Executive Coaching

All the best sports people and athletes have coaches.

“Mike Sprecklen was the coach and mentor to the famous all-conquering rowing pair Andy Holmes and Steve Redgrave. “I was stuck, I had taught them all I knew technically,” Sprecklen said on completion of a Performance Coaching course many years ago, “but this opens up the possibility of going further, for they can feel things that I can’t even see.” He had discovered a new way forward with them, working from their experience and perceptions rather than from his own. Good coaching, and good mentoring for that matter, can and should take a performer beyond the limitations of the coach or mentor’s own knowledge.” ― Sir John Whitmore,

Coaching is no longer just for athletes and sports people. Coaching has expanded into the corporate and business world. Having an Executive Coach is now seen as an imperative to grow and adapt in the fast moving, ever changing business arena. Executive Coaching has proven to be one of the most effective ways to create permanent and positive behavioural change in leaders, supporting them in preparing their organisations and people for the future. An Executive Coach acts as an impartial sounding board, focused on improving performance by helping individuals to develop and sustain new perspectives, attitudes, skills and behaviours.

The benefits of Executive Coaching for the business include:
  • Enhancing performance and icreasing creativity
  • Improving morale
  • Reducing turnover
  • Attracting talent
  • Increasing self-esteem and confidence
  • Leveraging of talents
  • Building new skill sets
  • Increasing the likelihood that goals will be reached.

A typical executive coaching engagement is about 6 months in duration, but can be anywhere from 3-12 months, depending on the situation. The greater the change that is needed, the more coaching is required. 


Executive coaching engagements typically follow these steps:

  • Intake and assessment (including 360 feedback)
  • Goal setting and establishing desired results
  • Ongoing coaching and skills development
  • Measurement and impact of results

Executive coaches are often brought into organizations to work with:

  • High potential people who need additional support to reach the next level
  • Managers who are valuable to the company but have key performance issues to address
  • Executives who have recently been hired or promoted and need to make an immediate impact
  • High potential people who need additional support to reach the next level
  • Managers who are valuable to the company but have key performance issues to address

  • The Business Coaching Process

    Business coaching is offered for individuals and teams.

    We have found that 6 – 8 focused coaching sessions achieve the best results. Each session is a maximum of 1½ hours.  In most business cases an upfront 360 feedback is initiated to establish possible blind spots and areas to focus on. We would also work with the Line Manager and HR to clarify desired results from the coaching process. It is important that the Line Manager is involved to support the coaching and have input into the coaching journey.

    The first session is usually 1 – 2 hours and is exploratory in nature, allowing the coach and client to get to know each other and build trust. It is also in this session that we establish ground rules and desired results.

    There is additional “homework” for the client to complete throughout the process as necessary.

    Coaching can be done telephonically, in person or via Zoom appointments.

    Team Coaching

    Team Coaching is different from individual coaching and requires a greater understanding of team dynamics. The duration of team coaching would be dependent on several variables that would need to be explored.

    Group and Team Coaching is a facilitative process that leverages the resources and knowledge of a group of individuals working on a common theme but having different individual goals. It is an intimate conversation space, focused on goal setting, deepening awareness around key issues, taking action, and developing peer accountability. 

    The benefit to group coaching is the ability to learn from each other, share experiences, create group support, and realise that we are not alone in our journey.

    Peter Hawkins developed the 5 C’s of High Performing Teams and you can view this 4 minute explanation on the link below. 

    Peter Hawkins – 5 Disciplines of High Performing Teams – the 5 C’s 

    This is a great framework to use when coaching a team. It includes inquiry as a starting point and allows the coach to also transfer skills to the team to enable sustainable learning.

    I also like to use Patrick Lencioni’s 5 Disfunctions of a Team when working with teams. It provides a good framework for discussion and gives a process to follow in establishing a growth journey for a team.

    Argueably the best known team development model is the Bruce Tuckman model, better known as Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing. It has been around for a long time (since 1965) and is still relevant today.


    Coaching Disciplines Tess works with:

    Robbins/Madanes Strategic Intervention Life Coach Training – Tony Robbins Academy


    Strategic Intervention (also known as SI) is a dynamic style of coaching that can help anyone, any group or organization take action towards achieving desired results. By taking these ‘actions’, taught by SI Coaches, clients make permanent and lasting changes.

    As a Strategic Intervention Life Coach, I attended the Tony Robbins Academy, the leading life coach training program in the world.

    Performance Coaching

    Performance Coaching is a process where one person (The Coach) facilitates the development and action planning of another (The Coachee), in order that the individual can bring about behavioural changes in their lives. Performance Coaching allows you to discover what is holding you back from success and take steps to improve in the desired direction.

    Gender Intelligence Coaching

    You are only as successful as your relationships. Gender Intelligence Coaching acknowledges that there are differences in how the genders think and behave which can lead to misunderstanding and lack of trust. Gender Intelligence Coaching focuses on increasing understanding of our differences and how both men and women use different coping mechanisms to deal with stress and conflict. When we don’t understand these differences, it can lead to more stress in relationships and often unintentionally increase levels of conflict, disagreements and arguments.

    Both genders bring unique perspectives to the table and increasing understanding of this helps encourage better collaboration and improves trust.

    In partnership with BetterMe.

    Practicing safe stress in relationships is a power hour workshop to improve how we manage stress and understand the coping machanisms that wok for reducing stress levels.

    NLP Coaching

    NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming.

    As a NLP coach, I have been trained to detect minute clues in the behaviour and communication of my clients. NLP uses specific questioning techniques to help find out what behaviours the client is holding on to that might not serve them best. We then challenge their boundaries to help them change the behaviours and limiting thought patterns. It is important to help generate awareness and responsibility within the client to ensure sustainable change.

    NLP Coaching is suitable for anyone who wants to change, improve and generally achieve more in their life. Successful people like to use NLP Coaching to overcome any limitations in their lives and to acquire a new repertoire of possible actions. NLP Coaching methods help them to adopt structures for a happier way of life. NLP coaching gives them a wider range of positive feelings and behaviours. They learn to communicate and respond better. The more options they have, the easier it is for them to make optimal decisions


    Why would I need a Life Coach?

    “Everyone, without exception, has a vast potential for happiness and success, a potential that is all too often unexplored. Your Life Coach awakens you to the amazing possibilities that you possess and shows you how to use them for the benefit of you, your family, your employer and your staff.

    ” Life coaching will help you to unlock your full potential, regain control of your life and go after what you really want.

    If you are committed to achieving better results in any area of your life, you will find that working with a coach and getting vital support, motivation and feedback can be the difference between achieving greater success or just maintaining the way things are.

    A Life Plan encompasses all the important areas of life. This includes Career, Finance, Health, Social, Personal Growth, Family, Fun and Recreation. It allows the individual to realise and define their Values and Principles by determining what is truly important to them, where they want to see themselves one day, and what they want to ultimately achieve. Not everyone is able to map out their Life Plan on their own so that is where a Life Coach comes in.

    This is generally a ‘whole life’ approach and during the first session we aim to help them define their own Life Plan. We then set specific goals in each area according to the client’s priorities and work out a plan towards achieving their desired outcomes.

    If the client has a specific issue that they would like to address, whether business or personal, we help to understand what the issue is and help find the best solution. This is a very focused approach and helps define the specific actions needed and how to follow through on them successfully.

    Coaching focuses on future possibilities, not past mistakes
    - John Whitmore