Executive coaching

With over thirty years of wide ranging business experience, and a deep understanding of organisational dynamics and the professional services environment, Sue has supported leaders in a wide variety of situations.

Sue brings insight and empathy, having personal experience of building a business from start up, leading a national team, and of working for many years in senior leadership roles, including at Executive Board level of an international law firm.

Drawing on her own leadership and business experience, with an analytical mind, passionate belief in fairness and inclusion and occasional dose of gentle humour, Sue’s straight-talking style helps clients to drive an enduring step change in themselves and their business performance.

Executive coaching

Clients describe Sue as warm, intelligent and insightful and say that working with her helps to build their understanding of relationships and grows their confidence and resolve to step up and take hold of leadership opportunities.

Sue trained as an Executive Coach at Ashridge, consistently ranked amongst the best business schools in the world and recognised as a centre of excellence in executive coaching. Sue subscribes to the Ashridge Code of Conduct, Ethics and Principles for Executive Coaches and attends regular supervision as part of her commitment to ongoing learning and development. For further information please visit the Ashridge website.

A keen walker and lover of travel and all things outdoors, Sue is passionate about living life to the full and in as balanced a way as possible, whilst recognising, from her own experience as her career developed, how challenging that sometimes can be.

Sue is happy to connect potential clients with people and organisations who are familiar with her work.

Coaching scenarios and experience

Through one to one coaching, Sue helps business leaders, and those aspiring to lead, to step up to the challenge and responsibility of leading in a changing and complex environment.

Sue creates a safe, confidential and non judgmental space for reflection and an opportunity for clients to explore, debate, experiment and plan next steps. Sue helps leaders to identify the mark they intend to make and the footprint they wish to leave on their organisation. Sue has supported leaders in a wide range of situations:

How it works

Set up

To get the best results from coaching, clients need to feel comfortable speaking freely to and confiding in their coach. Sue holds an initial meeting, entirely free of obligation or charge, to enable the prospective client to test out the chemistry between them. If appointed, the scope, duration, fee structure and broad objectives of the assignment are agreed, sometimes involving third party stakeholders. Like most clients, Sue is outcome focussed so, whenever possible, will agree up front how and when the impact of the coaching will be reviewed and evaluated. 

The coaching itself

Sue coaches in person or by video conferencing and sometimes by telephone. Some clients chose to combine their coaching conversations with walks in parks or in open countryside- Sue will happily head for the hills !  With bases in London and the North West, and always happy to travel, Sue is flexible about location, so long as the coaching space offers complete privacy. A session commonly lasts for 1.5 hours and each assignment typically comprises six to eight sessions. No two situations are the same, so the structure of each assignment is entirely flexible. 

Review and Evaluation

At the end of the assignment, with a review half way,  the impact of the coaching work will be evaluated against the objectives agreed at the outset and which have sometimes been re-negotiated en route as different or additional issues emerge.

Testimonials

What Sue's clients say

“Now that I am aware of my own patterns of behaviour, and where they come from, I can spot the warning signs and approach my relationship with [X] with a different mindset.”

“I wanted to thank you – I got that [big job] I went for. I don’t think I would have had the confidence to do that without your support.”

“It made a difference being coached by someone who has been there and done it, gets business and was willing to challenge my thinking. We had fun too! I now have a clear plan about where to go next.”

“It is no exaggeration to say that I found our [work together] life changing. It gave me the confidence and freedom to follow my instinct and find my own style as I took over the reins.”

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