“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.”
“As a result of my coaching with Jane it has made me more aware of the impact that I have on others. I feel like my relationships with colleagues and others across all grades have improved. My coaching sessions have made me question my areas of focus and how I move towards the next level in my development. I want to make a difference, not turn up for work each day because it pays my mortgage! Jane’s style of listening, her empathy and the trust and rapport that she had built with me meant that I could be open with her and fully explore why I felt the way I did and how it impacted me in my day-to-day working life. By doing so, I was able to develop a level of self-understanding and acceptance that would not have been possible otherwise. Her style of questioning helped to get to the bottom of certain things, allowing me to dig deeper into my underlying assumptions and challenging them. The sessions are very much yours and Jane’s flexible style allows you to address topics (especially the unexpected ones) at your own pace to get the most out of your time together.”
“As a result of my coaching with Jane I have an understanding of what my purpose is, an articulation of my guiding principles and a clearer understanding of what I need to do to be more successful in my role.
The coaching has enabled me to operate more at an ‘outstanding’ level for my grade on a more sustainable basis. It has also enabled me to be a more effective leader.
Really enjoyed our sessions and found them very tailored to what I needed and very focused on delivering relevant outcomes.”
As a coach, Jane created a safe environment where I was able to be completely open about what was bothering me about my work. Jane did not do my thinking for me, but was instead razor-sharp in asking questions which required me to get to the heart of what I wanted to achieve and what was preventing me. It was these challenging questions which got me to explore ideas deeply, bringing a new clarity and energy both during and after the session.
Thanks again for the inspiring delivery and content of your mentoring programme, I was definitely motivated and will ensure I use the techniques and tools I learnt in my mentoring sessions whether as a mentee or in the future as a Mentor.
“In attending Jane’s Time to Think Foundation Programme, I valued the energy release from thinking out loud, the excitement generated through application and the approach has for all relationships in my life. I discovered that questions, carefully framed unlock so much potential. I will apply these applications for leadership development, collaborating with friends and most of all with my clients.”
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.
I have been on lots of courses and have worked with coaches before but I found Jane to be exceptional. She is a very powerful listener and knows how to take what you give and help you shape it to address your issues, concerns and development needs. She facilitated me thinking through those things I wanted to address and enabled me to come up with the answers which were right for me. This coaching has had a significant impact. For the first time in a number of years I am clear what I want out of my role and life. More importantly though it has helped me further develop those things that I do well and has also encouraged me to move forward those things I do less well on. I also feel that I build stronger relationships with those I work with and I have grown to appreciate more what they do and how they do it.
I just wanted you to know how powerful the thinking environment can be and how it most definitely can be used within a financial planning context. The skills I learnt with you on those three days at the Greenwoods Hotel will stay with me for the rest of my working life – thank you.
Your Transforming Meetings programme was a brilliant day and was so enjoyed by all even the initial doubters! I really feel you have made a significant difference to the way we will all behave in the future.I personally loved the day and I am left feeling more empowered.
Coaching with Jane has had a significant impact for me personally. It has given me confidence and self-belief to deal with situations in a more structured and positive way. I also have a sustainable way to continue improving. Jane made me think for myself through creating a thinking environment.
Jane’s Developing a Thinking Environment 3 day programme provided a small safe environment and in particular I valued the quality of the interactions with Jane and with my fellow delegates, the 2 day + 1 day structure, the chance to practice and Jane’s role modelling of the approach in everything she does. As a result of this programme, for now, I am noticing better connection through more focused listening. Also, and very personally, the course has reignited my interest in coaching and my desire to refresh and extend my organisational development practice. It has changed my plans for 2016. We will see what exciting outcomes stem from that change!
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.
Jane has a great sense of observation – her comments are to the point, precise and practical. As a coach Jane creates a vast space in which her Clients are invited to think and choose independently.She equally easy see and directly communicates your strengths as well as areas to improvement. Her presence grounds the Clients and connect them with their best selves. Working with her is profound and enjoyable.
I have really enjoyed our sessions and got a lot out of them. They have challenged me to think and develop new approaches to managing stakeholders and teams as well as myself and my stress levels!
Thank you again for the powerful coaching session. I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate your offer and how you held the space with trust and attentiveness with your questions, timing and silence. Thank you.
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.
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.
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!”
“Jane’s Thinking Partner Programme delivered intelligent, rigorous teaching and skills practice with patience and grace. Having attended, I have complete faith in the process and a renewed faith in mankind’s ability to work through anything when given the respect, time and space to do so. Thank you Jane for this wonderful learning opportunity”.
“I wanted to thank you immensely from the bottom of my heart for guiding us through three of the most amazing days that I have experienced in recent times. I really liked your elegant and sophisticated style which made my learning such great fun. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you and the team during the three days and can’t wait for the re-union”.
“I highly recommend Jane Adshead-Grant’s approach to delivering her individually crafted Thinking Partner Programme. She embodies courage, grace and wisdom and this creates an empowering experiential environment where I was encouraged, as both a Thinker and Thinking Partner, to be bold, courageous and to become a thinking environment. Her calm and confident presence was congruent with the components of a Thinking Environment. Her demonstrations were masterful and role modeled excellence, which truly enabled us all to reach high from the beginning. To invest in oneself to become a Thinking Partner is a worthy aspiration, to think better for oneself and to help others think independently opens a whole series of possibilities, and to train with Jane was inspirational.”
“As a coach I understand the importance of creating a coaching space and using my intuition to ‘hear’ what is unsaid. The Thinking Partnership training I undertook with Jane Adshead-Grant has brought a deeper dimension to my coaching practice: I have discovered the power of creating a space for a client to explore uninterrupted, verbalised thinking cycles is remarkable. At the same time, as a coach I have learned the power of silent attention: instead of asking the power question, I create the space for my client to ask it of themselves. This self-exploration, combined with examination of assumptions and incisive questioning, in my opinion, results in a more complete coaching conversation because the client reaches absolute clarity on their goals, and absolute conviction on the action they will take”.
“I learned the importance of preparation and developed the confidence to perform in a group knowing that my opinions are valuable.”
“Transforming Meetings was a brilliant day and was so enjoyed by all even the initial doubters! I really feel you have made a significant difference to the way we will all behave in the future. I personally loved the day and I am left feeling more empowered.
“I have significantly improved the relationships with other participants.”
“Jane was a fantastic, supportive, and authentic partner to be with on my journey. Her curiosity, listening, questioning techniques and deep insights helped me clarify my thinking and open up new avenues to explore.”
“Jane has a great sense of observation – her comments are to the point, precise and practical. As a mentor coach Jane creates a vast space in which her clients are invited to think and choose independently.
She equally and with ease sees and directly communicates your strengths as well as areas to improvement. Her presence grounds the clients and connects them with their best selves. Working with her is profound and enjoyable”.
“As a result of the mentoring programme I took with Jane this year, I’ve refocused and honed my coaching skills around the ICF coaching competencies. It’s helped me think about how I want to be as a corporate coach and additional things I may need in place to ensure a really professional offer. Jane is the consummate coaching professional; she is measured and mindful whilst at the same time being warm and encouraging – and generous in sharing her coaching experience and expertise.”
“I enjoyed the camaraderie of the group. I particularly valued Jane’s precision, structure and organization. Everything felt well planned and she demonstrated expert knowledge and confidence. I learned the power of the thinking environment, the importance of contracting and of the importance of words. I will embed Thinking Pairs into my coaching sessions and use at work with my colleagues.”
“Being able to share and experience with others in a true safe environment. It was useful to reflect and be able to challenge and gain insight. Taking time to think will be useful as well as the use of questions and the power of listening.’ Jake Watkins, Management Consultant, Penna Plc
‘You helped bring the books (Time to Think, More Time to Think – Nancy Kline) to life. My awareness is increased around what creates a ‘Thinking Environment’ – the components, the process and the questions. I learned the power of having space to think with a committed thinking partner.”
“I found the practical demonstrations (with Jane as the thinking partner and then as the coach) very helpful. I learned the value of the ‘paradox’ around being a thinking partner and to trust the system to facilitate a real paradigm shift.”
“The content is terrific. Really enjoyed working through it, have taken a lot of notes and looking forward to trying the actions out.”
“I thought it was simply excellent. It really sounded with me and sent a very powerful message. I think it really hits the mark.”
“I really enjoyed it and loved having the audio book element (it meant I could fit it into around my work), but I also enjoyed having the written copy as reference to look back to / reference. I loved the structure of the communication style section and I found the framework really clear and easy to remember, (i.e. the four quadrants). I know I could share my learnings easily with my team – I’d find it easy to explain and they would grasp the concept easily. The exercises were simple and not too complex / time consuming. They felt achievable and something that I knew I could do easily. It was useful to think about my own style, strengths, as well as the potential watch outs. I also enjoyed thinking about other people’s styles and learning about how I could flex my own approach to communicate effectively and influence them (very timely too for me personally!)”.
“Jane’s method of coaching is all about driving you to find the solution to your biggest development areas, challenges and opportunities to succeed. During our year of coaching, Jane really helped me clarify my ambitions and what type of leader I wanted to be and how to get there. Her coaching has been fundamental to my ongoing success and I’m still using lots of the frameworks and tips today.”
“The formula of having input, skills practice, buddy conversations and mentoring is IT. It’s how all virtual learning needs to happen! My top take-aways from the programme are to remember to trust your client and where they are at that moment, when you feel on the edge or a gap – explore it – it is often the key, and listen for liberating assumptions (not just limiting ones). Thank you for a great course. Wonderfully rigorous and yet warm (safe).”
“Jane has a great sense of observation – her comments are to the point, precise, and practical. As a mentor coach Jane creates vast space in which her clients are invited to think and choose independently. She equally and with ease sees and directly communicates your strengths as well as areas to improve. Her presence grounds the clients and connects them with their best selves. Working with her is profound and enjoyable.”
“Anna’s style is open, listening, curious and most of all insightful. She smoothly identifies key areas and balances theory with questions and experience to offer perspectives for the coachees to get to the bottom of matters. Her exploratory style made me always feel like it was about me and my situation vs. a standard one size fits all solution. She was able to have an open conversation which always led to me ‘having the a ha moments’ about myself”.
“You truly embody the 10 Components in your work: the venue was great, the participants warm, encouraging and engaging and your facilitation of the programme was, as I said earlier, transformative. I enjoyed the programme immensely and my head is buzzing with new, and surprising thoughts–and I appreciate that very much.”
“I really enjoyed exploring the additional group applications, especially as I could see how to use and apply them in some of the work I do. The Transforming Meetings finale really pulled it altogether. I particularly liked learning in small groups.”
“I have a new way to manage my team, certainly with more respect for their opinion.”
“A stimulating thought about the impact of behaviour in meetings and how to change it for the better.”
“The impact is that people in the team will be more eager to have input into the agenda and will feel more accustomed to produce actions.”
“Remembering that everyone matters when chairing team meetings with my team and also applying to my interactions with friends and family – they are transferable skills”
“People feel valued, respected and heard by colleagues, especially their seniors. This will improve morale and motivation amongst employees in the business.”
“Better listening made people speak and gather better/more information.”
“I learned more about my colleagues and now have a template for conducting meetings in a more productive way back in my team.”
“I learned more about my colleagues and now have a template for conducting meetings in a more productive way back in my team.”
‘I valued the study and discipline to allow for thinking.”
“Great tips on generally how to get the most out of meetings, how structure can impact the efficiency of meetings and the power of allowing people to think”.
“I valued making space as a leadership team to plan the way we work and having the time to reflect and adjust.”
“As a result of the Transforming Meetings programme, the results in our business are:
- Faster and better decision making. Ownership of decisions across the business.
- Huge increase in productivity. Reduced frustrations.
- Shorter, higher quality, more effective, better clearer outcomes.
- Focus on what matters. Leave with actions.
- Better results, clearer priorities, common thinking in alignment, role model for others.
- More actions, more decisions, more progress.
- Better use of time, better culture, more effective.
- Better communication and output.”
‘Being able to share and experience with others in a true safe environment. It was useful to reflect and be able to challenge and gain insight. Taking time to think will be useful as well as the use of questions and the power of listening.’
“The impact of this programme has lead to increased positivity, calm, concise and structured meetings.”
“Discovering a structure around conversations with an emphasis on listening to others giving them space and appreciating other’s views was most valuable.”
“The impact of holding meetings in this way has developed a shared understanding and brought coherence to the team.”
“I learned that it IS possible to contribute to ANY conversation when the opportunity is there.”
“I discovered the ability to input concisely and to focus on the topic in hand.”
“The impact of this programme has provided a better use of our time and productivity together with in an improvement in our business performance. In addition the open and respectful interaction amongst the team itself.”
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.
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.
“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.”
“Following the Thinking Partner Retreat, I have experienced great focus, breakthrough moments, courage and positive intent. I also recognise the power of appreciation. I would say to others about this experience ‘Do it!’.”
“The Thinking Partner Retreat with Jane was a truly incredible experience. The generative experience is moving, powerful and full of opportunity. If you think you are a good listener, like I did, I recommend this training. Connection, presence, innovation and energy are 4 key words to sum up my experience.”
“During the Thinking Partnership Retreat with Jane I was able to unlock some personal assumptions that had been holding me back. I have left with a renewed spirit of generosity for my thinking partners. I am better equipped to facilitate, more impactful thinking for others and being a thinking environment for my clients, family and friends.”