Executive Coaching is about enhancing leadership performance. Its purpose is to produce business results by closing the gap between performance and potential.
The VUCA world is in a constant state of flux. Many of my clients are grappling with conflicting demands, the need to deliver more with less, challenging inter-personal relationships and ever evolving complex organisational structures.
Brightspace Executive Coaching is about helping you navigate change and manage challenging circumstances.
I take a whole person approach to Executive Coaching - acknowledging that when we come to work we carry with us our life experience and our personal values. It’s only when our ‘doing’ self is aligned with our ‘being’ self can we really excel.
- Development of Leadership capability
- Creative and Strategic thinking
- Performance Management and Talent Development
- Inter-personal communication
- Managing conflict
- Personal impact and presence
- Influencing and Persuading
Having someone to listen enabled me to set aside inhibitions about talking about myself. Getting things off my chest, then being guided to think more deeply about the implications and consequences was useful; I don’t think I could have got to that point myself. The ability to set the agenda was very liberating and to practise self-reflection in a structured, sustained manner made me even more convinced that this is a worthwhile thing for anyone to do. I feel much more at peace with myself and my position in work and life. Thank you very much for listening.
CS, Senior Lecturer, Russell Group University
The thinking session facilitated by Heather had a profound effect on me. Heather created a safe and relaxing space for me to think deeply and freely about my situation…to consider angles and subtleties that I hadn’t explored before and …to consider the way forward.
Mark C, Assistant Director, H.E Sector
I contacted Heather in tough times when I have been desperately trying to find a way out of a crisis. Through working with her, I was able not only to explain the background of the issue but to discover my powerful internal resources that enabled me to flip it over, draw a line under the past and plan the steps for a happy future. I’m very grateful to Heather for her help and definitely recommend her as an outstanding person and a responsive and thoughtful coach with a flexible approach and a diversified toolkit.
JS, senior executive, someone who needed help
I contacted Heather to work on how to engage peers and address their perceptions. This we did, and more. Her experience and depth of insight allowed us to explore and address the roots of the issue, and how they affected my thinking and behaviours in many other areas of my life. I can honestly say the 6 sessions with Heather have been liberating and transformational.
PJ, Head of Business Operations, Systems Development
The coaching exceeded my expectations. I was a little sceptical at the start, having not found coaching to be of value in the past (by virtue of it being rather generic). Heather, however, allowed the sessions to be client-led, with a focus on engagement and exploration rather than adherence to any coaching “workbook”. This worked brilliantly and enabled me to go where I wanted to with the sessions.
Professor & Senior Manager, Russell Group HE Institution
I had always expected the coaching to be helpful in solving some of the problems, but not to the extent of turning a negative into such a positive outcome. The coaching has really helped me to understand and interpret others’ behaviours and actions and be aware of my own.
Ms B, Director, University Research Team
Life - both professional and personal - can feel like constantly juggling demands, weighing up options and searching for the ideal balance.
We all have periods where we lose confidence, lack direction and reflect over our changing identity and future options.
These can be brought on by changing circumstances, illness, starting a family, bereavement, redundancy, changes at work, relocation, career breaks, approaching retirement, family upheaval.
Many of us are great at ‘performing’ in our ‘day jobs’ (whether that be in a professional setting, as a volunteer or as a full time Mum) but can feel dissatisfied with our overall situation. We can feel stuck, isolated and unsupported. I work with individuals who feel they would benefit from the support of an independent thinking partner – either because they want to keep it separate from work, or because they can’t access coaching through other channels.
In a clarifying, thinking space, free of judgement or opinion, I can help you make decisions about the future within the context of your life.
- Personal Direction, Confidence, Sense of identity
- Inter-personal communication and managing conflict
- Personal impact and presence
- Personal Balance and Wellbeing
- Career direction and transition
- Developing ideas and bringing them to life
I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to really look inside myself and find out what it is that I want or need and you gave me that chance. It was exhausting, emotional, challenging and fantastic. I came away with a new purpose. I felt free to make new decisions without guilt and above all, restored my sense of being ‘me’, which I had lost a little when I became a mum.
Mrs R, NHS General Practitioner
I was nervous and resistant, but in a gentle but focused way, Heather managed to open up my thinking and helped me to clarify and respond to my cluttered brain’s thoughts, despite my anxiety.
Nicola Bray, Personal Coaching Client
Having made some big life and career changes I felt like I was slipping backwards instead of moving forwards. I just felt stuck and lost. My experience of coaching with Heather was nothing short of enlightening – it helped me work with and build up my intuition so that I could develop trust in what I wanted to achieve. Heather skillfully facilitated our sessions to nurture my intuition, having suppressed it for so long I am excited to have it back and confident that I am moving forward.
Laura C. Business Owner
I came to your office for the opportunity to think 6 weeks ago, I enjoyed the session at the time but had no idea of the lasting effect it would have on me. It’s like a door in my mind has been opened wide and there’s now a wonderful warm breeze blowing through. Thank you for giving me the key to becoming a happier, more inspired self.
Marie Parkinson, Personal Coaching Client
Working with Heather in the trustworthy environment she creates means I can be completely honest and explore some really difficult issues. She’s helped me realise what was hindering me, resulting in a “lightbulb moment” that helped me turn a corner, regain a positive outlook and improve my performance.
Grace Dixon, Professional Tennis Player
Heather is an exceptional thinking partner who everyone could benefit from working with. She helped me to organise my own thoughts, to see more clearly, to gain personal insight and direction and to feel confident and resilient. I can’t believe we did all that in so few sessions! Working with Heather is a lot of fun and hugely rewarding, I’m so glad I took the plunge into personal coaching.
Ruth H, Personal Coaching Client
It is increasingly rare to follow a linear career pathway throughout your working life. Starting as a graduate deciding on your initial career direction, through searching for employment, progressing up the career ladder, changing career direction, redundancy, career breaks, combining career with family life, to senior executive preparing for retirement, coaching can help you make decisions that work for you and succeed in achieving your career goals.
I have worked with numerous clients at different stages of their careers, helping them to review their current situation, assess their unique strengths and working style, identify what they really want and go about getting it!
- Deciding what career direction to take.
- Feeling unhappy at work and taking steps to change the situation.
- Mid career crisis - “Where I’m going with my life and career?”
- Returning to work after an extended period e.g. maternity or sick leave
- Considering a career change – what next?
- Redundancy – coping with feelings and planning for the future.
- Retirement – what to do with the rest of your life?
- Writing a great CV
- Preparing for interview
I’ve got a job! I start in January on a one-year contract… It’s a good opportunity to broaden my experience and if I make myself indispensable they might have to keep me on! I don’t think it’s exaggerating to say I wouldn’t have got it without your help.
Craig W, returning to work after a career break
Heather has been a significant part of my successful transition from a badminton player into my many ambassador roles and other projects in my new working life.
Gail Emms, Olympic medallist
Heather got me back on track with my life …by getting me thinking about where I was and where I wanted to be. Coaching helped me to identify paths I hadn’t previously thought of. Heather was very understanding in her nature and had a way of getting…. out of me what was actually in there.
I have articulated what motivates me and my career goals for the next 3-5 years. I have understood much better how my attitudes and priorities in life and at work are interlinked. I have become more forgiving towards myself. I now have a sense of taking practical steps to reach a ‘higher’ goal.
CS, Senior Lecturer, Russell Group University
How confident are you that you create the impression that you want to? How much do you understand of the impact you have on others and to what degree can you flex this according to need whilst still remaining authentic? Your impact influences the quality of your relationships and makes the difference between being seen as credible and worth listening to – or not.
My experience in this field started out working with retiring Olympic athletes. Many of them were in demand as speakers, in the media and as role models, but had never had any support in developing the skills needed to create impact. Without exception they have all transitioned into new careers with the ability to engage with others whether that be on a 1-1 basis or to a conference hall of several thousand. Career pathways include; tv / radio presenting, public speaking, education, training and development, sales, and PR.
Personal Impact Coaching helps you discover your ‘Personal brand’ – knowing what it is that makes you unique and how can you get this across. Using video feedback and role-play you’ll learn to understand and manage your body language, use your voice and choose your words effectively to maximise the effect you have on others.
I now feel so much better and clearer about myself. Which will in turn allow me to deliver an honest and passionate story.”….. “If only I knew what I know about myself now, when I was performing (at the Olympics) – I could have been even better!
GB Olympic medallist
Working with Heather has been a revelation. She was 100% devoted during the process we went through. She was and still is always ready to help, listen and solve, or rather lead the internal process of self-discovery. She is a great character-reader and fun to be around. I felt at ease with her from the very start and enormously enjoyed the time I spent with her. I am personally very grateful. I would recommend Heather to anyone.
Irina, Managing Director