Paul was my coach for approximately 12 months, when I moved to Thailand to take the new challenge of General Manager role.
Paul was always available, a good listener, asking relevant questions to help me develop my own solutions. I did appreciate to have access to a supportive and strong professional to test my ideas, and to have a partner in time of doubts.
I particularly valued Paul’s ability to challenge me in my leadership style with my very senior and well-established management team; he helped me stretch and explore different avenues, asking “Have you considered another option?” when I was conservative, or challenging me with “Who is the boss?” when I was hesitant to disrupt the team’s modus operandi.
Among the many topics we worked on, our endeavor on people’s development is noteworthy: with Paul, I laid out the road map to develop our talent pipeline and succession plan, from initiating the thinking process and communication flow, to rolling out workshops to let every employee in the organization take ownership of his/her own career.
General Manager is indeed a lonely role, I was glad to have Paul by my side. I believe his support was key to accelerate my learning as well as my ability to deliver results.
Country Head, Thailand (French)
Global European Healthcare
Paul has been an inspiration to me in sharing with me his insights into how we approach our career evaluation and planning. During our various conversations, he has provided different perspectives in how we look at our career development rather than just focusing on a continuation of what we have been pursuing for a better part of our working life in specific set roles and industries.
One of the critical success factors of Paul is that he has this incredible ability to boost one's confidence and also leverage on empathy to encourage us to think out of the box and consider different pathways to pursing happiness in life and not just working careers, In that sense, it broaden my horizon in career planning and opens up many more possibilities which I would not have further explored.
His "Plan B" approach also skews away from the traditional career planning approach where we always tends to follow where our experience are centred upon rather than explore other possibilities where our hidden strengths are uncovered and considered. This is a refreshing and important idea which at our stage of career, it opens more options for us to consider what we want to do at the next stage of our life rather than career.
The assistance and advice from Paul on updating my resume is really helpful and the focus on identification of my USP (Unique Selling Points) also help to focus on my strengths. The tools given to us on exploring/knowing what we actually want to do really help to shape the next action plan effectively for us.The coaching that Paul had given me has provided a whole new perspective on how to look at life and career differently in order to achieve work-life balance.
Thank you Paul for all your assistance and advice! It has been an incredible journey with you over the past months.
Senior Finance Leader
Academic Institution, Singapore
Paul is a knowledgeable and respected veteran of the talent industry with a deep understanding of the dynamics of employer / executive relationships across a broad range of industries and situations. He is well-connected and knows a remarkable number of key players and influencers in the corporate, consulting and executive talent worlds. What impressed me most was Paul’s thoughtful, personalised advice and coaching, grounded in rich experience and a deep understanding of psychology and the criticality of interpersonal relationship-building in the C-suite. I trust and deeply value Paul’s solid, practical advice, always delivered in a personable style. He’s a great advisor and coach to have on your side, and a great ally to any executive seeking to take the right steps to a better career.
Senior Leader (American)
US Financial Services Institution (Hong Kong-based)