Case studies

Leadership Confidence

Kate Hughes, Princes Trust

 

What was our goal?

Kate wanted to be more a more confident leader.

 

What were our challenges?

Kate wanted improve her self esteem, her strategic thinking and her confidence when presenting and leading meetings especially with senior stakeholders.

 

What was our outcome?

By reflecting on what Kate had achieved to date, evaluating where she was currently to where she wanted to be in her career and taking into account the lifestyle she wanted to live we worked intensely on Kate’s inner belief and self esteem. At the end of our coaching journey Kate said

 

“Having dedicated time to regularly reflect on my interactions with colleagues and that I often already know the answer on what I can do to improve or develop, but it’s about having discipline and consistently applying what I’ve learnt in the right place, at the right time. Having a coach who understood my barriers and was flexible yet structured to make sure we had a productive conversation I now feel more confident in my abilities and have a clear picture of my strengths as well as the areas of improvement where I need to direct my energy I am also more comfortable discussing the benefits coaching has had on me personally.”

 

Work Life Balance

Miia Koponen, Elan London

 

What was our goal?

Miia ultimately wanted a new role that was fulfilling and stimulating as well as enabling her to have a healthy work life balance.

 

What were our challenges?

Miaa was concerned that she would not find a role that would give her the life-work balance she craved.

 

What was our outcome?

“I would absolutely recommend Kate as a coach to anyone who is looking to make changes in their lives and in fact have already recommended her to a friend of mine.”

Ultimately, Miia did find a new role, yet more importantly she realised that she was in control of the balance in her life and made several significant changes to live in a healthier and more holistic way. By becoming more self aware Miia realised the need for structure in her life, to let go of her inner critic and to ensure that the decisions she makes bring her high value.

 

Career Confidence & Progression

Kate Brown, MET Office

 

What was our goal?

To improve Kate’s confidence so she could raise her profile in the organisation and feel comfortable whilst doing so.

 

What were our challenges?

Kate felt nervous when speaking out and felt this was holding her back from having conversations regarding her career progression.

 

What was our outcome?

Through our coaching and by gently challenging Kate to be held accountable, she initiated and held several conversations resulting in her career progression. Through our coaching sessions Kate found ways in which to have conversations with senior managers and to speak up that did not leave her paralyzed with fear.

“As a result of Kate's coaching I feel much more empowered in my career, feeling that I am now in control and have options within work that I am actively following up.”

 

Career Change to Freelancer

Rob Varney, Noodle Studio (formally Foolproof)

 

What was our goal?

Rob had 2 goals to focus on - to understand his priorities with his businesses and to see how these aligned with his life goals and then to create a viable business plan for a start up property business along with freelance design work.

 

What were our challenges?

Starting two businesses at once and ensuring both received the adequate amount of attention, focus and energy for them to successfully start and grow.

 

What was our outcome?

Rob realised that he would have to dedicate more time and focus on his property business to have tangible results, yet he put in place solid plans for this. He excelled at hitting his targets with his design business resulting in creating a motivating career with clarity, gaining greater confidence in his abilities and joy in his work.

 

Leadership & Communication

Emily Wallace, MET Office

 

What was our goal?

Emily wanted to improve communication with her team as she was finding it difficult to delegate tasks fully.

 

What were our challenges?

Emily felt she lacked confidence in how to communicate in certain ways with her team so felt that she was unable to delegate as much as she needed to.

 

What was our outcome?

There were several as Emily realised she needed different communication techniques with each team member and once she began to have consistent and thorough 1 on 1’s delegation became easier as she could explain each area thoroughly.

As well as improving her managing style, Emily felt her fear around the lack of perfection on delegated tasks subsided and that she was listening to each team member openly.

 

Redundancy

Chris Joy

 

What was our goal?

Chris had started a property course and wanted coaching to keep momentum in completing the course and setting up his business.

 

What were our challenges?

Through coaching Chris realised that he needed to work in a totally different way compared to what he had done when he was employed. The challenges he faced was prioritising tasks, managing his workload and keeping focus on his business set up.

 

What was our outcome?

“A big thank you to Kate for motivating me to achieve my goals.” Chris was very driven to make his business work and I used several time management tools to assist him in creating a viable working day and week for him. By gaining more self awareness of the ways in which he used to work, Chris was able to change his old approach and began to achieve a lot more of his business and course goals.

 

Return to Work

Liz Pickering, NHS


What was our goal?

Liz was set to return to work and wanted to ensure that this was the right decision for her and if so in what capacity. She did not want to return to her old role and management team and wanted to use her newly acquired skills within a new role.

 

What were our challenges?

Liz came up against a lot of processes and bureaucracy which caused a decrease in her motivation in returning to work and even resulted in her questioning on whether she wanted to go back at all.

 

What was our outcome?

We explored all alternative avenues, set several plans in place which resulted in Liz realising the role she wanted. So we set about creating that role, presenting it to senior leadership and once agreed how she would implement this once she was back; “I found Kate to be full of warmth, enthusiasm and honesty and I liked her rounded approach to the sessions.”

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