Frances has been a true inspiration and I have gained a huge amount from the experience – both personally and professionally. The coaching has taken place over a very important and challenging time in my career when I was considering applying to make the transition from assistant solicitor to partner. My coaching sessions helped me to really focus on my goals and what makes me fulfilled in my professional life. They also helped me to focus on how to change the things that made me unhappy at work and the need to balance my work life with my personal life. Frances coached me through my successful partnership application process.
Frances is very calm and focused with great clarity of thought; she doesn’t give you all the answers but instead asks you all the right questions that you answer yourself. I was coming to the end of my maternity leave and unsure how my life was going to pan out now I would be balancing my new life as a mother with my career in The City. I wanted to really understand what I wanted out of life and more importantly how I would put a plan in place to achieve that. Frances helped me to pinpoint what was important to me and then formulate a plan on how to achieve it. I was emboldened by the plan and negotiated a successful new arrangement at work. I am thrilled with the outcome.
Frances skillfully extracted my ideas and helped me put them together in a coherent fashion to create a plan which I then was successful at achieving.
I was always amazed at how Frances could take my sometimes very jumbled thoughts and ‘splurges’ and turn them into focused ideas and objectives. No matter how fed up or confused I felt at the start of some sessions – I always left feeling positive and focused on what I needed to do.
Coaching has been very helpful in understanding how I see myself, how others see me, what I want to achieve and how to it can be done, as well as what was getting in the way.
I have a clearer picture of what I want from my career and how best to balance this with home. The coaching gave me some practical tips for how to get the most out of my working day, conquer some of my fears and find a better work/life balance. The coaching set me up well for taking on a new role at work and gave me the confidence to tackle the role head-on – “starting as I mean to go on.”
I have a greater understanding of myself, am more organised and understand what it takes to balance things better in terms of my many priorities.
Frances has a warm, friendly style which makes her easy to talk to. However, it’s not treated like a counselling session – she gently directs the conversation to reach the main points.
I had coaching to think about what I wanted to do with my career and how I could balance my career with other priorities. I came out with a greater focus and understanding of these two goals and understand myself much better.
I found the programme incredibly useful, both professionally and personally. Frances is adept at gently challenging preconceptions and allowing me the space to explore prejudices, ideas, possibilities etc. My recent appraisal was completely favourable, and with Frances’ guidance I have reversed a style of thinking engendered by a previous firm and have re-developed a positive outlook.