Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you a coach?
Reflecting on my 30 years as a law firm leader I wondered where I had done my best work – the stuff that made the most difference. I realised that the big progress was made in one to one conversations with people – those were the moments that made the difference. They are also the things that give me most pleasure – what I have always called ‘the vicarious thrill’ the pleasure of seeing others do even better as a result of my input.
Who do you love helping and why?
I enjoy working with people who are self-motivated and ambitious and helping them to achieve more and have more joyful, more balanced lives. So many wonderful people fail to do their best work because they work too many hours, don’t make time for creative thinking, suffer constantly from stress or overwhelm. The price is often paid in second rate work and poor family life.
Who is your coaching approach for?
I can only work with people who are serious about making changes. Being coached is not easy. It requires courage – courage to explore the truth as it really is – courage to work through the pain and the tears. Courage to take action.
Coaching with me is for people who want to make changes in their lives to be more successful, take a step up or make life changes. I want to work with people who are committed to making the change
Who is it NOT for?
For coaching to work the client must want to be coached. Being ‘sent’ for coaching will never work. The desire for change must come from within.
What could someone coaching with you expect the coaching process to be like?
At the outset there will be an assessment of where you are now. We will agree how this is to be done but you need to be ready to face the facts.
The next stage is an exploration of what is going well in your life and what you would like to change. We work from there to help build more of the good stuff and explore the changes.
What could someone coaching with you expect the results/outcomes to be like?
I would be disappointed if after 3 months my clients could not say that their lives had significantly improved in the area we have been working on e.g. better performance at work in fewer hours with more joyful time when not working, more energy, and sleeping better.
Is it confidential?
Coaching is completely confidential unless you or your employer wants some other arrangement. We will always explore this in detail in our initial ‘chemistry’ session. Sometimes when an employer is paying for the coaching we agree broad objectives with the employer. I prefer that feedback to the employer is through the client.