Berkshire & London
After doing Chemistry sessions with a few coaches I decided on Linda as she demonstrated that she had listened to what I said I wanted to focus on and was very flexible for example about in person or on-line coaching. I went with online and it worked really well doing face to face on zoom. We agreed 3 outcomes at the start and Linda helped me to achieve all 3. Like many coaching issues they are things which I have worked on for some time but had yet to feel that I was in the right space on them. We worked on career aspirations, confidence and confidence when presenting. Linda used a combination of probing questions to help me to reach the answers I wanted, theories and really practical steps. Having finished coaching a few months ago I can say that the work with Linda has ‘stuck’. I am still using the approaches we agreed and feel as though I am still making progress. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Deputy Director - Department for Education
Having been incredibly cynical about any form of counselling, mentoring or coaching in the past I was hugely reluctant to participate in coaching sessions but was enthusiastically encouraged by the GP Partners who thought I would find it helpful. I wasn’t sure whether to be insulted or not but reluctantly agreed. I had definitely lost my work Mojo, I was tense ,irritable, miserable and after 27 years in my role as a manager felt adrift and unfulfilled in my job. I was finding it hard to relate to the partners, felt I was being constantly overlooked and unappreciated so I thought honestly what have I got to lose? Then I met Linda (over the telephone) – and after about the first 10 minutes of chatting to her realised that I had probably found a kindred spirit. My first session was definitely awkward from my side, I felt self conscious and vulnerable and really didn’t know what the heck I was doing. But I staggered through it (and yes there were some tears!) but I felt a sense of huge relief at the end of it that I got through it and actually felt a bit better! Flash forward 3 months and 5 sessions and what a difference! It was still awkward at times because no one likes to look too closely at their own less appealing traits, and it was hard to interrogate myself as to why I had ended up feeling as I did, but Linda gave me some tools and much sound advice and support, some excellent books to read and some clear ways of managing my lack of confidence and self belief which seemed to have disappeared in the years before. She gave me ways of building confidence to manage tough conversations and challenging colleagues & situations. How to see the positive and negatives in people, and that the opposite personality to your own is the balance that is sometimes needed; so use it! So, having been sceptical and suspicious of the process at the outset, I would definitely recommend taking the plunge and giving it a go. I feel more energised and motivated about by job and my role than I have done in a long time. As for Linda, I feel that I have found a kindred spirit and a true mentor and as cheesy as it sounds, I’m sorry our monthly chats have finally come to an end!! Practice Manager.
Linda has been my Coach for the last 12 months. She is a professional, committed, energetic, competent and trustworthy person and it has been a joy to be coached by her. She is fair, balanced and challenges you in the positive way in which to get the best out of you to ensure you enhance your leadership skills and be that well rounded leader. Linda provides excellent feedback which ensures that I remained motivated and inspired. I highly recommend her to any individuals who need the extra push and who want to improve their leadership skills. General Manager, Daimler Financial Services.
I found Linda's coaching style direct, empathetic and supportive. I was conscious that we were quite similar and that could have meant the coaching didn't push me to think differently. However in practice I felt that she always challenged me when required. Linda helped me to understand what I could do to work with colleagues with very different mindsets as effectively as possible, while also accepting that with some colleagues there is a limit to how well we will ever work with each other. I found it helpful that she introduced tools on occasion but for the most part focused on practical next steps rather than too much theory. I felt our sessions were extremely efficient and that we covered a lot of ground in a relatively small number of hours. S.H.
I found Linda to be engaging, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. I found she possesses a wonderful and rare ability to push yet guide your introspection in the kindest and politest of ways. The time spent with her is a careful examination of what is going on in terms of your plans and how you may wish to get there. Linda causes you to pause, think, analyse and then dissect one’s, for example attitude, to determine whether there is a better way of approaching the path to the end result. I found Linda to be engaging, fiercely intelligent and possessing of a careful and analytical approach which encourages you to think about yourself and your way forward. I encourage you, should you be reading this, thinking about engaging but unsure, that it is time well spent. We all benefit from 360 degree feedback and reflection and the manner in which Linda facilitates that and encourages that is both exemplary and worthy of great praise. I cannot recommend Linda highly enough. I.D.B. Judge of the First tier Tribunal
Linda brought a level of clarity to my way of thinking that was refreshing as well as life-changing. Linda has an extremely good understanding of the pitfalls of fast-paced and precarious corporate life and equipped me with tools to not only survive these challenges but - and this is vitally important to me - to also stay true to my own sense of self throughout. Linda's coaching methodology is truly tailored to her clients e.g. I never felt patronised or pressurised to become someone/something I am not, yet I was also challenged to reflect on the positive changes I am able to make to back myself in every sphere of my life (and which I implemented, thanks to Linda's steadfast support). And to top it all, Linda is an absolute hoot - I cannot recall a single session (even when we were having challenging discussions or debates) when we did not have at least a couple of big laughs. I have no hesitation in recommending Linda - in fact, I am proud to do so. R. S.