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Performance Coach Ringwood, Shirley Thompson

Shirley Thompson

Performance Coach, Coach Supervisor, Leadership Coach


Specialist areas:
Career Direction, Communication, Difficult Conversations, Managing Change, Motivation, Performance Management, Team Development, Time Management, TILM Member Offer
5 / 5
14 years of coaching
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Level of Membership/Accreditation

ICF - Associate Certified Coach

About me

Performance Coach - Southampton

Shirley is a highly-experienced Performance and Leadership Coach, NLP Practitioner, and mentors/supervises new coaches.
Shirley specialises in helping project managers and technical leaders to become aware of soft skills and how to use them more effectively to achieve more through good leadership. She also helps coaches and leaders improve their own coaching skills .

Project manager coaching

The challenges of project managers she meets typically include having the world on their shoulders rather than sharing the load with the team. There is constant time pressure and ‘doing’ that inhibits any pause for reflection, collaboration with the team or negotiation with stakeholders. Yet there is a responsibility for managing the project process and quality of the outcome, not just the delivery schedule and cost.

Supervisor, mentor & coach

With an approachable, supportive, and occasionally challenging stance (one project manager called this "a unique push and pull strategy"), and with a pragmatic view and focus on responsibilities, Shirley can alternate between being supervisor, mentor and coach, according to what is requested in any situation. She firmly believes that coaching underpins learning, reflection and self-awareness. Her coaching doesn’t mean telling people what to do but gives a helpful clarity of understanding around responsibilities and the bigger picture. Shirley’s clients understand there are rarely black and white rules in soft skills, rather human relationships are key, skills are tailored to the individual, and negotiation is fundamental to successful collaboration.

Mentoring programme for PMI UK

While Shirley mainly works one-to-one with individuals, she also runs a mentoring programme for PMI UK and is passionate about introducing project managers to coach skills. She has overseen two recent programmes, one for her research and one for PMI UK, enabling project managers to better understand how to flex their soft skills. Shirley also runs a small business support group for micro-businesses to improve their soft skills.

Motivational maps accreditation

Shirley has ACC coach and PMP project manager credentials with ICF and PMP respectively. She is also accredited to use Motivational Maps, which help individuals, teams and an organisation better understand their motivation and performance levels. Currently Shirley is studying for a doctorate in coaching and mentoring, and her thesis on “How project managers improve soft skills through coach practice,” represents a different look at the practice of coaching.


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To discuss your own opportunity for change and to explore whether Shirley can help sort out what’s been bothering you, call 07793 745450 today or email

Professional Body

International Coach Federation


Coach Supervisor; 2016; Oxford Brookes Uni
MA equivalent Coaching Mentoring; 2013; Oxford Brookes Uni
Life Coaching; 2004; The coaching academy

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Latest reviews

5 / 5 ★

I highly recommend Shirley for coaching. She brings a unique combination of corporate project management experience (IBM) and many years of supporting small business owners and individuals. On top of this she is very knowledgeable and comes with the highest academic credentials too (working on a coaching-focussed PhD). I found her style to be understated and kind yet suitably challenging and solution/action-orientated. My experience has been fully flexible, receiving the coaching in a timescale and volume that suits me, for which I am very grateful. She has helped me to change my thinking and overcome self-imposed limitations in a particular work context. And facilitated the identification of a number of practical achievable steps to move my business forward. My coaching is ongoing and I will continue to work with Shirley. I also have a business mentor. These two developmental influences continue to have a huge benefit for me and my business results show this. It is my pleasure to recommend Shirley. Give her a call, she's great! John Chisholm MSc, Managing Partner at Crescente Ltd.

5 / 5 ★

My experience of being coached by Shirley was as a curious, action orientated coach. She was reliable, engaged, and helped me to organise and structure my ideas so I could take consistent action. I loved the way she picked up on the metaphors I used. As a result of coaching with Shirley, I completed several projects that were 'nearly there'. Thank you Shirley. Rachel Dungan.

5 / 5 ★

Went to Shirley with a blockage about my next steps professionally. From the start I found Shirley to be very personable and easy to talk to. Her approach was direct but never threatening and I found talking through my thoughts very easy. She was very professional and wasn't scared to ask difficult questions. I found I got a very quick response from the coaching as I really just needed someone to help me focus which Shirley did. I would recommend Shirley who wants some support finding there direction again. Denise Adcock.

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