Some of my corporate clients that I have worked with, have had this to say
A senior medical officer in the Royal Navy was facing key decisions in relation to his career ambitions within the Navy and through a series of six coaching sessions he felt he gained the following benefits:
“Working with Lesley really helped me to focus on some immediate career-related goals and some longer term career goals. Through her effective questions and goal-setting techniques in particular, addressing two areas for me on time management and procrastination, I have achieved significant progress in all the areas and have found significant impact in my overall work-life balance. I have also been successful in achieving my next promotion within the Royal Navy, and I attribute that to the coaching sessions that I spent with Lesley. I wish to continue coaching with Lesley via Skype.”
Senior medical officer
A self-employed consultant was facing a number of challenges with regards to planning the growth of his business but also was keen to work on his own professional development:
“Lesley has worked with me on a set of goals related to the development of my business and I now feel that I have a specific pathway towards achieving those goals. As a result of my work with Lesley, I have recently won some significant contracts which have meant that my public profile has been raised, and I have felt great benefit as a result'”
A senior marketing executive within the automotive industry who wanted some coaching to assist her with work-life balance challenges.
“Having worked with Lesley in 4 face-to-face coaching sessions, I have achieved a number of things which have helped me find ways to spot ‘burn-out’ and find ways to manage that and to reclaim my life by taking time to do the things that I want to do, e.g. yoga, playing the saxophone and buying a camper van! The four sessions were ideal for me in helping me to address these challenges.”
Senior marketing executive
An MSc. Graduate was facing a number of key decisions in relation to her career direction, who chose coaching via Skype and telephone.
“With Lesley’s coaching, I was able to look at my career options, evaluate them to help me develop a plan which meant that any decisions that I took met both my short term and longer term career goals with regards to my career within the field of Sustainability. I felt that Lesley’s approach of active listening and open questions really helped me to arrive at a strong career development plan which is now fully in place and I have just commenced a key role within a prestigious organisation which ticked all the boxes on my career decisions plan and I feel that this has been down to Lesley’s coaching. I am recommending that my partner also take up the opportunity to have some coaching with Lesley to assist him with his career choices.”
“As a senior medical officer in the Royal Navy, I am used to consultation models as part of my role, for example the Pendleton Model, so I was intrigued to see how Coaching could work for me. The differences are obvious in that Lesley was facilitating my thinking through her questions and helping me focus on the key activities that I wanted to address, rather than her problem solving or finding solutions for me. My overall goal was to look at my work/life balance however this was in the context of my longer term career ambitions in relation to my military medical career. I felt that Lesley’s coaching really helped me focus on some immediate objectives, whilst thinking about my longer term career goals and also my own fitness levels. By helping me through effective questioning and goal-setting techniques to address procrastination and time management, I believe that I achieved significant progress in all three areas. I completed some medical exams successfully, I have secured my next major career move and I am now focused on my fitness goal which includes hockey, running and wake-boarding! I would like to continue coaching with Lesley although that would have to be via Skype or telephone as I am now on an international two year deployment.”
Senior medical officer, Royal Navy
“Lesley’s coaching for me has been fundamental in how it’s helped me to make progress with my business. I’ve managed to achieve significant advancement in my marketing, bid-writing activities, blog posts, generating new contacts and increasing my confidence as a relatively recently self-employed consultant. Working with Lesley has been such a powerful experience and I’m delighted to have had that opportunity. I look forward to my coaching sessions with Lesley because I knew positive outcomes would be the result. She asked questions that challenged me to think hard about how my experience would help me to move forward and about I could find ways around blocks by myself but with her there as the person whose coaching influence kept me moving. As a result, I secured several new project assignments in 2014 which have raised my profile with new clients. I can see clearly how this is attributed to the momentum generated by Lesley’s coaching for which I’m very grateful. Lesley has a great ‘way’ about her and knows how to push clients but keep them engaged so that progress is cumulative between sessions. She uses insightful questions to respond to my comments, which means I’ve had to think deeper about what’s really mattered. I very much look forward to continuing an ongoing dialogue with Lesley.”
Business Strategy Consultant
“Lesley’s Coaching helped me explore a couple of challenges in the areas of managing burn-out and wanting to develop a coping strategy for that, and a wider goal of looking at my overall “life plan” including what retirement might look like. I wanted to look at a number of different areas and through Lesley’s guided questions we covered a lot of ground. Key points for me are: 1. The Coaching framework that Lesley used worked naturally. 2. Lesley took care to set up the coaching environment to make it as comfortable as possible. 3.Lesley uses active listening very well and linked previous discussions into the current coaching session which helped me enormously. 4.The coaching conversations were natural and I felt I had plenty of space to talk things though. As a result, I feel that I achieved a number of things through the coaching sessions including recognising the signs to spot “burn-out” early and finding ways to manage that, improving my work/life balance by reclaiming my evenings and taking time out to do the things that I want to do e.g. yoga, learning to play the saxophone and I have also bought a Camper Van! The four sessions were ideal for me in terms of helping me address these challenges.”
Senior Marketing Executive
“The key benefits that I found though my coaching sessions with Lesley were as follows:
1. The sessions were very concentrated however I felt we covered a lot of ground and in particular I felt that the time gave me space to concentrate on what I wanted to cover which is quite unusual for me within my busy work/life schedule. 2. Lesley built excellent rapport which encouraged me to share thoughts, anxieties and ideas, in the knowledge that she would not judge me and that it was a safe confidential space to think things through. 3. Sometimes I would give reasons why I hadn’t been able to achieve certain things since the last coaching session, however, in the nicest possible way, Lesley always encouraged me to address these and to find out the underlying reasons or possible obstacles to me moving forwards. 4. I liked the way that we could switch topic from session to session with our any pre-conceived ideas on Lesley’s part about what might come out of the session. 5. I always came away with a clear plan of action which is not something that is natural to me – that was a real bonus for me! 6. Lesley also had the knack of asking me questions such as how certain things would make the biggest difference going forwards, what small step might begin to move me forwards – which I found really helpful in terms of overcoming possible obstacles”.
Senior Learning & Development Manager