My first reaction was as skeptical as I imagine most people’s would be.Jeremy Leslie, magCulture Read Jeremy’s testimonial
I quite often get asked to recommend people for one reason or another but I'm usually reluctant to. In this case I have no qualms whatsoever about recommending Andrew.
Just over a year ago a friend suggested magCulture would benefit from some business coaching. My first reaction was as skeptical as I imagine most people's would be. You meet once a month and talk about the business, and somehow this helps? But my friend persisted (thanks Duncan) I gave in, and I met with Andrew.
The way it works is strikingly simple; you open up about your business and Andrew asks questions. What he doesn't do is provide answers directly, instead he teases the answers from you. I left each meeting buzzing with focused intent and plans. We met once a month for two hours, and in six months my perspective on what I was doing had completely been refreshed.
I'm sure there are plenty of coaches out there doing similar things; perhaps the big hurdle is to take on board the concept of coaching. I can wholeheartedly recommend it. For anyone at startup stage or facing decisions around growth, in fact anyone in business, it's a really valid service.
Once that decision is made, the question is who to work with and I would suggest you get in touch with Andrew immediately. A key part of the success of our relationship was his calm, measured approach that meant some big ideas slipped easily into conversation without any sense of coercion. Andrew would generally resist outright yes/no questions from me, meaning when he did offer an opinion it was always notable and relevant.
The coaching Andrew provided played a huge part in the development of my business over the past year, and I already sense I'm missing his regular input.