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Why should you choose The Change Company?
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Program Participant StatePlus

Honest, consultative and productive.

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Ian Pendleton General Counsel and Company Secretary, First State Super

Paul is an excellent sounding board, and he does force me to rethink matters from a much more strategic viewpoint. To be honest, the thought of coaching was slightly terrifying, but I give my sessions with Paul a solid 5 out of 5. He is a terrific listener who knows just when to cut in with analysis and ideas for the next course of action.

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Executive Director Program Participant

Paul facilitated the group very well. Paul managed and navigated us through it in a way so that everyone was heard and it was a very safe environment ... The role playing was exceptionally helpful as it helped me understand the situation from both people's perspective.

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Program Participant Novartis

Because of the program I am really aware that I was immediately able to demonstrate doing things differently the next day. I found it interesting to have conversations with others I don't work with and who didn't know each other. The activities weren't kindergarten. Paul and Richard were great and I can see they work well together. It was one of the best programs I've been to and fun at the same time.

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Coachee Project Manager

The [coaching] sessions have been very useful on a few fronts. I understand better the reactionary patterns in myself and others. Learning skills on how to enact change in my behaviours and in turn others has also been useful. For instance, I now utilise breathing practices in the face of aggressive behaviour and thereby often successfully avoid lashing back or stumbling through a response.

I have also done some introspective searching on what I really want, what my strengths and weaknesses are, and made some planned goals to help change my situation. I would recommend this coaching to those looking for answers when it comes to dealing with difficult situations.

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Andrew Vogt General Manager Financial Planning, First State Super

Having undergone the TLC debrief I am more aware how and why I react to certain scenarios and how I can use my TLC learning to better approach situations in the workplace. Paul's coaching has really helped me pause and think. I have now fundamentally changed the way I conduct conversations with direct reports. I recommend this coaching!

" It was fantastic ... a very collaborative and fruitful approach to strategic planning. I have appreciated being part of this process, and particularly seeing the culmination of many different colleagues' perspectives being brought into a more concise and effective set of objectives. Paul's overall approach to collaboration and planning would be beneficial to many colleagues at all different stages of their career."

Nerida Olson

recruitment manager - faculty of art & social sciences, the university of sydney
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Responsible Investment Analyst Program Participant

I really enjoyed the sessions we had with Paul. There are lessons I learned about listening and dealing with people that I will take beyond this project... It is a rare and highly useful skill to 1) listen and understand everyone's point of view, especially if they differ, 2) sense possible tension and know how to work with it respectfully and gracefully and still be productive, and 3) be able to balance the evidence for the exercise with the actual exercise. Paul did this all so well and it allowed us to whittle down a large amount of primary data into something succinct and useful.

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CEO Program Participant

Thank you so much for facilitating our Board/staff strategy day last week. The feedback from the Board has been overwhelming and the sentiment the same i.e. "best day ever". We really enjoyed working with you and Maggie and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.

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Suzy Brown Specialty Rep

It was brilliantly presented for both work and life. I was able to improve the outlook of how I was perceived by others by making subtle changes that realistically have a major impact. The facilitators were very passionate and thought provoking.

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Chris Manwaring Regional Manager, StatePlus

Very effective way of generating ideas. I am looking forward to undertaking this process in the regional office.

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Coachee Nestle Purina

The individual sessions have been really beneficial for me and I have learned new things about myself in each session. The learning is simply practical.

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Elizabeth Tang Program Participant, Stockland

The course provided reinforcement to certain fundamentals and introduced new techniques. It was delivered at a very good pace and there were a lot of thoughts to ensure constant engagement of participants.

Insightful, confronting at times, but very valuable time with our leadership team, skilfully facilitated and guided by Paul. The immediate result is a stronger connection between us - being vulnerable in front of each other breaks some barriers."

Iva Bogdanova

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Program Participant Director, Fresh Hope Care

Emotional and insightful.

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CEO Program Participant

Thank you so much for facilitating our Board/staff strategy day last week. The feedback from the Board has been overwhelming and the sentiment the same i.e. "best day ever". We really enjoyed working with you and Maggie and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.

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Alison Senior Marketing Specialist, University of Sydney

It was great, thoroughly enjoyed it, he was so engaging.

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Connie Leggio Director Project Leadership (ANZ), IQVIA

I really enjoyed the session and all the insights that Paul shared with us. He made me feel very comfortable and open to sharing experiences.

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Joanna Woutersz Senior NSW Engagement & Communications Manager, Healthdirect Australia

Paul Donovan’s skills as a coach are so profound that he manages to quickly get to the heart of where you as a client wish to go and what’s stopping you getting there, with total honesty, absolute clarity and real empathy. And once he has got you there, the true value he brings, is that as a client you learn to embody and take his wisdom into your next meeting or job interview – so that you feel that you are not alone – he is right there, by your side.

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Jodie Hennessy Senior Finance Manager

I found it quite inspiring. It was more about sharing experiences and learning from them and understanding how others deal with them, rather than a training. I loved having conversations that gave me light bulb moments that allowed me to become more self-aware.

" Professionalism, frankness, openness. Comfort and safety in the environment. Calmness. Impacting, uncomfortable, and effective. Any change in any system results in discomfort. Paul's session provided the tools and awareness to sit in the discomfort and know that it's okay. To stop the "rescuer" mentality so often present in leaders of "fixing all the problems". Paul's facilitated session provided me with the tools and awareness to take a different perspective on challenges within the team and organisation."

Daniel Dwyer

Director group operations, fresh hope care
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Program Participant Stockland

Thanks again Paul for a great day and massive inputs. Your prowess in a tough crowd is awesome. I was with the crew on Thursday and even the toughest of them were alread communicating in a different way. Bloody unreal. Thanks again, we are making a real difference here. The dollar value at the project level of these things is immeasurable but substantial.

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Program Participant Stockland

Even before the course, it kicked off my thinking about how I could make our monthly team meetings more engaging. I have a meeting tomorrow with 12 members of my team and I plan to use the Team Goals and the Team Norms kites that were taught in the program. I feel confident that using these tools with my team will engage them and get us to a positive outcome.

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Tabassum Humza Senior Commercial Manager, University of Sydney

Paul was very engaging, he shared his own journey and experiences in a very open and transparent manner ... I found the approach helpful as it created the feeling of a safe environment for me - and I in turn had very open and honest conversations with people I was interacting with for the first time.

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Roseanne Du Admissions Manager, University of Sydney

Fun and productive!

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Andrew Vogt General Manager Financial Planning, First State Super

Having undergone the TLC debrief I am more aware how and why I react to certain scenarios and how I can use my TLC learning to better approach situations in the workplace. Paul's coaching has really helped me pause and think. I have now fundamentally changed the way I conduct conversations with direct reports. I recommend this coaching!

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Chitra Sethuramasamy Delivery Manager, CRM & Integration, Information Systems

The whole program was brilliant and I enjoyed every bit of it! I am already taking on board doing different styles of meetings depending on their purpose and I am more motivated to do this. I am 100% sure I will use the models and am thinking I will use the ‘analysis kite’. This program is different as you can use the content straight away due to its relevance to what we’re doing.

To find myself on the leadership wheel was great. This gave me insight into how I can improve as a leader, it also helped me with strategies for one of my team ... I gained confidence in how to approach my leadership in a new way which helped to reenergise me ... I think all leaders could benefit from Paul's approach and teaching."

Stephen Kennett

program manager, ascott sales integration

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