What clients have said

Many coaches fall into the trap of advising, often unconsciously imposing or suggesting solutions that may fit them or may seem the obvious way ahead. This way, the coachee may be misled into a direction which is not really his or her own. Perhaps the quality I found most beneficial in Patrick's coaching style is the fact that he has displayed a canny ability to avoid this trap and thus is capable of helping the coachee to get closer to solutions that will indeed fit him/her. And that is what coaching is meant to be.

 - Wolfgang Ricke, former Finance Director of Sony Nordic

Quotes

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change.

 - R.D. Laing

I offer powerful, supportive conversation that facilitates the full flourishing of people and organisations. My coaching enables people to expand and fulfil their potential as leaders and as human beings in their life and work.

As a leadership coach, I coach you to lead your life, creating self-sustaining growth, both personal and professional. The form that takes depends on your context. It might be a shift to more helpful behaviour patterns, a change of career direction, practising new ways of relating, or transforming stuckness into fresh possibility.

You are the expert on your own life. As a thinking partner, the core skill I bring is to catalyse and support long-term learning and growth in the area you want to address.

As a mindfulness trainer, I teach the skill of mindful awareness and guide you in applying it in your life. Mindfulness is the fundamental meta-skill of leadership, underpinning and enabling all other skills. I have more than eight years' experience of daily mindfulness practice and am a Senior Trainer of Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training with The Potential Project.

I'm informed by the Integral model as a conceptual framework and by mindful awareness as a tool and container. My coaching style is characterised by genuine warmth and appreciation, strong attentive presence, conceptual insight, challenging questions and an ability to hold complexity and vulnerability in calm, compassionate awareness. 

I have coached business owners, salaried professionals, university professors, students and other private individuals. I have a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town and an ICF-accredited Diploma in Practitioner Coaching with The Coaching Centre in Cape Town. I am registered with COMENSA, the Coaches and Mentors Association of South Africa.

Coaching is a process of conversation that supports a person to attain specific goals.

Coaching aims to help the client create long-term excellent performance that is self-adjusting (under the client’s direction) and self-generative (so the client is enabled to continue his or her own learning after the coaching has concluded). A good coach aims eventually to design himself out of the client's learning process.

A coaching program is shaped by an agreement, or contract, between the coach and the client. The contract is designed by each respective coach and client, based on the client's expressed interests and goals. The process can be as deep or as superficial as required and can use whatever methods are appropriate and agreed upon by the coach and the client.

The coaching relationship is one of equals. The coach holds the client in unconditional positive regard, using discussion and questions to help the client to identify goals, design strategies and action plans to achieve those goals, and monitor the implementation of those plans. He also draws the client's attention to important development areas that may be ignored or unconscious.

Coaching conversations are confidential. Trust is critical in a coaching relationship. Disclosure can become complex in business coaching situations, when the outcomes of the coaching process are of interest to an employer. A good coach manages that dynamic with integrity and clear communication.

Coaching is not counselling or therapy: it is more interested in the present and the future than the past. Coaching regards the client as healthy and able to engage and grow. If issues arise during a coaching program that are beyond the coach's expertise, or which indicate that therapy would be a more useful intervention, a good coach will raise those issues and recommend that the client see a therapist.

Coaching results cannot be guaranteed: reflection may result in changes to the client’s initial goals, and the client is ultimately responsible for implementing the changes that coaching brings.

The Role of the Coach

  • be a thinking partner, walking alongside the client on the learning journey
  • ask questions that result in the client identifying new ways of thinking and exploring new options
  • create a non-judgemental safe space that encourages exploration and openness
  • be honest and work with integrity
  • communicate openly, sharing and reflecting back observations
  • raise any observations or issues that are better explored by another intervention, e.g. a therapist

The Role of the Client

  • take ownership and responsibility for his/her learning process
  • commit to implementing the changes that coaching will bring
  • spend time in reflection, putting reflections and learnings in writing for future reference
  • take ownership and responsibility for the decisions made
  • be accountable to him/herself
  • be honest with him/herself
  • hold an understanding that adult learning is a process and involves change
  • provide feedback to the coach during and at the completion of the coaching programme