Can you remember where you were at or how you felt before we started working together?
Before we started working together, I was burnt out, frustrated at work and feeling hopeless. I knew I had to make a change but didn’t know where to start; I didn’t have the energy, headspace or a clear direction to focus on. My greatest fear was to end up feeling the same but in a different organisation or post. There were elements of my job that I really enjoyed, but I couldn’t even see them as they were so overcrowded by juggling too many inputs and stakeholders.
What worked best for you in the sessions? What did you take-away from the sessions?
The forward focus in our conversations and making them supportive, specific to me and challenging in the right measure. Our calls really helped me to lift my head up, re-group and find out where both my passions and strengths lie.
Our calls opened my eyes, and my mind, to all the possibilities that are out there, and the fact was I didn’t have to feel so stuck if I committed to myself and was completely honest. I left every call feeling energised, hopeful and positive – none of which I had felt for a very long time in the day job.
The strengths exercise brought a confidence boost and clarity that really helped to consolidate both my commitment to making a change that would be a good fit for me, and also committing the time and energy to prioritise and do that in a very busy life.
What is better for you because of the work that we did together?
I have a new job that I am really excited about; I am confident that it is a position that is a great match for my skills, abilities and passions.
My confidence and self-belief are much stronger than before our work together, as is my understanding and awareness of my strengths and skills and how and when to use them for my benefit.
I have much more clarity around my focus and direction and I was no longer applying for things just to escape from where I was.
But additionally, my outlook towards how success and the importance of owning our own definition is a real shift too. I have adopted a new approach to making things happen. I try to influence things in a different way.
What did you discover about yourself?
I discovered how much I thrive on being strategic, and, how ready I was to less of the detail and the delivery.
I learned about strengths that I had never considered, let alone recognised, in myself, and how and when to use them.
I learned that when you have support to get clearer on your direction it is energising and exciting.
How do you feel about coaching now?
I always thought coaching would be beneficial for other people, so I had a belief that it could work, I just didn’t think it would be something that would be very beneficial for me as I (wrongly) thought I pretty much knew where I was heading and how to get there. I now know that coaching really makes challenge your own thoughts and assumptions to get absolute clarity on your why, and everything else flows from that.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Although I am about to start a new role, I would like to continue coaching. I think it will be invaluable as part of making a successful transition. It is easy to assume that when you are successful in moving on to whatever comes next, it’s the successful end product of the coaching journey. I personally don’t want it to stop there as I can see even more benefits moving forward.