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Suman Balani

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Looking for someone who can draw out your innate potential and transform it into real performance at work, in your business or in your life? Look no further...

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About Suman

Suman Balani is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a Erickson Solutions-Focused Professional Coach. She brings together a unique blend of coaching skills with a strong business building background to help senior executives, managers and teams invest in their natural talents to become authentic leaders and high-performing teams focused on exceptional organizational performance.

Suman is also a trained Boss Whisperer, a coaching specialisation designed to turnaround valuable task-oriented senior executives/professionals by helping them face their behavioural challenges and gain new insights to balance their high performance with emotionally intelligent conduct.

My Training and Qualifications

  • INSEAD (SG)Executive Masters, Consulting and Coaching for Change, (Clinical Organizational Psychology) 2012 – 2014. A transformational programme that equips reflective practitioners to lead change at the organizational and senior leadership levels, and to facilitate courageous conversations that build real understanding between people and teams.
  • Gallup Certified Strengths Coach 2013
  • Boss Whisperer 2011
  • Erickson Coaching International. Solutions Focused Professional Coach 2011
  • Stanford-NUS Executive MBA 1998
  • National University of Singapore 1983-1986 BSc, Information Systems

My Coaching and Work Experience

Suman has been coaching senior leaders embarking on change initiatives and new roles, as well as leaders and teams facing challenges in their businesses. In addition, corporations seeking organisational development solutions from building a systemic coaching or strengths-based culture, revitalising team performance, and managing conflicts & interpersonal behavioral change in the workplace can benefit from the customized coaching interventions.

Prior to her coaching career, Suman has over 15 years experience in senior management positions spanning the Payments, Technology and Healthcare services sectors. She brings with her the best of executive leadership; business strategy coupled with excellent execution capability, ability to inspire performance in heterogeneous teams, strong communication skills, and experience in influencing key stakeholders, and the Board.

Customer Reviews

  • from Director, Marketing & Events, International Voluntary Welfare Organisation on 06 Jul 2015

    Suman was firm yet gentle in taking me through a journey of self-discovery, just as I thought I already knew all that I had to know about myself. She has a knack for understanding people, and is tirelessly patient in playing the reflective mirror, a hallmark of an insightful and talented coach. I am grateful to have gained much personal and professional progress, which is also seen by others whom I have to work with. Everyone needs a coach, and you are in very good hands if your coach is Suman. I would highly recommend her.


  • from Brandon Phua, Sales Manager, Specialty Meats Distribution on 06 Apr 2015

    Knowing my signature talent themes helped me to validate my desire to take on a front-line sales job and understand why my previous position in backroom operations was draining my energy and making me feel bored and unchallenged. My coach Suman, helped me to understand myself better and prepared me to use my very own talents to excel in my new job. In addition, as my girl-friend also did the StrengthsFinder, we were able to understand why we behave in certain ways towards each other. I think we are beginning to understand each other more and I can see how this will add more meaning and depth to our relationship.


Customer Reviews

  • from Director, Marketing & Events, International Voluntary Welfare Organisation on 06 Jul 2015

    Suman was firm yet gentle in taking me through a journey of self-discovery, just as I thought I already knew all that I had to know about myself. She has a knack for understanding people, and is tirelessly patient in playing the reflective mirror, a hallmark of an insightful and talented coach. I am grateful to have gained much personal and professional progress, which is also seen by others whom I have to work with. Everyone needs a coach, and you are in very good hands if your coach is Suman. I would highly recommend her.


  • from Brandon Phua, Sales Manager, Specialty Meats Distribution on 06 Apr 2015

    Knowing my signature talent themes helped me to validate my desire to take on a front-line sales job and understand why my previous position in backroom operations was draining my energy and making me feel bored and unchallenged. My coach Suman, helped me to understand myself better and prepared me to use my very own talents to excel in my new job. In addition, as my girl-friend also did the StrengthsFinder, we were able to understand why we behave in certain ways towards each other. I think we are beginning to understand each other more and I can see how this will add more meaning and depth to our relationship.


  • from Ruslan Popov, Business Owner (Investments) on 06 Jan 2015

    Feel inspired after taking my strengths test and discussing it with Suman. I did many tests in the past, and thought I know myself well enough. Yet this time brought beautiful insights, and Suman revealed some hidden gems, as well as warned of pitfalls that may meet on my way to the victory. It is great to have a look at oneself from outside, especially from such an experienced and intelligent person as Suman.


  • from CEO of a Talent Management company on 18 Dec 2014

    Following a handful of impactful coaching sessions with Suman, I am back in flow, feeling energised, empowered, and impatient to accomplish my tasks. Suman took me on a gentle, caring, attentive journey of discovery through which I am now more aware of my deepest inner values and connected to a renewed sense of purpose. Obstacles in the way of living my dream have simply evaporated. Suman is pro-active, accepting, focused, and generous with her time. I would recommend Suman to anyone wishing to uncover or restore a sense of purpose.


  • from MD of Asean Business on 12 Nov 2014

    Suman's approach in coaching is really about offering subtle nudges to make you find all the answers that are within you which will help overcome your own limitations, both known and unknown ones. She'll help you sharpen your thinking in a fun, encouraging and yet self- challenging way. I run an ASEAN-wide business and I'm glad to have Suman as a personal coach. I can already see results in my approach to solving problems and in arriving at more balanced decisions. I highly recommend Suman as a personal coach to anyone in search of better overall performance levels.


  • from CFO, Asia-Wide Hosting Services on 27 Oct 2014

    A pair of listening ears and sharing of experience have helped me through the change in my organization and transition. At the same time, Suman has also helped me to further understand and confirm my beliefs, strengths and areas for improvement. I would recommend Suman to anyone who wants to find out more about himself / herself.


  • from Mathieu PELIER, Business Owner (Web Design Services) & Artist on 23 Sep 2014

    Working with Suman on the Gallup Strengths helps me to be more aware of what I am good at and how I combine these abilities with each other when dealing with a situation or a group. Suman’s ability to make me reflect on my own behaviour allowed me to acknowledge these strengths, which is both an appeasing experience and a confidence booster. I feel it is a key achievement, as it helps me to clearly validate my options before working on an action plan for my personal development. I am looking forward to living more from my strengths.


  • from VP, Marketing, Financial Services on 15 Aug 2014

    Suman is very talented and has a unique ability to help me uncover my deepest desires. I began my coaching experience with the hope of gaining insight into the goal of my next career move. She was able to help me identify underlying fears about my next career, discover my true passion, pushed me beyond my comfort zone and lead me to envision my future. I am better equipped for making the right short and long term decisions. While I did not make a dramatic career change at this time, I feel more confident than ever and I am proud of what I have accomplished thus far in my career and what I am capable of accomplishing on the road ahead. I would highly recommend her services to anyone that has questions about their ideal career path.


  • from Meliany Wu, Client Services Manager, Gallup Inc. on 07 Jul 2014

    I found the journey of coaching with Suman both self-revealing and enriching. This is because she brought me to see things through my lens and allow me to discover the wisdom by self-reflection based on my past experiences, high and low moments, and most importantly through my values. The key takeaway from my coaching with her is a very affirming decision that I made myself with the guided clues she provided by immersing herself in my world. It is a worthwhile and astonishing experience in a very mature yet light-hearted way.


  • from Karen Masterson, Director of Firefox Divorce on 04 Jun 2014

    I can be pretty headstrong at times, but occasionally you need someone who has your back especially when you constantly have others. What is so nice about Suman's coaching approach is her ability to subtle nudge you when you need it. Suman puts herself into the process with you and she'll help you re-align your thinking in an encouraging self- challenging way. I run an Australian wide business and I'm glad to have Suman as a personal coach. It can be very easy at any stage of your business to be on the verge of running with something - this may be an idea for example that has caught your eye, but she quietly brings you back to the essence within you - that is the essence of what got you excited about your business in the first place, your aspirations for the business and what you want moving forward. Suman re-connects you to you, so you don't lose yourself. I highly recommend Suman as a personal coach to anyone in search of enhanced performance levels.


  • from Kylie Chim, Senior Marketing Executive, Consumer Electronics Distributor on 18 Apr 2014

    My coach Suman used the results from the StrengthsFinder to help me to understand myself from an unbiased third party's point of view and deeply increased my self-awareness. Most importantly, I am beginning to understand the pros and cons of my top talent themes. As the saying goes - Your greatest strength is your greatest weakness. I am now consciously aware of my talents, and am using them to improve my performance at work and also put in place a plan to reach my long-term goals.


  • from Tanujja Dadlani, Student, Temasek Polytechnic on 11 Mar 2014

    My session with Suman was enriching and deeply encouraging for me. She has a very calm and understanding countenance, which makes opening up easy and comfortable. She also listens carefully to what you say instead of rushing to give an opinion and that made me feel that she was really trying to understand and give me the space to explore myself. She went through each characteristic with me, helped me elaborate or fine-tune my understanding of each characteristic. This helped me immensely. I was reassured that I am whom I feel and think I am. She also encouraged me to follow what I felt I could do best. Being a little older, I have some understanding of myself, but had I gone through this session when I was 14 or 15, I feel I would have been a much better student and child and maybe ‘figuring things out’ would not have been so hard. Suman has really helped make things clearer for me and is a wonderful coach. I am truly thankful for all her help and I am now very aware and confident of my strengths. I will endeavor to use them to achieve my goals.


  • from Sonia Georgiadou, INSEAD & ICT Certified Coach on 09 Feb 2014

    The biggest learning for me has been that we often take our strengths for granted and don't pay any attention to them. We don't see them as strengths. In that sense, the process has been very enlightening. The coaching session was vital in creating a reflective space for sense making and for taking the most of what the tool offers. Suman as coach, was very impactful in helping connect the dots between the report and real life experience that gave meaning and added value to the process. A very positive experience overall.


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