Sam believes that clients are more than capable of resolving their own issues and that coaching merely helps them get ‘unstuck’ by exploring various options that they can take to resolve their particular issue. She works in a transparent way with clients to ensure they leave with clarity on what and how coaching has helped them with their issue. This has the additional benefit of ensuring that clients do not become dependent on their coach or coaching, and they complete with a clear sense of ownership for their solution.
Each client makes a unique contribution to their work through both their intent and their personal impact. Her role is to support clients at times of change by challenging them to be fully aware of their thoughts and actions to ensure that the contribution they make is aligned to what they set out to achieve. Sam believes that “coaching moves people in every sense of the word”.
The focus of her coaching is to support leaders and their teams to increase their impact at an intellectual, cognitive, emotional and behavioural level. She works to help people explore what they need to learn and unlearn to enable them to deliver improved business and personal performance.
Sam has worked in various sectors, which together with her professional coach training, has supported her in her work with many different clients and varied issues. She enjoys working with clients to make meaning and difference to both the intellectual issues they face and the interpersonal relationships they have.
Examples of recent coaching assignments include; with a CEO – working to identify and manage the issues accompanying an outgoing Chairman and establishing an effective relationship with the incoming one; with newly appointed Partners – supporting them with the transition where they are new to leadership positions and aiming to establishing themselves, quickly, into their new role; with Leaders leading teams – establishing teams and work groups, managing the needs of the team and individuals, leading teams and delivering high performance through others; with Individuals – dealing with conflict, difficult conversations, influencing others and making an impact with clients, peers and team members.
Sam has coached business leaders and teams since 1996 and has worked with people in a range of businesses, professional services and public sector organisations including; Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Open University, Yahoo!, BUPA, Betfair, Linklaters, KPMG and Baker McKenzie.
She was a member of Faculty at Meyler Campbell on their Business Coach programme having started her corporate career in Jaguar Cars, moved to Scottish Power then spent a decade at Unilever where her final corporate role was as Global Head of Coaching for Unilever.
Sam was an original member of the Editorial Board for Coaching at Work Magazine where she wrote a regular coaching column for eight years and contributed to a number of features and articles. She has also co-authored the book, Coaching Stories, Flowing and Falling of Being a Coach, which was published in early 2019.
Currently working on her Doctorate in Coaching Supervision (due to complete in 2020) University of Wales Trinity St David, Sam has a Professional Masters in Coaching from i-coach Academy and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is also working towards Chartered Coach status of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and is a member of the European Coaching and Mentoring Council, ICF and Association of Coaching. Sam is accredited for MBTI Step 1, 2 and Advanced MBTI with Teams.