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I specialise in working with individuals who are aiming to develop their business or organisation - to focus on depth and/or growth.

You may have a need to improve your systems and services, have a project to develop, stakeholders to engage and customers or clients to find. Or, you may have lots of writing to do, or possibly have an issue that demands insightful and determined research. You may have all of these to do at once.

Attempting to tackle these challenges can impact your work/life balance, confidence, inspiration and creativity. Being in a small business can be an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience, but you can also feel a keen sense of isolation. Lack of support is, unfortunately, one of the risk factors.

It is not just about the business potential, it is also about your potential within the business.

What I offer is not just about business consultancy - that often merely provides you with a set of solutions. This is about equipping you with a set of tools to develop your own solutions that are fit for purpose for you and for your business/organisation.

My commitment to you is to play a fundamental part in ensuring that you achieve the results you desire - if you are prepared to work hard to change the things you want to change, then it will happen.

I am very pleased to let some of the results from my coaching speak for me. Please see some comments from a few of my clients:

"Craig is, quite simply, the best listener I know. He has a really gentle, approachable coaching style, but is also not afraid to ask tough questions when needed. During our sessions, we talked about everything ranging from streamlining mundane practicalities, right through to some really big questions about values and purpose.

It was Socrates who is credited with saying that “the unexamined life is not worth living”. Now, whilst I think that’s a bit of an overstatement, I do believe that an examined life is far more worth living. Overall, the coaching sessions were one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Even many years later, whenever I feel off-track, I still use the techniques Craig taught me, to figure out why, and to set a new direction. If you are feeling similarly in a rut, and need some help to figure things out, I highly recommend Craig’s services.” D.S. Chemical Engineer

"Craig is an excellent facilitator who has given me a different perspective on various issues. I have made real progress in a short time, both in how I allocate my time and the style of communication both within and external to my team. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for a way forward." Anne Moore, Deputy Director, Facilities Services, Queen Margaret University

"Craig is an excellent listener and researches thoroughly before suggesting new approaches. My business benefited greatly from his input.” PC, SME Owner and General Manager

"I can attest to his professionalism, wide knowledge and ability to get to the heart of issues.  Craig is goal-oriented and he will bring his intellect and commitment to bear to ensure his clients achieve their objectives." Vanessa Glynn, Former Head of Europe Team, Scottish Government and of External Liaison Unit, Scottish Parliament

"I had five business coaching sessions with Craig and his help has been invaluable.  Through a combination of Craig’s listening, insightful questioning and support I was able to develop my vision and set clear milestones along that path to getting the business off the ground.  At the end of the sessions I had a greater sense of clarity, focus and confidence which has remained as I continue to move forward towards my goals. " M. Griffiths

A little about me

Having reoriented my own life and career from one of working in large organisations with a distinct set of rules, to creating and running my own coaching business (in 2011) reflecting my needs and choices, I am passionate about assisting others to change not only themselves but their environment in a way that reflects their own values.

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a husband, father, historian, author, traveller, sportsman, and builder of things.

My career has been rich and varied and I have been fortunate to have worked on project development, coaching and training, and communications for government and parliament, universities, and for private sector consultancies and charities. The focus of the work has consistently been on improvement and relationship-building - creating and developing opportunities for organisations, and also for individuals, to explore and expand in positive and sustainable ways.

Over the last 2 decades, I have achieved two Masters degrees and a Ph.D. through research at Glasgow University, and a Certificate in Coaching Practice from APP.

Today I offer a wide range of programs and services - from individual coaching, to project development to business support and beyond.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.Carl Sagan

Member organisations

AC

Association for Coaching

The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.

The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.

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Fees

From £75.00 to £100.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Free 30 minute consultation - where we assess issues, discuss basic ‘fit’, and connect you to solutions and your best-case scenario and offer a choice to work together at the end.


Working with me is a minimum of 6 weeks, with a two-payment plan (6 weekly sessions; first payment up-front, second payment at 3 weeks).

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

9-4 Monday to Friday

Evening sessions are possible for an additional fee.

Further information

I have been providing a unique client-centred service to businesses, organisations, and individuals in Central Scotland and beyond since 2011.

'The coaching provides you with the tools to improve, whilst the consulting aims to provide you with solutions.'

Embracing an informal yet highly professional approach, I will work with you to channel energy and enthusiasm into identifying and achieving positive outcomes and solutions to a crucial range of issues and activities such as:

  • Enhancing your personal impact and performance
  • Developing and maintaining your motivation
  • Defining a true reflection of your value system
  • Providing insight into the direction of your business
  • Changing the work environment to suit your needs
  • Improving your engagement with others
  • Assisting in a faster and more efficient progression towards goals
  • Bettering your time management
  • Managing change, conflict, stress or crisis
  • Preparing you for a change in role

Please see my websites for further information: http://www.consultmercator.com/ or https//www.humanages.com

Edinburgh
EH15 3ND

138 Garscadden Road
Glasgow
Lanarkshire
G15 6QG

Type of session

In person
Online
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Dr Craig French

Dr Craig French