Kay Hoggett The Coach for Professionals, Leaders and Business People
I provide effective, professional, tailored support to help you hone your leadership skills, build your business, recharge your career, boost your confidence or navigate a life transition.
Some Recent Testimonials
" ... Kay's understanding of people, organisational politics and the process of coaching is a rare combination, and I can highly recommend her as a coach." Paul C, Head of Corporate IT, Prudential Group
"... Kay focused on me as an individual and supported me in finding solutions that were effective both for me and for my organisation. Kay's support, and understanding of business life, was invaluable in enabling me to succeed and restored my self-belief and confidence ...." Richard K, Senior Manager, FTSE Company
"I have never felt so understood. Kay helped me to realise what had been going on for me and draining my confidence over many years, so that I could move forward in my life". KI, personal development client
"Kay takes the time to understand the opportunities and challenges I face as a business owner and mother, and has been skilfully guiding and coaching me through it all" Louise Morriss, Founder and Managing Director, Amazon Public Relations
"Without Kay's help I'm not sure my business would have got off the ground" Emily L, Business Owner
"Thank you for giving me my life back". FE, personal development client.
Career, Leadership and Business Coaching
I work with leaders, professionals and business owners who recognise that they could be more successful and happy in their role, business or career by investing in their self development, like the clients above and in the Case Studies below (under 'Further Information'). I work with the following issues:
- Strategic thinking and leading transformational change
- Board and team dynamics
- Motivating and managing your people
- Achieving the career progression you deserve
- Career change, CV's and interviewing
- Managing the transition from middle manager to executive level
- Stress and burnout
- Managing career breaks
- Launching and growing your own business
- Understanding personalities and their interactions
- Specific skills, e.g. presentations, persuading and influencing, project management
- 'Imposter syndrome'
- Balancing work, life, family and health
- Being a woman in a man's world - or vice versa
- Being an introvert in an extrovert's world - or vice versa
My work is underpinned by over twenty years' experience in senior leadership and consultancy roles. I have both built a successful £1.5m company and directed multi £m global change programmes in the City of London, as well as being a Non Executive Director and Charity Trustee. I have recruited and managed hundreds of people and helped many of them with their professional and personal development. This wealth of practical experience, as well as extensive training at Cranfield School of Management, has given me a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by leaders and professionals in the business environment.
Personal Development Coaching
Alongside my organisational and leadership experience, I have faced personal challenges and difficulties, as we all do, and have invested in my own self development through coaching, training and therapy. So I have personal experience of the desire that you feel to understand yourself better and overcome anything that is holding you back from living life to the full.
Perhaps you are struggling with confidence, motivation, anxiety, or are unable to see your way forward? Maybe you want to make a change in your health or relationships, or maybe you have a goal in mind but don't know how to get there? My approach is effective in helping people with a wide range of challenges, such as:
Stress, overwhelm and burn out
Relationship and family issues
Bereavement and loss
Redundancy, parenthood, retirement and other life changes
Disordered eating and weight management
- Childhood trauma
Why Choose Me
My skillset is unusual in the coaching profession and enables me to work effectively with any material that you bring. I am trained to expert level in Coaching Psychology, Therapeutic Counselling and NLP, and have extensive real world experience of business, management and leadership, as well as twenty years in coaching, mentoring and people development.
This breadth and depth of business and psychological experience means I can work with you from three different perspectives, as needed to suit you and the issue you want to work on:
- practical needs and goals - finding solutions that work for you, and creating plans which hold you accountable
- evidence-based strategies from neuroscience and positive psychology that promote new perspectives and support wellbeing
- working at psychological depth; depth work is more effective for personal development, because it promotes real insight and a genuine and permanent shift within the self - allowing for new ways of being to emerge.
My approach is warm, supportive and non-judgmental, but I will also challenge you and hold you accountable if appropriate, so that you can achieve your goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology (University of East London), comprising Evidence Based Coaching, Psychology of the Self and Others, Positive Psychology, Leadership and Organisational Coaching, Career Coaching
- NLP Practitioner Diploma (Neuro Linguistic Programming - a type of practical positive psychology)
- Management and Leadership training at Cranfield School of Management, comprising Psychology of Leadership; Change and Project Management; Investment Appraisal and Financial Management; Strategic Planning; Marketing; IT for Leaders
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Master Practitioner Diploma in working with Obesity and Eating Disorders
- BSc Honours Degree
I am a full member of both the Association for Coaching and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means they have reviewed my qualifications and experience and recognise my expertise in coaching and therapy. They both have codes of ethics to protect clients, and I am committed to working within these.
I undertake regular training to keep my skills up to date and relevant. I am therefore able to work safely and effectively with a wide variety of material that may come up in our coaching work. Examples include:
- Extensive management training through NHS, Marks and Spencer, Zurich Insurance
- Exploring the Brain (Neuroscience)
- Coaching for Health
- Rewind Therapy for Trauma and PTSD
- Awareness in Bereavement Care
- Working with Anger
- Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Working with Children and Young People
- Working with those affected by Sudden and Traumatic Death
- Working with Self Harm
- Certificate in Approaches for Weight Management and Obesity
- Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders
Areas of coaching I deal with
- Business coaching
- Career coaching
- Executive coaching
- Health coaching
- Personal development
- Redundancy coaching
- Staff coaching
- Work/life balance
- Youth coaching
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Coaching for weight loss and issues around food, weight and eating.
£100 per 90 minutes in Leicestershire or remotely.
£125 per 90 minutes in London.
10% reduction for a package of six sessions paid in advance and taken within 9 months.
Fear of Presentations and Meetings
M wanted to be able to deliver effective presentations and contribute confidently in significant meetings. He became very nervous before these events, and tended to stumble; he thought that people switched off when he spoke, that he had no charisma or authority, although he was very bright.
M’s style was very focused around his ‘thinking’ mind; he felt as if he was just a clever brain. His high intelligence had enabled him to progress in his career, but he now needed to harness his emotional range, his physical presence and his personal values, in order to be able to share with others the valuable knowledge and analysis that he had to offer.
We looked at M’s values around his knowledge and its importance, to provide a solid motivation to improve in his weaker area – rather than giving in to the temptation to avoid the meetings and presentations. We used examples from his non-work life to enable him to notice and harness the bodily sensations that accompany a confident delivery style. We explored his emotions of fear and anxiety, and the hormonal responses involved, to convert them into the more positive feeling of nervousness which drives good performance.
M was able to use this work to successfully deliver a presentation to 50 people, and to attend meetings without fear. He has had great feedback. This results from using a holistic approach to counter his original narrow view of his attributes.
Recent Board Promotion
E was recently appointed to Board level and wanted to 'hit the ground running' in her new role. She knew she had the characteristics and experience to perform well, but wanted to have the best possible chance of a good start.
E had a good awareness of emotional intelligence. We leveraged this to explore E's understanding of her peers and her team - their personalities, drivers and concerns. With this understanding, E was able to plan how best to approach her new role, and how to form alliances that would help her succeed.
When a challenging situation arose with a colleague, we used specific techniques to understand the situation from the other person's point of view and to assess options for resolving the conflict. This involved looking also at E's communication style, which needed in some situations to be more structured and persuasive.
E made a success of her new role and, just as importantly, enjoyed it.
S had worked for a large corporation for 25 years, and felt she needed a change. She was considering starting her own business, utilising the skills and knowledge she had accumulated in her career. But she was unsure about giving up the security of employment, and about whether her business would be successful.
We explored S's hopes and plans, and also her fears; S had a well developed 'critical voice'. We put together an action plan to enable her to get her business started, and to manage the risks involved. We used this to help S keep on track with the business launch - the coaching provided her with accountability to get things done, when they might otherwise drift or be sabotaged by her critical voice.
Anxiety and 'Not Fitting In'
L was plagued by anxiety and panic attacks. Interactions with others at work left her agonising over what they thought of her. Her boss had given her feedback that she needed to change her style, but L did not know how to go about this, and the feedback made her feel that she was a failure and could not be herself.
As we explored these worries it became clear that L's family background had left her feeling that she could never be 'good enough' and also that she was relatively introverted. She learned to be less hard on herself and to understand and value her characteristics as an introvert. She was changed by our work - not to fit the expectations of others, but to be her real, unique self. This resolved her anxiety and negative feelings about herself, and enabled her be much happier and effective at work.
D had become pregnant more quickly than she expected, and did not feel ready for her baby. As well as being tired from the physical changes taking place in her body, she was overwhelmed by the practical issues that needed to be addressed, and was worried about how she would balance her baby's needs with her own.
D's coaching gave her the space to confidentially explore her thoughts and feelings about pregnancy and motherhood. We were able to engage her 'thinking brain' to untangle her emotional overwhelm and to accept her physical tiredness. We also looked at the factors that would impact her baby's wellbeing and her own. This led to a clearer understanding of her priorities for herself and her baby, so that she was able to make plans for her delivery, her working life, her living arrangements and her family time.
Career and Promotion
R came to me to work on finding a new job. We spent some time exploring his motivation for change, and R came to realise that in fact he enjoyed many parts of his job, but that some parts made him anxious. This anxiety was driving his desire to move, even though his current job was giving him great experience and great prospects. We worked on his confidence and anxiety, and after a few months R received a promotion - he is now enjoying his job and looking forward to a successful career.
* Note that Client Examples and Case Studies are composites, with some details changed, to protect client confidentiality.
- Also registered with Counselling Directory
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I operate a flexible diary to accommodate work priorities, travel etc. Generally I am in my London office Wednesdays 12 til late, Leicestershire the rest of the week. I also work remotely.