I didn’t know what to expect beforehand. I had already done a lot of work on myself previously and think I understand and know myself really well, so I was quite surprised to find out that I learned a lot from this process, and very efficiently. It was really valuable. The assessment and coaching surfaced things that brought further clarity and new insights.
The process of doing the assessment prompted some very healthy reflections as I was faced with a number of questions I hadn’t faced before, which were thought provoking. And then the coaching followed up nicely and brought more insights and clarity.
I took away a raised level of consciousness, and the importance of bringing more focus on putting myself in other people’s shoes, trying to understand other people better. And really understanding the gap between intent and impact – we rarely know what is driving someone’s own behavior, fears, and vulnerability.
So becoming aware of the importance of not arriving at conclusions that are not helpful to a situation was hugely valuable. It made me realize how I need to be more mindful about thinking of other people’s perspectives, and take other people’s perspectives and lenses into account.
Through the assessment and the conversations, I also became conscious of how the value really comes from practicing. It is about rewiring oneself, and it reinforced how valuable it is to practice the things we talked about. The more I practice the easier it gets.
I found it to be a great return of investment – and it is applicable to all areas of life, really. I think it is an incredibly powerful and valuable process to go through to help busy people who are pulled by competing demands and have very difficult and challenging vocations (there are so many things we need to comply with) – it is an angle that very few people have the chance to experience and be challenged on – and it brings incredible value in terms of decision-making and inspiring people. Maiken brings a perspective that few people will have experienced, in a way that is both valuable and efficient.
It has a big impact. In fact, if it doesn’t have a big impact – I would say that either the person is either already very enlightened or I would actually question if they are the right person for a senior leadership role.
Maiken’s style is comfortable, she is a good listener, challenges you, good at prompting and being appropriately assertive – she didn’t let me off the hook – her assertiveness is where the value really comes in for me. She helps other people access their wisdom”