Compassionate, challenging, inspiring and safe are some of the words my clients use to describe what they feel from me and with me.
I coach on the interface of work and life, so there's room in our coaching conversations for all of your personhood.
Questions I can help you answer:
How can I lead people or manage projects or my life with greater ease and joy?
How can I reframe?
How can I lift the ceiling on what's possible?
How can I accept the things I cannot change and courageously change those I can?
I'm the rare beast who loves working remotely; and I've seen time and again how powerfully a client and I can create a sense of co-presence through appearing on camera.
I offer people time and assured safety so they can explore the qualities of their thinking, how thinking intersects with feelings and with the wider world.
As a person, I am strongly oriented to purpose, and can help enliven or sharpen this orientation in others. I've worked in innovation and startups for over 20 years; and I'm committed to creativity in life and work, and the power of our imaginations to lift the ceilings of our possibility.
"What might I now invent
That I haven't yet invented,
That would give me other choices?" ~
Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
I am accredited by the International Coaching Federation, and abide by its ethics and Code of Conduct. I earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Individual Coaching; have served as a support tutor training coaches in an ICF-approved postgraduate course and am completing my training as a coaching supervisor.
5 customer reviews
Kate recently coached me through a major transition point in my life and in my career, which resulted in me confidently shifting my career path from branding and communications to sustainability consulting.
This entailed a change in employment, and further study.
Her insights allowed me to frame the decision and the transition in a way that made sense to my head and heart — and to everyone around me, from family to employer. She advised that I look at the situation from all angles and to give the tyres a kick, to see if anything would give way.
I feel that I am now following my true path and purpose, a journey which I started 30 years ago when entering university. With Kate's invaluable help, what could have been a mid-life crisis is instead a mid-life celebration! More...
Kate is a great coach. She is totally dedicated to the outcomes you want to achieve, and you really feel like she's got your back. She asks incredibly insightful and useful questions, and is brilliant at helping you to re-frame issues that you may be struggling with - and hey presto, they are no longer a problem! Or you find a simpler solution than you ever anticipated! This is a unique and valuable ability. I also appreciate Kate's honesty, directness, creativity and kindness. More...
Compassionate to her core, Kate’s ability to listen - actively, deeply and non-judgementally - created a safe, enabling environment where I could explore ideas and develop thoughtful solutions. Kate’s appreciation of diverse and multiple perspectives helped to open up new and fresh possibilities for me which I do not think I would have easily realised on my own. Thank you Kate Hammer. More...
As a recent graduate the world of employment appeared extremely daunting and I found myself not knowing where to start. Having sessions with Kate, not only empowered me to help define my own life goals but allowed me to really consider the direction I wanted to go in.
Kate’s positive attitude, warmth and listening skills meant that opening up to her felt natural and I found myself feeling motivated after each session. I learnt to see the crossroads I was at in my career, as an opportunity rather than a hinderance and began to enjoy the journey I was on.
At any stage of your life, taking a big step is daunting and often lonely – starting coaching sessions with Kate during that stage in my life was definitely the best and most empowering decision I could have made. More...
I am very happy to recommend Kate as a coach. She helped me with some career coaching and there were several aspects of her style that really impressed me.
Great listener. A key skill for a coach but she gives you 100% of her attention during the coaching.
Great preparation. Kate brought many ideas and exercises to the sessions to offer to me. Although this was done without obligation it was clear she had done some thorough preparation for the sessions and most of the exercises worked really well to bring out key points that she then helped me work through.
Goal oriented. This was really important for me. I have worked with some coaches who allow the conversation to drift towards "the meaning of life". I am sure Kate could help with this but for me she knew what I wanted to achieve and kept each session very much on track to achieve that.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that I found Kate to be so well read and informed that it inspired me to up my game too.
Choosing a coach is always such a personal decision but I can assure you that Kate has all the necessary skills and experience you would want from a top coach. More...