Sales skills
- Getting things done
- Thriving in the matrix
- Project management
- Listening skills
- Time management
Now you might be looking at that list and saying 'hmm - that's a lot to work on!'.
Here's the thing:
Many of the same fundamental principles underpin some or all of the skills and attributes in the list. So in our work together we are always seeking out the common factors that lead to success: the differences that make the difference, if you like. Understand and practice with those, and you will build the resourcefulness and flexibility that helps deal elegantly with anything the professional world can throw at you.
"So, how does it work?"
Well, I work with clients in three ways: online resources, one-to-one coaching, and group workshops.
If you want to get started right away, or you want to get an idea of what it might be like to work together, then the best thing will be for you to engage with the online resources you'll find on this site. I'm always releasing new stuff, so be sure to sig up for my Professional Development Insider newsletter and follow me on social media too:
Professional Development Coaching
As a coach I work one-to-one with a limited number of clients: we agree a three or six month schedule of weekly or fortnightly Professional Development Coaching sessions, where we work together to explore and address issues that are alive for you at the time. For some clients these sessions are funded by their company; others choose to make a personal investment in their own future.
Professional Development Training
But if coaching is not yet for you, then I also offer a programme of six one-day group workshops. These workshops are designed to work together to build a strong foundation for anyone seeking to develop the sort of skills and attributes in the list. And to make them as easily and widely accessible as possible, I run them in-house for clients (individually or as a package), and as publicly-available events.