In my experience, Jane Cranston holds a unique ability to quickly asses a person’s executive and personal development to identify their strongest talents and champion their mental resilience to achieve their goals.
I met with Jane in September 2013 at the beginning of a professional job search after a brief hiatus as a stay at home parent. Within a short period, she was able to help strategize and build an effective job search from establishing career targets and networking skills through developing my “signature” resume, cover letter, elevator pitch, and interview skills. Within the next few months, I used her advice to navigate a challenging job market to attain multiple meaningful job offers across several industries and ultimately led me to an increase in financial and career success. I have and will continue to strongly recommend Jane to anyone looking for a results-oriented coach with a track record of success.
Sr. Manager, Loyalty and Rewards
Global Corporate Payments
Jane has been perhaps the sole constant in the way I have evaluated and advanced my career for almost 12 years – helping me address day-to-day tactical issues as a mid-level professional, refine strategy as a business founder, and integrate my work and life in a balanced fashion.
I met Jane in May of 2002 during a period of career transition. Seven years of investment banking and private equity found me evaluating how, when, and where I wanted to take my career. I rapidly developed real trust and comfort with Jane’s style. She helped me think critically and provided subtle feedback and advice — a slow but steady catalyst for changes I had had wanted to make for a long time. Jane pushed me to think and act outside of my comfort zone, question basic assumptions and take the important steps — sometimes leaps — needed to continue forward progress. Six months into our relationship, I took a job at a large private equity firm. During the seven years I was at that firm, I continued to work with Jane once or twice a month to strategize on how to move forward in my career, to balance my personal and professional lives, and find that place I so wanted to be — where I was in a position to be the best I could be. In those seven years, I was promoted numerous times, was married, and grew a deep seated conviction to start my own private equity firm. In 2009, I left that firm to found Level Equity. In 2011 we raised our first fund; in 2013 our second. Nothing in my career to date has been more challenging or more rewarding. Jane is an excellent listener, a great coach, and a dear friend and mentor. She provides perspective, tools, and a key vote of confidence to go after that next big thing. Her own significant success in work and life allow her to inspire confidence and be very effective. She has been a critical ingredient in so much of what I have been able to accomplish.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Level Equity
Jane is one of the most valuable assets in my career toolkit. I have worked with her at all stages of my 10+ year career – finding my first job, navigating the intricacies of large corporations to transitioning industries and working at a start-up. Jane provides actionable guidance by helping you identify and prioritize your goals and the steps to achieve those goals, and most importantly how to maneuver road blocks that arise throughout the process. I am now a more effective leader, listener, and communicator because of our partnership.
Consumer Insight and Brand Strategist Expert
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
Jane Cranston was a tremendous resource in helping me craft my resume (every word used, placement and punctuation), so it was the strongest and most visually-pleasing representation of my experience and skillset. She was both highly professional and personable. She was helpful and encouraged me. She also was candid in telling me how to develop weaker areas where I needed to improve my branding and social media skills. I strongly recommend Jane and have to other colleagues and friends in need of her coaching skills
Jane is a collaborative and constructive Executive Coach. Considering my own enigmatic personality and background, Jane was able to astutely identify my professional opportunity areas and provide meaningful ways for improvement. Being highly intuitive, Jane asked the right questions and synthesized situations with a diagnostic clarity able to overcome my woefully poor elaborations. Further, Jane has the executive experience to go beyond simple feedback and present her client with tangible, real-world tools to improve oneself. I walked out of my program with a list of tenets, which I daily strive to achieve. I look to Jane as a trusted advisor and friend, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
16 Years Professional Experience
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 relocated 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, mentor coworkers, and a vendor sales team to grow that business. I realized quickly 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 an 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.
Senior Account Director, Univision Communications
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 valuable 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
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jane for the past months. In this short time we’ve worked together, I have made significant improvements in my career, position, and salary. Jane has been invaluable in helping me navigate the corporate landscape. Because of her expertise and direction, I’ve been able to position myself as a valuable asset to my company. I am now seen as a leader in my field and am currently vying for an executive position, which I would have never accomplished so quickly without Jane. I know this is going to be a long lasting working relationship.”
Digital Strategist, VH1
I was starting a new position in a new organization and felt that having a coach to help mentor me through the process would be a critical key to success.
Jane has been instrumental in providing valuable guidance to help me “build my brand.”
I would recommend executive coaching to anyone going through a career change.
Executive at a Major Provider of Dialysis Care
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