“As for the coaching – this was genuinely revelatory! Kristy’s questioning led me to find solutions where I thought none were possible –a very effective technique and of huge practical help to me”.
“I would highly recommend Kirsty for anyone feeling stuck or working towards realising their potential. I was looking for someone to help me unlock my thoughts and ideas on how to take my business to the next level. Kirsty’s sessions have left me feeling empowered and more in control. A year on I’ve achieved more than I originally thought possible.”
"Kirsty was able to put me at ease very quickly, having not been coached before, I really didn't know what to expect. I found the experience to be extremely positive and beneficial and would recommend Kirsty in the future. She is focused, very professional and motivational. She has helped me identify what was preventing me from achieving my goals and I now feel like I am able to overcome any obstacles"
"Kirsty instils an aura of self-belief in the individual and continually probes and questions all aspects of your personal development. She makes you think outside of the box, is very probing, very perceptive, incredibly tenacious and gets you to feel great about yourself.
It takes time and a great deal of effort but you feel you have achieved something at the end of each coaching session.”
“I have more self-confidence in my abilities. Am now more relaxed in acknowledging what is required of me in my professional role at work and I believe less stressed in dealing with daily requirements of Job. I now understand more about our business requirements and what is required to achieve them. Also feel more confident in being able to contribute more in Management and Board meetings”
"From a personal and business perspective, the benefit and impact of Kirsty’s coaching has
helped to reassure my ability to implement change at an organisational level and effectively establish a solid support structure whilst including associated team members as part of the planning. This has ultimately led to a clear realisation of my role within the company. "
“In a very short period of time, I believe I have progressed significantly towards my goals whilst working with Kirsty. Her direct approach helped me see alternative approaches and realistic actions which I could move forward with. I am more confident and comfortable in the focus of my role and how I can progress to achieve my personal objectives and that of the business”
“Kirsty was a very effective coach and very quickly gained my trust to allow focus on helping me move forward. She was able to quickly understand the business and expectations that exist, in order for these to be quickly progressed. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Kirsty and am now feeling the benefit of the progress made whilst working with her”
”I have developed some skills which are new to me, but more importantly for me I have further honed other skills which I thought I couldn’t develop further. I have developed a greater awareness and understanding of the sales process and am now much more confident of the actions I am taking in this area. Making time to spend on my own reflection and development is another key area which I am now consciously acting on. I am considering communications”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with Kirsty. Specifically her challenging but friendly approach allows you to fully consider your particular development areas in detail without losing sight of the bigger picture. Overall my motivation has improved significantly and I would highly recommend Kirsty.”
Leadership Programme: CEO & Founders/Ignite
“I found the Gearing for Growth Program stimulating and invaluable. The opportunity to share issues and challenges with peers was both useful and insightful as the sharing often helped me to arrive at solutions on my own without input from the group or the coach.
The one-to-one follow ups with Kirsty were also extremely useful as she doesn't give answers - she guides towards finding your own answers which is the way executive coaching should work.
I would thoroughly recommend this program for both new and experienced Executives who want to lead as opposed to manage theirorganisations.”
Angus MacFadyen, Pufferfish
“Kirsty Bathgate creates workshops that challenge and motivate CEOs like myself to examine their leadership styles and to look at ways in which we could lead better. I found the workshops to be a fantastic way to step out of the business, without having to spend too much time away, and to reflect on areas in which I could grow as a leader.
It was useful to have a blend of both group sessions and one to ones. I also found that Kirsty Bathgate created an environment in which both CEOs and non-execs could be open and honest, which was very powerful in the context. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough to those looking to participate in future workshops”
Alison Grieve, G-Hold
“Kirsty pours her passion for leadership development and clear communication into her programmes. There is a great energy and honesty that is fostered in the workshop and I’ve been inspired to communicate more clearly with my team, been challenged on how I lead, and become more focused on what the important tasks are of running a successful organisation.”
Colin Hewitt, Float
“The sessions with Kirsty have been really useful. After each session I have come away with action points to implement, I’ve thought about new things, or I’ve thought about challenges in a new light that has allowed me to solve the problem. Kirsty is great at equipping you with the tools you need to fix your own problems and come to solutions by yourself. I can already see the benefits in my business of working with Kirsty.”
Rebecca Pick, Pick Protection
“Gearing for Growth has been hugely valuable. I've loved the community vibe of it - the dynamic and supportive nature of the cohort. Another key aspect was the blend of tuition, coaching, and practice - it goes beyond lecturing and gets you actively engaged with the topics as they relate to your business, and really helps to make things sink in. The hour long one to one follow-ups that Kirsty gives each participant after each session really add value to the programme - it keeps you accountable, lets you discuss the aspects most relevant to you, and helps you capture any bits that you missed”
Richard Walker, Photon Force
“The CEO leadership programme has had a positive impact for a number of reasons.
The 3 areas that stand out for me are; the input and honesty from Kirsty whether that is in the group or individual coaching sessions; the opportunity to take a step back from the day to day and focus on your own and your organisations development; and finally, the opportunity to interact and learn from other like minded people who have been, are going, or about to go through similar challenges and successes.
I include Kirsty in this, when I say that it was the people I shared this experience with that made it a very worthwhile programme.
It is now up to me to take what I’ve learned and work with the people around me to make a difference.”
Andy Muir, CEO Coach Logic
‘I would highly recommend Kirsty for anyone feeling stuck or working towards realising their potential. I was looking for someone to help me unlock my thoughts and ideas on how to take my business to the next level. Kirsty’s sessions have left me feeling empowered and more in control. A year on I’ve achieved more than I originally thought possible.’
Kirsty MacKenzie, CEO iMultiply
"What a great investment Connect Learn Thrive CEO Strategic Leadership Programme has been for me. Kirsty’s unique style and experience and the background of the other participants made it an extremely challenging and worthwhile experience. Using a coaching leadership approach is simple in theory but so difficult to apply in practise. The way Kirsty breaks this down and takes the participants through the practise of applying it, and the pitfalls to avoid, mean I have been able to bring it back successfully into our live environment with excellent results. I thoroughly recommend leaders in any organisation to go through this experience – your teams will thank you!”
Neil McInnes, CEO Umega Lettings
“I’ve found the programme to be extremely valuable for encouraging me to analyse the role that I’m in and most of all, to take practical steps to improve its effectiveness. All delivered at a pace that kept me engaged and multiple layers of content to think about between sessions. Discussing with the cohort generated lots of insights and was very enjoyable too.”
Catherine Breslin, TTO Strathclyde University
Leadership Programme: Leaders & Emerging Leaders/Accelerate
“This programme has enabled me to increase the pace of my growth, while letting me refine the direction of my professional growth. It also helped me gain a better understanding of the growth journey my organisation is on”
Jakub Dostal, Senior Engineer Airts
"I was going through a significant period of change in my role and with our company growing so rapidly, I found the programme hugely impactful in helping me move into a more strategic position, become a better leader and help facilitate my team to be more effective daily! Would highly recommend the course to leaders of all kinds within high growth companies”
Ashley Jones, Appointedd
The Accelerate course was challenging in all the right ways. It helped me question why I react to certain situations the way I do, and what behaviours I can adopt to become a better leader. The learnings from the course have spilled over into my personal life too, and I'm no longer shying away from difficult conversations.
Louise Bayley-Boyd, Float
The Accelerate programme has played a vital role in parallel with my day-to-day leadership role. The timing of most modules were exactly when I was needing the clarity, support and guidance. I've been able to put the takeaways into practice and also have seen the results turn me into a better leader.
Sid Vel, Krotos Audio
This course has given confidence to develop the wider team and tools to support a fast paced growth company. The reflection encouraged has been valuable for self-development.
Rachel Cameron, Clinspec Diagnostics