Testimonials - Ian Nesbitt
Mastering Your Self - 1:1 Program for Individuals
"Thanks for an AWESOME Awesome session!! I really got a lot out of it and it’s given me a number of things to think about, to be grateful for, respect for myself for all my hard work and excitement for all the great accomplishments I now recognise I am fortunate to have achieved. I do recognise I am a powerful person and I am working towards not shutting down aspects of myself that I feel more comfortable suppressing."
Senior Management Accountant
Faculty of Science, Melbourne University
"I recommend Ian Nesbitt as an extraordinary coach. From his own work with many people over many years, he has landed on a very effective process. In my time I’ve read many wise books of psychology, spirituality and theology but I would have never gotten to this point/level without Ian's coaching. He’s not like a counsellor who just lets you do the talking but instead coaches you through a step by step process. Ian pushes you with a hand on your shoulder through a process in which the head can forget the books its read, and the heart and gut have a chance to speak. Without his firm guide to keep me on target, I would have stepped off the track and out of the process. I’m sure he would be helpful for women too but as an attentive man in a feminist age, he asked me to be sure about my stances – was I too apologetic, was I insufficiently being true to my own gender, and that was helpful too. He always kept a sharp eye for the truth and wouldn’t let me get away with my escape routes to hide in rationalising, or self-pitying or other forms of avoidance. He wasn’t interested in diversions or distractions but was unstintingly laser sharp at asking the penetrating question and monitoring signs of progress in my answers." -
Husband, Dad, Songwriter, Poet,
Director of Mission
"I recently had a "Get Real" session with Ian which was excellent. During the session Ian helped me relax and connect to a deeper intelligence within. I found it really helpful and powerful and got deep insight at an experiential level about how to live in a more empowered way and consistently operate from that place. Since then my business has really taken off and I have a new level of clarity and confidence around what my goals are and my ability to reach them. Ian really creates a safe space for this whole experience. Highly recommended"
Business Owner & Facilitator
"Before doing Ian’s coaching program I was going through a marriage breakup and was confused and miserable. On completion of the program I feel in control of my life and know where I’m going. I feel my own pain and I feel happiness again. Much more readily. With that the torment has gone and I have gained a lot of freedom to be ok with what life sends my way. I have been able to navigate through the emotional minefield of settlement with a level of ease I hadn't thought possible. Though it is challenging, I'm not attached and it feels good! Ian gets me, is very intuitive, and knows what pace to take me."
TJ Carter Accountants
“Before I went through Ian’s program, I felt like I was failing and I was angry, uncertain and indecisive in my career. I’d been working for the same company for a while and knew I had to step out and start my own business. Through the sessions, I saw that I had been placing an immense amount of pressure on myself to succeed and why that was the case. I saw, that how I was, would always and inevitably lead to me feeling disappointed and angry. I didn’t realise how hard I was being when I did not live up to my ideals for myself and I got to see how much that was costing me in the rest of my life. I am extremely grateful for Ian’s wisdom, guidance and mentoring which enabled me to move through my concerns and fears with ease and acceptance. It was a tough pill to swallow at times but I am so glad that I did. He was very mindful and skilful in his approach which enabled me to trust in my own abilities and to take risks to start my own business, which paid off majorly.”
Peter H - Engineer
“My biggest issue I came to Ian with was self denial - I was lying to myself about certain parts of myself which was keeping me stuck in a loop of resistance and fear. This fear of fully embracing my gifts manifested as procrastination, lack of motivation and a feeling I would be “eaten alive’ if I shared myself with the world. Ian’s coaching provided the framework for receiving insightful guidance, encouragement and support. The regular sessions were an outlet for my concerns and gave me an opportunity to see myself in a new light. I faced aspects of myself that I was deeply resisting, both in my shadow side and in my greatness. I saw in Ian’s reflection the source of my own beingness and I began appreciating and honouring this essence that was unfolding within me. Through the journey Ian took me on, I have dealt with a lot of my deepest fears, and I am now beginning to assert who I am in the world in loving and self-honouring ways.”
Sophia M. – Counsellor, Art Therapist and Coach
“From the first session, I felt relieved to know that I had ongoing assistance from a mentor who had my highest interests at heart. Ian works with incredible integrity and saw into the tunnels of the tunnels of my psyche! He is gifted with wisdom, insight and awareness which helped me to see that I was creating my own fears and confusion to keep me ‘safe’! I have now taken myself on in ways I wasn’t able to before and I’m kicking goals that have astounded me, like walking into a business I really wanted to work with and finding myself starting there the following week! I would never have believed that was possible before working with Ian. I highly recommend Ian’s program for real go-getters who really want to excel in the game they are here to play in life”
Kate B. Entrepreneur, Business Owner
"I am very pleased with the way the program unfolded, the sessions were very natural, organic and flowed seamlessly. Ian brought in concepts and ideas for me to play with and there was a plenty of encouragement and validation. With renewed enthusiasm, I opened up to new ways of working that were more joyful. I began facilitating workshops which were deeply satisfying and surprisingly effortless. As a result I am learning to be more integrated as a human being, not only relying on the intuitive side of my nature, but re-establishing a connection to my masculine, proactive side. I am much more trusting of my process now and allowing myself to trust what life offers me!”
Sarah K. – Health Practitioner, Facilitator
Large National Companies
Testimonial for Organisational Development Consulting and Management Consulting
After an extended period with one company I felt that I had lost my edge and was getting stale. I believed that I had slipped into the corporate psyche and was unable to make the changes needed to re-invigorate myself and my team.
Working with Ian opened me up to a new understanding of where the company and I were positioned and what needed to be done to move forward. It also clarified the key understanding that I was the only one standing in my way.
As a part of the coaching, we established a series of goals that would have been well beyond my thinking prior to the coaching and worked each of these through to an appropriate outcome. I had to contend with many tasks where, at the outset, I “knew” it would fail. However, the open and supportive delivery of the coaching established an environment where I was able to change my thinking and influence some considerable changes.
I am now able to identify more clearly the issues that face me and my team, both internal and external to the company, and have the skills to address them. This new clarity has allowed me to have a greater influence on the direction the company takes and as a result I was given the responsibility to role out National Strategies for all Design, Estimating and Sustainability when previously these areas where dealt with at a State level.
I have learned much about my own behaviour and how this impacts those around me and the outcomes I seek. I have been able to use the learning gained to develop stronger relationships with my Managers, Team Leaders and internal and external stakeholders.
All this has also help improve balance in my home life.
“If I’m bored – create something new!”
National Design Centre Manager
Testimonial for Facilitation, Mediation & Coaching Services
The work we did together last year continues to pay off! We have recently finished out the financial year and again we met our revenue targets for the second year running.
Management, personnel and other work structures I devised out of our period working together have really assisted us in keeping staff, creating a workplace of excellence and being prepared to address issues as they’ve arisen. There have been some great tools created and these continue to be used.
I especially appreciated your approach to the coaching service you gave, which was to open me up for bigger possibility and accountability and translate that right down throughout the organization. My constant feedback is that Atma Environmental is a great place to work, and we just keep kicking goals.
This is also proven by the results you have obtained where we had the opportunity to subcontract you in for third party clients, who have also been very happy with the outcomes you helped them achieve.
Thanks again for your well considered insights, wisdom and coaching: helping me to identify, plan and achieve my desires.
ATMA ENVIRONMENTAL PTY LTD
Testimonial – Business Coach
I had the pleasure of meeting Ian through a friend of mine who had experienced a number of profound shifts in the way he worked and the results he was getting from his business as a facilitator. I began working with Ian based on my friend's recommendation.
I was only a year into my business at the time that I began coaching and although things were working well, they were not quite operating to plan. The coaching I received was fantastic with significant results, and I am very grateful. Oh, and not solely on a business perspective either. I got to understand that how I conduct myself impacts everything in my life, my business, my relationships and my vitality.
My business grew 125 % in the nine (9) months the coaching entailed, I have created a rewarding and loving relationship and my fitness is being well maintained through structures I created during coaching.
Ian is approachable, affable, direct, when it is needed and clear. I would recommend his coaching services to anybody who is challenged by what they seek and looking to shift themselves, their businesses and their environments to a new level.
CleanTastic, Wellington, NZ
Managers or Key Staff with behavioural issues:
Daniel (name changed) had worked with me for 8 months in an important role where he needed to interact with other key team members and provide specialised technical support to our internal and external customers.
During this time I noticed that his behaviour had become increasingly aggressive and that he was very short in his dealings with people. He was also demonstrating difficulties in managing daily tasks especially where requested changes were requiring a different approach to problem solving.
I had pointed out to him in formal conversations that there was a need for him to improve his behaviour as this had resulted in me overlooking him for promotion, these conversations had made little difference and I was considering finding a replacement although I knew this would be difficult. As a last resort, I requested Ian to work with Daniel to address these issues and see if he could make a difference. I have to say I was dubious at best.
In a very short period of time, Daniel’s behaviour changed markedly as he was made aware of his behaviours and developed ways of managing the situations he was facing, effectively, using Ian’s leadership techniques and practices. He has learned to address the situations which arise in his work and his aggressive behaviour, disappeared. He now takes an active role in assisting team members, who are now very comfortable working with him, and he is working well with our customers for which I am getting good feedback. He is also taking a proactive approach to problems and has been taking on extra responsibilities assisting with broader departmental issues.
Although Daniel had to do the work I know that it was Ian’s skill in determining what lay at the root of Daniels aggression that made the difference.
He is an excellent Leadership Coach who has a way of getting people to see things in a new light that really makes a big difference. I highly recommend him.
National Technical Manager