Testimonials

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Client Testimonials

Rod Butler –
Regenerative Farmer

I have been fortunate to care for and manage a property near Perenjori in the northern agricultural region of WA. Years ago I started farming differently, wanting to understand and restore natural function as the land was demanding kinder practice. We made many mistakes and learnt much along the way.

We did the Savory Institute’s course on Holistic Management with Bruce Ward and then recently I became a trained facilitator myself. Now our farm is a Savory Hub and it will be a demonstration of holistic/regenerative practices in action.

My wife Katrina and I have been talking about working together to deliver holistic management courses in WA for a while. Even though we often work together on the farm, it is a big step for us to work together in a business. We were hesitating to get started.

Late in 2020, we were invited to participate in the leadership development program offered by the Institute of Regenerative Leadership, and we saw an opportunity for ourselves. For the past six months, I have worked with Barb and this has given me the confidence I needed to see that we can do it. Barb’s guidance has helped me clear the blockages as they have come up and kept me moving forward toward what I am committed to.

I am now much clearer about what our future looks like. The workshop was great because I met some new people, who spoke honestly and openly about their dreams for their future. We chose to participate in further coaching which has really made a lasting impact. I have learned from working with Barb that whatever I want is possible if I am willing to shift my mindset and do the necessary work. Barb’s passion, support and leadership has developed my skills and secured my belief that we can create the future we want.

Fiona West –

Shire of Broome Councillor 

As a 4-year-old, I could see the homeless man’s broken heart crumpled on his face. It was my first memory of wanting to help others. But for 40 years, I didn’t have the confidence that I could make a big difference in our world. 

Naturally shy and gentle, I certainly never saw myself as a leader. I needed guidance to understand myself as a leader, so that I could step into a space to effectively help others. That’s when I met Barb Howard, co-founder and director at Be Exceptional Business Consulting and Coaching, who helped me unlock my leadership potential.

Barb, with her reasoned and perceptive approach, guided and challenged me to understand my leadership strengths and recognise and address my blind spots, so that I could take the next step in contributing to a better world. Particularly transformative for me, was the insight that an effective leader can still be soft-hearted and kind; indeed, some of the best leaders are just that. 

After working with Barb to hone my self-awareness through skills coaching and practical challenges, I made a decision to run as a candidate to become a local government elected representative. I was successful and now, in the role, I can listen to, and help, the wider community in a more powerful way. Confidence grows from really knowing yourself. 

In my personal capacity, it is with confidence that I highly recommend Barb and Be Exceptional Business Consulting and Coaching. Thank you Barb, for helping me step into my authentic style of gentle leadership from which I can more powerfully bring societal, environmental and economic healing to our world.

Client Reviews

“Before coaching with Bernard, I lacked the courage to ask the difficult questions in my personal and business life. I tended to avoid confrontation and I used to pretend I didn’t need the help, or I would ignore the issue and hope it would just go away. Bernard’s coaching supported me to develop my courage and assertiveness and crack through my numbness and fears. I’m now open to contribution from my business partners.”

Nathan Adams, Entrepreneur, Augusta, WA

“Bernard helped me grapple with everything from self-doubt to recreating my future direction. He brings his unique way of looking at the issue under discussion never failing to have the courage to speak his mind. This is something I find refreshing and very valuable when grappling with my own self-doubts and concerns.”

John Williams, Coach and Big Picture Thinker, Brisbane, QLD

“I have gained friends who, like me, are actively pursuing goals that add great value to the community. Knowing I have ongoing support and encouragement from inspirational people who are visionary, courageous and at the cutting edge empowers me immensely in my own pursuits to realise my vision.”

Craig Mathieson, Margaret River, WA

“Bernard’s coaching supported me to clarify the direction of my leadership development, conquer my struggle with goal setting and allowed me to regain my power over my own success. Bernard asked direct questions that needed to be asked and that challenged my perspectives. I will return to my session notes time and time again and have no doubt they will continue to inspire me to be a better leader.”

Paula Johnston, Chief Financial Officer, Newcastle, NSW

“Bernard provided me with coaching when I was setting up an architect office partnership with a senior mentor.  The office workload was increasing rapidly. Bernard’s coaching assisted me to expand our team from 2 – 4 architects, to improve office communication and to establish effective time structures contributing to the delivery of projects of high quality, within budget and on time.”

Ally Mackenzie, Architect, Northam, WA

“I engaged Bernard to coach me around the difficult aspects of my business that I would prefer to shove under the rug. One session at a time he was able to see where I was hesitating and honed in to recommend swift and clever action. It was action that made all the difference. Bernard has an insightful and creative thinking style. He asks really smart questions, the kind that challenge and get results with great clarity.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership and Confidence Coach, Melbourne, Victoria

“One of the most insightful courses I have ever done because it covered the professional and the personal. I would like to have ongoing stages of the Local Leadership Program to continue learning, growing, sharing and connecting with Australia and the world through networks.”

Dawn Thompson, Broome, WA

“I engaged Barb in 2020 as a leadership coach to assist me with the new business direction to help women get a seat on a board. What’s great about Barb is her ability to listen deeply and hear what is not being said. She challenged me to lift my game to a whole new level. She’s smart, fast and she’s on my team. Highly recommend her as a partner to lift your game to the next level.”

Helen Robinet, Leadership & Confidence Coach, Melbourne

“Barb is an insightful and masterful coach who can hold the space for a deep conversation. Working with Barb has allowed me to safely release trauma which helped me to transform an area of my life for good. Now I can move on and start a new phase of life with freedom and joy. I can highly recommend Barb as a coach.”

Jacqueline Hofste, Principle Leadership Coach, Sydney

“Working with Bernard I learnt to face up to my fears, building my confidence, commitment, courage, and purpose to step from the known into the less familiar. With Bernard’s coaching I developed my assertiveness and put in place new agreements with my husband that gave me time and space to pursue things that are important to me. This created a greater partnership with my husband as we move into our next phase of life.”

Katrina Butler, Teacher and Trainer, Perenjori, WA

“I have loved that our facilitator has been precise with the delivery… A program like this requires a ‘’real human’’ to deliver this. If one pretends their life is perfect, I think I would have seen this as fake and not learned as much as I have…my facilitator was open, honest and real.”

Robin Naylor, Williams, WA

“In my personal capacity, it is with confidence that I highly recommend Barb and Bernard. Thank you Barb, for helping me step into my authentic style of gentle leadership from which I can more powerfully bring societal, environmental and economic healing to our world.”

Fiona West, Shire of Broome Councillor

“Bernard’s coaching was insightful, supportive and at times confronting, which was just what I needed to continue my journey of personal and professional growth. While working with him, I was able to look more deeply at areas of my life where I was not performing or being fully authentic, and he empowered me to make some hard decisions aimed at moving things forward.”

Caroline New, Executive Leadership Coach, Sydney, NSW
“Late in 2020, we participated in the leadership development program offered by the Institute of Regenerative Leadership. Since then I have worked with Barb and this has given me the confidence I needed to move forward. Barb’s guidance has helped me clear the blockages as they have come up and kept me moving forward toward what I am committed to.”

Rod Butler, Regenerative Farmer

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