"I feel there was a direct link between the coaching I received this year and my increase in compensation and performance rating."
Jane and I have a great coaching relationship. She keeps me focused on my career development, making sure we constantly revisit my goals and objectives. Jane makes herself available to me. It is great to know I can pick up the phone and use her as a sounding board; she also checks in with me when she knows I am going to have a stressful event at work. I feel there was a direct link between the coaching I received this year and my increase in compensation and performance rating. I would highly recommend Jane as an executive coach and look forward to working with her this year.
- VP, Human Resources, Major Global Financial Institution
"I take every opportunity to extol the benefits of executive coaching to my colleagues, associates and friends, and highly recommend Jane Cranston's services... it's the best investment they can make in their career!"
I was referred to Jane Cranston by a close friend who was enjoying great success after working with Jane to accelerate her personal and professional growth. I had a mediocre job but was ready to take charge of my career and scale myself to the next level. Jane helped me to identify and quantify my talents and uncover my true interests to assist me in better aligning my career goals and my life goals. Jane is always there with an encouraging word, sound advice, and most importantly, concrete action steps that keep me focused and moving forward with my strategy for realizing my fullest potential. As a resident of the New Orleans area, I was forced to even further evaluate my career choices when I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Jane was at my side as confidante, advisor, supporter, and friend. I take every opportunity to extol the benefits of executive coaching to my colleagues, associates and friends, and highly recommend Jane Cranston's services as an executive coach and a life coach. I tell my friends it's the best investment they can make in their career!
- Angi Bell, Realator, Keller Williams Realty, New Orleans
"Why should you work with Jane Cranston? I have 3 reasons: for yourself, for yourself, for yourself.
In writing this endorsement I looked back to see how Jane and I connected, how our relationship developed and why I continue to find her valuable. I am a 47 year old male executive in advertising sales for a broadcast company. When Jane and I met I was employed by a different company. I had just re-located to the New York area to develop a new position within the company. We wanted to expand traditional revenue streams and to mine new opportunities from the internet and wireless worlds. I was to find the new opportunities and mentor coworkers and a vendor sales team to grow that business. I realized quickly that I needed to bounce ideas, strategies, and challenges off an objective listener to move forward and balance the strategic issues of future growth with the need for revenue now. I had read about coaching in the business press. At a corporate meeting I attended at the same time as my relocation, I learned that my company had a HR benefit that assisted in finding potential coaches. I interviewed a number of possibilities on the phone. Jane and I clicked. Jane answered functional questions easily. We discussed how to benchmark progress in the relationship. She also willingly agreed to meet for a no obligation one on one. I don't recall what we exchanged then but I decided to make the personal investment in myself. I have grown by working with her. Our sessions began with the business challenges I faced. Discussion topics included long and short-term career goals, strategies to get there and why they are important to me. Jane challenged me to evaluate what I needed to do, how to efficiently and effectively complete the task and why I would (or not) get satisfaction from achieving those goals. I have not heard Jane tell me what to do; I have a partner in a discernment process. The relationship has evolved as the months rolled by. We have discussed life-balance issues. As a baby boomer, I am squeezed by parents getting older and children needing my care and resources. I have a wife who is supportive and loving to share these realities. Additionally, I have been able to sort things in meeting with Jane during trying times that have had positive outcomes in work and at home. Her ability to listen and thoughtfully probe allows me to see where beauty is in the personal trials and their implications on my business life. I recommend Jane Cranston because she is professional, experienced, intelligent, insightful, honest, direct, caring and thoughtful. You would be hard pressed to find a better investment in yourself or your career.
- Jim Reilly, National Sales Manager, Infinity Broadcasting
"Jane Cranston has played an instrumental role in taking my career to the next level and setting my sights on future success".
She is passionate about her role as a coach; demonstrated by her constant care in working through issues combined with follow through for lasting change. She has a wealth of personal/professional experience to draw on, providing useful ways to keep me focused and to maintain proper perspectives. I am grateful to have her as an influence in my life and look forward to her assistance in achieving my future goals.
- Stephen Krug, Chief Operating Officer, Second Curve Capital
"[Coaching] has also helped me achieve a greater work/life balance, and helped me focus on doing the important things rather than doing it all."
My coach, Jane, has considerable experience with the challenges facing professional women (and men). She has been an invaluable resource. Coaching has accelerated my personal and professional growth. By giving me a deeper understanding of interpersonal motives and dynamics, coaching has enabled me to communicate more effectively with my colleagues and clients. It has also helped me achieve a greater work/life balance, and helped me focus on doing the important things rather than "doing it all.
- Johna Till Johnson, President and Chief Research Officer, Nemertes Research.
"I value Jane's expertise in working with people whose jobs are in highly creative environments."
"I've worked with Jane for about three years. I value her coaching expertise in working with people whose jobs are in highly creative environments. Personally, I find her advice on how to deal with the periodic and inevitable work overloads (how to feel good and know you are making progress even when the pile on your desk keeps growing)."
- Dr. Craig Partridge, Chief Scientist and Vice President, BBN Technologies
"There are many coaches on the market, but key to a great executive coach is being an exceptional visionary/strategist, having good business acumen and successful practical experiences and finding synergy between those experiences and humanity. Jane Cranston epitomizes a great executive coach!"
As a self-directed manager who quickly moved up through the organization, I felt I needed guidance in how best to elevate the stature of the position and to further hone my management skills. I read various websites on executive coaching and was drawn to Jane first because she was a woman and secondly because she had successes in business management and the psychology of business. I run a large national corporate marketing department and the demands of the job forces me to play God, therapist, firefighter, educator, and mother. My work with Jane has helped me to be all of those things more effectively! While we have focused mainly on situational issues to date, one of the things I've seen changed is how I react to situations as well as how people react to me. In emotionally charged situations, I find myself more indifferent to rantings - it has become harder for anyone to push my buttons. In an environment where maintaining good relationships with key decision makers is significant to one's success in the firm, having this skill is undeniably important to my career. There are many coaches on the market, but key to a great executive coach is being an exceptional visionary/strategist, having good business acumen and successful practical experiences and finding synergy between those experiences and humanity. Jane Cranston epitomizes a great executive coach!
- Nadine Roper, National Marketing Communications Director & Senior Associate, STV Incorporated (National Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Construction Management Firm)
"It's a great thing to have as one's guide someone who does not flinch and is greatly caring at the same time."
Jane has been a great guide for me in a time of difficult career transition. She asks all the hard questions and is not the slightest bit squeamish about the pressure cooker that workers&mdashespecially young, ambitious ones—face in our current economy. With her I've covered a lot of territory—from the no-man's land of unemployment, to the unruly west of entrepreneurs, to the more established (if only somewhat civilized) territory of organized business. It's a great thing to have as one's guide someone who does not flinch and is greatly caring at the same time. Jane's experience and insight have saved me from a number of the dangers of my path including poisonous critters, unsteady ground, and a few precipices as well!
- MBA, Management Consultant
"Jane has helped me evaluate and strategize on everything from the day to day tactical issues to the broad themes that affect my activities at work and outside of work."
In May of 2002, seven years into a career in investment banking, private equity and corporate development, I was unexpectedly laid off during a force reduction at the technology consulting and engineering firm where I had been a director of strategic development for less than a year. This event came 18 months after I had begun to seriously reconsider the trajectory of my career. Though troubled by my current situation for over a year, it was not until I was forced to take a step back that I finally made the time to re-evaluate my professional progress. Serendipitous for me at the time, a member of the senior management team at the job I was leaving gave me a session with Jane. From that first meeting, I had a strong bond with Jane. I immediately saw her ability to help me think about my current situation from both a personal and professional perspective and provide feedback, advice, and act as a catalyst for changes I had wanted to make for a long time. Over the next six months, as I went through my job search, I met with Jane once a week. She helped me break down and assess both my short and long term professional, and to a large extent personal aspirations. With Jane's help, I was able to critically identify the things that were missing in my professional life and seize the opportunity that had presented itself to me to re-think things. Jane has a unique ability to push me to think and act outside of my comfort zone, question the most basic of my assumptions. She helped me see that my opportunity set was far greater than as I had narrowly defined it. Tactically, Jane provided a great deal of support and guidance on the day to day of my job search as well as a much needed sounding board for my thinking through that time. During the six months of my search, I was more aggressively engaged and analytical about my options and opportunities than I had ever been before. I broke down each and every aspect of what I wanted and was able to then effectively go out to the market and seek exactly those opportunities that fit the new "map" of my professional future. Exactly six months into my search, I was successful in receiving two competing offers that fit my profile. Both opportunities represented a step function leap in quality of firm and I happily accepted one. Since then, I have continued to work with Jane once or twice a month and continue to evolve my thinking about how I move forward in my career and in my life in general, making a strong effort to balance my personal and professional lives. Jane has helped me evaluate and strategize on everything from the day to day tactical issues to the broad themes that affect my activities at work and outside of work. She has been a good listener, a great coach and become a good friend, always helping to provide the perspective, the tools and the vote of confidence to go after that next big thing.
- Principal at a large New York Private Equity Firm
"... by focusing me on what my new ideal job might be, she helped me to see this as an opportunity to do what I had always wanted to do."
Jane has a gift for bringing out the very best in others! Her sensitive probing and infectious humor made me look forward to each of our sessions and the insights that we would discover together. Having lost my executive job with a large corporation, I was feeling lost and betrayed, my self confidence shaken. Jane helped me to get in touch with my emotions, so I could more effectively deal with my feelings. And after such a successful long career, much of my identity had been wrapped up in my work. But by focusing me on what my new ideal job might be, she helped me to see this as an opportunity to do what I had always wanted to do. Jane's straight-forward questions and genuine support enabled me to remember my strengths and regain my confidence. Thanks to her thoughtful guidance and generous heart, I have found a position I love as Executive Director of a large not-for-profit agency. Jane was my angel when I was most in need! I will always be grateful for her influence in my life.
- Executive Director of a large Not-for-Profit Agency
"Your excellent help made all the difference for me to be where I am today."
Your coaching set me on the right path to actually achieving my goals. I know that your excellent help made all the difference for me to be where I am today. Thank you kindly.
- Colleen Richard, Ph. D., New Britain, CT
"Within five months of working with Jane, I was offered my dream job."
In the three years I have worked with Jane, she has enabled me to focus on the tough aspects of job searching and career development. Prior to working with her, I had been unsuccessful in obtaining an entry level position. The instant I met her, I knew she understood my situation, what I wanted to achieve and most importantly, the tools I needed to get there. Her task orientated style was an ideal match for me. I gained confidence and poise by completing challenging weekly assignments. Within five months of working with Jane, I was offered my dream job.
- Marta, MTV Networks
"Possibilities were opened up through the coaching process that wouldn't have occurred in its absence."
Jane's skillful coaching over a four month period enabled a staff member to structure a plan to return to school to complete his Bachelor's degree. This not only impacted the individual, but has positively affected the Agency as well. He is now talking about going on to earn a Masters degree. Possibilities were opened up through the coaching process that wouldn't have occurred in its absence.
- Linnea A. Olson, Executive Director, ACNY
"Sometimes, life throws me a fast ball, and I need to respond immediately. Jane is there to help me just do it."
I have known Jane Cranston for 10 years. During that period of time, she has directed and assisted me when making crucial and critical decisions. One of the many things I found to be extraordinary, is her strength based model, of finding all of my strong points and utilizing them in order to help me feel more empowered. I also found her ability to "reframe" connections extremely helpful. One example is, years ago, I was in the throws of making a very important career decision. A colleague of mine referred me to Jane as a coach. I knew immediately that a coach was exactly what I needed to proceed. I became very tired of friends and mentors giving me advise about what "they" thought I "should" do. Instead, my work with Jane was one of creating my own internal strengths to determine and make my own decisions. No pros and cons with Jane. Things are more concrete and less vague. When I would make a statement about my "weaknesses," Jane would say..." you have no weaknesses...you only have "area's in which you need to improve." That statement has helped me in numerous situations. I could go on and on. My life has changed for the better since having my "own coach." For me, I need to move through a situation quickly, and have no time for therapy. Sometimes, life throws me a fast ball, and I need to respond immediately. Jane is there to help me do just it. No more ruminating, no more endless hours of guilt, no hundreds phone calls to hundreds of people, no asking opinions I don't ever take, no more sleepless nights. I hope everyone can have a coach... namely Jane Cranston.
- Susan Flynn, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC. Site Director, Project Contact, Educational Alliance
"There is a genius, boldness and the removal of barriers in working in (Jane's) coaching arena."
Life is an endless series of opportunities and the challenge is to identify central issues and hidden blocks or barriers oftentimes or perhaps most often camouflaged by our history to discover breakthroughs to desired outcomes. Jane Cranston is a guru-master-generator, someone who with the talons of an eagle and the eye of the all knowing, intersects and disconnects patterns of unworkability to deliver outcomes and achievements. She consistently demonstrates a penetrating persistence to discover by uncovering hidden pieces in the puzzle that bring a better picture reality of what is so. She, as if by magic, understands human behavior with a guru's inspiration to cause a way of navigating blocks, barriers, or thwarted intentions. Her coaching is a breakthrough of the varied elements that must be unconcealed in the maze of what at times seem extraneous and unrelated issues in the larger scheme of operating practices. I am in wonderment about the "exactly how" she can access what is so. In the course of using Jane's Executive Coaching I completed my Ph.D., wrote two books, one on the Space of Miracles and a second a corresponding workbook. During another period of transition I moved from retirement back into a part-time position with the United States Coast Guard as an Employee Assistance Program Counselor and as an on staff Adjunct Professor at CUNY. In another use of her services I was blocked in bringing outreach community support services at my Space of Miracles in upstate New York, and through her coaching expertise was able to distinguish past historical blocks imbedded in racism which cleared the way to generate outreach and contribution. Jane remains on her coaching assignment out of session by unexpectedly providing, e-mail, articles, referrals, and always a sense of her relentless commitment to be constant and faithful beyond the weekly session allotment. This continuing creative process contributed a sense of gratitude and synergy that I was not isolated but working within a partnership of transformation. There is a genius, boldness, and the removal of barriers in working in her coaching arena. In the past I had dreams of what should be and a myriad of challenges and hidden agendas. Now the principal life goals are building blocks toward a future of limitless possibilities. Using coaching sequentially, as needed, was at times one breakthrough session and always the time to accomplish my designated outcome was spontaneously quick, immediate, and nurturing. I have evolved into someone who realizes not only my potential but that I am an extraordinary human being. Previously, my sense of my contribution and how I appeared in the world crimped, smaller and in wonderment of how I would achieve what at times seemed to be the impossible, improbable and out of reach.
- Rev. George Tani, Ph.D., MBA, LCSW
"I would not be where I am today, career wise, if it was not for my Executive Coach, Jane Cranston."
Jane's multiple skills of being incisive, knowledgeable, resourceful, creative and extremely focused on my mission have translated into multiple career successes. Not to mention—her energy and sense of humor made our coaching sessions fun and stimulating! If passion for your work in the best culture possible is what you seek, Jane Cranston must be your Executive Coach!"
- Elaine C. Werner, Public Television, Independent Producer and Fundraiser
"She doesn't tell me what to do...she does guide me to see what's possible and how I can accomplish it. And, she thinks 'big!' No one has ever been able to reach me the way Jane does."
When I'm lost and can't find my way in life, and going through major transitions, I look for and need a 'Master' to guide me through the shifts and changes. Jane Cranston is a 'Master' at her craft. She's magical and real. She is an amazing, talented, compassionate human being. Jane's knowledge, skill, kindness, and manner have made the most significant impact ever about how I feel about me and how I look at the rest of my life: professionally, as a human being, woman, and wife. Jane listens, really listens, to what I say and hears what I want, even when I don't. Her questions often stop me cold, giving me an opportunity to define what I really want, where my passion is. For the very first time in my life, I get to acknowledge what is really true about what I am committed to and what action plan(s) I have and most often don't have. I've realized that I can't achieve "it" if I don't' have it defined and an appropriate plan and rules of engagement. The universe is not going to just deliver results to my front door! She doesn't tell me what to do...she does guide me to see what's possible and how I can accomplish it. And, she thinks 'big!' No one has ever been able to reach me the way Jane does. When we discuss goals, deadlines, action plans, etc., Jane always supports me to win. If I create a goal that's comfortable and reasonable, Jane's conversation supports me to not only achieve that goal, but also how to expand it to manifest what I really want. If I say I want to make X dollars, Jane's response is "What do you need to do to make XXX dollars?" I am encouraged to stop and think... to reevaluate opportunity...not just do what I'm used to. And Jane talks about and shares real, concrete, down to earth ideas. Working with her is not just about attitude, scheduling, defining. Working with Jane is about stretching and reaching, developing and using skills to achieve what I say I want, and having a life that supports me. One week we were talking about intentionality. That weekend, I purchased a raffle ticket to win a cruise...and as I looked at the pictures on the table where the tickets were being sold, I decided I would win this trip—I wanted this vacation—and I told the woman that this trip was mine. I asked her for all the information and she gave it all to me, looking at me skeptically. I told my husband that we were going to win this cruise...my intention was clear and my vision of us on the ship was crystal clear. We leave in 24 days for a seven day cruise...and without Jane we would not be going anywhere. The universe does listen...and Jane has assisted me to learn the language to communicate effectively so that the universe hears me! Jane is the best gift I've ever given myself and I will be forever grateful to her and for her. The universe has given the world a gift by having Jane Cranston be who she is and do what she does!
- Roz Tani, Antiques and Estate Specialist, www.ticklemyfancy.org
"Coaching was helpful because it forced me to set priorities and goals and then to work toward achieving them."
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