A Word From Cathy
It's only impossible until it's done...
I'm Cathy and I work with people, ordinary people, doing interesting and extraordinary things. Only they don’t think of themselves like that, they don’t always see the impact of what they do because, like you and me, they can get snagged on the challenges and problems right in front of them.
I help people, people just like you look beyond your current situation and remember why you want to make that positive impact in the world and with the people around you—whether that’s your work, your business, your social impact project, or your creative endeavour. I love to work with people who don't see the world in terms of serving themselves, but see it as an opportunity to create something better. That could simply be that you want to be the best leader you can be, and impact the people around you, or it could be that you have a specific project or mission you want to achieve. If you’re reading this, then I suspect you are one of those people.
I’m here to remind you about who you are and where you’re going to and to equip you to both overcome the things you’re facing now as well as to empower you to create change in the long-term. I help you tap back into a freedom of mind and a way of thinking that creates astonishing impact, especially impact in relation to other people, because people are our biggest asset and our strongest leverage when we want to create change.
When we work together I will bring you back to a state of quiet reflection, where you can get perspective on what you do. I will lovingly challenge you about what you think is true—so often we’re caught in stories or habits of thinking that block us and keep us trapped in patterns of unhelpful behaviour. And then we wonder why our boss, team, colleagues don’t listen to what we’re saying!
I’m here to help you see beyond that, to develop new ways of working so that you can be your very best and achieve results that look impossible, challenging, complex right now. Here's a secret though, they only look that way from the perspective you have now. Once you shift your perspective then the challenges you're facing—indeed your whole life—transforms.
I want you to be the kind of leader who is working on ideas that matter, whether that’s to a small group around you, or the world at large. Scale isn’t everything. I help you show up without ego, build trust and strong relationships with anyone, deliver results in uncertain and complex environments, stay hopeful, inspire and be inspired. In short, to show up as the best 'you', to do what is right and not what is expedient, and to create the change you want to see in the world.
I’ve studied for years with the very best transformative coaches and teachers to understand how the mind works, to understand where high performance comes from and what gets in the way, to bring you back to a sense of ease and peace in your work (and life), or well-being, and to experience what it means to work in a world where purpose is the norm. I also have a ton of real-world experience so occasionally (and don’t send the coaching police to my door!) I might offer suggestions, but only ever to stimulate your ideas not as an instruction to do it my way.
“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver
Ways We Can Work Together…
It’s hard to capture in words exactly how coaching works. I’ve attempted it, imperfectly I’m sure. If you have a sense the words don’t quite fit what you’re looking for, but the feeling is there then get in touch and we can design a package that fits your needs and budget.
I love to work with open-minded, smart people, who are asking questions about how to do what they do better. It matters less what you do, and more where you’re prepared to look to find answers.
If you do want to read more, then here are some of the areas I focus on:
Leadership and Executive Programmes
There is no trade off between a life well-lived and extraordinary professional and personal achievement; well-being and peace of mind are integral components to your effectiveness. I will help you get you back to a more natural and connected place, be in flow more of the time, align your heart and your actions, and rediscover your natural curiosity and lightness of being.
Leadership coaching takes you far beyond where you think you want to go and gives you a rock-solid foundation that you will be able to rely on for the rest of your life. When you are 100% certain in what you’re doing, there’s an assurance and a level of performance that is so natural and yet so powerful. A quiet confidence and a generosity of heart and mind.
Leadership coaching goes beyond your day-to-day challenges and creates a way of thinking, and of doing, that equips you for everything you want to do in the future. Because I'm not stuck in your challenges, I can direct you with a perspective and objectivity that creates impact and results in a very short amount of time.
Right now it might look as if you can see the horizon and it’s a question of collecting the right techniques and practices that will get you there. It could even feel like you’ve tried everything and it’s not coming together for you. I'm here to tell you that the world does not look the way you think it does—and that opens up possibilities you're not even aware of, both within your present circumstances and far into the future.
I see the potential in you, and coaching catalyses something in you that results in a way of working that is effortless and helps you realise that potential. You might be in a corporate leadership role, in politics, policy, or the nonprofit sector, perhaps you're an entrepreneur or social entrepreneur, a tech founder, or you simply describe yourself as someone who wants to make a difference, an advocate for change on a small scale (and I want to let you into a secret—all change starts with one person). Whatever 'label' you currently wear, you are someone who wants to live a life that makes you come alive, and that impacts the people around you to the greatest degree possible. Welcome to the club.
Coaching partnerships (usually) run for a minimum of six months and more often twelve months and we meet in person or virtually (or a combination). Fees depend on format and duration and while prices vary from client to client, recent programmes have been in the range of £6,000-£10,000.
Every partnership is bespoke to you, to your needs, and the results you want to achieve. The first step is always a consultation to find our more about you, what you want, and whether I can support you to get there. First conversations are free and without commitment on either side.
Please get in touch.
I also offer a shorter programme over 8-12 weeks to support people who are in the middle of, or are planning a professional transition (significant job move, career change, business startup or growth, etc.) OR who want to see something new in one area of their life or work (creativity, peace of mind, coaching skills, etc.)
Our focus is on creating an expanded vision of what's possible, managing all those 'mindset' challenges especially related to feeling worthy, confident, having enough time, being good enough, being visible, as well as facing and managing future uncertainty and risk.
This programme is designed to develop your peace of mind and 'mental fitness' so that you are better equipped to approach the next phase of your life with a lightness and an energy that feels true to you. From that place the transition will be much, much more likely to succeed (however you define success) and you'll move forward being more you.
It's also possible to take this programme as a one-day retreat.
Price: £1,500 (there are qualifying criteria). Please contact me for more information.
3 PRINCIPLES MENTORING
For clients who would like to take a deeper dive into the principles behind our experience of life and rest in the knowing that we always have everything we need. And who would like to take that understanding back to their own work and life; to fully know what it means to live in the feeling of being alive.
Bespoke. Please contact me to discuss.
The Leadership Collective
I lead a network of top-tier coaches who support international development non-profits with pro bono coaching. This is a powerful way of nurturing talent in a field that often forgoes leadership development in favour of action in the countries and communities in which they work.
And, yet, organisations that create the greatest impact are those with the most visionary, innovative and resilient leaders. We want this for everyone, regardless of budget.
The Leadership Collective allows the senior or mid-tier leadership in organisations who would not ordinarily be able to access coaching at this scale to be matched with brilliant coaches for a period of three to six months, no matter the sector or the country in which the organisation operates. It’s made possible through the generous support of the coaches who volunteer their time and energy.
More coming soon. If you are in, or connected with an organisation that would be a great fit for this project, please contact me.
I also chair and participate in groups and volunteer-led partnerships. For example, I currently co-chair the +Acumen London Impact Circle, a select group of impact investors passionate about tackling global poverty. I also co-lead the RSA Coaching Network and head up events to bring coaching approaches and leadership skills to RSA fellows in line with the RSA’s mission to create the conditions for enlightened thinking and collaborative action.
I design and deliver powerful training, innovative seminars and workshops, and engaging talks to public and private sector organisations, associations, and networks. I especially love to collaborate and to co-create something that gets people looking more deeply, and thinking differently than they are used to.
Recent workshops and talks include:
Changing the Game: Delivering Powerful Social Impact
Coaching Skills for Social Impact (for social entrepreneurs)
Building resilience and avoiding burnout (for meditech CEOs)
Beyond Goal-Setting: Design the Year You Want
Finding Focus: How to Stay in the Flow and Create Results, Effortlessly
The Gift of Confidence: How to Move Beyond Confidence and Create More Powerful Impact
Productivity for Perfectionists: One Simple Shift to Create the Breakthrough You Want
If you'd like to design something with me that will deliver impact and value for your organisation, community, association or membership please do contact me.
I am also available for speaking and teleseminars depending on topic, audience and timing.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ~Rumi
Together We Create Magic
Change happens because you will something differently when we work together. We're looking for insights—a way of seeing something—that, once we see it, cannot be unseen. I call it transformation because even though the world we are looking at is the same, what we see is very different and therefore the possibilities for what we can do expand exponentially.
My Clients Have Questions Like:
How can I be more effective even when things around me look uncertain or complex?
Can you help me create the kind of lasting change that goes far beyond me and my organisation? I have ideas about what this might be, I'm just not sure it's possible, or how to achieve it.
How do I, and my team, achieve at the highest level on this project, even when we already consider ourselves to be pretty good at what we do?
Can you help me create this piece of work, project, or impact that looks impossible from where I'm standing?
How can I get clarity about the next phase of my life and then go out and do it?
Can you help me scale the impact of what I do to create positive change in the world?
I want to recapture a sense of meaning at work AND have the time and energy I want for my personal life and relationships. Can we do that?
How can I align how I feel on the inside with the success I've created on the outside?
I feel pulled in different directions, how do I bring the different parts of my life together?
I know where I want to go, and what I want to be doing, I need some help getting there.
I want to do work that matters and yet my biggest fear is that I won’t have the impact I so want to have in the world. Sometimes my dreams feel impossible, crazy even when I say them out loud. How can I make them happen, and get in touch with what's really possible for me?
How can I be in my flow more often? How can I tap into creativity, innovation and high performance on a regular basis?
What is creativity, how can I ‘tame the muse’?
Is it possible to make what I do effortless? Tell me how!
Each Programme is Designed for You (And Your Team)
Most of the programmes start with an immersion so that we can jumpstart your success and create dramatic results in a short space of time.
The work we do together—that life-changing, world-changing transformation—is done in and between conversations. The space between our time is as important as the hour or hours we spend together—insights come when they come. We all know that a quiet mind—walking the dog, taking a shower—is when our best ideas strike, and it’s the same with the coaching process—something may strike you hours or days after a conversation.
What we create together goes well beyond superficial behavioural change. I won’t be teaching you the latest tactic, or asking you to remember what to do in certain situations. We work in a place before the behaviour, the place that is the source of why you see the world the way you do, how you create your day-to-day experiences (and therefore how to transform them), and how to achieve the impact that you want in your world.
This is transformational coaching for a reason—once you've changed, you don't need to carry around the old behaviours and beliefs. You show up at your full potential.
And from that place of potential, you can create anything. That's exciting work, it's where the magic is created—helping you see that so much more is possible, and then making those dreams happen in a way that's feels so effortless it must be magic. Because it is. It's like being in a canoe going downstream; once in the water, you're in flow, it's easy, rather than paddling upstream against the current.
I help you achieve world-class performance and achieve concrete results. You'll find that the pieces of your life begin to fit more naturally and you fall in love with your life and work, and experience the feeling of being alive—something many of us have lost and sometimes don’t even believe we can re-capture. Trust me, it’s possible.
This is Powerful, Remarkable Work, and When I am With You, You are the Most Important Person in the Room
This applies to my personal life as well as the work that I do. I create dedicated hours of the week, and weeks of the year when I’m not accessible for client work because my family comes first.
Coaching starts with a conversation; I want to get to know you, and you have to get to know me in order to discover what's possible. I don't rush the process of designing a programme and you'll find that even one single conversation can result in life-changing insights. To start the process, or to understand whether coaching is even right for you at this moment in time, please contact me here, or email me at info [at] cathypresland [dot] com and tell me a little about what you do and what's motivating you to seek support right now.
I'm excited to connect!