Helping a client to understand their individual behaviour in the context of their organization is a critical part of a coach’s role. Yet it is one which many coaches overlook, or find challenging. Jon Stokes is not one of those coaches. He is highly trained and experienced in applying the systems psychodynamics approach. This method probes deeply into how the client uses authority in their role; how individual and collective conscious and unconscious factors play out in their behaviour; and how they themselves and their relations with colleagues are affected by the dynamics of the organization. Jon is often described as being ‘tough’ as a coach because he is committed to applying this whole-system framework and is always keen to ferret out the truth and help his clients understand what’s really going on for them in their situation. This in turn builds their confidence, so it is tough love with a positive intent.
Jon Stokes is triple qualified as a businessperson, a psychotherapist and a coach and is a director of the successful leadership and management development firm Stokes & Jolly. He is a business psychologist and leadership coach who consults and advises at board and senior levels. Jon trained and worked as a psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic and Institute in London, where he became Director of the Adult Psychotherapy Department and the founder-director of Tavistock Consultancy, one of the pioneers of coaching in the UK. His rigorous approach and sharp insights are highly sought-after and he is an Associate Fellow of Oxford University's Said Business School and an Associate Faculty member of Henley Business School.