What clients are saying

The opportunity to do the coaching came at a time when there was already change happening within the organisation, as well as for me personally as I stepped up to a more senior position.  It was a real chance to talk through my concerns and issues around the leadership challenges and it helped me to reflect on what my personal strengths and weaknesses were – as well as learning how to play to the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses.  And to truly understand where I fitted into the leadership team and what I had to offer.

I felt that you really saw me – you took the time to see the person underneath and to draw out the good parts.  You took the time to understand my personal motivators and what made me who I am.

I learned that I truly am a leader and I do have a lot to offer.  I am not perfect but nobody is.  I can be impatient with people “not like me” and I need to learn what motivates others and how to play to their strengths.  I also learned that sometimes it is never going to work and people need to go their separate ways – and sometimes that is ok.  I do not need to do everything.  I need to learn to delegate and I need to learn patience if I am going to be an even better leader.

Some tangible results for me were having the courage to step forward and lead the company when a void opened up at the most senior level (CEO).  Having the confidence and the belief in myself to put a whole new strategy and vision together for the company, to build a team around me and to get their support and buy in.  To deliver the pitch…. And to win support and significant funding for it!

I found I had a real shift in mindset and a growing self-belief in myself and my leadership abilities, that surprised even me.  I guess it was always there but Sara brought it to the surface and magnified it.  I was able to understand my motivations and my frustrations better – to know what caused them and how to deal with them.  To look at myself and see where I could improve to become an even better leader.

I would 100% recommend Sara!  I am now finished the initial coaching period but we will be coming back to continue once the new leadership team has had the opportunity to settle in and gel.  I would like to extend the coaching to others in the team and find opportunities for us to be coached together as a team.

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Avent Bezuidenhoudt, CEO
Earth Capital

I felt I wanted to do coaching because I was inspired by the character Wendy Rhoades on the Netflix series, Billions, where she helps people achieve their highest level of performance. I personally felt that it was important to have an independent sounding board to ensure that I am at my highest level.

One of the things that Sara helped me with was shifting mental blocks and anchors (that I didn’t even realise were there). I needed to break those mental cycles, push past my fears and blockers to drive forward. I really got my ‘mojo’ back through working with Sara.

Some tangible business results that have transformed the business and put us on the path to 3X growth this year include:

Transition from the kind of clients that we were working with (too many small customers that were draining our time and energy). We strategically focused the business towards higher margin, larger enterprise customers. We are now targeting big, brand name companies and getting some traction going!

As an entrepreneur, I wanted to be in control. I realised that I needed to make smart, hiring decisions. I hired a Chief Fun Officer to motivate our team, by introducing more fun at work (especially whilst working remotely). I always felt I was dragging my team along, but I gave my team some opportunities to step up, perform and ideate. I found that supporting my team and providing these opportunities to my team led to greatly increased performance. My team are now taking responsibility, and I feel like they are really in it. Our attrition rate has now fallen from 30% to 0% in the last couple of months.

I navigated issues in my personal life and resolved those issues, so I had more time and energy to focus on making the business a success.

Intangibly, I got back my spark and my energy. I had almost ‘forgotten’ that I’d done this before, due to having lost my mojo. I’d built successful businesses in the past, and I knew I could do it again. The greater my energy levels, the greater the energy of my team. We are now much more resilient to the challenges that business life throws at us!

I would not hesitate to recommend Sara to entrepreneurs and business leaders!

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Vivek Thomas, Managing Director

In August of 2020 I had been searching for a personal business consultant when I received a contact request from Sara.  After speaking with her and interviewing other consultants I made the decision to work with her.  I chose Sara because I wanted the perspective of someone who was different than mine as well as someone, I could tell would challenge my thought processes.  Thus, in September 2020 I began a yearlong consulting engagement with Sara.

I chose to renew the contract thereafter and increase the scope of the engagement to group leadership coaching and team training.

Throughout the process I have learned many things both of myself and in growing my business.  I have become more thoughtful of the process and team I lead, understand my vision of where I want to take my business and have a much better grasp on how to go about meeting business goals and objectives.  Sara helped in redefining our core values, sales process, and target market.  We have been able to begin to move upstream and diversify our client base.  During this time our staff has grown and correspondingly sales have increased by nearly 50%, and the business is more profitable.  Personally, I have learned to dedicate time to reflection.  I weekly set aside time to think, read and work on myself as an individual.

What you will find when you work with Sara.  She is direct and works with you to find the answer you are seeking; however, will not just “give” you the answers.  Sara asks for a weekly homework and assignments.  These are easily accomplished if you are good at setting goals.  Sara has been flexible when I needed to reschedule due to conflicts.

Other thoughts:  write down what you talk about.  Easily said but essential as you can both review and relearn items you’ve discussed.  Read a lot.  Discuss books and listen to Sara’s perspective.  Invest the time.  The business growth and education are worth 10 times the cost of engaging with her.

Finally, don’t hesitate to work with Sara.  I do not have any reservations about recommending that you work with her.

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Scott Oleson, CEO
Analytics Computers

I’ve never had any formal executive leadership coaching. However, when Sara contacted me, I was ready to give it a shot. It turned out to be a great decision. The best thing about Sara is that she works hard to understand who you are as a human being, not just as a leader. What started out for me as a professional experiment turned into a personal journey of self discovery which has been helpful across all aspects of my life.

As a result, Sara has honed a toolbox of skills within me to help deal with a vast array of leadership challenges. I’ve made tangible changes to how I approach various aspects of my role including coaching direct reports to maximize their potential, changing the way I approach decision making and problem solving as a leader, diversifying my thinking and the team, and understanding the difference between useful and useless anxiety.

I’ve been so impressed with Sara that she is now coaching other key people within my studio and already they are seeing tangible results too. I would recommend Sara without hesitation to anyone who is looking to coach either themselves or members of their organization. She will not disappoint!

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Dave Anthony, Producer of Call of Duty Black Ops and CEO of Deviation Games

We were a young but quickly growing business. Having grown organically, we had naturally developed a strong culture and sense of purpose, but had never framed it, put it into words a developed a Vision, Purpose and Mission Statement. Having worked in business transformation for years I knew the importance of clearly defining your vision – particularly as you’re navigating your team though big changes and growth. I needed someone external to bounce off. Someone who I hadn’t worked with before, with a fresh pair of eyes and not from our industry.

Sara really helped me focus on and get the important stuff done! Having a time in the diary every other week where we’d go through my actions forced me to spend time working on the business instead of in the business. She’d hold me to account – and being the type of person I am (a starter, but certainly not a finisher), I needed that most.

In my previous roles, working for larger companies and reliving large scale change, I was optimistic, confident and bullish. I learnt this wasn’t necessarily the case as a business owner. I was behaving much more cautiously than I thought I was.  This cautious behaviour was limiting our potential. The feelings haven’t gone away, but I now recognise them and have a process to snap out of it.

Working with Sara has definitely contributed to our growth. In figures – since we started our engagement, our run-rate revenue has doubled, our adviser headcount has doubled, and we’ve moved into a new office onsite with IBM. Over a 6 month period, we developed a clear vision, purpose and mission statement, found the confidence to grow faster (hiring more staff and investing in growth) – this was all happening, throughout the uncertainty caused by COVID. We can now see where we’re going, and we’re all working hard to get there. I’m now finding myself daring to dream more.

I can’t stress enough how important it is as a small business leader to have an ‘outsider’ who will challenge your thinking and push you. Of course I know best practice, but you’d be amazed how much of that critical thinking goes out the window when you’re in the thick of it, working frantically in the business – you lose sight of the bigger picture and quickly become a busy fool. I would definitely recommend Sara!

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Max Hayden, CEO

Having focus and support, I’ve solved problems that have enabled both my businesses to progress quickly to the next stage. And it’s changed the way I think about how I look after these companies, how I control my time and support my team. And it’s made me realise I need to put time in my diary to reflect, address my emotions and do what do I need to do to address that. It’s been a reprogramming exercise. Which has made my businesses soar!

By virtue of getting on top of the challenges I was facing, I’ve found a big reduction in my anxiety levels and the feeling of being able to cope with situations better, provides confidence. Aligning personal goals with business goals and making sure they are symbiotic with each other has made me a happier person.

A really positive experience all around. I’d highly recommend Sara.

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Colin Towers
CEO of Towers Associates; and Director of Packhorse

I wanted to hire a coach to improve my communication and leadership skills. Working with Sara, I have learned more about my strengths and weaknesss in my leadership style, and got more clarity on areas for improvement needed to create a strong personal brand. For example, I learned that my highly competitive nature had created a strong sales track record and a great deal of success in my life, but my lack of self-awareness and of those around me was damaging relationships and impacting outcomes, and holding me back. Through coaching, I was able to come to grips with myself and my leadership style which needed to progress beyond the journey that got me to this point, in order to reach the next level. My past highly energetic and aggressive self-focused person was not creating trust and inspiring others cohesively and consistently. I needed to put aside my ego and find other personal drivers.

Great sales people often have “Grit” that is sourced deep from their childhood. They often have something to prove. Contrastingly, I realised the power of the “collective win”. Great leaders think of others winning, and moving to “we” vs just the “me.” They walk a fine balance between ultimate commitment and focus and understanding others and finding what drives them.

I now believe I have what it takes to be a great leader. Changing in my communication style is a major uplift. I am listening pro-actively and understanding better. Thus, my confidence has improved. Being more aware has also enabled me to connect better with others and judge each situation with more clarity, in order to take the best course of action.

And to top it off, I have been offered Board Advisory opportunities and consulting work as well. I would highly recommend Sara to anyone wanting to develop their leadership potential and become a highly effective and influential leader!

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Matthew O. Fisch, VP Sales
Advisory Board Member, CICL

Passionate would be the first thing to say about Sara. We met when I was looking for a change, I needed to change my leadership style and it helped me to build and unify a great team by learning how to lead myself and lead others. People say change is hard. I agree, but it is much easier when you have Sara as your coach. She’s been an inspiration to me and it has helped me to maximise my effectiveness. I’ve learnt more about myself and specific behaviors I needed to adjust. I’ve been fortunate to find her.

Juan Linares, CEO

Centro Punto de Luz has been hosting yoga retreats for 10 years now and my Co-Founder and I decided we did not want to just simply be in the hospitality business offering cheap holidays, but wanted to raise our profile and also, our prices, as we felt we had been working for too little money for the effort ourselves and our team put in.

Then we hired Sara as our coach, not only for the business side of things but more importantly tackling our fears around money and the fear of failure.

Sara also delved into the topic of leadership which has helped us enormously. We understood that we had to step into a leadership role to be able to make this work. Being a leader is not just about ‘managing’ our team but so much more. She made us realise that we need to also lead these guests though our week-long programme, to create their transformations.

Sara has been instrumental in showing us and training us how to get out of our minds and reducing any fears we had. We have not begun the new style of retreat yet as we begin in 2021, but we have already done and prepared the necessary to embark on this new venture, and book in the higher value, more purposeful retreats.

In fact, we invited Sara to join our team to coach the guests on our transformative retreats!

I highly recommend Sara for leadership and business coaching. There really does need to be a new paradigm of leadership in the world today. We look forward to our new venture next year with great anticipation. Many thanks Sara for all you have taught us and made us realise.

Richard Mowbray, CEO & Co-Founder

I approached Sara when I realised I was at a crossroads and was not sure whether to go left, right or straight on. Sara’s unique approach allowed me to take a deep look at what motivates me and what I should avoid as well as give me some great new tools for coming to decisions in the future. We also worked through how I communicate better with the leadership team and set boundaries. I now have clarity on where I am headed in my life and career.

I would thoroughly recommend Sara. It was time very well spent.

Richard Francis
Global CFO

Sara has given me an unexpected gift. I’ve always followed conventional rules for success. However, something was missing. I was cynical about coaches as most just pushed generic rules on me with little thought as to who I really am.

Sara challenged me. She asked uncomfortable questions that dug deep into what truly mattered to me, and how I could align my actions to these goals better. She didn’t tell me what to do, but rather she used effective strategies to bring the answers out of me.

I’ve now published my 13th book, given my first TEDx talk, and am enjoying life as a doctor and entrepreneur. More broadly, I’m happier, healthier and more grounded, as she helped me grow not just as a professional, but more deeply as a human.

Zeshan Qu’reshi
Paediatrician & Entrepreneur

I’m looking to add more expensive products and flesh out the whole experience of my business, so that I can hit those consistent income months. Working with Sara I’m now in the process of setting up my getting things done process, and I already feel like I can handle so much more than I could before.

I’m realising that when we started, I was so afraid and stuck and overwhelmed, and I’m really looking forward to freeing that version of me, with love and respect for how scared I was, and letting myself show up in a bigger way and serve greatly in the process.

Sara is the first person I’ve worked with that hasn’t judged me for dreaming way bigger than my current situation, and I find that very healing and helpful. Thank you for lovingly pushing me forward, I can’t tell you how much this means to me.

Ma’ayan Israel

I’ve just completed 3 months of transformational coaching with Sara and I can truly say, without exaggeration, that I feel inwardly transformed.

The way Sara works has enabled me to make huge changes in my mindset, thought processes and attitudes. I now feel in a position from which I can continue to change my work life and also develop and grow as a person. 3 months of work with Sara has had more impact on my life than anything else this year. Thank you Sara – you’re a fantastic coach.

Natasha Thorn, Paediatrician
clare edmondson

I have absolutely been knuckling down since our last coaching session – I can see clearly what needs to be done now. The coaching has had a profound effect, which has been trickling down to my subconscious. Things have become so much more clear, my relationship is going great and I feel motivated and inspired to launch my new series on how to effectively second hand clothes shop! Highly recommend Sara! She’s a brilliant coach!

Clare Edmondson
Entrepreneur, Musician & TV Presenter

I really enjoyed our coaching sessions. My biggest insight was that I had in fact already identified a “big P” Purpose (when I thought I hadn’t yet) i.e. connecting people who can help each other. As I was talking about that particular aspect with Sara it really got me pumped up and excited, which I hadn’t felt in a long time. I now know and understand that I can build this into my current podcast series, and that I’m on the right track of discovery! Thank you!

Jeremy Cline
Private Client Lawyer

Sara is passionate about the field of transformative coaching and is constantly looking for ways to serve her clients better. She combines her coaching experience and skills, in a unique way, drawing on her own transformative journey, neuroscience and psychology, as well as the inner world of intuition, thoughts and feelings; to ‘unstick’ her clients when they feel lost and create sustainable transformation in her clients’ career or businesses.

Dr. Lynda Shaw
Neuroscientist, Speaker & Entrepreneur

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