Having worked in retail, wholesale, and hospitality, for thirty years, I wasn’t entirely sure what development Sandra’s coaching would bring for me, this year.
I was initially introduced to Sandra, by my Group HR Director, in early 2014.
Our first meeting was extremely informal, and Sandra spent time, listening, and diagnosing, my career to date, and where I saw my personal challenges to be. She also spent time with my line manager, and HR Director.
Most importantly, she truly helped me to be decisive about what my future aspirations actually were, and by when I wanted to achieve them.
We contracted on ‘what’ our relationship would look like, and I was crystal clear about the level of time, work and output, that I would need to deliver.
Using a variety of models, I have worked through what my mission, vision, values, and career goals are. I have also found opportunities to better use my existing network, and further build, and grow, an external, and varied network, outside my own organisation.
I have been encouraged, and at times, forced, to come completely out of my comfort zone; challenging my own thought processes, and approach, to varying situations and obstacles.
Having been a little sceptical, at the outset, about what this coaching experience would bring, I find myself, one year on, to be a much more productive leader, and have true confidence in my own abilities.
Something, which, historically, I would have lacked confidence in.
I have now achieved my first career goal, promotion, within the time frame that we agreed, and the focus, and learnings’, that I have had, with Sandra, have definitely been a huge contributing factor in this.
As I move on to my next challenge, I am clear that I will continue to work with Sandra, and would highly recommend her to any individual looking to push their leadership to the next level.