I am privileged to have worked with the wonderful people featured here and I’m deeply grateful for their generosity in sharing their experiences. In their own unique way, each and every one is the cat’s whiskers!
Joan is a senior leader educator in health. Here Joan explains how coaching has helped her professional development.
Amanda came to me when she was feeling stuck in her career. What emerged in our coaching surprised us both!
Mike is a former CEO who came to coaching to clarify his future direction during a period of transition in both his personal and professional life.
Sydney was one of a group of young interns at BAYCAT, a non-profit in San Francisco tackling the lack of diversity in digital media. I coached Sydney over a period of three months. Here's what she had to say....
— Tracey, freelance professional, UK
The coaching has been a fantastic experience – I’ve learned a lot about myself and feel better equipped, practically and emotionally, to run my business and manage home life. It really has been life changing.
— Petra, language teacher, UK
It feels like you gave me a book and let me open it at any page... and then helped me to read it.
— Sandra, National Officer in an international humanitarian organisation, Lebanon
I was glad Jane was put in my way and received what I needed at the right time with a lot of tact and sweetness. Her style is warm, witty and reassuring. At times I was stuck in my mind and thoughts. Jane always had the MAGIC way to steer the discussion and unveil the reality. I am very satisfied with the outcome of our sessions. A few days later I cannot think they could happen differently. What was supposed to be revealed simply happened.
— Mrs. Nodira Saidkarimova, International Organization for Migration Programme Assistant, Uzbekistan
The participation in coaching helped me to understand what person I want to become and how to go towards this primary goal. The sessions helped me in a time of transition to balance my family and professional goals. The sessions helped me to feel myself much more grounded in my values and confident about pursuing my professional goals. The sessions helped me truly move forward with life.
I am still working on my self-development, using new skills and techniques that I have been provided. Jane helped me to figure out my strengths and core values to ensure that I incorporated these into my future activities and decisions, to follow-up. Moreover, the sessions helped me to discover professional development direction that is of high importance for me, which is like a star for me to follow now.
I keep on working on myself everyday to see more results and improvements.
Working with Jane was truly a wonderful experience! Jane is friendly, reliable, professional, as well as a fantastic listener. I liked how precisely Jane could formulate the questions, so that answering them was both challenging and rewarding for me.
— Debra Holmes, Consultant at PebblePad, UK
I have recently worked through a series of coaching sessions with Jane. Jane has been able to help me to look at the things that are important in my life and has been pivotal, I believe, in empowering me to make positive changes. These changes have been in both my personal and my work life. I believe it has been Jane's ability to listen and to work with me to help me explore my own values that has been most beneficial. I have grown both professionally and as a person over the time we have worked together.
— Trish Dooley, Professional and Personal Coach/Leadership Consultant, UK
I learned so much about myself during the Strengths Profiling and, thanks to Jane’s insightful, instinctive coaching, I was able to develop a rounded picture of who I am at my best and how I can really unlock my unrealised strengths. She kept me in a mindful place where I could acknowledge and champion my realised strengths and through powerful questioning, enabled me see how these could support the development of my unrealised ones. I felt safe, supported and challenged, and through setting appropriate goals which are really helpful to my development both as a leader and a coach, I left with a clear inspired idea of how to move forward. I would absolutely recommend Jane to guide you through this process - it was invaluable!
— Claudie, Senior HR Policy Officer, Switzerland
Coaching gave me the possibility to reflect and discuss what I really want (and not what others want). Also through discussing with my coach, I got new ideas about ways to address issues. I have made no changes yet, but prepared for these changes which will come soon thanks to coaching. So I feel I have learnt about possible new ways to achieve my goals. Thank you very much for your help. You really focus on letting the client find the solutions by themselves and let the client lead the discussion.
— Gemma, International Humanitarian Professional, Côte d'Ivoire
I really appreciated our interaction, I felt at ease even to talk about personal issues. I found your approach uplifting and valorising, you were a good guide in the process without imposing the path. I particularly appreciated your softness and tact during all our interaction and the fact that you could transmit positive energy all the way long.
— Ashish, Professional Coach, Germany
The most useful aspect of coaching was that you could listen so brilliantly and just let me open up my world and find a way, thanks to your powerful questions. I found your style to be calm, warm, structured, with very good listening and connection.
— Simona Davidson, Angus, Scotland
Working with Jane has been an uplifting and highly motivating experience. Jane’s coaching style was enabling, empowering and delivered me the opportunity to dust away the intellectual cobwebs and address personal blockers that were holding me back.
Jane uses an easy to access self-participative approach, purposeful insights and the latest techniques to bring out the best of you during her dynamic person centred coaching sessions.
I’d highly recommend working with her for those seeking clarity, extra support for career changing and/or life transitions.
— Victoria , Professional at International Organization for Migration, Kazakhstan
You listen and you hear, you sort and group things, as if you put some dots, then you link various things that were voiced and suggest a line connecting those dots. However, you don’t make assumptions, you always suggest the person to comment or reflect on those possible lines. Very delicate work. Thank you!
— Adeline, UNHCR, Switzerland
I have become a better communicator and was able to engage better with others, share my ideas in a more confident way and overcome difficult situations in the work-environment.
— Senior Clinician, NHS Trust
I enjoyed the open and honest communication. Being taken to places (within myself) I hadn't allowed myself to look at before. Being supported to take a really hard look at myself, and encouraged not to be so critical about myself. Forcing myself to take time to reflect.
— Max Jamieson, Head, Technical Assistance, Measurement and Planning C40 Cities
The coaching has had a positive impact on my work at C40. I have developed a better sense of my strengths and I have learned some practical approaches that I am beginning to use that I feel are helping me be more effective in my role.
It has been really valuable to me to step back and take a little bit of time to think and talk about some of the challenges I face in my work and how I can go about overcoming them.
— Climate Professional
I found Jane incredibly useful and she helped me reframe issues, build confidence, understand what values and strengths I have so that I can focus on what will make me happy, fulfilled etc. both personally and professionally. I’m much more in touch with my values and strengths which has really helped me feel more confident to take decisions about where to focus at work, how I want to manage home/work, how I interact with others both personally and professionally.
— Jane, Climate Activist, UK
How can I describe the coaching process I have experienced? Perhaps by saying a window has been opened and clear sunlight is falling into a familiar room, the room where my life takes place; it’s making me notice a number of important elements in this room, varied things that I had forgotten are there. My coach is skilled, gentle, challenging and safe enabling me to open my own window. The thing is I did not really know the window was only partly open.
— Simon Ross, Director, Marches Energy Agency
I have known for a long time that I have needed to have conversations like this and that I must learn to be gentler on myself. If I am not, I know that the best of what I have to offer at this time of ecological crisis will wither, and me with it. With your help I now have the chance to trust to that deeper goodness as the wellspring of my life, and of all life, and to trust my grief and pain at this time, and through that to grow, and help others to grow too.
— Sharon Sexton , Sustainability Advocate
Working with Jane enabled me to explore my values further and to deepen my understanding of how I can transition my career and focus into areas where I know I can dedicate my time and energy on matters that are closest to my heart. I was struck by Jane’s genuine, open and professional approach, she clearly listens and hears. I appreciated having what she heard reflected back to me, to support my own reflection and personal insight. With Jane’s support, I had the opportunity to explore and develop a realistic and structured timeline enabling me to crystallise my next steps into the future.
— Ian McClary , Deputy Head (Co-curricular and Planning) Sherborne Girls School
Thank you for being such an inspirational and supportive coach. I have felt that you are very much a friend and ally on my journey, responding sensitively to what emerges and encouraging me to explore in ways I hadn’t previously considered. I found the creative visualisations and exercises we did particularly helpful. Our time together has been so enriching and invaluable.
— Nadiia Romenska, Partnership Coordinator (senior staff), NRC, Ukraine
If I needed to find a metaphor for the coaching sessions, I would call it 'a journey to the labyrinth of thoughts'. The coaching helped me to unravel several tangles in my mindset and to embrace colleagues' aspiration towards productive work. Before I imagined that the coaching would be demanding and pressing. Your coaching style is much more about partnership.