Welcome to Stirling Coaching

Inspiring performance and change.

Claire Stirling: Executive Coach

Claire Stirling is principal consultant and coach/mentor at Stirling Coaching. A practicing Executive coach since 2015, Claire coaches and mentors clients locally and remotely.  She works with individuals who want to make changes in their lives, business owners looking for an insightful sounding board, Directors, managers, team leaders and team members.

Claire attained her Executive MBA from highly-ranked CASS Business School in the City of London and qualified as a Performance Coach through The Coaching Academy, also in London.   She brings broad experience of life, work and performance sport to her clients and can draw on an excellent  network for larger engagements.

A former international distance runner and US scholar/athlete, she started her career in strategy, marketing and sales for Esso Petroleum and Levi Strauss before moving to Australia to work on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Claire hones into key issues quickly, tuning into her client’s needs.  With strong skills in strategic thinking and analysis she listens carefully, asking pertinent questions to raise awareness of options, risks and benefits, probing the appetite for change.

An experienced relationship manager and facilitator, Claire enjoys working with a wide range of people, bringing her training and experience to help clients set goals and identify manageable steps to move towards them, influencing positive business, life and career change, personal impact and team performance.

For more background, check Claire’s LinkedIn Profile.

Business Coaching

Business performance for business owners and leaders.

Is your business operating without clear purpose?

Is your confidence in the future not strong?

Business coaching empowers you to confidently navigate your organisation forward, creating the space, time and critical thinking to:

  • formulate your business strategy
  • work through options and risks
  • analyse underlying business drivers
  • reposition yourself in a competitive marketplace

Business Coaching Testimonials

‘I support business owners and leaders shape organisational direction, evolve culture and raise performance.’
Claire Stirling

Claire is skilled at asking insightful questions that shine a light into your business, asking questions appropriate to your situation.  She can work with you to explore options for growth, profitability and market position, engage your team and nurture a performance culture.

Coach/Mentoring packages are tailored to the needs of your business and your budget to support, strengthen or diversify your business.

Business Health Checks can identify key issues and help set out a roadmap for resolution either stand alone or alongside to Executive Coaching.

Business Health Checks

For a small business of under 10 employees, a Business Health Check typically involves:

  • Site visit
  • 1:1 structured interview with the business owner/director
  • Structured conversations/meetings with 2-3 nominated people in the business

A written report covering the key areas to watch as well as opportunities for growth is produced, informed by the information gained from the interviews conducted and company information provided.

For larger companies, a similar process informs a Business Health Check but with more structured 1:1 interviews to ensure all key areas of the business are considered, supplemented with desktop research where appropriate.

Executive Coaching

Coaching and mentoring for organisational leaders, business managers and team leaders.

Sometimes work and life can look like a mishmash of options.  Navigating the terrain is not intuitive.

Executive Coaching offers constructive questioning to help you critically analyse and prioritise, work through management challenges and reflect on personal work performance and influence.

You are afforded the time, space and constructive challenge to plan your career path and tackle work challenges in different ways, building your confidence, management tool kit and career direction.

Claire has been engaged by a variety of organisations and individuals as a Coach/Mentor, working alongside Executives and Managers to navigate issues ranging from company ownership and organisational direction to team and personal performance and career development.

‘Coaching is a process which involves the whole person. I Coach and Mentor Executives, working with individuals who seek heightened personal impact and career progression and instilling confidence in decision-making.’
Claire Stirling

Executive Coach/Mentoring Packages

The coaching process is a series of open and honest conversations with a completely objective person who is on your side. These conversations can be face to face, over the phone or electronic media and last between 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

A minimum package of three coaching sessions is recommended for impact after an initial consultation, a few weeks up to a month apart to ensure momentum, supplemented with interim email/text/phone conversations as appropriate.    The topic of each coaching session is client-led. 

The client leaves each coaching session with agreed actions which are reviewed at the next session.   Actions are the stepping-stones to change!

Executive Coaching/Mentoring Packages are available for 4, 6 or 8 months.  These are designed to the needs and schedule of the individual and are usually conducted over the phone, Skype or other social media unless it is cost-effective to meet face to face. 

Contact Claire for a no-obligation exploratory session.  Coaching packages are tailored as appropriate to your needs and budget.

Board and Strategy Facilitation

Facilitation for Board dynamics, strategic options and change.

Leaders set the tone and vision of an organisation.

An external facilitator can bring a neutral dynamic to Board discussion and assist the Chair in facilitating constructive dialogue and challenge, whether conquering new markets, or branching out into unchartered territory.

Executive MBA-qualified from CASS Business School in London with Board experience as a Non-Executive Director, Claire has operational insight into Board dynamics which positions her well as an impartial, confidential outsider.

A strategic thinker, Claire can support a Board Chair encourage discussion around strategic options and in emotive or sensitive situations where an impartial outsider lends a helpful dynamic.

With experience as a Non-Executive Director, Claire can support a Chair with Board dynamics and strategy facilitation.

Team Performance

Goal setting, role clarification, effective communication, trust.

  • Is your team environment cramping your style?
  • Are you grouped for a common purpose you’re not altogether sure of?
  • Are you uncomfortable asking your colleagues for space, help or clarification?

Team facilitation and group coaching helps clarify roles and responsibilities and facilitates effective communication.

Members gain clarity on how their role and responsibilities relate to others and their contribution to the group purpose.

Claire is experienced in facilitating discussions with Executive and Operational teams.

She facilitates more effective team performance through drawing out key issues, finding common ground, facilitating clarity of ownership and commitment to agreed actions.

Her skills are particularly valuable when exploring the impact of change and strategic decisions.

Team Performance Testimonials

Personal Growth

Life Changes    Life Challenges    Personal Performance    Confidence    Mindfulness    Career

When you match up the things you value in life with the goals you set for yourself, you align your motivation.

It becomes easier for you to take action as you feel confident in the decisions you are making, as you set personal goals and bridge from where you are now to where you want to go.

Coaching raises awareness of your strengths, the resources available to you at any time and your motivations.  You benefit from a greater understanding of yourself, in addition to finding a way forward from your current situation.

Opportunities open to us when we are receptive to them.  The support from a coach helps you define what you want, why you want it and what you can do at any time to get there, breaking these steps down so they are manageable.

Personal coaching gives you the space for reflection, affording you the opportunity to recognise what drives you and re-visit your core purpose.

Improved self-awareness stays with you.  It has an ongoing, positive impact on your decision making, which is more likely to bring you success and fulfilment.

Coaching supports you to make significant, positive and lasting changes in how you approach life.  The starting position is that you are a resourceful person who, with the right support, can solve your own problems and set your own direction.

Claire has worked to great effect with individuals seeking support in making key personal and professional life changes.  Claire supports each client individually to explore options, test underlying motivation and put in place action steps along a path of change.

Personal Development Testimonials

‘Coaching is a process which involves the whole person.  I coach individuals navigating significant change and decision making in their personal lives as well as professional lives.’
Claire Stirling

‘Individuals who feel in control of their own destiny are happier, healthier and more confident in their lives and relationships.  This in turn brings success.’
Claire Stirling

Coaching sessions may last from 30minutes to an hour, a week or several weeks apart, supplemented with interim email/text/phone conversations as appropriate.    The scheduling, duration and topic of each coaching session is client-led. 

Coaching sessions come in a package of at least three after an initial exploratory session to clarify what you are wanting to achieve.  The exploratory session also gives you the opportunity to sound out whether you would like to work with the coach! 

After each coaching session the client leaves with agreed actions which are reviewed at the next session.   Actions are the stepping-stones to change!

Claire will discuss potential coaching packages with you during the (no obligation) exploratory session, to tailor support which is appropriate to your needs and budget.

About Coaching

People seek out a coach for a variety of reasons. A good coach helps you navigate issues and support you personally, giving you confidence in your decision making as you take the steps towards growth and change.

Some examples of why a person might seek the support of a business or personal coach:

  • You want to grow your business or progress your career and would like to ensure you’ve considered all options
  • You know change is required but are unsure where to start
  • You would like an objective, knowledgeable and trustworthy sounding board who isn’t in your circle of family, friends or work
  • You want to be sure of your decision making
  • You have several options but are uncertain which one to take
  • You’ve had a few knocks and want to get back on track
  • You know what you want, but struggle to find the time to make the changes
  • You keep procrastinating; your motivation has taken a hit and you could do with some support

Get in Touch

Wherever you are, if you have a telephone or internet connection, Claire can connect with you.

Finding out more and exploring if coaching is right for you won’t cost you anything.  A no-obligation discussion over the phone or by Skype can be held at a mutually convenient time.

Curious? Want more information?
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