Testimonials

What our clients say

2020

"I was lucky enough to receive coaching by Margriet a couple of years ago. To describe her approach I would describe her as a soundboard, helping me look at various perspectives linked to core personal values. She’s been a great support throughout happy as well as challenging times, always helping to find clarity in the various avenues available. Several of her practices I continue to this day, I have found them to be useful, widely applicable and inspiring. In addition to all of this, she is a positive person to work with, so a session with Margriet is always something I looked forward to. Would not hesitate to reach out to Margriet again if ever in need of a great coach!"
Crispijn Smals – Senior Executive, Music Industry

" I was first introduced to Margriet by my HR for a potential coaching opportunity when I moved to a position managing a team of 9 people. I was going through a challenging phase at work where I felt this opportunity came to me at the right time. I instantly liked Margriet's style of communicating right from our first meeting and knew this program will benefit me a lot going forward. This was my very first coaching experience where I went with an open mindset which I believe helped me a lot. Margriet has a very open, honest and friendly approach where her experience and professionalism shows when she can instantly connect to the situation being described to then suggest the right techniques which would help to overcome it. It was not a guiding session by any means where she would extract the answers from you by asking the right questions and making you think as sometimes we are so caught up in the problem that we don't take a step back to think from the outside. Margriet was able to do this very well with me which was very effective. Some of the exercises we did were enjoyable and at the same time gave me the right tools to overcome the challenge. Margriet is very flexible to work with. This program has enabled me to understand myself better in terms of my strengths and weaknesses along with ways to improve on some of the areas. The best part was following a session when we would meet for our next, we would go through situations when I could apply some of the takeaways from the previous session which meant it was not just a conversation but also meant to apply in my day to day activities. Overall it has been a very enriching experience where at the end of the program I knew how much I had improved making me realize how far I can push the boundaries. My personal thanks to Margriet where I look forward to more opportunities in the future to be coached. I will definitely recommend Margriet."
Arun Nagendrappa, Senior information Technology Manager at AP Moller - Maersk

"I was first introduced to Margriet, after I became a manager of managers where I had asked my own manager for some coaching in the leadership area, and communications area. I must admit it was not as expected, with a person guiding me you should do this more and less of this and that. This was a bit of a new experience about getting myself to find the answers within myself, which I have used to get a different view on a lot of things, and I try to do the same at times with other people I talk to get them to tell me the answer, as I do not have all the answers, the engineers have the answers. I have learned a lot about myself, and this has guided me to become a better leader, and it has made me think more about how to bring the best out of the people."
Ulf Kvistborg, Head of Development Enablement at Maersk Line

"When I met Margriet, it was my first experience of coaching and I was not sure what to expect and entered it with some trepidation. However, I had decided prior to taking up the opportunity for coaching I would enter the experience wholeheartedly and with an open mind. While the experience was sometimes very challenging, it made me look at areas of my life and work that I wanted to improve in, and in all areas, I have achieved this and in some areas even more than I had hoped. Without Margriet and the coaching, I would have been able to progress as far as I have over the past 12 months and I cannot recommend her enough. Her approach is professional, yet friendly and encouraging and pushes you past the limits and barriers you believe you have."
Sam Bowler – Always on – Head of Always on – Always on Services – Maersk Line

"Thank you for 6 months of valuable discussions and coaching. The sessions helped to bring clarity and rounded consideration to the issues of a new senior role in a changing market and environment. I look forward to working together again through any new challenges ahead. Margriet coaches with insight and flexibility that was refreshing and powerful, providing tools to cope with the rigours of a very dynamic business."
Rhys Phillip Chief Executive officer at Cornerstone (CTIL)

"I received excellent support from Margriet in helping structure and facilitate a complex and challenging stakeholder workshop with a key aim to improve delivery success and build stronger relationships with key stakeholders. Delivered in a very professional and supportive manner - where the aims of the session were achieved and the benefits now being realised. A great job!
Paul McCullagh – Delivey Director at Cornerstone (CTIL)"

2019

"Margriet’s coaching has helped me to deal with some tricky situations. She challenged me just the right amount to energise me into action that I knew I needed to take but had found ways to avoid and supported me afterwards, helping me to understand what had held me back previously so I can try to avoid it happening again. She’s also provided an excellent listening ear for me, enabling me to take the time out to think more strategically about where I want to focus my attention. At least one of our coaching conversations was held ‘on the move’ – taking a walk in the open air really helped with my thinking and enabled me to concentrate on what I wanted to explore without being distracted."
~ Senior Manager, University of Reading

"I was lucky enough to have 6 coaching sessions with Margriet and I really enjoyed every one! I had recently been promoted at work to a managerial role and I am the first to admit that I wasn't 100% ready to take on this role. My employer arranged for me to have one to one coaching sessions with Margriet to work on a number of areas such as my confidence, how to be a good manager, hope to cope with stressful situations etc. Each meeting was personally tailored to me, Margriet was very quick to learn what methods suited me and worked best for me, such as visualisation tasks. Some sessions were emotional as I learnt a lot about myself and others were full of laughter! I have definitely benefited from this coaching, I was having to deal with a really difficult situation at work when I had my first meeting and by the end of it, I was able to look at the situation in a completely different way and was able to react so much better when a similar situation arose. Margriet has given me confidence so that I believe that I am able to undertake my new role and I am now really relishing the challenge of it. Margriet is a lovely person and so easy to talk to and open up to. I really would recommend her and would love it if my employer would book in further sessions for me as I don't think I would ever stop enjoying learning from Margriet."
~ Pension Manager, Xafnity

"I approached Margriet as a coach to help work through some frustrations and discouragement issues in my work environment. Margriet helped me to de-personalise and reframe my experiences through a number of sessions and exercises, enabling me to take a different and more powerful perspective, and regain a sense of control over the context. As part of the process she also helped me to re-acknowledge my personal passions as well as recognise my own choices of engagement. As a result of the coaching I was able to crystallise a broader perspective and move forward with greater focus and purpose. Margriet is a talented professional with a great balance between warmth and detachment, where she’s been able to gently confront assumptions and help me to uncover my own solutions to problems."
~ IT Leader – Maersk Group

"I started career coaching with Margriet as I was confused over my career path. Margriet quickly connected, and guided and challenged me to unlock my potential. Through a use of various tools, and benefiting from her expertise and experiences, I have learnt about my values and strengths and clearly identified what I enjoy doing and what is important to me. Since starting coaching with Margriet I have started a new role, and am more confident and happier, with a much clearer direction.
I would highly recommend Margriet as a coach - she has been a pleasure to work with."
~ Research Manager – Thames Water Utilities Ltd.

"I've really benefited from Margriet's coaching in six sessions over the last nine months helped by her shared fondness for good coffee and willingness to laugh at the absurdities of life. Margriet's ability to support my focus on what is important to develop and strengths I can draw on both in relation to work and personally has been hugely empowering - it has resulted in changes to the way I and my company Just Ideas work (confidence in facilitation; developing the business; delegation). It's also provided me with a creative set of tools to bring to the everyday issues and challenges we face at work. Overall the period of coaching has been positive, challenging, productive and enjoyable - and I look forward to a regular coaching catch up in future. "
~ Business Owner/Entrepeneur, Just Ideas Sustainable solutions Ltd.

"I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Margriet and experiencing her genuine nature and exceptional integrity. A talented coach and mentor who is incredibly passionate and committed to making a difference to peoples lives. She has helped me to grow both professionally and personally and enabled me to view things from a different and more empowering perspective. I'd happily work with Margriet again in the future."
~ Digital Project Manager at Maersk group

"Margriet is amazing! Her strong intuition coupled with her direct and heartfelt approach make her coaching so powerful. It is incredible how quickly Margriet gets into the “core” of it all through effortlessly uncovering thoughts, emotions and trends so lightly. Don’t underestimate her sense of humor; working with Margriet is going to be rewarding and fun."
~ Business owner and Entrepeneur

"Margriet uses a coaching style to get to the heart of the matter, and influence senior stakeholders. It's a pleasure to work with Margriet and I particularly value her collaborative approach, inquisitive nature and readiness to tackle issues head on."
~ Business Owner and Entrepeneur

"Margriet offered me some very insightful counsel during her time as my career coach. She was instrumental in motivating me to produce clearly defined career goals as well as ensuring I maintained a positive work/life balance. I really benefitted from our regular chats."
~ Technical Manager, Thames Water

"Margriet was the Thames Water HR-lead for the Tideway Tunnel team during a critical phase in the project’s development. She played a key role in the recruitment, formation and building of the team. Her support was steadfast throughout the many highs and lows of project life, and her insights were always greatly valued by me and other members of the team."
~ MD, Thames Tideway Tunnel Programme

"Margriet was the HR business Partner responsible for leading the HR aspects of the outsourcing of the Thames Water Legal team and transition to the New Managed Legal service. Margriet drove the HR elements of this project with tremendous energy and vigour and enthusiasm and provided invaluable support. I would have no hesitation in recommending Margriet for outsourcing projects of this nature – she is a real team player."
~ Head of Legal - Thames Water

"I was lucky to work alongside Margriet at NHS PASA. She is a true business partner who was well liked by managers and employees alike, and a breath of fresh air to the HR team. I consistently relied on Margriet for sound advice and inputs relating to employee matters. In particular, drawing on her coaching and facilitating skills and experience. Margriet works incredibly hard and puts her all into everything she does - always maintaining a sense of humour. She was a pleasure to work with."
~ Senior HR Business Partner at Sensata Technologies

Our Services

Coaching

"If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you are right!"
~ Henry Ford.

Facilitation

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see!"
~ Edgar Degas

Human Resources

"We can’t run out of resources. Resources exist when the human mind sees how to use something" ~ Robert Anton Wilson