What is coaching?
Coaching is a facilitation of learning and development with the purpose of improving individual and organisational performance through effective action, leadership and increased self-awareness.
Imagine participating in an inspiring, energy generating developmental programme and finding out that the entire event has been custom-designed to fit you, is run at your pace and provides you with what you need to do your best when you need it. This is why good quality coaching is quickly becoming the method of choice for professional and personal development ICF 2012 report . Majority of coaching is still offered by external coaches who will inspire you to look at things through different lenses.
An average cost of going on a training course in UK ranges between £590-£2500. That’s a lot of money to become acquainted with material but how about becoming acquainted with yourself? After all, the bit that’s most special about you is you! How you think, feel, function and show up. Due to the personalised nature and timeliness, coaching is a powerful, relevant, fast and effective method of development.
When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine yourself. – Confucious
Coaching builds the necessary awareness, leverages internal readiness with conviction needed to generate results and step into personal ownership of life. It increases self mastery while also encouraging humility to remain a learner. Coaching helps people soar and adds resilience in times of uncertainty. Whether your goal is to realise a project, lead, break free from routine, or create more balanced, fulfilling, richer life, making an investment in yourself through coaching is the surest way to achieve this.
If we are too busy, if we are carried away every day by our projects, our uncertainty, our craving, how can we have the time to stop and look deeply into the situation-our own situation, the situation of our beloved one, the situation of our family and of our community, and the situation of our nation and of the other nations? - Thich Nhat Hanh
Common reasons why people see me?
- to do better at work, in their career or business
- help them clarify their vision
- improve a pitch or presentation
- increase productivity by aligning their mind, heart & spirit
- improve time management
- deal with change or get going after a setback
- improve and manage relationships
- handle conflict or address inner conflict
In other words people seek my assistance to transform, make sense of their world, build confidence and autonomy, learn the principle of abundance and step into their freedom.
I am down-to-earth, relatively informal, highly pragmatic and results-oriented. My coaching blends learning and awareness building with action. What this means is that we actively analyse things, make meaning, develop new strategies and experiment with application through a living practice. And yes, I help you learn new skills. Sometimes I teach them or help you find resources to advance quickly.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. – Buddha
My work emphasises making sense of and being with what’s going on in the present so that we can improve on what is and create a better future. I believe our minds are our natural healers. Today’s busy world has diminished our ability to hear our inner wisdom. With practice however, we can help restore our energies into balance and harmony with the world around us and our inner goodness without turning into a monk. Understanding this process in our everyday world fascinates me.
The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our proactivity. – Stephen Covey
When I work with you, my focus is firmly anchored to your goal, aspirations and vision. I am working to help you find ways to align your heart, mind and spirit so that they work in unison. You can count on me to not hold back, be honest and to use our safe coaching space to help you hone in skills and develop capability you need to help realise your goals in the real world. As a learning professional, I will help you accelerate, maintain and manage your development journey.
Our initial session will involve figuring out what work is needed to be done and how to go about it. I will work hard to meet your timelines and crunches though I will teach you how to avoid them. You can count on me to help you think things through, give you honest feedback, review and challenge you and help you grow your ability and confidence. After all, my job is to add specific value for you, which is why you pay me.
Unlike many coaches, I don’t set a prescribed number of sessions. My goal is to help you build autonomy and confidence to be free. I will challenge you to take steps on your own armed with information, insight and to develop your inner wisdom. Often, one or two sessions help us understand the geography of your world well enough to identify key issue(s) and formulate a plan of work to learn through practice and reflection.
Coaching interventions are custom-designed and matched to your needs as we journey. You will leave each session knowing exactly what you have gained either through reflection, synthesis, drills or newly formed strategies, and of course an action plan to take concrete steps. We finish each session when you feel confident and clear about what to do next. Therefore session length will vary with each client and meeting. As self-belief comes from seeing results, we also work out your own motivational plan, specific aids and how we work together to help you create those key initial wins.
What makes me different?
I work on a session basis not hourly
I develop some of the most creative, ambitious and driven people irrespective of their present occupation, obstacles or past achievement. My energy and interest sits with powerful journeys and transformations and I invest a huge amount of my energy into our relationship and expect the same from you. What matters most to me is your willingness to work hard and be open to learning, developing patience in the face of setbacks and resilience to get up and try again, confidence to own who you really are and live it. I hope that as we work together, I help inspire you to celebrate the preciousness of life and its magic while you live your life’s purpose and create your legacy.
Magdalena is amazingly gentle yet really intense. We worked for six hours in total on our first session and in the end, I walked away with massive clarity, a vision board, and an action plan. I felt as if a ton of bricks lifted from my shoulders when we debriefed my collage. It was like ten years of therapy in one day. I walked away confident that while it would take work to rebuild my career and life I was up to the task. – Paul
I will risk upsetting you in service of your growth
People hire me because I’m good at telling them what they might not want to hear. It’s the stuff other people won’t tell you because they are trying to be nice. I’m nice but I also care about my clients doing well – in fact, doing extraordinarily well because I know you can! It is exactly that truth that will help you get more out of life, excel and be at ease with yourself.
I feel I’m challenged in every session with Magdalena. It isn’t usually a comfortable process, but I walk away with a perspective that I wouldn’t find anywhere else. So far, I’ve also left every session with something practical to try that I would never have thought of myself. There is always a different way of looking at things: I credit Magdalena with helping me to see this and helping me to develop a broader, deeper and more nuanced approach to life, both personally and professionally. – Shelly
I completely believe in what I do
I am professionally trained with over 900 coaching hours behind me and a list of impressive individuals and leaders that have realised results working with me. Part of this is because I develop people for a living, have done for a while and I absolutely love doing it. The other part of the Magdalena magic comes from who I am, my own life journey and how I work with my clients. I will raise your standards because mediocary won’t get you anywhere. I will raise your confidence because you being weak serves no one. I will raise your honesty and authenticity because unless you’ve got integrity, you’re poor. I will aim to connect your heart and mind because unless they are working together, pain and suffering persist. I will challenge you to own and set free the spirit within you and step into being your best self.
Magdalena won’t let you skirt around the edges. She goes for the jugular! I cried in our first session as she helped me realise that I was confident enough to sell a vision to world’s key leaders while being scared to let anyone get to know the real me. I escaped my loneliness by having a stellar career and being too busy moving around the world to develop meaningful relationships. Now I still move around but I have grown roots and people know Me! Thanks M. – Anne
I bring extra richness and variety into my coaching work
I draw on a number of approaches in my coaching. These include: neuroscience, positive psychology, solution-focused coaching, NLP, humanistic psychology, conflict management, mindfulness, systems theory, leadership and team development, CBT, Time to Think, practical philosophy and my own Get Productive model.
I strongly believe in doing stuff not just watching you do stuff so all the various strands of my work align to the same purpose: bringing healing by creating tools and approaches that enable more people to own their lives and live their freedom. I undertake OD consultancy projects across different industries, run my own coaching practice, develop leadership and talent programmes, write books and conduct studies that stimulate my curiosity about conditions, insights and context that allow individuals and groups to function at their best.
I bring this richness into the coaching space in service to you, my client and our coaching, in turn, informs and enriches my other activities and who I am as a person.
I currently run a small 1:1 coaching practice that is limited to 1.5 days/week. Fees are agreed upfront depending on the nature of work we contract to do together and its value. Payment can be made by cash, check or bank transfer.
Pro-bono work is on offer to support young leaders with a vision and commitment to realize results for the public good.
The first meeting
One of the most important aspects of effective coaching is the relationship between the coach and the client. While trust takes time to develop, I do expect that when you show up to work with me, you will have trust to be honest with me and to get right down to the issue at hand. You wouldn’t go to a doctor and beat around the bush about what’s wrong. The same goes for effective coaching relationships. As your coach, I am here to help you.
We can work together in person, over the phone or via Skype in the comfort of your home or office. Depending on our work area, I might send you activities and exercises to help you develop new skills and awareness. These will be in PDF or e-mail format so you can print them out and work on them when it’s convenient for you.
I am a member of the Association for Coaching (AC) and I work to the AC and International Coaching Federation (ICF) code of ethics. I undertake regular coaching supervision to sustaining and advance good coaching practice. Confidentiality and professionalism are maintained at all times.
What makes Make Time Count coaching unique?
MTC coaching is a dynamic and powerful partnership designed to help you develop internal power, resilience, confidence and a state of limitless ease. Our work together will help you explore, transform, mine, and create sit-up-and-take-notice results in the quickest amount of time. Most importantly, you will walk taller, like yourself a lot more, and experience freedom and joy that will inspire others into better working and living.
This is my way; where is yours? —- Thus I answered those who asked me ‘the way.’ For the way–that does not exist. – Friedrich Nietzsche
MTC is my philosophy of being based on the fusion of creating understanding, energy, and drive to realise ideas and potential in a time efficient manner. The approach fuses the best practices in coaching, leadership development, cognitive behaviour and neuroscience to help clients make best use of time, generate results and create positive difference in the world around them. Emphasis is always given to deepening self-knowledge, becoming more resourceful and working to align heart, mind and spirit. It’s how I show up in the world and what I believe in.
The Three Armies can be deprived of their commanding officer, but even a common man cannot be deprived of his purpose. – Confucius
Have a look at what people say about working with me or contact me to help you determine if we should work together.