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WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY
"People don't grow by accident. They grow by design."
“The coaching was useful in defining what I do and what I want to achieve. It also allowed me to realise the tools I need to get there and how I might make small changes or alterations to improve efficiency and a more positive approach. It's also useful to have an external perspective from someone who understands the industry and understands the 'juggle' of work and family life.”
Design Writer, London
“The senior management team at Planning Potential have been working with Karen for a year now and her wise advice, prompting us to focus on what we should be doing in the business rather than what we want to do, has been invaluable. She ensures we set clear targets and keeps us to task with regular one to one meetings. She tailors her approach to suit the individual, rather than following a one size fits all approach. I would highly recommend Karen to any small business seeking to get the best out of its people.”
Helen Cuthbert, Director, Planning Potential, London
“I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, and was slightly unsure if it would be of use, but I found my time with Karen eye opening and highly useful. I regained my confidence at work and have become more assertive and direct. The sessions ended at an opportune time and have left me in a great place both professionally and personally.”
Executive Creative Director, London
“It was really great to go about finding a new job in a different way and have someone to give a different perceptive on the situation. I have learnt a lot of new tools that will be useful for the rest of my career!"
Associate Architect, London
"Karen, guided me through the motions of making difficult decisions in a process that allowed me to transition more smoothly to the next step. Her positivity, presence and support was very important for me to get me through this crucial stage of my career."
"The feedback from the directors on their coaching sessions has been very positive. Your skill in ensuring everyone had the space to discuss long held issues in a safe and supportive environment has very much helped."
Business Operations Director, Architectural Firm, London
"Karen is a great coach, open to all issues of any kind, whether work or personal related. Really helps to talk things through, to help you in a variety of situations and to gain clarity of your own thoughts and in your own internal processes and procedures."
Director, Construction Services, London
"To think that 6 months after we concluded our sessions that I would be presenting to board members and the CEO of a significant project as part of a bidding process is a great testament to what we achieved."
Associate Architect, London
"My sessions with Karen were extremely helpful and ultimately product in giving me the opportunity to step back and critically reflect on my personal and professional approach to my business."
Business Owner, Senior Architect, USA
"Dreams will stay as dreams, until the inner conscience is awoken to take actions. Thank you for showing me the way."
Senior Architect, London
"It's valuable to have these leadership discussions with an independent professional regardless of how well things are going in working life.
It has given me greater confidence in my current role and helped me evaluate my future career trajectory. [Coaching] offers a valuable insight into preconceptions about working structure, personal effectiveness and responsibility. I found the whole experience very valuable."
Associate, Grimshaw Architects, London
"My coaching experience was 5/5: excellent. I would be more than happy to recommend Karen to anyone who is looking for coaching."
Tal Ben-Amar, Partner, Pilbrow & Partners, London
"Prior to working with Karen, I'd not had any experience with a coach. I engaged with SleepingGiant Consulting so that I could achieve some long term career goals that had previously seemed unattainable. Karen was able to provide me with tools from the onset that helped me identify the obstacles in my way and affect changes that I could make easily and immediately. Continued work on the analysis of my drivers and workstyles allowed me to understand my ways of working so that I could recognize what old habits were holding me back and those which I could use to drive me forward. Karen has provided me with a framework not only for working steadily towards my goals, but also for creating and maintaining a more positive and balanced life. I always feel inspired after my sessions with Karen and look forward to mapping out future goals with her."
Etain Fitzpatrick, Senior Architectural Designer, London
"I feel like a different person. It's not a false confidence, it's genuine."
Associate, Grimshaw Architects, London
"Twelve months ago, when I had no idea how I was going to fund a commercial wind turbine, I started coaching with Karen. Today it is operational and creating great returns on my investment!
I came into the coaching relationship with no pre-conceptions - I knew that saying yes would put me on a journey. Coaching has helped me to scope out the distractions and understand what is important. I have moved my business in leaps and bounds and am now on a path where I can see how to grow my company and create wealth. The overriding benefit though, has been the increase in my self-belief and confidence. A year on, it has been remarkable looking back and realising how much I have changed.
Andrew Clifford, Sustainable Design Director, Clifford.Atkins, London
"I found myself at a turning point in my career with the choice to develop my own architecture practice or to return to working in a larger architecture practice. Each pathway in had its own clear advantages and possible challenges. Conversations with Karen helped me identify my core values and how they fit best within these different types of practice. Karen helped me see things from a different angle, used tools to help demonstrate possibilities and always kept me looking forward.
I felt that Karen's past experience was as important as her coaching credibility, as I didn't have to explain the politics of an architectural office. I recommend Karen's coaching to any architect/mums who need clarity."
Senior Architect & Mother of two, London
"I connected with Karen at a time when I wished to revisit my business goals for the year ahead. I have come away with a clearer idea of what I offer and also a stronger sense of how I work and who I am as a business owner. Karen is grounded and honest - I recommend working with her if you are more than capable, but would appreciate some deep thinking and challenging discussions to move you forward."
Nataliya Langhorne, Director & Interior Designer, Creative Atelier Design, London
"Having previously worked with Karen in her role as a mentor, I was interested in how her shift to coaching would benefit our relationship and my business. The approach used in coaching is considerably different and when I speak about how Karen works I say that she is a good listener. What I mean is more than listening though - Karen transitions what I say into very effective and productive outcomes. For instance, I have started a coaching session feeling overwhelmed, stressed and behind in work, but ended it excited, focused and in control.
Business Owner, Bristol
Client Survey Feedback:
How would you (or did you) describe your coaching experience?
"Relaxed atmosphere, non judgemental, got me thinking about things that I had not considered, wanted to pursue the journey further."
"It was a thought provoking experience that really prompted me to take serious action, with the direction I discovered through the process."
"Positive, time to think and get a new perspective."
What would you tell to colleagues who were considering coaching / How would you describe coaching?
“We spend a lot of time solving other people's problems but rarely our own. It was really helpful to get some external, objective advice and help point out the things I was too close to see myself. I also felt Karen had a good understanding of the creative mind and personality traits, so she took that into account in our sessions.”
“Architecture is such a long course and so focused on a single outcome that I think coaching is a really valuable way to reflect on where you have been and provide you with new tools to seek a different course for the future, one that might not be so clearly defined as working in a traditional architectural practice. The skills I learned were not only useful for changing my career but will also be useful in the design process and in my new job.”
"They have options and opportunities to change, and there are guiding hands out there to help them along the way."
"I like the openness of the conversations; it makes you face the truth."
"I believe it has made me more optimistic towards my future, thus giving me more belief and confidence to follow my dreams".
"Karen is a great coach, very patient and really thinks about her clients needs to help them focus."
"I like the way Karen used intelligent and open questions to help me find an answer to a question. Karen has a humorous, light touch to working which is helpful when things are tough. Best of all, I really appreciated Karen's clear-headed, practical approach to helping me find business solutions that work."
"[Coaching] helped me understand my role and responsibilities and ultimately how to delegate more effectively."
"[I] developed accountability for my own actions and created focus and commitment to making a change."
"It was a wonderful self-discovery tour, and now I feel that I have a more effective toolkit to continue to grow professionally."
"Karen's great as a business coach. She has the right mix of a clear thinking practical approach and a positive, encouraging presence."
"I could see my confidence grow and I am more effective at using my strengths."
"Give it a go - with the right coach, you stand to learn what you want in life (and it might not be what you think it is!) and what makes you tick, how you work best. It helps you gain clarity out of the muddle of everyday life."
Contact Karen Fugle today to learn how SleepingGiant can help you.
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