Happy Clients

Recommendation by Gwynedd Theron - Career Management Coach
I'm really pleased that I asked James to coach and mentor me on the subject of Coaching Contracting. I needed to get to grips with this subject matter to manage my coaching business better and the difference it has made in three short months has been remarkable! James is wise, generous with his knowledge and passionate about the disciplines surrounding coaching. I highly recommend him as a coach and mentor.

Recommendation by Geila Wills

James and I go back a long way and I have always trusted his judgement and valued his friendship. When James gently mentioned to me one day that I could benefit from coaching I was rather dismissive. Having seen therapists in various “crisis” situations, shared my feelings too often with, I really did not think coaching was for me. I have been a manager for many years – what could coaching do that I couldn’t do myself? Just make a decision and follow the path of action to achieve the result. James explained more about coaching to me and I decided to give coaching a try.


James was curious, he asked questions that stopped me, screeching to a dead-halt in my tracks, spraying sand and dust everywhere: a monumental achievement. Usually, once I am on a path, I move forward to achieve the result. James asked me where I was, and I replied that I had reached the edge of a cliff and wanted to fly, but just couldn’t seem too. James allowed me to give myself permission to stop, pause, take in my surroundings, meander on different routes, stop to smell the flowers, climb the trees and look at the scenery. Just pausing, breathing, surveying and seeing all the positives of my life.

I also learned that when reaching a T-junction, there were more than two choices – left and right, rather several: Was there an actual barrier? How big? Could I climb over it with ease? Could I under? Around? Stay there? Go backwards? Get in a helicopter and look at the options with a birds-eye view? Did I need to make the decision immediately? Or could it wait until I had more information? Suddenly, I had a multitude of options and more options were coming to mind……WOW, a T-junction will never look the same again.

Through the coaching process, I had many “light bulb” moments, moments of sheer wonder and clarity, the camera came into focus. One amazing session, around a particularly emotional decision: saw five HUGE shifts in my attitude, behaviour, taking the power back, stopping myself from playing in other people’s games and moving forward with all my positives. I felt as if 50 kg's of cement had been lifted off each shoulder, I felt myself straighten up, my chin lift and my whole body thanked me for lifting the weight.

James just got me and understood that as a very visual person, I needed pictures and metaphors. He would ask me what a situation would look like. Being able to visualise the situation, assisted me to see the options – like a movie with several endings and I could describe them to him. I always made the choice as to which ending to choose.

Being coached by James, has allowed me to develop and grow, following my own paths, seeking new, different ideas and solutions. I am allowed to be curious, create pictures, sit in the pictures, move to another picture and see what that looked and felt like and then decide which elements of each scenario to take with me. If everyone could just have one mind-shift, one light bulb moment, they would see the value of coaching!!!

On the journey, I took off quietly and have been flying ever since. Some days the flight is bumpy and I go to coaching to rest from the business of life, adjust my flight plan and take off again. James is the air traffic controller in my tower. Can I land without him, sure? Can I land better, yes, with the guidance, gentleness and ability my coach has to enable me to focus that camera, set those sights, adjust the flight plan and take off.

Thank you James for being my coach and helping me fly!!!

Recommendation by Jacqui Isley

Thank you James, for helping me see a path through. Before our session, I was faced with a jumble of thoughts and I was unable to make a clear decision. I had been told I was facing redundancy and that there were a few options available to me. I had thought about each option and come up with a lot of blockers. The negative thoughts were preventing me from making a decision.

James, you help me see clearly what was important to me, what my goals should be and how I would know I had made the right decision. You helped me unpick each option, see its positives and set aside the negatives and remain focused on my end goals. By the end of our session, I had a number of viable options, and a clear 'to do' list of what I needed to do and the order in which they needed to happen. I may not have complete control over what happens next, but I do have a plan for what ever my employer decides for me. I have a plan A, plan B and a plan C and beyond. What felt like a scary and hopeless situation, now feels surmountable what ever happens. You have a gentle yet persuasive manner, making it easy for me to open up to you and be honest about what I want and what I can achieve.

Thank you James, for helping me clearing the clutter and negativity from my brain.

Recommendation by Rose McClement

"James has been my coach, largely business coach, since April 2012. What appealed to me initially was that unlike business coaching I experienced in 2011, James set out to open up the way coaching works and what the purpose of coaching, was right from the get go.

He has assisted me in resolving issues which were keeping me ' stuck' and eased me forward at a pace that I could cope with. He understood that being a ' visual' person, I could better relate to scenarios played out in pictorial scenes. I have experienced so many Ah-Ha moments when suddenly I knew that my perceptions had shifted and I was able to move forward out of a misty zone.

He has assisted me in gaining clarity and focus, while coming to understand myself and the way I operate as well.

Along the way, he has been my accountability partner. During all of this process and journey, I am constantly being empowered towards a place of strength and understanding, boosting my self confidence to levels unknown to me.

A recent major shift that James was able to facilitate, was bringing me to a new found perspective of sales. He has enabled me to review my resources, my personal toolbox and go about the business of approaching new clients in a way that works well for me. I stand amazed at this. Namely because - it is so unlike the previous business coaching where I knew that as a round peg, I was being pushed into a square hole.

James just gets me. I would recommend his business coaching service at any time."

Service Category: Career Coach

Year first hired: 2012 (hired more than once)

Top Qualities: Personable, On Time, High Integrity

Recommendation by Cindi Segal

“A huge thank you for all your wisdom, advice and coaching skills during my sessions last year. I thought I was going crazy and it was wonderful to be able to discuss everything with you including menopause, relationships, business problems, conflicts, etc. You helped me put issues, which were very serious to me, into perspective. With much love and appreciation.”

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