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Success Stories

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"I have achieved a much-improved understanding about me, leading to a better approach in my career to achieve a balance between happiness, home life, less worry and apprehension with a better perspective and a new role in my career development."


"I would recommend Happiness for Managers Program 100%, purely on the basis of what I have taken away has dramatically changed my outlook and results regarding the goals I set at the start. It was a challenging journey but commitment and the coaching support from Tim has helped me on the way to the goals.


I now have a New job! Happiness and balance. Better focused at work. Present in the moment at home.


The challenge or problems I faced before working with Tim were: Understanding what drives my own happiness in more depth and how I achieve it, Understanding and exploring how to strike the right balance between work and home and gaining a peaceful mind and perspective within that.

What surprised me about the program was the difference in style. I have engaged in business coaching before this programme which opened my mind to what I have previously experienced, also visualisation tools and the empowerment these have given me, leading me to find my next role!

James Maher

Market Strategy Manager, Commercial Manager, Father

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“In the past year I have done things which I could never imagine doing, possibly normal things to others but in the light of my previous life experience well outside of my comfort zone, amazing."


During the sessions with Tim, there were a lot of high points but the key one for me was the realisation that change, when it happened, was a gift, not a result of hard work. I started one session thinking that I was going to need a lifetime of refreshers in order to maintain the progress I had made, when in fact I had received as it were a gift of a new way of thinking.


In the past year I have done things which I could never imagine doing, possibly normal things to others but in the light of my previous life experience well outside of my comfort zone, amazing. Talking to someone at the bus stop, planning a trip abroad, going to a concert, doing something new, without that clammy handed feeling and the expectation that something will go wrong. The best thing of all I'm not trying to be different I just am.

Barney Taylor 



Everyone hits a period of transitional challenge sometime in their life - and some of us have more than others. After working long into my third career, I had reached a point where there were many uncertainties about where to go next, and not exactly a binary choice to choose the right path. Several sessions with Tim allowed us to work through the various barriers to change, and make a step-wise plan for the immediate future - getting the courage up to plot and take those steps involved a lot of call-and-response (in the best blues tradition!) and I was able to talk through my fears as well as big-picture dreaming. It's a real asset that Tim is a soulful adventurer himself, having developed a great deal of empathy through his own life experience. So it is not too difficult for him to put himself in other shoes. But what anchors him is that he is a good listener and is able to focus on what his client needs in terms of guidance, reassurance and support. I would highly recommend his services: he has a serious commitment to his calling, leavened with an open mind and a great sense of humour.

James Compton

Senior Director


"Tim has provided stepping-stones of understanding to help me traverse periods of challenge and turbulence - and to enter new opportunity." 


"Tim has helped me to see the blind spots, without which I would struggle to really develop as a person. He provides an excellent ‘mirror’ in which I could see myself, clarify my objectives, and adjust my ways to become a better version of myself. Self-effort isn’t enough, ultimately. A professional coach like Tim Skene has helped me to raise my game when my own self-belief faltered."

From my work with Tim I gained an understanding that to achieve what I wanted, namely to gain excellent academic result and pupillage, I would have to exercise self-discipline and target myself on the steps needed to reach my goals. Tim helped me stay accountable as I put measures in place to increase my focus on profitable activities, and lessen distraction. I gained self-awareness and learned new ways of optimising my own performance; including by stopping using Twitter while studying and gaining a more healthy approach to work. 

Tim is a very good listener and a compassionate guide. 

Tim has a depth of life experience that means you feel you are in the presence of a kindred spirit, who understands your concerns. 

Tim’s sense of humour and warmth means that even difficult and sensitive subjects are rendered approachable and manageable. 

Tim has a laser-like focus on helping you become all you can be. He absorbs your concerns and aims through active listening. Then he turns the considerable power of his intellect, insights and understanding to help you move forward. He really takes no prisoners when it comes to helping you achieve your goals. That can be uncomfortable when you realise that you are (at times) your own worst enemy! – but you're never feel forced or pressurised; just motivated by a relentlessly positive force for improvement.  

I’ve gained a better understanding of my own capacity to distract myself, and how to avoid that. I have also learned how to focus on achieving the best results in my academic studies by applying myself, ‘enjoying the grind’ and celebrating wins. I was never very good at that, but Tim’s coaching helped me see how important the goal, and celebrating the win, really is. 

I now see the real value in esteeming what I have achieved. Indeed, it is a central element of future success. I can see how necessary it is to expect success from myself, plan and prepare for it and then celebrate success when it comes. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever fail, but I will have made myself much more likely to excel.  


I would recommend Tim as a man of great depth and wisdom. You feel in safe hands with him.  He really cares about you as a client, wanting to see you succeed. The process of trying to change ingrained habits is at times challenging, but Tim is always a consummate professional and a good guide along the road.

Laurence Cooper

Trainee Barrister

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"Tim is an excellent coach and my sessions have been really valuable to me - for my work, and personal life. He is a good listener and helped me to get to the heart of some of the issues I’m facing at the moment. I now have a plan, and some steps to help me to improve. I had several ‘Ah ha’ moments whilst we were meeting."

Steve Bavington

Director & Senior Manager

"Working with Tim was invaluable. He created a space for me to explore my overall vision aim and formulate practical steps towards achieving it. His questions, excellent listening skills, objective stance, and patience with my long pauses helped me find my way through a long muddy trail of thought to concert action."

Farhad Chermahini


"Coaching with Tim was fantastic - he really helped me see problems in a different light and find ways to deal with them in an empowering way. I felt happier and more in control than I have felt in a long time. He is also a lovely person! I would thoroughly recommend him."

Lisa Corti

Senior Forensic Accountant and Corporate Director

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"Leading me to achieve my career goal that I had set as a goal in my first coaching session."


"The work completed to date allowed me to gain valuable insight into myself. In my sessions, I assessed my thoughts, words and feelings in relation to a significant area of my life where I was looking to make changes. I gained an insight into my personal values and of those I was seeking in a company which enabled me to gain greater clarity in decision making. This led me to work on challenging my limiting beliefs and focusing on being confident and positive whilst preparing for and attending interviews leading me to achieve my career goal that I had set as a goal in my first coaching session."

Amar Kaur 

Corporate Management

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Tim helped me identify my core values, and work out how to incorporate them in my work life.

I was also able to visualise the steps I need to take towards gaining the right job for me."


Iain Gorrie 

Senior Manager

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