What People Say…..
Louie has helped me to develop a clear perspective and a way forward on a series of complex issues, within a period of intense professional and personal challenge. Her input was delivered in a way that I could easily relate to and as a result has been easier to sustain the positive actions that emerged. She has a calm yet incisive approach which I feel is the perfect response to the often frantic pace of life. After each session I have without exception felt energised, focuseed, confident and better enabled to deal with whatever life throws at me.
I have to accept that I approached Management coaching with more than a healthy degree of scepticism and thought that it was one of those things as a manager you have to go through. What I found however, was that rather than being a drag, the sessions with Louie were not only helpful to my performance as a manager but were helpful to me as an individual. What the sessions did for me was that they encouraged me, within a safe environment, to reflect upon how I approached certain issues and how I could subconsciously impact upon the message I was trying to convey – I previously had no idea of the unintended implications of my words or actions, particularly in my use of language and nature of my decision-making.
The work I have undertaken with Louie has been rewarding, stimulating and extremely challenging. I would go so far as to say that my experience has been life changing. I focussed particularly on emotional intelligence skills to supplement my technical skills and experience. As an individual who was considered high performing by my organisation, the leadership coaching process paid dividends particularly in my softer interpersonal skills which are essential within management in general but particularly important when working in a corporate context. This process has provided an opportunity to challenge my assumptions and judgements and to consider issues more fully from different perspectives. I would strongly recommend louie as an Executive Coach because of the skills, experience and insight she brings to the process.
Louie will help you/teach you/show you how to identify who you are and what your values in life are. Louie won’t tell you what to do, she won’t give you the options; what Louie will do is empower you to work things out for yourself, to help you recognise your weaknesses, to question yourself and to re-align your work life balance. Without wanting to give too much away, Louie will show you some important techniques to question yourself, or to learn from things you do out of habit. My favourite questioning now being “what’s the worst that can happen if ……”. She will offer you some simple techniques and your life/career will change for the better. Great Results, Personable, Creative, August 17, 2010
Member of a Coach Supervision Group: Louie’s skill, wisdom and insight is exceptional as a supervisor and coach. I would recommend her to anyone in the business world looking to transform how they currently do things to get better results. I have learnt what works for me. I believe I have developed on so many levels because of the power and context of this supervision. I value it more now, than I could have guessed. I didn’t anticipate noticing what the context of supervision creates; not just the change that happens in the room. It is an opportunity not only to evolve myself; I also get to witness other’s evolution. I can’t put my finger on it yet, but there is a level of learning that you get from embarking on a committed course, over a period of time within a settled membership, that has another dimension.
I was surprised to discover how much value I derived from 1-2-1 coaching. Louie, bringing her wealth of professional expertise and humanity, started me on a journey of self-discovery; one where I looked hard at my motivations and influencers, and how through acknowledging and knowing them, I could become more consistent and make more meaningful contributions. This was often quite challenging, but all the more rewarding for it. Quite early in the process I felt empowered to respond differently to situations at work and home, with more certainty. I now recognise quite clearly what I’m good at, and can also see areas that I want to develop. This has enabled me to focus on several areas of personal development that before these sessions I may have avoided. Professionally, I took on leadership responsibilities for an international strategy team and have just secured a significant promotion at my company. I can attribute these successes, and other changes in my life, to a shift in my own attitude as a direct outcome of my sessions with Louie. My outcomes exceeded my initial brief and have put me in a great position to take on new challenges and opportunities.
It was great to be present at your fab EMCC 2017 masterclass. The little pack of cards you gave me when we met at Oxford Brookes last year now means so much more. I can visualise myself walking around to the different ‘portals’ of the P6 Constellation. I think you have designed a very special enabling process for everyone and for all the levels in the system. As I said at the time your facilitation gifts are very special. I think your vulnerability coupled with the strength of your being, creativity and thinking really shone through from the start and held the group very safely. Also, the quality of your materials is, in my experience, outstanding.
You are a first-rate facilitator/trainer combining intellectual rigour with emotional intelligence. I loved the way you used what was in the room as material and the way you used yourself and your stories not merely to illustrate but to share how you aim to be. My own learning about facilitation has been largely experiential (is there any other way?) and I have had some great role models. You are now added to their number! Your combination of intellectual clarity and high level of emotional intelligence is quite rare I reckon.
I initially hesitated about getting in touch with Louie as I believed that in order to progress my career, I would need a coach with specific knowledge and experience of my profession/ industry. Not so! Through the work we did, I gained a profound understanding that to reach my full potential I had to break the repeating patterns in both my professional and personal life that were holding me back. This profound realisation was ultimately tremendously empowering – because I suddenly understood that, as I was complicit in these patterns, I had the power to change them and have begun to do so in every part of my life. Louie has a unique way of working that addresses professional issues in a deep way, opening up highly personalised ways for realising one’s potential. Don’t expect it to be easy: she makes you work hard emotionally as well as intellectually, but it is well worth it. I thoroughly recommend her.
Louie is an amazing facilitator. In her works she builds trusting and safe space to bring about the best in people. She digs deep into the matter of the issues and creates a level field where leaders at different levels and ranks become self-aware and are respected and honored. The results are amazing, going beyond unified teams to new levels of trust and performance. I’m continuously grateful for her support.
Louie was hired by Microsoft to provide us a Manager’s Fundamentals course. This course is mandatory for all even those, like me, who have been managers of people for almost 20 years, in other companies as well. Needless to say, I was not happy to attend, but had to change my mind. Louie has an extraordinary style that commands both respect and authority, while soothing and non-threatening at the same time. She is obviously very knowledgeable with a wealth of experience that she often quotes during the sessions to add realism to the presentations. An extraordinary professional and a captivating presenter and teacher. I look forward to the next chance that I will have to be trained by her.
It was a Management Fundamental training in Moscow, Russia, where I met Louie who was facilitating a training together with her colleague. It was an absolute honour to meet such a deep, confident, experienced person as Louie. Her deep understanding of people’s behaviour, psychological input, evaluation of links between different management processes and very high involvement in the process make training a really unforgettable experience.
I am yet again blown away by the capability, passion and professionalism Louie offers. As a colleague I couldn’t ask for a better partner in delivery of this excellent program, Louie is there for me every time, adding powerful and impactful insights and on brief messaging. As a facilitator, wow, Louie has a reach that penetrates the surface level so often found in trainings and instead delivers messaging and drives conversations to the level they need to be, in order to facilitate and affect impactful and positive change.
Louie Gardiner deeply understands the complexities of group dynamics and has the skill and capacity to bring to the surface the wealth of knowledge and experience in individuals. Her work in conferences, workshops and across networks demonstrates her ability to listen and discern a way forward for solving tough problems. Louie has significant experience in identifying the individual’s role and its impact on organisational and corporate life.
Louie was my manager when I was the Corporate Performance and Development Officer within a Local Authority. I can honestly say I’d never had a manager quite like her. Her genuine interest and care in me as a member of her team was quite humbling. When I look back on our time together, I see it more as a journey we embarked on together, whilst providing a service, rather than the time when she was my ‘manager’. She quickly recognised that I had the skills to deliver my job, and placed confidence in letting me get on with the delivery. However, she also recognised that I needed to take a step back sometimes to consider what was happening around us, the stifling culture and environment in which we were working and how we could impact on changing it, rather than accepting it as a given parameter in which to work. I learned an incredible amount from Louie about myself, and herself and about others. It’s difficult to articulate quite what this was as a whole, but I know it was something profound and I know I am a stronger person for having had that. I think the main thing Louie taught me is that I was never a prisoner of the organisation’s culture, I had the freedom and choice to try to change it. Louie is quite a unique individual with incredible insight, and a way of nurturing people to look inward at themselves, to understand others, and the world around them. Those with personal barriers will find her challenging, but it’s from a good place and well worth the journey.
Louie’s excellent modeling of the P6 Constellation, coupled with a wealth of experience brought together in this framework is what makes the differential. It is not an off the shelf model which is used by certain trainers, nor a formula you ‘fit’ people into. The guidance given during training allows the trainee to gain confidence in using the framework. Support given where required through discussion or intervention in the form of open questions helps the trainee consider alternative ways ahead. Louie’s challenge and support certainly allows personal growth in one’s skill set.
From the beginning Louie has helped me to see further and wider. As a result of Louie’s gentle but stirring approach, I have become more present, connected to my emotions and more able to deliver coaching services effectively across wider range of people. Louie brings playfulness and humour to training and development which makes learning both fun and safe. Louie is a safe pair of hands who will not let those she works with settle for second best, even when that poses her or others a challenge. Above all the way Louie works makes sense because she deals with the reality that presents itself.
Louie is a highly credible professional coach and trainer. Her framework (the P6 Constellation) is novel and is based on a solid foundation of knowledge & experience in this field. Her facilitation skills are first class. She is a supporting and challenging supervisor. Our supervision has invigorated my approach to my coaching.
I am amazed it’s already near three weeks since the Taster day: Experience Presence-in-Action. I want to thank you again for a great session. For me, I especially appreciated the opportunity to hold my own feet to the fire, and notice how revealing my language can be. The P6 Constellation offers 6 fab entry points, no matter where I am/we are in living and re-telling our stories, to un-pack and illuminate what’s really going on. I felt that to be very empowering personally. I also notice the extent to which everyday dialogue is riddled with fictions …. which I notice can feel quite challenging for me to accept with this heightened awareness. Meanwhile, I have been practising on myself and in reflecting to my clients around their stories in the Facts/Fictions/Feelings domains ….. while on the one hand, I am aware I am going back to some of the basics I learned in the past, it is also true that I am working with these portals with greater depth of understanding than ever before in an upward spiral of learning. I feel my coaching has received a new boost!