Aeona is an award-winning executive coaching and leadership consultancy based in Edinburgh, Scotland, delivering face-to-face coaching in person in Central Belt Scotland and face-to-face online coaching via Zoom or Skype worldwide, with telephone coaching as an option for those who prefer it. We have worked with clients from a wide range of organisations – some as private clients, some through the organisation as sponsor, and some where we’ve delivered events for the organisation. Our clients include senior executives and leaders, managers at all levels, and business owners. Type of business / sector they are in: Private Sector: Corporate (National and International), SME, and micro-business in sectors including Telecoms, Retail, Finance, Aviation, Engineering, Technology, Life Sciences, Publishing, Property and others. Public Sector: e.g.: Education (University/ College staff), Government, Prison Service, Scottish Enterprise, various councils, Forestry Commission; Third sector: NGOs and charities. You can see some of their testimonials on our website.
“I work with you to help you make your life and work better with the tools and resources I have. This includes my independent perspective, inquiring mind and inspiring mix of nurture and challenge. I also give you access to proven tools and frameworks which have worked for leaders around the world.” Sue Mitchell
Team coaching, Training,
Team away days,
– or a combination of any of these.
Sue inspires managers and leaders to do the things that inspire them, their people and their organisation to:
• Improve leadership and teamwork (clarity, vision, focus, purpose, values, strengths, alignment, strategy, communication, engagement, well-being and more) to deliver better results.
• Create high performance culture and teams with an environment where all can thrive, work to strengths, trust in each other and know that everyone is pulling together towards the common purpose.
• Raise engagement as each person chooses to give their best. Gallup and other research demonstrates that organisations with higher engagement deliver better results – e.g.: profitability, productivity, and customer and employee satisfaction.
• Improve resilience, wellbeing and organisational health: People work better together, are happier, healthier and live longer. Organisations are more productive and profitable with higher performance and talent retention.
Sue works with leaders to grow longer lasting, sustainable success for individuals and the group as a whole.
Why have a coach?
The benefits of working with a coach come from gaining clarity and focus to manage successfully the challenges you face at the moment. Business benefits are often measured in cost savings resulting from improved efficiency and effectiveness in leadership and management, including better delegation leading to better focus of manager’s time on priority business areas, less micromanagement, less repetition, improved engagement, reduced staff turnover and many other benefits. At a personal level, clients have reported benefits such as
• accelerate your career
• find the direction (for life and/or work) that’s best for you and gain clarity, focus, and peace of mind
• find your voice
• raise your leadership presence
• make better decisions and choices
• get better results
• focus on your aspirations
• communicate so others believe in you
• believe in yourself
• develop your network, champions, sponsors,
• be more strategic
• prepare to be in right place at right time with the right capabilities to achieve the changes you want
• take on relevant responsibility and notice where you can make most difference, to prepare yourself for future positions you want AND be fulfilled in what you are doing now
• negotiate your remuneration package at annual reviews
• find balance - integrate work and life in a way you feel fulfilled
• be confident
• be motivated
• minimise stress
• feel in control of your own future and life
• lead a more fulfilling life
Olympic athletes have coach because they want to be their best, not because they are not good at what they do. They are already good and they want to be great, to have support to maintain the clarity, focus, commitment, determination and courage to dream big and achieve it. You can have that too.
Did you know that even Olympic athletes claim that over 90% of their success is not down to their athletic skills and abilities, but down to their mindset? Successful people in all walks of life say the same thing. They have coaching to be in charge of their own mindset, which determines, among other things, how confident they feel, how they can stay on track in the face of distractions, how they set goals to maintain their focus and belief they can achieve ultimate success even when they don’t win one event. Aeona’s proven tools and frameworks help clients to do all this.
What are your ambitions, dreams and aspirations - for yourself, for your team and for your organisation?
Are you already achieving them?
If not, do you know why not?
What is the value to you personally and to your organisation if you do achieve your ambitions? What difference will it make?
Just like Olympic athletes, the executives and individuals who I work with are extremely capable and often know what they want to do, even if they don’t know how they will get there. The power you will gain from engaging me as your coach is having someone who can serve as a sounding board, debate with you, ask probing questions, provide insights, and help you to stay focused and resilient in the face of enormous challenges and pressure.
What is the return on investing in coaching?
Investing in coaching is investing in yourself (or your executive where the organisation is sponsoring the coaching development) to give you the best opportunities in life and work, to clarify what you really want, identify how you can achieve that, maintain the dedication and focus to keep going and do what it takes to move into your stretch zone and achieve your aspirations. Sometimes the return is financial, particularly where your work impacts on your team’s performance and the organisation’s performance. Sometimes the return can’t be measured monetarily, it is more about getting the most out of life, being happy, fulfilled and content in yourself and your relationships, and enjoying your life and your work. That’s priceless! In a work context, it also has a positive impact on the emotional commitment you put into your work (your engagement at work) and the culture and environment you create around you at work. Studies have shown that engagement and wellbeing at work raises the performance metrics for the organisation (E.g.: reports by Gallup, McKinsey, NEF and academic articles).
Other clients of mine have found the return on their investment included greater opportunities for their career or organisation and in life away from work, gaining promotion, being more strategic, being more resilient, being more confident, stepping up to higher leadership level, raising credibility as a director, growing their business, increasing profits, feeling happier and more resolved personally, finding fulfilment, more enjoyment in life, and many more.
Potential financial return on investment:
For an individual private client.
Consider that your coaching programme is often about you becoming more effective, managing the challenges you face, being a better leader, raising your leadership presence and accelerating your career. For some of my clients, the coaching programme is about finding a completely new direction in order to find more fulfilment, happiness and the right work life balance, including very often a more financially rewarding career. Many of my clients gain a promotion or negotiate a salary rise as a result of our work together. If your remuneration package were to rise by £5k, and you have 10 years left to retirement, your return on investment is £50k minus the cost of your coaching package. This is a relatively low estimate of the return for many clients. If your raise were higher and/or your time to retirement is longer, the return is even greater. I would expect you to have more than just one promotion or salary increase over your remaining career, as you benefit from the programme long after we stop working when you continue to implement the strategies you have learnt.
For many of my private clients, the more intangible personal gains in terms of improved confidence, happiness, fulfilment, relationships, wellbeing, health, reduced stress and choosing to live the kind of life you really want to have are more important than the financial return on their investment in coaching. It can be useful to consider how much you would normally invest in all your holidays each year and whether the changes you want to achieve through coaching have greater or less meaning, benefit and value for you.