I have benefited greatly from working with Claire. I have experienced a much stronger relationship with my boss and their senior boss and was chosen as Executive Leader of the year for an executive area comprising 25% of the business. I am now seen as a more collaborative, collegiate leader with a far more proven ability to develop businesses.
Claire is a very intuitive coach and mentor who is able to sense what is going on for her coachee by listening to and grasping the slightest nuances. She is also a good ICF mentor and contributed considerably to my re-accreditation.
‘Unique You’ was a very valuable programme that gave me a great insight into my personality and how it translates to the workplace. It allowed me to realise what my most important values are as a person and therefore what the best work environment is for me going forward. It was a fun programme that I really enjoyed doing and I am now a lot more confident about who I am, what my interests and values are and (most importantly) what I need to look for in a future career.
Through mentor coaching with Claire, she supported me in making several important shifts, including moving from my being "a coach-in-training" to "a coach" and from providing only pro-bono coaching to paid coaching. She also helped me develop my own coaching skills, particularly in the area of letting the direction of the session fully come from the client. I thoroughly enjoyed her positive energy on every call. Thank you, Claire.
Thank you for last week’s session. It left me quiet, grateful and peaceful.
I want to thank you for your support – you are my touchstone and I value our sessions immensely. I feel totally safe and am able to go to a place of vulnerability which helps me to see what is really going on.
One of the key areas that you helped me with was to focus on a vision of where I wanted to be…. Well, just over 12 months on from our last coaching session, I have achieved the first part of the vision….myself and my girlfriend (now wife) both found fantastic opportunities in Singapore…. I took a role at Forrester Research who are growing their consultancy.…..based on my sessions with you, I knew that the opportunity was perfect for me because it had so many of the elements I was looking for and that motivated me. I wanted to say thanks for your help in providing me with the tools and space to ask the questions that I needed to ask of myself to make the right decisions for myself at this time.
Claire was an excellent coach. She was a professional, but above all I felt that she truly cared which I really appreciated. Through the coaching sessions with Claire, I have learned how to cope with stress/challenges which made me adapt quickly to the culture in the organisation.
Thanks so much for all your help, additional suggestions of reading materials and great blend of listening to me, common sense reflections and insights from all your experience. It has really helped me to regain my confidence and be a more rounded individual at work.
My goal is to be the best Coach I can be and I think the few sessions of group mentoring with Claire, has taken me much further towards that goal. Claire clearly understands the ICF accreditation requirements and gives the most candid feedback to help you sharpen your skills across all ICF core competencies. Claire's process, including recording coaching sessions and listening to them back and group feedback really leads to embedded learning. If you want to get accredited with the ICF, I don't think you can go wrong hiring Claire to support you.
I attended 7 hours of group coaching sessions with Claire with a group of 3 other coaches. Claire was consistent in delivering constructive, clear and precise feedback which helped each of us learn and grow as coaches. During the sessions I was able to identify my strengths as a coach, and also overcome barriers such as coaching in front of a group of other professionals, preparing me well ahead of the ICF coaching exams. It was also very beneficial to have a group mentoring session as I was able to learn and observe other coaches. Claire was professional, precise and timely and I would recommend her to anyone looking to get feedback on their coaching skills and learn and grow in their profession as a coach.
Around delegation & enabling others to succeed I’ve changed the way I think towards trusting people, fully delegating the task. I am clearer, more factual & shorter now in my delivery. Now it’s more natural. I liked that that you enabled me to ‘get’ the problem, then explore the ‘how’ & the ‘why’. I was able to listen to myself more & make the learnings more meaningful.
I hire Claire to support me to take my coaching to a higher level of mastery, to challenge me and get me to think more about how I interact with clients. Supervision also makes me think about how I might get in the way of the client's success. Claire challenges me with firm gentleness and tenacity that makes me really think more deeply. My coaching has become cleaner and more effective because of that.
Claire, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my mentor coach. When we started working I was really in a tough space (having been unsuccessful in my initial PCC application) but right away you gave me the energy and inspiration I needed to get back on track. You are a very experienced coach and you always pin pointed right away what I needed to focus on. You did it in in such a humble and smooth way that the learning seemed light, easy and fun to work with. Your presence, flexibility and amazing gut feeling is also something that has stayed with me.
Claire is an exceptional coach. Claire was my mentor coach and I learnt so much about myself as a coach and about the sort of coach I wanted to be through our sessions. I also gained my ACC qualification with scores above the ACC level. I came away far more confident in my ability.
“I found Claire an excellent mentoring coach, who showed a natural coaching style and curiosity which worked for me! I found her enthusiasm and engagement with me top notch.........Claire always seemed to sit comfortably in my map of the World - so to speak. She was able to challenge, guide and listened with an open ear, body, mind and soul; so I felt we were connected during those sessions. In particular I treasured Claire's ability to dissect my coaching style analytically: yet guide me to be better in a creative way, which was so important to me for a mentor coach to be able to do instinctively, not forced.
I chose to have personal coaching with Claire and I came away with enhanced confidence, greater clarity about what I wanted from my life both career wise and personally. Claire helped me to believe in myself and to be more self aware, and to not give myself such a hard time! Claire challenges you to really do the thinking needed, she is great at summarising the major issues she hears, and she is so encouraging. She is very genuine. Thanks Claire for the constant encouragement, I took some giant steps through our coaching which I am very grateful for.
Claire put me at ease as I explained my thoughts and issues and then she worked with me in particular to spend time before and after key interactions to plan and review them with a strong focus on desired outcomes. I achieved a much stronger relationship with my boss and his senior boss. Good feedback from other Directors in the business. My Director and my main board director chose me as Executive Leader of the year for an executive area comprising 25% of the business. My team never saw the inner questioning and ‘stress’. I am now seen as a more collaborative, collegiate leader with a far more proven ability to develop businesses. I also have a more relaxed approach to work. I rate Claire’s coaching as excellent.
When Susan came to the UK it was a precarious secondment, Claire moved quickly and professionally to stabilize her emotional state and gain her trust. Claire developed a professional repertoire that enabled Susan to turn around her performance to the point where she got positive feedback from major stakeholders by the end of 4-5 month assignment. I appreciated Claire’s reaching out to me and sharing progress reports as well as soliciting feedback on performance and sharing that with stakeholders at all levels, home manager and function manager – outcome and data focused.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a very big thank you for the fantastic coaching support over the past year. I really do feel that I'm in a very different space and am far more in control of myself, my emotions and my role. Still lots to build on and plenty more work to do but I feel much better placed to tackle whatever lies ahead and. Thank you once again for helping me to achieve that.
Claire has enabled a lot of my career growth and aspirations. She is very good at listening and asking the right question at the right time which just makes you pause and go think...the power of this is huge.
Claire's coaching was one of the contributing factors that helped me make a major change in my life, in transitioning from many years in the corporate world to setting myself up as a full-time, accredited coach. She helped me to stand back and look at what was stopping me from moving forward; and then to remove the barriers one by one so that I was ready to take what was for me, a big step. I would not hesitate to recommend Claire.
“I have worked with Claire for a year, she has coached me in order to gain more impact from my leadership behaviours. Firstly I wasn't sure how this will work out since the changes required are so subtle but over time we together had identified areas to focus and it worked! She has a personal touch whilst maintaining professional coaching style - a balanced approach that works very well with me. Thank you for being a part of my development.
In a business going through a period of great change affecting day to day operations, Claire allowed me to step back and look at things from a different perspective and to suggest, not insist, on maybe approaching issues in a different way. With regular follow up calls to monitor, tailor and develop this plan the whole process and requirement are now under good control and the challenge is an opportunity as opposed to a battle to face!
Claire is a skilled and empathic supervisor with a strong developmental focus. I used her to support me through ICF accreditation and was very pleased with the outcome.
I have found great value with Claire’s supervision in my work as an Executive Coach to improve my coaching style. She has helped me to reflect more deeply on my coaching and understand what’s going on so that I can enhance my clients’ success. She has pushed me on all the right issues and helped me to clarify how can I strengthen my coaching skills in important ways.
I really do feel so much more at peace with myself, I do feel I have good things to offer and I feel a great sense of calm and confidence about changing direction and achieving a whole life balance that suits me at this time. I have learnt so much - things that I believe I will carry with me from here on. .....I really feel that you get the balance of questions and the timing perfect which allow me to face the challenging things. You have a warm and caring aura and this makes me feel safe and supported. In summary I am no longer afraid. I am just as passionate about the changes that I started and I know I will have the confidence to achieve them.
Claire is an excellent choice as Coach Supervisor. Through discussions with Claire I always gained insights and different perspectives on the clients we reviewed. I took different and more effective approaches to each clients and to coaching as a result. If you are looking for a trustworthy, knowledgeable and skilled supervisor for your executive coaching practice, I am pleased to recommend Claire Palmer.
My impressions of your work with me: unquestioning high regard; straightforward and supportive; genuine personal interest; reliability.
You have lovely energy Claire – very enthusiastic and positive. You are naturally empathetic and warm. One of your strengths is the ability to focus right in which I liked very much. You have a very confidant presence, which belies your ICF qualification. I also really appreciated your willingness to share your own experience and resources – and the fact you did that in an appropriate way.
As a Managing Director you are often “alone” on the top with your ideas, concerns, and challenges in your business environment as well as in your organisation. Claire has an amazing talent of understanding the very specific in a given situation, thus being able to coach and guide you in the direction which afterwards can appear obvious – but before coaching not reachable. Each coaching session is a step forward in business as it is for your personal development!
I personally appreciated direct communication style that you demonstrated in your feedback to me. It was no-nonsense, right to the point, objective and yet quite emotional. This was exactly what I needed. However, I observed you giving feedback to other people in the group and each time it was very different. So, in my opinion your coaching style is versatile indeed. For me it was also a good learning opportunity.
Claire’s coaching? A personal mirror, which allowed greater self-recognition and awareness; more than any other coaching I have had. It was both constructive and personally focused which I much appreciated.
Looking back on my coaching with Claire: it gave me the strength to think more radically, the confidence to believe in myself, it helped me find a sense of purpose.
Claire's coaching enabled me to start coaching myself and others, a skill that is essential in today's business environment where change and challenges pop up much more frequently. Claire also has a deep business insight and intrinsically understands the right question to ask. This is a very special skill and not something I have experienced in others.
Thank you for all your support and sharing your wisdom with me. You’ve made a tremendous impact on me as a coach. You were the first mentor who made me stronger as a ICF Poland Leader and professional coach. It was long journey but worth it.