Many self-development programmes make promises about being able to transform behaviour and thought patterns, but few manage to achieve this beyond the duration of the course. Juggling my own business and parenthood means I have little spare time to invest in self-development (particularly during periods of lockdown) and this is the first course I have taken which has truly been realistic and manageable for me to fit into my schedule. The results are incredible and I truly believe everyone would benefit from participating in the programme. When I started, I believed I was investing in my professional development, but the impact on my personal life has been just as profound. I thought I had high self-awareness before however this course has elevated it to an entirely new level. Louise’s support has extended beyond the programme with guidance and handy tips to maintain progress. Louise has such a professional, approachable and compassionate nature and I wouldn’t hesitate to approach her for guidance and coaching in the future.
I cannot recommend working with Louise highly enough! When we started working together I had just had my first book published and my business was growing rapidly, the issue I had was that I was working all of the hours, taking no down time and not really enjoying my work. I wanted to work with a coach who understood how important my business was to me whilst also understanding how important everything else was as well. In short, after 6 months of working together I am working less hours and generating (way) more income - but more than that, I am enjoying working and loving the extra time I am spending with my family and myself. Fundamentally Louise helped me to bring joy back into my life everyday and doing it in a way that actually enabled me to grow my business
“ I have found it really useful to have space and time to work through difficult issues and development points in a confidential space, away from the distractions of work. I think it has been tremendously beneficial to be able to talk with someone who not only understands professional services firms (culture, organisation, clients, metrics etc) but who has also ‘lived’ the Big 4 experience. This can be difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it and I felt that this common experience meant that we could get to the nub of issues much more quickly than I would have with another coach. "
“I contacted Louise, because I was overwhelmed, I hit a wall. I didn’t feel it would be possible to change my thinking. I felt trapped, like I was going round on a hamster wheel. The thought of ‘different’ at that point didn’t even enter my head. I was felling very vulnerable about opening up, and a little embarrassed. The thought of saying how I actually felt ‘out loud‘ was very overwhelming. Working with Louise has been an incredible experience. She has 100% changed my life, and that’s not something I say lightly.”
“Working with you has been an overwhelming positive experience for me. Your approach is pragmatic, caring but most importantly authentic to who you are as a person. Trust in a coaching relationship is key as it is only when you feel secure in that relationship can you really work on the ‘difficult’ stuff without fear of judgement.
I have come through the programme with a better understanding of who I am, what my values are, why these are important to me and what value I bring to work, friendships and my family. I can better spot my triggers for self-doubt and anxiety and I now have tools to manage these both in the moment and longer term.
In summary my backpack isn't as full or heavy as a result of working with you!!”
“Louise was recommended to me by a mutual connection who recognised I was seeking to work with someone for help with ongoing personal battles. From our first initial conversation it was clear that she was exactly who I’d been seeking but was unable to find locally, the beauty being she coached online so distance was not an issue.
I was in a job that I really loved 40% of the time but really didn't love 60% of the time. I had not felt like this in a job before and just couldn't understand what the issue was, so I just kept trying to ignore it and hoped it would get better. But I felt so drained and just so lost as to what to do next.
This course enabled me to work through many different aspects, my own strengths and weaknesses, my own boundaries, my own judgment of myself and others for example and listen to those of others too.
The course enabled me to frame why I was having the 60% lows - the role wasn't playing to my strengths and was impacting my boundaries.
By understanding more about me, I was able to have a "grown up" conversation at work (as practiced in the "difficult conversation" week) and work through with my boss what wasn't working. I thought my only option was to resign but in fact what has happened is that a different pathway has opened up, one that would not have been available without that conversation. So better equipped with the knowledge from the course, I start a new role next month which I believe plays more to my strengths.
... and if it isn't the right role, that isn't a problem because I have a bank of knowledge about myself, that I can refer to, more confidence around myself and my boundaries and how I want my ideal week to look, to support my future decisions.
Thank you Louise