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Portman Building Society signs coaching agreement with Full Potential Group

Full Potential Group (FPG) has signed an agreement with Portman Building Society to provide customised coaching programmes across the organisation.

FPG will be rolling out two tailored coaching programmes at Portman. Coaching Champions works with senior managers and is designed to help them become role models as coaching leaders throughout the Society. Coaching for Performance will be aimed at managers with more than five direct reports and will aims to provide them with the necessary coaching skills to further develop their staff and broaden the performance review and appraisal process.

Ann Elliot, Director of Human Resources for Portman Building Society welcomed the partnership: "As a market leader, we are always looking to grow further with the professional and personal development of our people, who are central to our future success.

"Through our partnership with Full Potential Group, we intend to provide our people with a greater sense of empowerment, unlock any untapped potential and build on the high-performance culture that already exists at Portman. We are looking forward to working with FPG to further develop our coaching culture in the same way they have done so successfully with other leading UK companies.

"By broadening our personal development processes, instilling a proactive, innovative and empowering culture and ensuring that we remain ahead of the game, Portman Building Society is meeting its challenges head on."

Participants in the FPG Coaching Champions programme, which has been customised specifically for Portman, will complete 360° On-Line Coaching Assessments and attend an initial two-day workshop consisting of practical assignments, "real plays", reflective thinking, self-development exercises and self and group evaluations, followed by two separate one-day Advanced Skills workshops.

The FPG Coaching for Performance Programme aims to provide managers with a better understanding of the core principles on which coaching is based; enable them to be competent coaching managers using coaching tools and techniques in their daily interactions with others; and provide them with the confidence to work with their direct reports and general staff to explore their potential, discuss performance issues, provide honest feedback and enhance their development. Programme content will consist of 360º assessments and two one-day workshops.

Full Potential Group's Founder and Managing Director, Carole Gaskell said: "Coaching can have a dramatic impact on an organisation's culture, people and bottom-line and we salute Portman Building Society in bringing this pioneering approach to their organisation - and this at a time when their business is doing extremely well.

"When successfully woven within the fabric of an organisation, the benefits of coaching are there for all to see, leading to accelerated talent development, improved staff retention and a proactive, high performance culture offering real competitive advantage. We look forward to working with Portman and making these goals a reality."

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