I am very pleased to provide a testimonial for Jo. Jo was contracted by the Commissioner’s office in scoping the task, and the initial stages of implementation of a change management process including the whole staff team. Jo was diligent, quick on the uptake, gained a clear understanding of issues for the office and provided useful strategic insights. In the latter stages of implementation Jo provided individual coaching which I personally found very helpful. Jo has an enduringly positive outlook whilst having the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances. I would be happy to work with Jo on other projects.
Tam Baillie, Former Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People
Jo’s guidance and support in helping us sift candidates and ask insightful outsider perspective questions at interview stage was very much welcomed
Senior Manager, Third Sector
I found Jo very engaging and genuinely interested in helping me not only improve as a person, but also as an employer. Given the geographical distance between us, we balanced initial face-to-face meeting with Skype calls. This worked really well. Jo is very professional in her approach and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to others.
Managing Director, Toncam Flooring and Interiors
“Jo has been wonderful since the very first email. She is an amazing listener and her ability to read between the lines and analyse situations is very inspirational. Jo’s personality is also so refreshing to be around and you always leave her company on a positive, happy note.”
Managing Director, Underground Maintenance Systems
“Jo has an ability to help people to find some positive in what has been going on, and focus on tasks that can be accomplished so that there can be some sense of achievement.
She asks questions in a way that makes you think around a problem and tackle it from another angle which is really productive. I ALWAYS feel better after speaking with Jo, more able to tackle what has seemed previously an insurmountable problem, and just generally in a better frame of mind. She has a unique talent, and I am enormously grateful to have had her as a coach over the past few months.”
Managing Director, Shetland Reel
The discussion of how to implement the learning topics into my working environment was second to none.
MacLennan Norman’s understanding of conflict and ways to resolve to allow both parties win/win was very beneficial.
Senior Property Manager, Scottish Property Agents
I worked with Jo over the course of a number of weeks as I felt I needed some professional space to consider a new direction for my organisation. The coaching experience was very valuable in providing a much needed sounding board and critical friend. In particular, working with Jo provided me with the chance to take a step back from the day to day and look more strategically at opportunities and threats to my organisation. Jo’s coaching was useful to provide the space I needed to explore and plan a new approach. I’d certainly recommend it to others as a valuable tool for senior professionals.
CEO, Heriot-Watt University Student Union
I was introduced to Jayne through a mutual friend in the corporate world and I will always be grateful for that introduction. I am a Senior Manager at a large organisation and although pretty successful at work, my confidence had taken a real dip and I had no idea where I was heading in my career. I felt stuck. Jayne helped me focus my career plan with specific goals and update my CV. It really helped to know that I had someone to talk to, who listened carefully and understood my frustrations without being judgemental. In addition, I felt as though other important areas of my life were not being properly taken care of. The coaching process helped me relook at my priorities and make the necessary adjustments. I am much happier within myself, my confidence has increased and I am more determined than ever to reach my goals (both inside and outside of work). Through Jayne’s support and coaching I am discovering what I actually want out of life and what is important to me.
Senior Manager, Public Body
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Jo and Jayne provided a very informative, not to mention entertaining, session on mediation for our lawyers. The training really got into the nitty gritty of mediation, and highlighted the significant benefits of this alternative approach to dispute resolution. The session was conducted in a relaxed format which encouraged open-minded discussion about the suitability and advantages of the process.
Caroline Clark, Professional Support Lawyer, Burness Paull
The use of role playing was very useful to see techniques in action.
Communications Executive, Food and Drink Federation Scotland
It was during a cross roads in my career that I met Jo and her enthusiasm and energy were inspiring. At what was a particularly confusing time, Jo offered clarity and structure to my thinking and challenged me to consider more broadly my skills and options. In her very supportive manner, Jo helped me to develop my personal brand and structure my goals in a positive way that I’d never considered before, helping me to focus on the things that mattered to me and how I could make progress towards them in a logical manner. As a result, my personal confidence grew and I ultimately found the right job for me.
Kirsty Livingstone, Former Corporate Banking Regional Director
“I worked with Jo over a six month period as I felt I needed some external perspective on a new role and change in direction for me. The coaching experience was really helpful , as Jo asks GREAT questions and leads you reflect on areas that may not have been obvious on first review. Jo’s coaching was also helpful in that it made me make commitments to myself not only in my business but also personally…knowing I was updating on these in a few weeks meant I was committed. I’d really recommend Jo to your and your company as I found the experience invaluable.” Retirement Journey Owner, Scottish Widows
I found this coaching experience fantastic! The sessions have been very focused and the support given invaluable. Jo is so easy to open up to and the benefits of working with an external coach are amazing.
Marketing Manager, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Alan Moir, Marketing Manager, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
We asked Jo to facilitate our strategy day in October 2016. Jo responded flexibly to the development on the day, and did a great job subtly steering the discussion and challenging some of our thinking, ensuring the emerging strategy was logical and consistent. She also made sure the meeting finished with an agreement on the next steps we would take to take the issues forward.
Jo has been generous in sharing her time and expertise with us, both in preparation for the day and in debriefing. We would certainly recommend her services to other organisations.
Anna Chworow Former Chair, Take One Action
Alzheimer Scotland has been extremely pleased and very well supported by the skilled and knowledgeable practice from MacLennan Norman Consultancy. Jo MacLennan has helped support key areas of our organisation through complex and demanding change processes, working directly with senior managers and myself, she has taken a lead role and supported our local management teams and staff to work through the challenges associated with major change and the impacts this has on individuals and teams. Jo is extremely committed, highly skilled and very willing to go that extra mile to deliver results for the organisation.
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland
I found MacLennan Norman a highly skilled, professional organisation. Their tailored and personalised approach was invaluable in helping me on my job search.
I particularly valued the comprehensive support in CV development, mock interviews and networking advice.
I would highly recommend MacLennan Norman as a powerful tool to help reshape your career direction.
Aitzaz Malik, Visitor Experience Coordinator National Museum of Flight
Conflict Resolution Training
MacLennan Norman’s enthusiasm and passion for the subject was very engaging.
HR Business Partner, Leonardo
By working with Jo, I feel like I have been on a journey that has led to a change in how I think about both myself and my role. In particular the focus on how to act and think like a leader and the processes and thinking required to be comfortable in that leadership role.
Senior Manager, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Jo recently worked with me, my senior management team and extended team on a very rare opportunity for two days away. It was arranged at very short notice, with not much time for preparation, apart from a few phone calls.
Jo very quickly put together a programme that was concise, intuitive, empathetic and engaging. She managed the two days extremely well and her follow up has been outcome focused and professional.
I have no hesitation in recommending Jo, and hope to use her again.
Mairi O’Keefe, MBE, Chief Executive, Leuchie House
Alzheimer Scotland has been extremely pleased and very well supported by the skilled and knowledgeable practice from MacLennan Norman Consultancy. Jo MacLennan has helped support… Read more “Change Management”
Henry Simmons, Chief Executive, Alzheimer Scotland