I think I have ‘refreshed’ my ability to build useful working relationships and remembered why they are so important and I’ve grown in personal confidence. I don’t ‘angst’ so much & take more in my stride.
You coached me in the way that I asked to be coached. You used models and frameworks, we worked flexibly as the agenda at work changed, and you challenged & pushed. Importantly I trust you implicitly.’
HW, Associate director of Nursing, HEFT
Michelle Linnane, Associate Director of Nursing
Tina Endericks, HPA
There is certainly a buzz about the place today, and individuals are even using words like “buzz”! Our organisational challenge will be to keep the “buzz” going once your intervention has ended as I know Aileen and I are really keen not to lose the momentum that we have!‘
Anne Marie Huff, Group HR Manager, Grand Union Housing Group
Aileen Evans, Managing Director, Aragon and MacIntryre Housing Associations
I used the sessions to explore professional dilemmas and to challenge some of my behaviours and the behaviour of others that I felt hindered me in the work place. Helen skilfully accompanied me on a journey of self-exploration, offering challenge where necessary and introducing me to concepts and theories along the way. This has left me with a valuable toolkit of recourses to draw from forever. ‘
Nicola Tongue, Director of Clinical Services, John Taylor Hospice
The key progress I feel I have made, however, is in learning what influences me to behave the way I do and how I can use knowledge of these to change the way I behave in subtle and more direct ways to achieve what I want (and more besides).
I now have a certain sense of empowerment that I am in greater control of what happens to me at work and in other situations than I previously believed was the case. This has made making certain decisions involving senior managers much easier to make. With other decisions, it has enabled me to think about them in a new way.
This empowerment comes from having some new ‘mental tools’ at my disposal to call on whenever needed, including on a day-to-day basis. Thus, I feel different.
The feedback from my colleagues was very much a bonus – I will be able to call on and use this for a long time to come.
I feel more comfortable making important decisions as I feel a greater sense of personal ownership of them and less fear that they will concern others. As I have a stronger understanding of how others view me, I am also less concerned about expressing my views.
The tools and knowledge I have been given show me a future I might not have imagined before. I have been struggling to manage the workload in my job for some years. These tools provide me with an opportunity to tackle this by taking seemingly small decisions that collectively release time for more valuable work and gradually achieve the outcomes I have been seeking.
That there is actually little to stand in my way of doing any of them. Any constraints I feel are self-imposed. It’s down to me.
It has surprised me as to how effective it has been. I expected to be more resistant to change than has proved to be the case. I have learned more about myself than I expected. While I am aware I have some way to go before I fully achieve my outcomes, I had thought they were genuinely very difficult to achieve; now I know they are achievable by doing things that build on my strengths and are not difficult to practice or do.
It has definitely been enjoyable, informative and challenging. You have been very comfortable to work with. You create instant trust, confidence and rapport and, critically, you are not judgmental about what you hear.’
Ian Gross, Head of Internal Audit, HEFCE
Inspiring, Enlivening, Broadening, Illuminating, Nurturing, Encouraging, Guiding, Animating and Instructive - All of these words from the Thesaurus combine to express what make the sessions “Uplifting” for me. You have a brilliant talent for putting one at ease and feeling relaxed and “safe” . Now I know as the individual at the receiving end I need to want to be there and fully participate but unless you feel safe and at ease then you’re not going to get the best out of the session. In certain environments that’s no easy task and your skill shouldn’t be underestimated!
I sense you put a great deal of preparation into planning these sessions which shows in that I have thought a couple of time how did she know that just what I needed/or that that was a great topic to discuss! To get me “the subject” back on-track. I don’t see that it can just be a lucky guess!
I also sense you are very practiced at dissecting the information you glean both from the information provided by a client in advance and also from the first session and build up a structure to the areas you then guide/work through with them. You give of and provide sufficient time….You never rush though anything (it never ceases to amaze me that we fill all of the time we set aside). You have a very warm and engaging approach, building rapport with ease and maintaining a steady state of calm throughout just seems to enable one to step “outside” of one environment into a different place for that whole time span.'
Mark Houghton, Head of Operations, HEFT
John Burr, CEO – Commercial Services, Kent County Council
The surprise about my coaching is that I’ve also found ways of doing things I already thought I did well, better, and that I look forward to the sessions. It is refreshing to find someone who can challenge, motivate and inspire you and makes the effort to really understand the organisation within which you work. I believe that everyone has the potential to go as far as they want in life, Helen has helped me unlock a bit more of my potential and I’m looking forward to continuing my coaching with Helen and for her to be my sounding board for many years to come.’
AS, CFO Large NHS Foundation Trust
SC, Head of HR, Health Protection Agency
‘My biggest sense of achievement is that my department has gone from being what I used to describe a the ‘problem child’ in the family to being seen as the most ambitious department with a proven record of delivery and a clear plan for tackling the financial challenges ahead, which the Councillors get. And I thought I’d share with you what has helped achieve this:
Learning to receive and seek out feedback and to hear it in a neutral way;
Learning to appreciate the positions of others and the needs/motivations of others;
Holding a clean position in my dealings with the corporate team and with that, being open and honest about what’s good and what needs to improve;
Retaining authenticity with staff and encouraging them to be bold.
All of that has come out of the training course and it’s good to reflect on that and to say thanks for helping me grow and learn.’
Attendee on prior Leadership course - AM, County Council Director
Natalie Gunson, Managing Director AYMT
Nicci Piggot, World Vision
Working with Sharon I was able to step back and understand how I wanted to change certain aspects of how I view the world and I discovered my 'gentle wisdom' and how I can be kinder on myself when needed.
It was due to Sharon and her ability to understand what I needed in each moment and how the resilience model would work for me and how I could use it to gain more knowledge about myself, that I was able to think clearly about what was going on for me. With Sharon I have discovered much more about myself and feel more confident going forward that I have a added a new set of skills and understanding that will help me in the future. One of the main aspects for me was to understand my strength and how I can use it without needing to be fierce with myself which came back to knowing my gentle wisdom and what this really meant for me.
Sharon's coaching was exactly what I needed and I would look to Sharon in the future and always highly recommend her to others’
Annie Page, Director, Essentii
Sarah Williams, INT Works
‘The session last week was brilliant, thank you.I saw real value in getting everyone together, discussing how we work together and hope that even more value comes from the actions we agreed!’
Alex Bec, Director, INT Works