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I’d always thought of coaching as just having someone come in and ask questions and then more questions.

The absolute best part of this executive coaching program was not only the conversations that I had with Maree but the techniques and tools that she was able to provide to help me with some of the challenges I faced.

In having difficult conversations, learning about how to reflect on a conversation in a way that made it easier next time and it really did make it easier. Or when faced with a challenging conversation and unsure of a response, having those responses that you had rehearsed ready to go so it took away the anxiety of find the right answer in the moment.

Already I am having more productive conversations and feeling less stressed about tackling the challenges that will arise in the future which is only going to benefit me in creating and maintaining a positive and productive work environment for me and my staff.

If you ever thought that coaching wasn’t for you then I recommend you have a go at Maree’s program, it is so much more than just conversations and questions. The toolkit that I have now to help tackle challenges, will be something that can be used well into the future. 

The best part about being coached by Maree is the clarity achieved on a career set-back last year and a perspective on where to next. For me that was really helpful as I try to deal with the uncertainty of my career in later life. I have had the opportunity to reconsider what I do and don't want to do and how to work towards a more sustainable future for myself.

I learnt a bit more about myself and where I may fit better as a leader. It aligned to a new opportunity, and being able to reflect on what this opportunity has given me has been invaluable. Some of the leadership models are tools I will keep in my kit bag for future opportunities. 

The sense check and opportunity to work with a coach who works with CEO's has given me greater insight into leadership behaviour which is useful for my work both now and in the future

I much appreciate your experience, and gentle yet persistent work with me over the past 9 months to encourage me in developing my roles at work and at home. The positivity you bring to sessions assisted in what might otherwise be challenging discussions. Thankyou for your time and expertise in helping me gain insight into ways to better strategize professionally, and prioritize my work/ life balance.

I have found our coaching sessions invaluable, in regards to providing me with guidance on how to manage my immediate emotional response to stress (both inside and outside of work).

  • Providing me with the context and framework around how I’d set my goals as well as steps to achieving these. 
  • Giving me an arsenal of tools which I can apply in everyday work and outside of work life, to build better rapport and relationships. 

Not only have I been able to apply what I’ve learnt from you, I’ve managed to coach my sisters through some stressful times, and have them successfully use the techniques from our coaching sessions.

The best part of executive coaching for me was having the opportunity to speak to someone who is able to provide an independent and fresh perspective while also providing thought provoking questions that made me look at all aspects of my thinking, reasoning, decisions, actions and behavior. In addition, being provided with new resources / tools for the ‘toolbox’ that I can implement within my role as a team member and also in my role as a manager. The conversations with Maree felt natural and like I had known her for quite a while, I felt comfortable sharing my thinking.

I learnt more about myself personally and my leadership style. Being given practical resources / tools that I could implement in between coaching sessions was fantastic and allowed me to see tangible results.

The information and resources provided will continue to assist me not just in all avenues of my career but in my day-to-day life. It has provided me with insight in to how I currently perform, what could do with a tweak and how I wish to grow further in my career in the future. 

If you're like me - at a cross roads in your career, coaching provides you with ‘food for thought’ and helps in making decisions regarding your next step. It has also benefited me in my current role of managing a team who are undergoing significant change and has helped to identify how to build a strong, cohesive and functional team environment. 

This program was personalised to my needs, based on the day to day real life barriers I was facing as a leader. One of the powerful discussion points was establishing the best methods for giving and receiving feedback, including the feedack model Maree shared. I coached my team in this space and I know many of them are sharing wins with how directly giving feedback is improving relationships and removing blocks. Overall, the culture is much more positive. Learning to step away more from always giving my team answers, and instead, using open questions to help them reach their own conclusions builds more accountability.

This has been a great step towards becoming a stronger leader who emphasises a positive culture.

Transitioning from being a “doer” to a “leader” is quite difficult. As a leader, instead of creating the work content which you trust yourself to do, you instead have to develop a team and teach them how to create that work content in the best possible way, and trust them to so. Coaching definitely provides good perspective and tips to help you excel with this transition!  Thank you.

Maree has been my business coach and mentor over the last year. Her caring nature infused with business acumen and coaching methods has inspired and empowered me to grow both personally and professionally. She modelled a high degree of business professionalism with a personal touch. Receiving business books in the mail was such a treat and the flowers I received on my mother's passing was special, unexpected but so appreciated. Thanks Maree for your time, dedication and care.

Maree is delightful, reassuring and very insightful. In less than an hour she helped me to find what in hindsight was an obvious solution to my problem, but which I was too emotionally involved in my situation to see. The sense of relief I felt was incredible. I look forward to working with Maree again in future. 

If you lead people but find yourself still doing a lot of the team’s work, I would recommend Maree Burgess’ ‘Doer to Delegator’ online training.

What I learned was the science and the sequence of effective delegation, which can unlock lost time.  This means you can focus on high value strategic work and your team is empowered.

New to me were the ways in which you can undermine your own delegation with the ‘buy back’ and ‘limbo’ and ‘above the line/below the line’ delegation model.

The training is self-paced and I found it very well organised. Also, the blend of different media and required interaction kept me fully engaged and focused. There were free tools and templates too!

I really enjoyed doing the e-learn Doer to Delegator program created by Maree. It's comprehensive but doesn't take too long to complete. It covers everything to get someone from being a doer to freeing themselves up by learning to delegate the right way to their team. I also had the privilege of interviewing Maree for my The Kind Boss podcast and found Maree to be such a kind leader as well and very knowledgable in her expertise of Delegation. A lot of business owners and managers struggle to delegate and it's one the best skills to have.

I’ve spent most of today reading The XX Project and wow!!! I don’t where to start!

Incredible, truthfully honest & thought provoking. I think I will have to read it several times as it has so much in it! I had to laugh because at one stage you suddenly mentioned that the person reading it might feel some anxiety about now, & literally I had just felt that! After doing the sections in the book & finding some clarity I feel like I wrote a book about myself! It took me on a journey of discovery. There were certainly moments where I felt uncomfortable with things so I put it to the side for a moment & then went back to it, persevered & felt better for doing it. Thank you!

It has been a pleasure working with you.  I found your style warm while holding me to account, and appreciated your ability to keep me ‘on task’. The tools we have added to my toolbox have been extremely helpful not only for me, but also for my team when I have shared them.

Your coaching has supported me to transition from a place of self-doubt through to one where I feel more confident in my ability, and my vulnerability. Thank you.

It was a wonderful opportunity to come together as a team and dedicate the time, with great learning and "ahah!" moments for us all! Thanks Prof Michael Cardew-Hall, Anthony Pages and Frank Papa for prioritising and creating this valuable experience for us, and thanks Maree Burgess for your facilitation and subject matter expertise.

This was the perfect start to my new role with this amazing team. It was quite simply one of the best retreats I've ever attended. Thanks Maree Burgess - I've been enthused by the number of times we've already referenced ”D, B, J”!

The ANU Enterprise Pty Limited team took time out last week to meet together under the expert facilitation of Maree Burgess, for a strategic retreat. We thrived under Maree’s guidance and expertise in culture and engagement. Not only did we emerge from the retreat with a clear sense of direction, we sharpened our engagement strategies and built our understanding of emotional intelligence in the context of delivering value to the The Australian National University. Thanks, Maree and thank you to all our people for attending giving so unconditionally.

Every year we get out of the office for 2 days and have a strategic retreat with all parts of ANUE. This allows us to get on the same page, agree on priorities so we can smash our annual strategic goals as one team. This year we were lucky that our retreat was facilitated by Maree Burgess. We got to learn how to manage relationships, navigate through change and refine our company values. A lot of companies think retreats can be time wasters but the last 5 years have showed us that, when they are well designed, they are an essential part of strategy execution and culture building.

I met with Maree over a number of coaching sessions to help me accelerate my learning, relationships and success in starting a new role. Her support in fleshing out the real issues facing me has helped me identify exactly what it is that gives me joy in my work, and her practical solutions have provided me with tools to make it happen.

Specifically, Maree provided me with invaluable tools on networking and building relationships in a geographically dispersed, male-dominated organisation, and helped me come up with techniques and solutions for dealing with a manager who has a very different personal style to me.

Maree’s ability to (gently!) push me out of my comfort zone and hold me accountable for taking action ensured I saw positive changes immediately, in a way that gave me control over sometimes difficult situations. This was my introduction to the coaching process, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone undertaking any type of career transition, or looking for new techniques to help build career success.

My time with Maree has been extremely beneficial, both professionally and personally. Discussions with Maree about my business and personal goals give me focus and greater clarity - making it easier to see the "forest from the trees". Having a 3rd party ask the hard questions, push your thought processes and play devil’s advocate is a great way to stress test strategies before implementing them. Additionally, making commitments to Maree (and have her record them for posterity) is a real motivator to get things done. Finally, Maree’s ability to sum up discussions and replay back the critical elements shows her background business acumen, interpretative skills and intuition are all finely tuned.


Maree, thank you for your enlightening presentation today on unconscious bias. Your points about stepping back and taking time to consider how diversity can only enrich fresh thought, makes me now relook at the mix of any team whether project or leadership based. Thanks very much.

Hi Maree, just wanted to say I am LOVING your book - Connecting Us. I love the pared back simplicity of the language and the clear way you have described complex psychological concepts. And that there are so many different practical exercises to try. I am only halfway through but I look forward to any opportunity to read a couple of pages! Thanks so much, and I will recommend it to my friends. Susannah

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