Coaches On The Couch

Coaches On The Couch

By Rachel Birchmore and Louise Rodgers
Coaches On The Couch is the podcast from the coaches behind Step Up (stepuplondon.com) the leadership development programme for architects and built environment consultancies. Co-hosts Rachel Birchmore and Louise Rodgers bring their experience and knowledge of the sector and coaching insights to explore the world of work and progressive leadership through conversations with special guests.

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“You’ve got to get back, show yourself and hustle for new work.” Leanne Tritton of ING Media
The good, the bad and the bonkers of everyday office life. Leanne Tritton, Managing Director of ING Media, joins Rachel and Louise from her office couch to discuss the challenges of getting her team out of their bedrooms and back into the office, and why it was so important to her (and for them), that she bit that bullet.
25:07
July 28, 2020
“One of the most important characteristics of a good leader is optimism and it’s optimism that leads to inspiration.” Nick Searl of Argent.
Nick Searl, Joint Managing Partner of Argent, joins Rachel and Louise from the couch in the reception area of the gasholder building in King’s Cross. They discuss how realistic optimism is a key  leadership quality which can gather people around a particular ambition or vision and encourage and inspire them to exceed even their own expectations.
30:50
July 22, 2020
“We have to be prepared to decline a commission if it doesn’t fit and if it’s not appropriate, and that takes soul-searching and courage.” Leah Stuart and Andrew Ruck of Civic Engineers
Joining Rachel and Louise for this episode of Coaches On The Couch are Leah Stuart and Andrew Ruck of Civic Engineers. The conversation explores authentic leadership and its importance and impact within an organisation committed to environmentalism and tackling climate change.
30:36
July 16, 2020
“We can’t ignore the fact that there has been a massive shift in our expectations of working life.” Kirsten Lees and Katie Atkinson of Grimshaw
Louise and Rachel are joined on their virtual coach by Kirsten Lees and Katie Atkinson of Grimshaw, to discuss soft-skills training, Grimshaw’s approach to diversity and how a practice used to working remotely and across time zones is using its most recent experience to rethink the role of the office.
22:46
July 8, 2020
"An Employee Ownership Trust still needs leadership." John McRae and Colin McColl, ORMS Architects
In this third episode of Coaches On The Couch, Rachel and Louise are joined by John McRae and Colin McColl of architectural practice Orms, to discuss the leadership challenges of becoming an EOT and explore how the business of architecture needs to reposition itself to thrive in the 'new normal'.
31:00
July 1, 2020
“We all have unconscious bias, acknowledging it is the first step.” Priya Shah, BAME in Property
Welcome to the second episode of the Coaches on the Couch podcast, in which Louise and Rachel explore purpose, personal impact and unconscious bias with their guest Priya Shah, founder of BAME in Property.
23:05
June 25, 2020
"I can't believe you made me say oatmeal." Martyn Evans, U+I
Welcome to the first ever Coaches on the Couch podcast, in which Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore talk to Martyn Evans, Creative Director of development and investment company U+I, about the challenges of nurturing company culture and creativity during the time of Covid-19.
25:17
June 18, 2020
Welcome to Coaches On The Couch
Coaches On The Couch is the podcast from the coaches behind Step Up (stepuplondon.com) the leadership development programme for architects and built environment consultancies. Co-hosts Rachel Birchmore and Louise Rodgers bring their experience and knowledge of the sector and coaching insights to explore the world of work and progressive leadership through conversations with special guests.
03:09
June 9, 2020