Clare Elliott – Service Director, Wakefield MDC
My coaching experience with Mike came at a critical time in my career having just moved into a senior leadership position within a completely new area of Local Government.
Initially plagued with the usual doubts about ‘should I be in this position, how do I be the best I can be, how do I establish credibility and gravitas with my new team and peers’ I completed my coaching sessions with a real sense of belief in my own capabilities and a clear road map to how I continue to build on my own self-confidence and effectiveness going forwards.
Mike had a wealth of knowledge at his fingertips, drawing on tools and techniques that were easily applicable to the work place and providing me with multiple references to theorists, academics and business people who were experts in dealing with the same issues I was grappling with (and even gifted me with plenty of books after our sessions so I could further explore and consider the themes we had been discussing.)
Of most importance to me, Mike was immediately someone I could trust and completely open up to. Without this immediate rapport it would have been incredibly difficult to make the level of progress that we did in such a short time. I know that I will continue to use Mike’s wisdom and support throughout my career (and for as long as he is willing to share it!)