I first came into contact with Madalena in 2010 after my self belief in my ability to deliver high quality research and teaching had been shattered. Being dignosed as having an Autistic Spectrum Disorder had created barriers in my mind which made it difficult for me to engage with students and researchers. Over many months Magdalena helped me to breakdown those barriers and to expand the range of social and professional interactions that I felt comfortable with. She showed great skill in identifying the right small, but challenging steps, I needed to take. The result was a journey in which I learned that many of the barriers that I thought existed were not real. For those that are real I have the capability of learning the skills necessary to overcome them. The result is that I now teach and work with people around the world with a confidence that did not exist before. Thanks to Magdalena I am aware of the limitations that my condition brings, but I am not defined by those limitations. Over the last few years I have occasionally met with Magdalena who has continued to support my development. The key thing I have learnt from her is that being scared of interacting with others is something that exists only in my mind and that I can overcome that fear. Thank you Magdalena.
She is just the sort of coach staff find helpful – she is approachable, enthusiastic and full of good ideas that go with the grain of the application. With her heartfelt and intelligent heart & mind approach she nurtures talent and builds confidence so people demonstrate that they can be leaders and winners. Her work has a bottom line too. She has helped my staff attract over £6M pounds in funding.
I succesfully applied for a £2M research fellowship with Magdalena´s help at the interview stage. Magdalena came highly recommended by several colleagues who had been successful in obtaining the same grant after being coached by her. Magdalena critically helped me to shape my vision and pitch (slides, delivery, etc). She really helped me to aim high and not be afraid to do so. My presentations, the way I prepare and deliver them, were massively changed forever
I was most fortunate to cross Magdalena’s path at the right time for my career and personal development. She coached me when preparing for my EPSRC Established Career Fellowship interview and she revolutonised my way of thinking about delivering a talk to non specialists in my field of expertise. Incredibly focused and hard-working she just seems to know exactly what people interviewing for grants and senior positions (she also boosted my confidence for my Professorship interview) want to know. Her scientific background helps enormously – she effectively helped me extract the key messages I wanted to communicate. To cut a long story short, we nailed it and I got my £1.5M grant and my Professorship! I would recommend her to any of my colleagues who need coaching for important interviews. I have no doubt she is one of the best in the circuit.
I have attended several Make Time Count Retreats over two years. I will continue to attend these retreats to:
1. Take time for myself to reflect, heal, learn and grow.
2. Magdalena and Make Time Count team create a safe space to share with others.
3. Magdalena is experienced, kind, caring, knowledgeable and her skill set is varied which ensures you get integration work with neuroscience, leadership and coaching.
4. Magdalena is a genuine and real person. She doesn’t hide behind a mask so it enables participants to heal, grow and learn – extremely powerful.
Magdalena puts her great scientific knowledge and personal experience at the service of one cause: helping people reach their full potential without causing them to destroy their lives. And it does so with sweeping competence, intelligence and sweetness. Being with her is transformative. I strongly recommend.
The Grant Writing Intensive programme (GWI) and the personalized coaching services provided by Magdalena were of crucial importance and had a strong impact in the success rate of NOVA’s grant approval.
A trail-blazer in getting many senior academics to take teaching, leadership and nurturing talent seriously. She has done a great deal to address some deep-seated issues. Where others (including me) saw the symptoms of the problem but had no real idea what to do, she clearly identified the problem and then went on to devise and run successful programmes that have made a real change.
Magdalena ran a parallel workshop at the recent Staff Developers Conference on Tapping Hearts and Minds to Enable People to Thrive in a VUCA World. She introduced us to her 4 step coaching approach. Even in a very short time is made us pause and recognise what we could do differently. I always find Magdalena interesting and inspiring to listen to – she has a knack of making me think very differently to the way I do normally. Never a bad thing!
Bournemouth University’s talent management aspirations have taken several steps forward as a result of Magdalena’s session. There was a real sense of energy in the room throughout the mix of exercises, case studies and anecdotes. A particularly powerful career mapping exercise got managers thinking about their own talent and how various bosses had influenced their career decisions. Brilliant – great intervention and looking forward to working with Magdalena again.