I've worked with other coaches in the past, some great and others...not so much owing to their lack of experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills. Stuart was an excellent fit for me as an Executive Coach. He held me to an extremely high level of accountability as a CEO and although I wasn't always 100% successful in completing some of my homework assignments on time, he never made me feel bad for it. At the same time, he didn't "let me off the hook" for those assignments either. Because of his systems for tracking our sessions, it was clear what was expected of both of us and this structure really helped me thrive and I think is a huge part of the massive amount of progress made in the time we worked together! If you are looking for a high- performance coach to help you get to the next level, I would definitely recommend Stuart!
Dr Jenifer Drean, CEO
Gem State EyeCare / USA
I was put in contact with Stuart at a time when we, as a company, were going through some major strategic changes. I was having concerns with how this change of direction would affect my team in Europe. After a number of sessions with Stuart my fears were released and my anxiety over these significant changes were put at ease. I regained clarity and a sense of direction to which was successfully transferred over to the European operation. I cannot thank Stuart enough for his professionalism, his ability to listen, to not only what I was saying, but more importantly to what I wasn't saying. His enthusiasm and drive was exactly what I needed at this time of uncertainty. I would not hesitate to recommend Stuart to anyone at an 'executive level' needing help when going through any changes that has an affect at a senior management level
European Regional Manager/ Air New Zealand
I wanted to thank you for all the help you gave me during the period we worked together. It was great to bounce ideas around and then come up with plans to gain greater insight into the operations and financials of the business and as a result watch the profits rise. We have recently submitted our accounts for the last year and I am pleased to say we exceeded the targets we set together; this is the ultimate proof that your coaching can add value to any business. With this in mind I highly recommend Stuart to any business that wants to grow.
Roy Steward-Owner & Managing Director
When I contacted Stuart, I wanted to find out what he could get out of Advance Digital Graphics, this is not what I got! Instead Stuart showed me what I could get out of my company, this was a much more powerful tool.
I was uneasy before our first meeting, waiting to be told what I had been doing wrong for the last 19 years and preparing myself to be belittled. The approach Stuart takes couldn’t be further from this image. The guidance and support Stuart gives is based on his many years of running his own business and he shares the challenges and trials of that business which echo all to well the frustrations we were having. Taking advise from someone who has been there and done it, makes a huge difference. I don’t have a business partner and have made all the tough decisions in the last 19 years alone, but working with Stuart has given me the sounding board and partner that is needed to help us grow Advance into the company I have always wanted to.
Each and every 2 hour meeting was packed with useful information, techniques and tools to help understand and grow my business. Whilst there was a set structure to the process, we were able to go off track and tackle specific challenges we were facing as a company at the time, this was a great help and showed us how flexible and knowledgeable Stuart actually is. The process is enlightening and invigorating, I have gained confidence in the areas that I previously shied away from and have gained plenty of new skills.
If the motivation this process gave me was the only thing I had gained, it would have been well worth every penny, in reality we gained much, much more.
Would I recommend Stuart? I have done, many times!
Dan Harman - Managing Director - Advanced Digital Graphics Ltd