As a CEO, you have a lot of demands on your time. Meeting Rachel allowed me time to step back from the business and gain clarity on the key priorities. I think this was valuable time spent and enabled me to perform at my best and deliver results for the company.
Rachel was very good at drawing out from me those elements of my working approach which could benefit from some thought and reflection as to how new or alternative ways might improve my performance and that of my team.
Rachel is very good at getting the best out of you. She has a very gentle manner which is underpinned by a clear focus on outcomes, improving performance and working on the areas agreed in the coaching plan. She is a good listener and relates very well to situations and her ability to provide examples from other aspects of her coaching experience is very useful. Rachel has been flexible open, honest and transparent and is not afraid to ask the hard questions.
One of Rachel’s insights about the need for me to find satisfaction in managing difficult situations, rather than pleasing people or always delivering what they want, made a strong impact. I found coaching to be the most useful element of the Executive Leadership Programme for its targeted and practical focus on real life challenges in the workplace.
Rachel is a pleasure to work with and I looked forward to each session with her. I got so much value out of the coaching and it has really helped me focus on achieving my goals by identifying what’s manageable in the short, medium and long-term. I’ve had coaching before and this is the first time that I have really benefited from it.
I understand my moral purpose and what guides me in my work. I have developed self confidence in many aspects of the role that I found challenging. Rachel is an extremely capable, pleasant coach who respects confidentiality. She understands the world of work, the immense challenges senior leaders face and can challenge your negative self-beliefs.
I found the way Rachel questioned me and scaffolded me on the journey to finding my own solutions to be the most helpful . Rachel also provided me with many useful strategies to aid organisation and anxiety.
I was, for the first time in 18 years as a Principal, genuinely overwhelmed with my job and not in a good place in my head. I needed someone to help me tease through issues that were swamping me, clouding my vision, sapping my positivity and all my energy. I needed someone to lift me back to being the person I used to be – and Rachel Doogue was that person, she rescued me at a very important and vulnerable stage in my life and I will be forever grateful to her for that.
I chose Rachel because of the emphasis she placed on remaining highly effective while achieving work/ life balance. For me, this topic was a key immediate concern and something I wished to explore as part of the leadership programme.