"What I value about Beverly as a mentor is her honesty and integrity. A fantastic communicator and natural coach she provides a calm reassuring presence which encourages people to excel."
Chambers Director – commercial chambers
CW is a senior executive responsible for a successful business line in a medium-sized UK management consultancy. He came to coaching frustrated that he was unable to motivate his team to progress an important new assignment. He saw them as not sharing his vision and drive. During the coaching, it became apparent that he struggled with expressing his authentic self in the workplace. We uncovered his ‘Impostor Syndrome’ which stemmed from a belief that he was academically and intellectually weaker that the people in his team. This led to him catastrophising and anticipating poor results. His anxiety expressed itself in a confrontational and negative leadership style. We worked on reframing his view of the role and responsibilities as a leader/coach to the team. This enabled him to develop a coaching mindset and cast himself as the talented conductor of a high-quality orchestra. He also created a ‘charter’ setting out what he can contribute to express the value he adds.
"Beverly is exceptional high-end coach for the C-suite and those looking to promote long-lasting change in their thought process and daily conduct. Each session I was left with a sense of deep reflection and invigorated with a desire to soak up and implement each item discussed. I know that the areas clarified will stand me in good stead to improve - both as a leader and in my personal life. For someone serious about change, self-acknowledgement and wanting to accelerate their career goals Beverly’s style and approach cannot be faulted."
AS knew what she needed to do but lacked the conviction to do it. During coaching, we uncovered her driver to be perfect. She didn’t believe her work performance was ‘perfect’ and this undermined her confidence. This perfectionism stemmed from her relationship with her parents whose approval she sought through her achievements. Her biggest breakthrough was to understand this. Developing strategies that allowed her to harness her drive and to know when ‘good is enough’ enable her to relax and enjoy her work and get more from life.
"Beverly's style was personal, understanding, accessible, transparent and detailed. Enabling me to take action much sooner than normal - thus demonstrating my increased confidence and a more efficient and faster approach to decision making."
RF struggled with the transition from being part of the team to leading the team. He wanted to be good manager but simply didn’t know how. He had worked hard for the promotion but was not sure he wanted it. We explored what ‘good management’ looked like to RF. Through coaching RF constructed a management model that included open communication, setting the goals, creating processes for quality control, giving and receiving feedback. Thus, RF could explore what he wanted rather than what he didn’t want. Reframing his situation had enabled a successful transition from dwelling on the past to exploring the future. Reflecting on this experience, the critical shift occurred when RF firstly realised that many newly promoted managers suffer the same crisis of confidence; and secondly, that by being authentic he gained the respect his team.
"Sometimes 'the way we see the problem is the problem'"
JL currently occupies a senior in-house position in a multinational security company. Prior to attaining this role, she benefited from face-to-face mentoring as well as structured coaching conversations. We worked on matters pertaining to her personal impact and communication as well as networking and career planning. During the year that we worked together, JL developed and executed a plan that enabled her to win a new role that fulfilled her career and personal development needs.
"I start my new role on Wednesday. I want to thank you for all the support you have given me. I have valued it immensely and it has made a real difference to my belief in myself. I have learnt so much from you. Thanks again, I hope you can feel that you played a significant part in my current success."
FT had recently taken voluntary redundancy. She defined her goal as finding a new role in brand management. However, she had not refreshed her CV or begun a job search. It was clear that FT missed her old job and company. She had profound feelings of loss and sadness. We discussed the nature of endings as honouring the past before starting new beginnings. We worked on strategies to achieve this. Over our sessions FT became brighter and more optimistic. She had arranged lunch with some of her closest former colleagues and had enjoyed it. Her sadness had lifted. Her goal was now refocused on finding a new job based on her strengths. She had moved forward and could now move into action planning.
"I found Beverly’s style to be effective, in that it was left to me to do much of the talking and therefore the ‘answers’ were drawn out from me/in my words rather than being given to me on a plate. Beverly’s open questioning approach was effective. [The sessions] were probably more demanding than I expected, in that I had to think hard during the sessions and I found some questions challenging (although Beverly did warn me that would be the case at the start of the first session)."
"I have found the coaching very useful as a sounding board and a regular point of contact acting as an aide memoire and/or motivator to try and help keep focus up."
"Thanks for an energising and thought provoking first session. I left feeling more clear, calm and confident than I realised I have been in quite some time."
"Beverly’s hands-on leadership has revitalized Baker & McKenzie’s marketing model. She is involved in local decision-making and global initiatives and has restructured Baker & McKenzie’s London communications and business development function into an integrated team collaborating with the firm’s lawyers and marketers worldwide."