Global Communications Director
A look at the progress made by Kate Ischei with her time being coached by Jenny Garrett
(in her own words)
I really wanted to assess where I was in my career and make a concerted effort to change my approach to my career and to the way I approached the job application process. I had reached a level where I was tending to repeat positions rather than going up a level or developing my knowledge and skills.
In my current role, Jenny’s coaching helped me to position myself around quite significant organisational changes. I was finding the changes challenging, because of the lack of communication around what was happening, and Jenny helped me to navigate this rather difficult working environment over several months.
I have become a lot more confident and, as a result of this confidence, decisive. I am much more self-assured and can clearly see how my thought process can impact my perception of the working environment. I am much more positive and much more self-aware in relation to my strengths and areas of development.
Return on investment
The support, and guidance, that Jenny provided have been invaluable and I would say that the investment was well worth it.
Working with Jenny
Jenny’s ability to see things from a neutral perspective. She has a very good approach to discussing even difficult matters and quite often managed to neutralise my perspective of the challenges that I was facing to make it less ‘them and me’ and more ‘what can I do to help myself.’ Taking responsibility, and ownership, is probably then biggest learning experience.
When I have been challenged to take an inward perspective and search within myself for the answers. Only you can tell yourself what to do. I suppose I originally wanted someone to do this for me but Jenny has a clever way of supporting you in the decision making process but also making you realise that you already have the answer and just need some coaxing to come to this conclusion.
How to make the most of coaching
Come prepared. Think, in advance, about what you want to get from each session. This means that you focus on the right areas rather than meandering and perhaps looking at ad hoc areas rather than the ones that really require attention.
It is an integral part of the way that I live now. I am much more able to say yes or no and to make an informed decision about when yes or no is appropriate or not. This is not entirely down to the coaching but the coaching certainly facilitated the process of further self-discovery.
This will be an extension of the areas that I have already worked on. I see the confidence as work in progress and also the value I place on my knowledge, skills and experience.