Senior Leadership Transition
Chris provided invaluable coaching support to me through a particularly challenging work period, when I was settling into a new senior management role in the humanitarian and development sector, in a developing country. I can honestly say we achieved a phenomenal amount through the six focused and regularly scheduled coaching sessions.
Chris is patient and perceptive, however surprising challenging coach. Being able to modulate his approach throughout our sessions enable me to rethink my traditional approach to situations, as well as let go of key mental blocks.
Chris set me at ease from the beginning, explained clearly how the coaching process would work and helped me fulfil my goal of deciding which direction I wanted to take for the next chapter in my life.
After 20 years working in the same multinational Financial Services company, Chris supported my transition to a new role. He achieved this through using a broad range of tools, techniques, and processes to get me to really understand what motivated me, gave me energy, and brought a smile to my face. This approach made me rethink my job search and opened some new opportunities while identifying types of roles which I might not be well suited to. This deeper understanding of me was invaluable in my search. I fully recommend Chris.
I am a better leader as a result of the coaching and this has been reinforced by feedback. At all times I felt supported, but challenged by Chris. His approach was perfect for me and as a consequence I made more progress than anticipated. I highly recommend him.
I found the experience of being coached by Chris incredibly beneficial and the changes I made were noticed by my line manager and peers around me. I felt listened to but most importantly he gave me the strength to really believe in myself and re-develop my confidence. By the end of my coaching period with Chris, I was given effective and simple tools for my development which I continue to use today.
Chris demonstrated a high level of respect, patience, with a never-ending call to action, to moving to the next level – some of the coaching sessions I had with Chris remain amongst the most challenging conversations I had to date, but these were exactly what I needed. Chris did a great job of leveraging all of his experience: He was able to draw on multiple coaching tools and frameworks, plus augment these with his work and personal experiences. I found this combination extremely powerful, as Chris could do more than just “coach”, he could mentor and guide as and when he thought it appropriate and would expedite progress.
Chris has helped me to navigate some complex leadership and management challenges, whist also helping me to adopt fresh attitudes that are now helping me to deal with highly stressful work situations in more healthy and realistic ways. The coaching sessions have also provided deep insights that are enabling me to engage in a more positive and productive way with people both inside and outside of work. I will be forever grateful.
Coaching allowed me to articulate better what I wanted from my next role and how to approach looking for it. I am now far more succinct with my strengths, capabilities and what I want to develop. It in turn helped me evaluate potential roles and ultimately choose the best one for my development.
I was at a point in my career where I needed help in clarity and purpose of my future development, Chris has got excellent skills in shining a reflective light to help me find the answers from within myself. He has a great personality and I found our sessions to be very effective and setting out a road map for my goals and focusing on what matters to me. He is a very good listener and is not afraid to ask the difficult questions when required.
I started having career coaching sessions with Chris after I had become stressed and anxious about my career at work. Chris helped me to feel more confident and gave me clear ideas of why I was not taking proactive steps towards my ambition. Chris made me see other angle of this problem and allowed me to find the strength in myself to make the necessary adjustments to seize the opportunities to become more agile and positive.
Senior Finance Professionals
Coaching sessions with Chris were easily the most productive 90 minutes of the week. He supported me in identifying what kind of leader I wanted to be, and how I wanted to be perceived by others – and at the same time he challenged me to deliver on that aspiration. Never have I figured out so many answers, to questions big and small, in such a compact space of time. Armed with those solutions, I walked out of each coaching session about a foot taller and ready to take on the world.
Chris was extremely engaging and demonstrated excellent listening skills and a genuine empathy for the range and complexity of the challenges that I face in my working life. Relevant and compelling anecdotes and stories were used to help me to consider strategies to enable me to remain effective in the challenging months ahead. I ultimately gained a better understanding of my strengths, my core values and my organisational cultural preferences. The coaching from Chris has reminded me of the importance of my various support networks and maintaining an appropriate work/life and this will help me to strengthen my personal resilience and enable me to support my organisation to arrive “at a better place”.
Chris has an incredibly genuine, sincere and non-judgemental approach which is conducive to effective coaching sessions. I felt able to open up and be vulnerable in safe environment whilst tackling difficult subjects I needed to confront. I have since made permanent beneficial changes and continue to work on others which concern adapting habits and patterns of thinking which have become ingrained over a lifetime. Chris has given me tools and techniques to continue to work on these long-term.
The coaching element of the CFO training was the element I was least looking forward to. I didn’t know what to expect, how it would work or what value it would add. I could not have been more wrong. For me, the coaching element was the pinnacle of the whole programme. Whilst I am sure the process in theory could work for all, it was due to Chris himself with his challenging but supportive technique that helped me clearly see where I wanted to get, to how and when. It sounds clichéd but it was a light bulb moment. After my first coaching call, I was so energised and focused. I started to make changes immediately following the coaching and the course and I have now secured the CFO role I was searching for. I cannot speak highly enough of Chris.
Chris listens well and uses excellent probing questions to get you to think deeply about your responses. I felt that I could trust Chris’s judgement yet he was not judgemental.
Being coached by Chris is really a remarkable experience – he is able to support you, open your mind up, makes you question yourself and your views. Helps you break down barriers and obstacles by analysing them with you so they become small achievable milestones. For me the value of coaching has meant that I can achieve anything I set my mind to do by putting things into perspective and believing in myself.
Chris provided a series of one to one coaching sessions for my return to work following long term absence. He created a calm space of openness where we worked together to explore ideas and practical ways to achieve my goals. His skilled coaching enhanced the steps that I was progressing with between sessions and was an integral component to the successful outcome. His coaching sessions imparted me with a renewed sense of empowerment, confidence and optimism and I would recommend working with Chris if you have the opportunity.
What I found most valuable from coaching with Chris was his ability to temper my self-belief in a subtle consistent way. I worried that this might be patronising or false, but it wasn’t. Working with Chris gave me the impression that he did not doubt I could achieve my goals without ever feeling that I was on my own. Chris’ strength as a coach, in my opinion, comes from the calm, assured way he interacts with you and he made me excited to share progress (and pitfalls) because his confidence did not waver, even when mine did. My experience of coaching with Chris was extremely positive. It helped me to understand my strengths and to identify areas which were important to me so that I could work towards them. Probably the best I can say was that by the end of the training I was able to work as we did but on my own. In that sense it was extremely empowering and I am extremely grateful that I got to work with Chris.