Personal Development Examples

ClientThe following illustrations are drawn from assignments working with executives, senior leaders, high potential talent and owner managers.

Establishing Leadership Strengths and Improving Team Performance

“Caroline has equipped me to have a clearer sense of what my strengths are and how I can do more to bring them to the fore as I lead my team.  The workshops she then ran for my team then brought out the best in us all and helped us break some common conflict patterns.

Accelerated Leadership Development Training & Coaching for High Potential Talent

“Our function has experienced dramatic change and many of us have been jettisoned into new roles very quickly. I’ve had to learn how to be a senior leader without having had much leadership development.  The programme helped me to work out what kind of leader I am and how I can find my feet with a team that was originally selected by someone else.”

Leading Through Uncertain Times

“I’ve worked with Caroline when she was an internal coach at my company when she really helped me to get the most out of managing and engaging with my team in a very difficult trading environment.  She has also helped me to boost my influence of others as a global senior leader.  Now that she is working as an independent Executive Coach I am able to work through areas related to my life outside of work that I wouldn’t normally get support for in my firm. I realise that the skills and experience that have helped me to be successful so far now need a fresh approach as new, unexpected challenges come up.  Working with a coach has helped me to understand my choices and make more robust decisions.”

Maintaining Professional Momentum Whilst Balancing Well-being and Family Responsibilities

“The last couple of years have been very difficult as I’ve had to juggle managing treatment for cancer with balancing family pressures and keeping the momentum going at work.  It’s really helped to work with Caroline and make sure I keep focused on what’s really important so I can keep all the plates spinning.  She has encouraged me to make sure I’m managing the situation rather than just keeping my fingers crossed or panicking.  This has really helped me manage people’s expectations.  Her pragmatic positivity has helped keep me on track.  She’s also helped me think through how I can better work with my manager.”

Becoming More Confident in My Professional Niche

“I was getting quite disillusioned with my career and have been thinking the grass is greener elsewhere for some time.  Caroline has helped me work out where I can take more responsibility for influencing change.  She didn’t let me get away with just complaining about it (“learned helplessness”].  I have a way to see what I can have an impact on and what is out of my control that isn’t worth worrying about!  I’m a lot clearer on my real strengths and know that I am the main person that is holding me back.  Her enthusiasm and encouragement have meant I am a lot more confident in asserting what is important.”

Am I really in the right job?

“I was aware that some days at work were great and others were awful but never really understood why.  The other problem was that I was finding it difficult to disentangle other people’s well meant advice from my gut feel for what I should be doing.  It’s such a relief to know what genuinely gives me a buzz and to now have a plan in place to make this the focus of my career.  I’m a lot better at avoiding distractions that won’t get me there and creating the opportunities that will.”

Time for me to gain perspective in building readiness for change

“Caroline really takes an interest in your story.  I felt really listened to.  She helps you move forward in translating that into more satisfying work and life overall.  She has a wide and deep toolkit in the areas of personal effectiveness and leadership development but tailors what she draws on for the moment by moment topics that are surfaced in the coaching, helping me to build my resourcefulness for change and resilience for bouncing back when things are out of my control.  What has helped me to be successful so far now needs a fresh approach as new, unexpected challenges come up.  She is a trusted sounding board as I work out how to do this and offers alternative ways of approaching problems at work and in my life overall.  Working with a coach has helped me to understand my choices and make more confident decisions.”