• Be the best you can be

    Executive coaching for CEOs, MDs, Managing Partners, rising stars and high performers.

    Delivering results for people and businesses.

     

  • What we do

    We empower our clients to succeed - and their businesses thrive as a result.

    Coaching for leaders

    A safe space to explore issues and develop strategies

    We offer peer-to-peer coaching for CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs, providing a safe space to talk through and resolve business and personal challenges.

    Coaching for star performers

    Moving from doing to thinking

    Investing in your star performers to get them to the next level fast is good for them and good for your business. Moving from operational to strategic is not always easy to do, but rising stars are quick to grasp what's needed with expert coaching and confidence-boosting support

    Coaching for new directions

    Helping successful people map a new future

    Are you a (successful) square peg in a round hole? Have you been dreaming of changing direction for decades? You're not alone - and with expert coaching you can build the confidence and a cast-iron strategy for turning your dream into a reality.

  • How it works

    Space to think

    In our high-pressure roles, space to think is a luxury that many people just don't have. Time spent in coaching is time devoted to articulating goals for yourself or for your business, recognising your strengths, working out what's holding you back and building a strategy to achieve those goals.

     

    Your coach will support and empower you, help you to break habits and learn new ones, and most importantly, give you the confidence to act. We give you the space and the structure to work through your issues and plan the best way forward.

     

    Coaching works best when the impetus comes from you. Even where the circumstances are challenging, there is a way through to greater personal and business success. What makes coaching effective is the fact that it is non-directive and not about giving you advice. When did you last happily do what someone told you to do?

     

    Typical assignments include:-

    • Helping a new MD in a challenging business environment to move from doing to leading
    • Working with a CEO of a consultancy on his aspiration to take the business global
    • Empowering the Head of IT in a big industrial to win the respect of the Board through increased confidence and a more strategic approach
    • Working through staffing challenges around getting and keeping buy-in from senior hires with the owner of an international consultancy

    Coaching is delivered either in blocks of 5 sessions lasting two hours each, or on a 'draw-down' basis, using the hours as it suits you. We can meet you at your office, at a neutral venue or work with you by phone or Skype.

     

    Mentoring services

    Need a sounding board on what you need to do to take your business to the next level? Would you value input from someone who has worked at C-Suite level and who can share tactics and techniques that have worked in other businesses? In our mentoring work, we provide a friendly, confidential support service to business leaders, particularly in consultancies and partnerships, to help them to grow or restructure the business, deal with staffing issues, expand or even shrink.

     

    Mentoring services can be delivered flexibly to suit your situation. We'll happily meet you for anything from an hour to series of sessions over a number of months.

  • Meet the coaches

    What unites us is our belief in the difference coaching can make and our experience at the top of a variety of businesses. We've been there, done that and we're passionate about success and the bottom line.

     

    We also believe that we should be as well qualified as you are, so we are accredited, comply with codes of ethics and supervision requirements and undertake regular professional development.

    Lindsay Paterson

    Co-Founder

    Lindsay's experience includes 5 years as COO of a global public affairs consultancy, working closely with the CEO to grow the business to cover 60 markets globally.

     

    She has also run her own business, worked as an adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as part of the senior management team of a professional society.

     

    Lindsay has significant experience of managing for growth, innovation, change management and entrepreneurship, making her the ideal match for high- performers and entrepreneurs.

     

    She trained as a lawyer and holds an Executive Coaching qualification from the Association for Coaching where she is an Associate Member

     

    Jane Simmonds

    Co-Founder

    Jane has been on the executive management teams of the UK's leading branding consultancies, latterly as CEO of Fitch and Managing Partner of Conran Design Group. She has led high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams for global clients such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, pwc, Coats plc, Shell and Procter & Gamble. She has a deep understanding of what it takes to be professionally effective, at board level and when looking to step up to the next senior role.

     

    Jane's clients describe her coaching style as insightful, challenging, honest…reassuringly calm, clear and direct.

     

    She is an accredited Executive Coach and an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching.

     

  • What our clients say

    We let the results speak for themselves.

    "It has been a pleasure working with you and I feel that I have come a long way, and that is because of your coaching and support. I have really enjoyed our sessions and feel that you have a real strength in helping me (and others I’m sure) find a solution and put together a plan. I have always found you easy to talk to and understanding, and I felt that you were helping me to find my way rather than telling me what to do, which has been great and I hope allows us both to have a sense of achievement – I know I do."

    CTO, major PLC

    "Lindsay is obviously dedicated to this profession, and even in the short time we worked together it was clear that she is a natural professional coach. In guiding me, she combined enough understanding of the professional environment in which I operate, as well as an analysis of my own professional traits to provide me both with longer time solutions and recommended paths, to solving daily staffing problems in ways I had never considered. "

    Founder, public affairs consultancy, Washington DC

    "Jane's business background, extensive experience gained through her career, energy and positivity, contributed to a highly effective experience and outcome for me as a coachee. She understands the environment I work in and being in a senior role. She is extremely insightful and brings a strong dynamic to the sessions."

    Group Head, multi-national industrial PLC

    "The coaching has helped formulate a career transition plan and to identify blockages to date. It has given me more focus and confidence to better target career opportunities whilst identifying strengths and weakness which can be exploited and developed. A highly worthwhile exercise. "

    CFO, Trade Association, UK

    " I've made a huge leap in my role and one that I now feel much more comfortable with, both in terms of my ability, how I am perceived by others and what I know I am capable of achieving"

    VP Global Risk Management

    " My time with Jane has been transformative. She has helped me re-direct my energy into effecting powerful change. As a result my firm and my strategic approach have changed dramatically for the better. Jane has enabled me to effect progress in a matter of months on issues that have been holding me back for years. It has been one of my most rewarding professional relationships. Jane is an extremely skilled strategic thinker and communicator, a natural coach.

    Founder and Director, Civil Rights Lawyers partnership

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    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations from the world of work.

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