from Directors Framework Osteopaths Ltd on 11 May 2016
We started working with Pete Mackechnie over a year ago after he was assigned to us as a Business Mentor. During the first 12 months, he has enabled us to identify and focus on our key business goals and develop effective management strategies that have ensured we have successfully met each one. These have included:
1. Effective internal communication and staff development
2. A detailed business plan
3. A strategic marketing plan
Our leadership and management skills have been vastly improved which has led us to areas we did not expect to reach for a while. As our mentoring support came to an end we were of the view that we wanted to retain Pete’s input into our continuing business development and agreed a monthly retainer, his involvement is that important to us.
from Robert Donaldson A.C.I.B.S. Royal Bank of Scotland on 23 Apr 2016
Some weeks ago, I was an individual that had to take stock of my life particularly as it related to my business activities. I was going nowhere fast. I had just had the worst year of my career. Previously I had made excellent progress and received the appropriate recognition for it; recognition now was only a dream. Or so I thought. By teaming up with you on one to one development meetings, you allowed me to re-focus my life. To leave behind the baggage of the prior year and focus on that "can do” attitude again.
So three months down the line where are we?
• I have already achieved one annual sales target with 7 months to go.
• I am on course to meet all other targets before the year-end.
• I am confident in what I do.
• I have a clearer focus on problem solving,
• My self-esteem has returned.
These are only a few of the changes I have seen as a direct result of working with you
from Lynn Adams MD at The George Bar & Local Councillor on 09 Apr 2016
I have worked with Peter for over 9 months. As a direct result of his coaching and mentoring I have significantly improved in a number of areas including organisation, time management, planning and delegation. The improvements have helped me to grow my confidence so much so that I have improved my existing business whilst at the same time set up two new ones. Had it not been for Peter's support, guidance and focus then I would still have been struggling. I would recommend Peter to anyone who wants to expand and develop.
from Managing Director - MinutemanPress. on 01 Feb 2016
I employed Pete to help me become the successful businesswoman that I wanted to be. Since employing him, I have developed in so many ways, both personally and in my business. He is able to quickly identify my challenges, issues and obstacles and coach me through to successful resolution. He also finds skills that I was not aware I had which helped me to succeed at the actions I agreed to after each meeting.
Pete has helped me see things in a different light as well as enabling me to reassess some beliefs that had been holding me back for years. Now these have changed I have significantly improved my levels of self-esteem and confidence to the extent where I could become the Director of the Falkirk BNI chapter, something that I would never have contemplated before.
Pete has a very calm and relaxing style that makes each session feel safe and secure. He can be very challenging over issues, some of which are painful that he gets you to think through in a way that you can positively reflect back on and take action over.
Pete's extensive business experience has been a great resource to me and the
development of my business. He is able to quickly identify a problem and help me find solutions to it. He has also been able to provide extremely useful skills transference sessions in areas such as presentation skills, leadership, management and business planning skills.
from Paul Cruz Living Solutions on 22 Jan 2016
The year we spent working with Pete enabled us to really focus on where we wanted the business to be within the next 3 to 5 years. Having clearly identified where we wanted the business to be Pete helped us to establish our present position and then provide very clearly set out, action based solutions and outcomes. This has been so successful that we are now well on in our application for a £500,000 lottery bid. Pete’s help has been invaluable
from Rintu Basu Training Consultant and Author on 30 Dec 2015
I have worked with Peter on a number of occasions. Peter is a graduate of my NLP Practitioner course and I thought so highly of him that I have asked him to assist on several other courses. I have also worked with Peter on coaching programmes and have been to several networking / training events he has arranged.
I would say Peter is the coach of coaches, highly professional but balanced with warmth and sense of humour. I have seen Peter very focused on developing his skills through courses, study and feedback.
The one thing amongst the huge amount of skills Peter possesses that impresses me the most is his ability to stay focused on the core business needs whilst developing his clients. Peter is brilliant at balancing all the competing needs and getting a result for individuals and the organisation. This is a skill rarely see in coaching circles and something I admire greatly in Peter.
from Executive, Tesco Bank on 19 Nov 2015
I engaged Peter to help me manage a new position, develop new management and leadership skills and learn how to improve my team’s performance. This was a tall order and Peter excelled in his delivery. Through his coaching skills, his team role and behaviour profiling knowledge and his management and leadership experience he was able to provide me with challenging and insightful development tasks, practical and powerful management tools and support which enabled me to exceed my expectations. All this managed with confidentiality and professionalism. Outstanding.
from Martha Tod, Director at Full Circle Graphics on 22 Sep 2015
Thank you so much for doing a killer 10 minute slot covering 'Time Management' in our BNI group this morning. I think there was more than one Eureka! moment in the room. You painted a VERY clear picture of the structure of time with perfect delivery of several options on how to construct, manage, prioritize and motivate our business through the 'To Do's' we have in a simple but extremely powerful way.
A huge thank you also for the 10 minutes you spent with me on presentation skills. I also have a new outlook on the 'FEAR' management you guided me through.
What I've taken away with me is a completely new coloured approach to our '1% a day' improvements in our business.
Keep in touch and thank you for your time again.
from David, Head of Culture & Heritage HIE on 25 Jul 2015
I would like to express my appreciation for the very real assistance that I received from the meetings. It had been obvious for some time that both my team and I were far too heavily loaded work wise and it was having a bad effect on our collective health. Despite clear analysis and formal recognition of this problem I felt that I was not getting anywhere in dealing with it, and that I was being treated unsympathetically by my line manager. My team was becoming increasingly unhappy and I was struggling to hold the show together.
This situation has now turned around completely because of the Achieve Leadership course and with a very specific and valuable input from yourself. The development meetings, linked to the course content, made me think further about a different series of solutions to my leadership challenges. In particular, the distinction between efficiency and effectiveness and our reflections on that subject have proved useful in bringing my Director and I to a better-aligned understanding of what needed to be sorted out.
This has resulted in a much more hands-on management style on my part, and some detailed work on reorganisation in which I have received some very good help from the organisation in tackling what had become an intolerable situation. To my surprise, our too large workload (conceded by senior management) is currently feeling more comfortable, so I hope we are at the beginning of an era of good efficiency allied with better effectiveness.
The focus on understanding individual idiosyncrasies has been central to this, and I hope my leadership style has improved. The general atmosphere around my team now seems to be excellent, and if people feel good, they do good work.
Once again, many thanks for your excellent help.
from Financial and market analysis on 12 Jun 2015
I employed Peter as a coach to help me develop my business which is in a difficult and diverse private sector. I needed support to improve my business and develop some management and leadership skills, all within a fairly short time frame and without the intervention being widely known. Peter has a vast array of skills and knowledge and didn’t hesitate to challenge me when needed as well as providing me with tools, information and action based tasks all of which delivered exactly what I needed. I look forward to our quarterly development meeting and have to say that without his support I wouldn’t have got as far as I have
from Robert Donaldson Manager British Heart Foundation on 02 May 2015
I worked with Peter regularly over a six year period both in an employed and self-employed basis. His coaching skills are exceptional and he assisted me greatly in achieving key business objectives in a Banking environment. He also provided focus and direction when I established my own business which over a 4 year period more than doubled turnover in a market with an across the board year on year reduction in sales of around 7%. I cannot recommend him highly enough
from Norman Jack Divisional Manager on 30 Apr 2015
Just a quick note to express the thanks of the team members for your facilitation of the development day carried out recently.
It was interesting to see how the individual role types worked out and this certainly gave the team some food for thought on how they need to shape their future development. The overall make up was interesting and certainly highlighted very well the different types required to have a successful team. The most beneficial aspect was the action focussed goal setting and action planning section. It was clear to us that we were not working in synchronicity with the organisation as a whole – we are now!
Your contribution to the day was relaxed, structured and professional which allowed us all too fully participate
from Ruth Mckay, Managing Director, Unique Marketing Solutions. on 30 Apr 2015
Working with Pete Mackechnie has been an enlightening experience which has enabled us to identify and focus on our key business goals and create a strategy that actually achieves the results we want. Our time management has dramatically improved which consequently has meant we can increase our sales and expand far quicker than we had originally anticipated. Pete played a crucial role in our achieving our 3-year goal this year. We are now well ahead of schedule and our goals are far more ambitious. Our work with Pete has directly increased our profits this year and our investment in his support has been the best one we have made in our business career to date. This is truly a service for only the most ambitious businesses and individuals