Coaching for Entrepreneurs
Empathy | Insight | Action | Change
Coaching for entrepreneurs
Company founders and entrepreneurs are unique breeds – passionate about their business idea, prepared to work every hour of every day to make it succeed and desperate for those around them to follow them on their journey. At the same time, they are often incredibly lonely and frustrated as their brilliant business idea takes them into a new, unfamiliar world in which they rarely feel understood.
Good coaching or a “professional best friend” can be a power for good at all stages of an entrepreneur’s journey and this type of work forms an increasing part of my practice. In addition, I combine my coaching work with a small number of non-executive roles. Here, I blend my commercial experience with my coaching skills to enable entrepreneurs and their leadership teams make better decisions and thereby maximise their growth potential.
Ways of working with entrepreneurs
My experience of working with entrepreneurs and being a non-Executive director in a number of technology start-ups leaves me well placed to support your coaching needs.
Our work is underpinned by us building a strong, empathetic relationship Next, we have an honest, objective and insightful analysis of the challenges at hand. From this we develop a realistic yet challenging action plan designed to drive the change you seek.
A consistent ingredient to our work is having a positive mindset and the belief and motivation to succeed. I will listen actively, enable you to focus on your strengths, and will encourage self-reflection. This combination creates the environment for you to discover the best way forward.
Your contribution is critical, and, at your best, you will have a multiplier effect on the coaching relationship. By bringing a combination of honest, commitment, energy and a preparedness to take risks, you will give yourself the best chance of success.
So what is the net effect my coaching? I am confident you will identify your enduring solutions to your challenges, and so give yourself the edge to succeed on your terms.
Oliver helped me incredibly. The approach he took with me not only made me think about my core values and needs but also helped me to re-focus on my strengths and give me the confidence to come out the other side of a difficult transition period.
Senior Service Delivery Manager at Microsoft
Oliver… is able to fuse his commercial experience and coaching skills to bring clarity and real value to his clients, which enables them to identify development opportunities in a sustained way. He is a good listener and quick to build a strong and professional rapport which facilitates tough topics to be addressed in a safe environment.
Board Member at London City Airport and Birmingham Airport, Deputy Chairman Copenhagen Airport
Oliver is able to help our lawyers develop, improve their confidence and become happier within their roles. Individuals have found working with Oliver to be a hugely beneficial process and the experience has had a positive impact on their work.
Partner at Freeths specialising in Real Estate
Oliver has lived much of what I am experiencing as a leader of a tech business. This understanding of my context enables me to work through a range of current and emerging issues in a safe and calm environment and so enables me to find the right outcome.
Co-Founder and CEO at Entertainment Magpie Limited
He has helped me to make progress with respect to a number of commercial and organisational issues in my business. He creates a useful environment for me to think through key areas of our business and to enable me develop my own solutions. He also brings in his business experience into the room when appropriate.
Partner at Arnold Hill & Co
Oliver offers expert and professional coaching support. He has been able to understand the needs of the business and individuals alike, and, as a result has enabled my reports to grow and develop individually and collectively.
Head of Professional Information Business & EVP, Dow Jones
Having Ollie as my coach has been a huge blessing. He is a great listener, professional and very personable. His multidisciplinary background makes him easily relatable to different subject matters. He challenges the thinking process and helps you focus on what really matters. I particularly like the fact that he is not self-imposing and his sessions always leave me motivated.
Director of Finance, Property and ICT at Nightingale Hammerson
Oliver has an elegant way of fusing his commercial experience and coaching skills in offering support to the business. He has a knack of asking the difficult questions and prompting important and often challenging discussions for the executive group. His approach makes us stop, think and seek clarity about the options before us and has given us the conviction to make more effective decisions.
Oliver's calm and measured approach is always balanced with the right amount of humility and humour! There is no doubt that Oliver's extensive business experience and depth as a Lawyer make him an outstanding coach.
Chief People Officer at VIOOH