“I was on your steps to research leadership course yesterday. I found the whole day incredibly useful and thought-provoking, so thanks for distilling a huge discussion down into 7 hours! I went on a grant writing course a few years ago while a Postdoc and your session was vastly more illuminating.”
Thanks for a brilliant training day today. I’ve got a lot from both the training days I have done with you. As someone who has returned to academic life after a long gap, it has been particularly useful in getting quickly up to speed with how the whole university system works now! It has also helped me to think more strategically and to be more definite about the way my career unfolds.
Just wanted to quickly say that I really enjoyed the course today. That was probably my best spent 1.5 hours today. Really useful! Thank you.
Robin’s coaching has been instrumental in enabling me to become an effective leader within my organisation. It has been transformative, helping me to move from a difficult and negative position to one of positivity, agency and effectiveness.
The ideas and skills learned in those two days have transformed the way I work. Proper documentation, sign-off, peer review, appropriate agreed timescales and Gantt Chart planning have allowed me to take control of my workload. Not only I am delighted with the work I am producing but management are as well. I have delivered three successful mini-projects from the end of October until Christmas (using the ideas from the course) and have just been given a larger project to manage which I am keen to tackle. So, many thanks for your enthusiasm and delivery. It certainly struck a chord and had a big impact.
A quick note to say thanks again for your course modules in the PI training. I’ve had a bit of time to digest some of the things discussed and over the last couple of weeks I’ve applied them to my current project management situation and it has already made such a difference. Personally, reshaping my lists and splitting important and not important tasks and making sure I do all the important ones first has helped me clear a lot of niggly little things and in a few short weeks I feel like I’ve really got a handle on my own efficiency.
Thank you again for the fab course. I learnt a lot from what we discussed and truly appreciated your no-nonsense, practical and non-preachy approach to the issues.
Robin was inspiring. I feel more positive about myself and ideas to improve my ways of thinking.
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your teaching style. You have a very unique way of presenting ideas that really made me think, so I got a lot out of your sessions. Thanks a million.
Many thanks for the course you delivered yesterday. It was truly eye-opening and very motivating.
Before I met Robin much of my work was going very well. However, whilst my commitments grew, productivity in certain areas was stalling. In particular I was falling behind on generating important outputs, like research papers, because seemingly urgent tasks were always finding themselves nearer the top of my inbox and I could not seem to find suitable blocks of time to focus on writing. Most notably, Robin has helped me prioritise my activities, identify how to filter requests on my time so as not to overwhelm myself and allocate and plan my work schedule so as to leave time aside each week to focus on activities such as writing papers. I am extremely grateful for his help and already feel that I am making excellent progress on paper writing, whilst more generally I am making much more efficient and productive use of my time without a negative impact elsewhere.
I found the leadership programme delivered by MY Consultants more useful than all the other training I have received from the University put together. The training has modified my approach to many aspects of my work, and in particular to the more effective use of my line management and direct reports. I look forward to participating in more training with Robin.
Due to Robin’s guidance through the programme, I feel that I am progressing my journey to become more of a leader than manager in the workplace. Because of the variety of people on the course and the interaction with them, I am more certain about the value my role adds to the university community. I value the opportunity the project work gave me to work closely with colleagues, and the fact that some were new to the university allowed me the opportunity to think more ‘bigger picture’ than feeling restricted to university norms. The one-to-one coaching with Robin was invaluable, and through his guidance I have become more confident in my abilities and feel that I really can make a difference in my role. I hope that others in the university are given the opportunity to work with him as he really does have the ability to make a positive impact.