Q&A with Diane Nield, Wraw Master Practitioner

As our network of Wraw practitioners has grown so has their work as they build better futures for working people. We caught up with Master Practitioner, Diane Nield, to talk about her experience on our Accreditation programme, and how she has been using Wraw to build her business, Lead Coach Manage.

Why did you choose to accredit with Wraw?

I had previous experience of The Wellbeing Project’s ‘My Resilience’ programme when I worked at AstraZeneca. My team and I were under a lot of pressure at the time and I took the decision to take them off the road for 2 days to focus purely on ourselves and to build our resilience as a team. The programme really helped us to focus on building our energy, increasing our confidence and self-belief and supporting each other as individuals. When I later moved on from AstraZeneca to create my own business, I remembered this experience and the impact it had on my team. I signed up for Accreditation and Wraw is now part and parcel of the Lead Coach Manage offer.

What stood out most for you on the Wraw Accreditation programme?

I really enjoyed the Accreditation. It enabled me to network with like-minded individuals. What stood out for me most was the discussion around the ‘Pressure Performance Curve’. This focuses on the importance of creating healthy high performance. Following a personal period of stress-related ill health, I found I was not alone. Most people had a story to tell and the tool seemed to give us permission to share without judgement. Of all the tools we learned about in Accreditation, this is one that I most regularly use in our Wraw workshops.

How have you been using Wraw since your Accreditation?

After leaving AstraZeneca I started a consultancy with my business partner Sue, and she is now also an accredited Wraw Practitioner. Together, we focus on executive development. Wraw is the ‘red thread’ that runs through everything we do.

How has Wraw helped to grow your business?

We find that our clients’ focus has turned towards wellbeing without us having to shout about it. There is so much interest in this arena that it has become part of their development needs. The great thing about Wraw is that it gives the client a ‘starting point’ for discussion and helps everyone get onto the same page. It creates a shared language around building resilience, which our clients find very empowering.

What impact has Wraw had on your clients?

The impact has been very positive. We’ve completed many individual and team reports and we’ve found the biggest change has been through the design of the Wraw Team Charter. This is where a team creates a set of agreements which will support greater resilience and wellbeing in their team. Having completed individual reports, and worked with their team report, everyone arrives at this discussion with an informed view-point. The engagement and buy-in to creating and then implementing the charter come naturally. It’s the support and encouragement from each other and the forging of strong relationships in the workplace that has seen the small changes result in big outcomes.

One example which comes to mind is a company who designed their Team Charter last summer and who now report increased energy levels, weight loss (one individual has lost 5 stone!) and an increasing ‘in it together’ vibe. It’s a real success story for this team and it’s not uncommon.

What’s next for you with Wraw?

Wraw will continue to be central to our work. We are providers for the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub delivering the ‘Executive Development Programme’ to SMEs across the City. We have a couple of exciting propositions in the pipeline where Wraw will feature – watch this space!

What would you say to anyone considering Wraw Accreditation?

I would say Wraw is a great addition to your personal skills and to businesses who really want to embed resilience and wellbeing into their culture.

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