Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, Consistent. Mary-Louise was first recommended to me as an executive coach in 2012 when I was searching for a high-calibre coach to work with one of our Directors. That coaching project was successful and since then she has continued to make a difference to our people and our business, working with a number of investment professionals and others in the team. Her contribution to their personal development has been significant and has definitely had a positive impact on both them and the business. I would not hesitate to recommend Mary-Louise for executive development in other organisations.
Mary-Louise has a very warm and engaging style which allows our colleagues to relax, enjoy and learn in a very safe environment. She is an ambassador of her brand and has the unique and unrivaled ability of truly bringing out the best in all people she touches. Mary-Louise has also coached senior executives with our business across the five sectors and markets we operate in – retail, distribution, telecom, dotcom and Tesco Bank. She has high integrity, intellect and a knowledge in her field that has set her apart from many other branded companies we have used.
“Mary-Louise has particularly helped me grow in self-confidence. I have learned to communicate more effectively with senior stakeholders, and to present key messages in a way that lands successfully. I am also actively sharing my experience with others in my team during coaching and development sessions.”
“During the coaching I have become more self-aware of how I am perceived, I believe that I was aware prior to the coaching but I was not aware of the impact this had on others. I also believe that the opportunity to step back and reflect has been invaluable, in particular to be able to do this with a peer and an external coach.”
“I have renewed confidence and self-belief, and just as importantly, for the business, the adjustment to my personal style means people now listen to me, because they know our discussion will be important. It was clear, sensible coaching, delivered in a simple, motivational manner.”
The coaching Mary-Louise has provided me has been invaluable. We’ve worked together on leadership presence and impact, influencing, presentation skills, and transitions between roles. She is challenging and supportive at the same time, and her advice and tips are always practical to implement. A lot of the coaching has been based around real-life scenarios or upcoming presentations, often using video role play, and the improvement is usually immediately apparent. I’m very happy to recommend Mary-Louise.
I saw Mary-Louise speak at a conference I attended. It made me think about how I approached my work and whether I could improve on my senior interactions, as I wanted to make a better impact with my Board presentations. The sessions we had paid dividends immediately as they helped me to focus on not only the message but the delivery too. The interaction we had helped me to identify the blockages in my team and within myself in pushing forward my career goals. Having that impartial listener with the skill to tease out an issue was a great benefit to me. One to which I will always be indebted to Mary-Louise. Many thanks.
As a former CLO of the BBC, I was responsible for purchasing millions of pounds of learning services and dealt with large numbers of suppliers. Mary-Louise is equal to or better than the best I worked with. She is one of the foremost experts in Women’s Leadership Development, in either a one to one coaching environment or running workshops and development sessions. Her ideas are focussed, and embody the best practice that is currently available. Her manner is pleasant but authoritative and she can successfully work with people ranging from the most senior executives to newly appointed junior leaders. People trust her, and seek her advice and guidance. I have no hesitation in recommending Mary-Louise.
“The difference that working with Mary-Louise has made is quite dramatic. I have since been in front of a camera AND stood up in front of a large audience to tell my story with much more confidence in being myself, to great feedback (someone tried to book me afterwards!). I think about speaking and presenting very differently now and have since booked over 20 speaking gigs. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to present, speak and generally “perform” with greater positive impact to spend time with Mary-Louise.”
“The programme has given me greater confidence to step out of my comfort zone and to proactively take control of my career development. I plan to build on the relationships developed over the last few months, with other women on the programme. By continuing to share knowledge and experience across different disciplines, the company will benefit because I will be able to make better informed decisions and recommendations on the projects I work on.”
“Being on this women’s leadership skills programme has helped me gain some valuable insights into my own personal development. The coaching has helped me focus my development on key areas which will ensure I have more impact in meetings or engaging with the hierarchy. Having started the course being slightly apprehensive, 4 months on, I am much more confident and have set myself clear goals, which, by putting what I have learned in to practise, I know I will achieve.”
Mary-Louise is a great coach, providing challenging insight with excellent advice & tips which can be used in a practical way, with immediate implementation. This all delivered with charm and firm sensitivity. Well worth the investment.
Mary-Louise kept me focused on my coaching objectives throughout and I was able to achieve all of my objectives. Thinking about stakeholders and the way to influence them was a key insight. Also, thinking about common drivers for different personality types and how to adapt my style to get the best out of interactions. Mary-Louise is a fantastic coach who builds a strong relationship as you move throughout the coaching path, making for more meaningful coaching. She was a great sounding board in difficult times and helped me to think through the best approach to situations before acting. She was challenging but supportive and helped me become a stronger, better leader.