What really made the difference to me has been your coaching. Before our first session I suspected and hoped it would be valuable, but I couldn’t have articulated exactly how. During our conversation it was very apparent how carefully you were listening to me and paying attention to my needs. I found it easy to be honest and open, I felt respected and valued – and I realised that I had utter freedom to speak. The agenda was mine to determine, but whatever it was we discussed – you were there to help – not to tell me what to do or suggest we talk about something else you saw as more important.
On that basis we exposed a number of things that were blocking me from moving my own ambitions forward. You challenged me about problems I perceived, that in retrospect had obvious answers. I had a genuine feeling of excitement and a sense of urgency to act on the solutions you had helped me to suggest. Within weeks of our first session I had successfully delegated a number of time consuming jobs to other equally capable and responsible people. I did this in a way that ensured security of the task, but that liberated me and empowered others. Win win! That allowed me the time and energy to move my own aims forward again.
I told you I had a “hunger” to talk through certain issues and plans for our second session. I knew what potential there was, with your help, to clarify my thoughts and develop an action plan. Again you listened carefully. This time rather than specific problem tasks we were talking about broader plans and a longer term strategy around my career progression. You were able to break down what seemed a very big challenge into practical steps and stages. Having already thought about these I was then able to bring in suggestions and you helped create a logical narrative for me to act on.
I am grateful for the time you devoted to exploring my concerns and questions, and the skill with which you helped me generate my own solutions and encouraged me to act. Professionally and personally I found your coaching energising and very valuable. Thank you