Testimonials

The coaching relationship is a confidential one, thus any published testimonials have been provided in a manner that is most appropriate for each client.

LifeForward works with businesses and individuals in senior positions across a wide-range of sectors including professional services, general corporate, OMBs, financial services and education. Our specialist area is owner managers, whether they are partners (or partner-track) in a limited liability partnership or CEOs in their own privately-owned business.

Executive Coaching Testimonials

It was useful to have someone outside the firm to share thoughts and ideas with and to gain fresh perspectives on how to approach issues within a safe comfort zone.

 

Sarah’s coaching helped me gain better self-awareness of my leadership style and whether I was on the right track for people management.  The exercise on gathering feedback about how others viewed me was especially useful as it gave me the confidence that the persona that I believe I have is also how others view me.  I am consequently learning to detach myself from emotions when issues surface and just focus on solving the issues at hand.

 

Having a personal coach allows someone to provide you with direct feedback on you as a person, rather than simply based on generics or case studies.  A follow-up review after six months was also helpful.  

 

I would be happy to recommend LifeForward coaching to others.  I liked the fact that the sessions were free-flow and that you could talk about anything within the context of the objectives set for the coaching sessions. 

Partner

Deloitte LLP Singapore

Sarah’s coaching style is excellent, very pro-active, always pushing me to work on myself in order to understand the problematic and trying to find myself the answers. Sarah has always been very positive, asking the right question at the right time. Sarah’s main strength is taking the time to understand a situation, spotting the right issues, and leaving me to work myself to find the right answer.

 

The coaching sessions have helped me to understand and analyse my situation.  It has helped me to gain confidence and to enter in a positive and winning attitude, which is key to developing a good career.  Sarah’s coaching has been incredibly useful after only two sessions.  I would definitely recommend Sarah to anyone who needs a coach.

Investment Banker

London

I had the first of two coaching sessions with Sarah shortly after having moved my entire family from our long-term family home to a new home with my partner.  In addition to being a mother, I work full time, have many additional professional commitments beyond my basic clinical job and needed to write a dissertation to complete a Master of Arts within a tight deadline.  

 

Although I do a lot, it makes me feel fulfilled; it is my choice.  Sarah helped me to stand back from my normal frantic juggling and pause to prioritise the different demands on my time.  Through her coaching she enabled me to gain a feeling of control, reassessing and redefining priorities and helping me to understand my needs.  

  

Sarah has a relaxed coaching style and probes in an inconspicuous manner, provoking reflection.  She allowed me to talk freely but then made me question why things were as I had represented them.

 

I recommend the opportunity of coaching with Sarah unreservedly.  I found the experience most rewarding and felt really positive after our second session.  I successfully completed my Masters in time for the deadline, despite lots of other things coming up during the intervening months, and settled my family. 

Consultant Anaesthetist

Hampshire

Business Coaching Testimonials

I highly recommend Sarah as a coach to any business or team leader who struggles with certain challenges in his/her job and wants to move in a different direction.  She has been my “online” coach since early 2015.  At first I was a bit sceptical about the effectiveness of online coaching, but I must say that it works remarkably well.  

 

Sarah has been a (global) team leader for many years and has a lot of real life experience to share with her coachees.  Sarah’s approach to coaching is empathetic, challenging and action-focussed.  She listens exceptionally well and asks very pertinent questions which go to the root of a problem and create greater self-awareness.  She has the ability to steer a conversation in such a way that it is the coachee who formulates his/her goals and commits to an adapted action plan.  

Staf, Director

Deloitte LLP Brussels

Sarah’s friendly and professional approach was very engaging and ensured that I kept my eye on the strategic rather than the operational ,which is what I needed.  Her coaching helped me to focus my thoughts on why I could and should get the job, rather than the barriers to this.  I would recommend Sarah without hesitation.

Executive Head Teacher

Brighton

We found the session with Life Forward Coaching extremely valuable.  As a start-up business, we found that things were moving very quickly.  Facilitated by Sarah we were able to focus on our purpose and mission and circle back to our values to ensure internal cohesion and alignment.  It was a very beneficial process for us.

Jo Shropshire, Founding Director

Benesys Ltd

I used Sarah’s services at LifeForward to help me, both personally and in my business role.  I had transitioned from a corporate management role to working as a director with my husband in our financial advice business.  Moving from an environment working within a large team of people to working with one other person was a massive change.  I also had to deal with moving from a role where I could specialise in one area to one where I had to do everything, from admin to book-keeping, which was a shock and a big knock to my confidence. 

 

Sarah helped me focus on all the things I am good at rather than judge myself by the ones I was not so comfortable with.  She gave me clarity of thinking and increased focus.  I would thoroughly recommend LifeForward Coaching from both a personal and business perspective.

Alison Henderson, Director

Somborne Financial Planning

Leadership Development Testimonials

Sarah is a really great coach – she is approachable, personable and makes one feel at ease.  She is also a great listener.  In my view coaching works best if you are open to sharing honestly your toughest issues or deepest fears – be it work or personal.  Sarah is really good at asking probing questions which set me thinking hard on my current mindset and open my mind to new perspectives.

Partner

Deloitte LLP Singapore

Being a newly promoted partner who is still adjusting to the new role, the coaching sessions helped tremendously.  Sarah is a great listener and she always put my interests first.  Sarah has a deep understanding of how things work in our organisation and the demands of a client-facing function.  Hence, she is able to relate better and offer insightful advice on how to manage clients’ expectations as well as the firm’s expectations of a partner.  Sarah discussed my partner KPIs [key performance indicators] at length with me and asked probing questions to encourage me to think deeper about how I could better achieve them.

Partner

Deloitte LLP Singapore

The sessions were useful in helping me gain a better self-awareness of my leadership style and whether I am on the right track in terms of my approaches to addressing problems and issues…The sessions also helped with self-discovery as they .. force you to answer questions about yourself that you may not have thought to ask or you would rather not think about… It was also useful to have someone outside the firm to share thoughts and ideas on how situations or issues could be better addressed, and to gain a fresh perspective how to approach them.

Partner

Deloitte LLP Singapore

Insights Testimonials

Fascinating to have my Insights Discover profile done by Sarah Reynolds of LifeForward Ltd.  The results were both very interesting and very accurate.  A great building block for team building.

Chris Cloke Browne

MRSL Enterprise

I used Sarah’s services at LifeForward to help me, both personally and in my business role.  I had transitioned from a corporate management role to working as a director with my husband in our financial advice business.  Moving from an environment working within a large team of people to working with one other person was a massive change.  I also had to deal with moving from a role where I could specialise in one area to one where I had to do everything, from admin to book-keeping, which was a shock and a big knock to my confidence. 

 

Sarah helped me focus on all the things I am good at rather than judge myself by the ones I was not so comfortable with.  She gave me clarity of thinking and increased focus.  I would thoroughly recommend LifeForward Coaching from both a personal and business perspective.

Alison Henderson, Director

Somborne Financial Planning