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“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’.
– 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.
Open and tailored programmes to serve you and your teams current and future needs.
How to be your best and get the best from others through developing a coach approach to your leadership.
Interviews with the experts
– Nancy Kline, Best Selling Author, President of Time to Think
– Bob Chapman, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Barry Wehmiller
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“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!”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!”
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.
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.
“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.”
“Working with Jane is an absolute pleasure and her coaching produces exceptional results. Highly recommended.”
“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.”
“Jane’s coaching was the right balance of challenge and support – there were times that I needed more direction and suggestions and Jane was happy take the role if I asked. She gave me space to think and reflect and celebrated with me when I had a light bulb moment! I also like the way our sessions ended with an appreciation and the connections and shared materials between each session. Thank you so much for helping me realise and become the People Leader I knew I could be.”
“Jane provides a climate of safety, warmth, and humanity in her interactions. She genuinely made me feel that everyone matters and I had the personal power within to solve many of my problems. As an HR professional she was also pragmatic and could contextualize many of the situations I found myself in. Her ability to ask the right questions was impressive. Jane is a safe space, authentic, positive, a hyper listener, impressive questioner who applies her coaching expertise to any context.”
“Jane is an amazing coach, and the impact of her coaching in the last 12 months has had a truly powerful and lasting effect on me. She has taught me to both embrace and champion my aspirations and ideals for human-centred leadership. And significantly, she has helped me to achieve, and to be even more deeply committed to, the skilful and delicate balance of being both kind and assertive in my leadership, for which she is a true role model. I have loved working with Jane, and I would recommend Jane to anyone wanting a supportive, highly skilled coach who can help you make deep transformations.”
“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.”