COMPASSIONATE, COURAGEOUS, COMMITTED COACHING & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Do you want to build trust and generate high performance?

Do you want to grow your people and your business?

Do you want to honour the dignity – inherent worth and value – of others?

Let me ask you, do you believe in putting your people first? Do you recognise the responsibility of leadership? Do you believe it takes courage to care for those who give their time, hearts and minds in choosing to work with you?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, here’s how I can help you. My purpose is to inspire you to develop and sharpen your leadership and culture so that everybody matters. Where individuals feel connected to why they are doing what they are doing and go home feeling fulfilled at the end of the day. Where individuals have their dignity honoured and are treated with respect, as human beings. Where they are listened to, free from interruption and judgement so they can think for themselves, as themselves with rigour, courage and imagination.
Through leadership coaching, leadership development training and leadership online training, I can help you develop the mindset, skills and behaviours today for opportunities tomorrow.

“We can all be leaders, listening can bring a revolution into organisations”

“I was engaged all day! The content and the message was of great value”

Jane’s coaching, training and mentoring is centred around The Thinking Environment principles. The Thinking Environment is based upon the observation that ‘the quality of everything we, as human beings do, depends upon the quality of the thinking we do first’.

Thinking Environment Coaching has been described by coaching experts as one of the most effective client-centred methods on the market. It puts the independent thinking of the client first in its aims. This method allows clients to truly think for themselves:

– to go beyond dependence on the coach’s views, guidance or analysis

– to come up with ideas, directions, understandings and solutions for themselves that can be staggeringly accurate, imaginative and practical.

Leadership Training
Leadership Trainings provide the opportunity to connect, share and learn with and from others.
Open and tailored programmes to serve 
you and your teams current and future needs.
Leadership Coaching 
Executive Coaching is a unique, powerful, partnership experience for senior and emerging leaders to have the time and space to think, develop your mindset, skills and behaviours to align your purpose and accomplish your goals.
Leadership
Online
Online learning at a time and pace to suit you.
How to be your best and get the best from others through developing a coach approach to your leadership.

Interviews with the experts

“It’s easy to absorb Jane’s message because she lives it herself.
 Jane makes it impossible any more to deny the fact that if we are leaders or professionals, the most important facet of our work has to be our listening. The most. Everything follows from the quality of our listening. I find it easy to absorb Jane’s message because she herself lives it.

– Nancy Kline, Best Selling Author, President of Time to Think

“In our journey to find disciples of our vision of Truly Human Leadership we came upon Jane through her writing in the field of ‘Listening’. With this initial passion in common it quickly led to a dialogue about The Privilege of Leadership and the Courage to ‘care’ for those in our span of care. With the foundation of Listening, which is the core tenant of Truly Human Leadership, Jane quickly became a disciple of the Chapman & Co Leadership Institute spreading the message of caring throughout Europe.”

– Bob Chapman, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Barry Wehmiller

Jane’s Latest Blogs

04 Mar: What stops me listening?

In recent posts I’ve been sharing my thoughts on why listening is so important and so needed right now.
Here I explore the enemies of listening – the external and internal distractions that stop us listening as well as we can. And I offer some practical principles that can help us hold the enemies of listening at bay.

04 Feb: Why should I listen?

During these winter months, when we’re feeling even more isolated by our situation, I’ve been thinking afresh about the importance of listening. We need great listening more than ever. We need it every day, in our home lives, within our families and at work.

Here I share what what we can all gain from appreciating the value of listening and from finding ways to keep doing it well.

01 Jan: Dignity Part 2: Avoiding the slippery slope

Happy New Year! Have we ever started a new year with such anticipation, expectation and hope? Have we ever looked forward with such a sense of what we want to change? Have we ever contemplated the year ahead with such mindful determination to hold on to insights and habits forged through months of challenge?
As 2020 drew to a close, I found myself reflecting on the unconditional nature of dignity and the part we can play in honouring and securing it, for ourselves and others. In this article I offer my thoughts, deepened by the work of Donna Hicks, on how we can avoid the everyday temptations that violate dignity.
After the year we’ve had, don’t we owe ourselves a break from New Year resolutions? I offer these suggestions as a dignity-affirming alternative that, I hope, will transform all our relationships in the year ahead.

01 Dec: Dignity Part 1: Securing the bedrock

In this final month of this incredibly challenging year, I find myself reflecting on dignity. Why? Because this extreme situation has encouraged me to revisit foundational ideas and principles. It’s made me notice what really matters – to myself and those around me. It’s made me want to think deeper about the beliefs and values that provide structure to our behaviours.
Here I offer what I’m learning, from my own experience and from the ground-breaking work of Donna Hicks, about the unconditional nature of dignity. And I share my thoughts on what we can do to honour and secure the dignity that each of us possesses as our birth-right.

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Ian Davies
MunichRE
Head of Protection

“I have never been tested as much as a leader than over the last few weeks and I am hugely grateful for your coaching over the last few months.  It has allowed me to lead using my natural style but also flexing it where appropriate.  Thank you!”

Anita Grant
Deloitte
Partner

“Jane created an environment for me to really stop and think about what was holding me back in my career. She allowed me the space to not to just simply externalise issues but to understand how my behaviours (or my lack of “leaning-in”) were actively impacting the future. I had deep seated assumptions which were impacting my everyday – and these incorrect assumptions were bringing the past into my future. Shaking off these assumptions allowed me to grow in confidence and actually reengage with the business. The impact on me, my team, and the perception of senior leaders has been transformatory.”

John Middlemiss
Deloitte
Director, Financial Services

Working with Jane has been invaluable in plotting out my overall approach and strategy to hone my overall commercial business case. Using the sessions as time-out working sessions helped with immediate challenges. As a result of our coaching, I have successfully delivered three high profile presentations and adopted the soft listening skills. I would describe Jane as engaging, professional, someone who genuinely cares about the coachee and their outcomes, and tries innovative ideas and techniques.

Nike Onyechi
Baringa
Management Consultant

Jane was extremely patient and gave me plenty of time and space to think about what was important to me and my career. Instead of asking suggestive questions, she made me think for myself what I wanted to do, and, more importantly, what I didn’t want to do and was objective and impartial. She was also very effective in summarizing my jumbled thoughts. I have successfully moved on to a new job, which I am thoroughly enjoying and have the identified career goals which I want to achieve at the new job.

Andrew Nicoll
Columbia Threadneedle
Global Head of Insurance

Jane’s overall approach and ability to listen enabled me to undertake self-analysis and work through my own thought process as to how I could improve a situation or approach it differently. It was very evident to me that Jane gained an excellent understanding and appreciation of my overall role in the firm, my key interactions, as well as the specific challenges I faced – and helped me to assess things in a different way and be able to adapt my approach to achieve better outcomes.

Courtney Gainer
Parthenon Consulting
Vice President

I feel that my coaching programme has been truly transformational for me and I am so grateful that Parthenon made the investment in coaching. When I started my coaching programme I felt that the points I was working on were amorphous and difficult to tackle (i.e. confidence, empowering my teammates, work-life-balance, etc.); however, working with Jane really helped me to identify the things that were standing in the way of being the person I wanted to be at work.

Andrew Wingfield
Societe Generale
Global Head of Master Agreements

The simple mechanism which promoted deep self-inquiry and where I provided the answers, as opposed to clinical observation and comment from Jane. Discoveries of the self, by the self, are more powerful than objective analysis and feedback. Thank you for your hard work, which I can honestly say has had much positive impact, beyond what I really expected.

Kathryn Porter
Societe Generale
Director Commodities and Structure

I particularly appreciated they way Jane challenged me to address and overcome hidden assumptions that can hold me back, and helping me to expose a more coherent strategy for my near-term career development. I also appreciated the practical strategies we evolved for meeting certain specific challenges, particularly around managing difficult interpersonal situations. Jane has a gently challenging style, with a use of the “what else” technique to make sure situations are fully explored. This has been very effective in helping me to frame my challenges more completely and avoid mental short cuts. Jane’s approach is thorough and methodical. She has often guided me towards unearthing my own solutions, while not being afraid to share her own insights from time to time, which has been extremely valuable.

Dorota Soida
PCC ICF, Poland
Executive Coach & Trainer

My Session with Jane was a unique opportunity for deep reflection and undisturbed thinking. Each time when the flow of my thoughts seemed to come to a dead end I felt like Jane was “holding my hand” giving me courage to dive deeper. I heard this subtle message “and what else…” which was like a light in the darkness meaning “There might be much more miracles and hidden, surprising thoughts to discover. Be brave, you are safe”. Jane has an incredible ability to create in our coaching relation space and partnership in which I was completely free and entirely safe to discover my own truth that never has been named before. Thank you Jane.

Jenny McGrandle
Mayer Brown
Senior Lawyer

Coaching with Jane was a very positive and enriching experience. Some of the sessions were extremely challenging (and emotionally exhausting!), and really forced me to re-think my approach to certain obstacles that I thought I faced but via Jane’s questioning, discovered I could overcome. Jane exudes warmth and enthusiasm, and her coaching sessions are extremely empowering. She is an excellent listener and I always felt free to say exactly what I thought/felt, safe in the knowledge that she would not pass judgment. She is a winning combination of challenging but encouraging, and I felt that at the end of each session we always achieved a very satisfying outcome. I would wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend her.

Nikki da Costa
Nikki da Costa & Associates Ltd
Public Affairs Specialist

“Jane, you were much in demand this morning and I didn’t get a chance to say thank you in person, but I just wanted to thank you for the session.
It was lovely to see in practice some of the elements of the Thinking Environment, and to see the impact you had on all of us in how you shared your expertise and created space for us. A thoroughly worthwhile session and, professionally was struck by how beautifully paced it was.
By trade I’m a public affairs specialist, but am also a qualified coach with the Coaching Academy and working on my next diploma, but this approach seems to have so much value and resonance, and I hope to explore further next year. Many thanks!”

Cristina Loaiza
Graze
Global Head of Brand

I’ve really enjoyed my year working together with Jane. She brings a calm and positive approach and has a brilliant ability to create a safe and comfortable environment where clients can feel at ease. Jane has helped me to maximise strengths, overcome development areas and work out the type of leader I want to be. Her coaching has equipped me with brilliant tools and techniques that are easy to implement and which I know I’ll continue to use going forward in my career.

Laura Wetherup
Columbia Threadneedle
Head of Operations & Global Head of TA&IS and Client Change

A year on from working with Jane, I have experienced some tangible results in relation to my leadership effectiveness. I have received more than 20% increase from our recent employee survey with a 100% employee satisfaction in my leadership effectiveness from my direct reports. I valued our experience of working together and Jane facilitating the conversations so that I came up with the solutions for myself.

Owen Morgan
INTOO, UK & Ireland
Managing Director

I’d have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Jane. Weworked together on a recent project and I found Jane’s naturalempathetic style, collaborative nature and clear focus onachieving the desired outcomes just what was required. An exceptional coach.

Susan Steinhagen
Global Investment Management
Senior Executive

“As a result of coaching with Jane I am more self-aware and focused on creating an environment for people on my team to be their best self and solve their problems and issues on their own. My team has acknowledged this as wonderful.”

Rob Barker
Deloitte
Director

“Working with Jane is an absolute pleasure and her coaching produces exceptional results. Highly recommended.”

Gita Seva
Coach & Mentor

“I just can’t help expressing my appreciation of you again and again.
You seem like a person from a different world, from a different dimension.
I heard the audio you sent me.
It was an amazing transformative session.
Your presence is so catalytic but also so human, so compassionate.
I will read your book again and also your blog.
I feel so grateful to you for who you are and what you do.
I am learning so much from you how to be a better coach but also – a loving human being.”

Jennifer Abella
Barry Wehmiller
Director, Executive Leadership & Development

“I’m on a team that can get very bogged down in details, and my work with you always helped me focus on what’s most important. I feel you helped me feel confident in my vision. In the midst of what often felt like chaos, I was able to get centered, which enabled me to listen well to others. I also feel I’m a more patient coach. I’ve found my style and embraced it, and your counsel has helped me improve my process, as well.”

Sam Guise
Independent Business Writer & Editor

“In November I took part in the Inspire leadership workshop led by Jane and Hugo Heij, a programme that encourages leaders to explore their experiences and values in order to build trust and connect with others more effectively. Jane facilitates with deep, heartfelt insight, experience and skill. She models a level of openness, trust and emotional maturity that sets the tone for real conversations. She enables participants to talk honestly about the challenges of leadership and their hopes, frustrations and intentions. And, at the same time, she maintains a focused attention and professionalism that ensures every detail of the day runs smoothly. It’s rare for me to walk into a room full of strangers and, within moments, feel genuinely welcomed and encouraged to contribute. That’s the environment that Jane creates, with ease, grace, authenticity and phenomenal capability. Thank you Jane.”