I now feel I’m in control of my life
I signed up for coaching as I was new to my role which at the time seemed unwieldy. I hoped to use coaching to find ways to clarify my role and prioritise my work, so that I could be more effective. Whilst there are still many ways for me to improve and develop, I now feel that I am in control of my role, and I know what I need to do.
These coaching sessions have given me the opportunity to think about my leadership style and about how to make the transition between being in the team, and managing / leading the team. Anneliese helped me to identify and focus on the main issues I wanted to address and made me feel very comfortable and able to express what I was finding challenging; it felt like a safe environment to discuss these issues. I also felt that the discussions we had were based on valid information – I very much trusted Anneliese’s suggestions and ideas.
I have been able to think about appropriate and effective communication strategies for various situations, including dealing with conflict, and ways of prioritising so that I make the best use of my time. Anneliese also offered me extra information to read outside the sessions.
I was unsure what coaching involved when I signed up and I was apprehensive initially, but this coaching has been very valuable for me. I feel I have made positive steps forwards throughout the 12 months, and also have ideas and strategies on how I can continue to develop in my role going forward. I think that when you move up take on a more senior role, this sort of protected time is essential to developing yourself, gaining personal insights, and maximising your potential. It can sometimes be challenging (Anneliese didn’t let me avoid difficult topics!) but it’s also very supportive – and enjoyable!
Trauma Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
A Career MOT!
I arranged coaching with Anneliese after I took on more leadership responsibility at work. Her coaching gave me the opportunity to take time out to how best to fulfil this role. I found Anneliese to be very supportive – she helped me to recognise what I bring, to identify my skills more clearly and to understand more about my own emotions. I appreciated the way she challenged my unhelpful inner critic and offered useful suggestions which enabled me to move forward with my objectives and put together a plan for my future work.
As part of this ‘Career MOT’ I liked the fact that Anneliese pulled examples from literature, history, philosophy, politics and popular culture rather than from leadership textbooks. Not only am I in awe of her mental library but also it made me see my concerns from a broader perspective, as well as encouraging me to re-engage with my creative side, which I found very valuable.
I have noticed that I am happier in myself and calmer and more measured in my relationships at work. I hope this will provide a good example to others and knit my team together more closely. This coaching has exceeded my expectations and I have already recommended Anneliese to three of my colleagues!
Dr Sarah Blagden
Consultant Oncologist and Group Leader/ Associate Professor, Oxford
I wish I had had Anneliese’s input years ago!! I came to coaching because I wanted to be better organised and feel in control of my various tasks/work demands; my job entails many tasks, for many ‘masters’, and balancing them was not something I found easy.
Coaching with Anneliese felt incredibly collaborative – like a supportive partnership. She helped me to identify what the barriers were to me taking control of my task lists and challenge those barriers, along with focusing on what benefits there would be to me doing so. This had an enormous effect on my ability to manage my complex and demanding workload. Anneliese has helped me to develop a task management system that has greatly improved not only the number of tasks I complete but, more importantly, how calm and ‘in control’ of my workload I feel.
While we were working together, I completed my higher specialist training in Occupational Medicine on time and progressed to my first Consultant post. Since commencing work as a Consultant, I believe that the work I did with Anneliese has had an enormously positive effect on my ability to balance the demands of clinical work, with the strategic and managerial aspects of running a department.
This coaching far exceeded my expectations – it has COMPLETELY changed how I view myself. People talk of having a ‘light bulb’ moment of self-awareness; I feel like I have blown-up the power station! I would UNRESERVEDLY recommend working with Anneliese to friends and colleagues alike. It has made a huge difference to my ability to plan, prioritise and complete tasks. I also feel a great deal happier as a person and “comfortable in my own skin”. The knock-on positive effects evident in my personal life is a bonus I didn’t anticipate.
The coaching sessions I had were paid for by my employer. However, knowing what I know now about how valuable Anneliese’s coaching skills are, and how much they have added to both my professional and personal life, I would happily have paid for it myself, twice over.
Dr Jane Lloyd, Consultant, Occupational Medicine Surg Cdr, Royal Navy
I decided that coaching would be useful because I wanted to know more about how to manage difficult situations at work. Anneliese immediately made me feel at ease and able to explore new ideas and concepts in a way that was positive and empowering. Working with Anneliese helped me to identify possible reasons for miscommunication and poor communication in teams, and find strategies for building and leading teams through clear and authentic communication which references values.
As a doctor working in a particularly high-pressured environment, this coaching has given me the space and time to think about my own interpersonal style and how communication works in teams. I have also come to realise the importance of self-care and personal well-being – and of maintaining a positive mental attitude.
Everything we have done has been relevant, effective and useful – but a key insight for me was about ‘unconditional positive regard for all human beings’ – this was a life-changing concept for me and a phrase I keep in my mind still. I can’t thank Anneliese enough. I use what I have gained from this coaching every day – at work and out of work. I now feel that I am a better team player and a more effective leader – I also feel happier at work in general.
I would recommend coaching to anyone, but especially with this coach!
Dr M.N., Oxford
Working with Anneliese has been really helpful. Together we worked on my interpersonal skills so that I can manage challenging situations assertively, build stronger team relationships and handle stressful situations professionally. This coaching has also made me more aware of my strengths and increased my self-confidence to realise my full potential.
As an international medical graduate, I found that Anneliese’s expertise in intercultural communication was also pivotal in helping me to understand more about the impact of culture on communication. As a result I have been able to adapt my style to be more effective in this context – something I would recommend to all overseas doctors coming to work in the UK.
I now feel I have the confidence and the skills to manage my interpersonal relationships professionally and effectively. Anneliese’s expertise, warmth and empathy have made working with her as my coach a positive, motivating and enjoyable experience.
Dr S.P. Psychiatry
I chose to have coaching sessions with Anneliese with a view to developing my leadership skills in preparation for taking up a consultant post.
Coaching gave me the time to reflect on practical situations I encounter in my professional life and develop skills and strategies for managing interpersonal relationships.
The experience has exceeded my expectations! It has significantly enhanced my professional and also my personal development – I have learnt so much about myself and the sessions have boosted my confidence. I particularly appreciated Anneliese’s listening skills and her understanding of the problems I was having.
I have now moved forward and I feel that I can fulfil my potential in this next stage of my career.
Dr D.A. ST7 Obstetrics & Gynaecology
It has been a pleasure working with Anneliese. I have gained a fresh insight into some of the factors that can adversely – as well as positively – affect examination performance. Being able to discuss approaches and ideas with Anneliese was in itself a calming and rationalising process, and the sessions have really helped me to defuse the physical and emotional stress associated with GP assessment.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Anneliese as a coach, and particularly to doctors in a similar situation. In fact, I would go further and recommend that her sessions be incorporated into the training curriculum! Having passed the examination successfully, I come away with the added bonus of knowing that I will also be able to apply the techniques I have learned to future workplace challenges!
Dr A.Ateaque, GP
Coaching with Anneliese was an eye opener for me – I was unaware of the potential of ‘personal/professional coaching’ the impact it could have in developing professional skills.
For me coaching has given me the time and space to clarify my professional objectives, try out new ideas and think about different ways of approaching tasks and challenges. Throughout the focus was always on me, my development and professional preoccupations at the time.
I’ve become more confidently assertive about organising my own professional commitments, I’m engaging more collaboratively with the whole team, and from a leadership development point of view, I’ve learned a lot by having the time to think about a particular project I’ve been managing.
Looking back on the whole coaching process, it was a great opportunity and a very positive and useful experience. I enjoyed working with Anneliese and her ideas and personal efforts during this process of coaching will continue to help in my professional growth in future.
Dr A. Qureshi, Clinical Neurophysiology