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About Isla

Isla BaliszewskaIsla’s extensive coaching and mentoring experience is focused on business leaders, entrepreneurs and new business owners, creating sustainable growth through strategic planning and innovation.  Her work with clients includes career change and progression, enhancing personal development and performance.

She delivers resourceful, committed and results oriented coaching and mentoring with proven motivational skills and a focused approach to targets and objectives, helping clients set goals, review options and implement successful systems and processes, while enjoying their business or career journey.

"To do something well you have to love what you do, and I love coaching and mentoring, seeing how powerful they are in helping people change their lives and grow their businesses. Working with entrepreneurs and leaders to manage personal goals and business objectives, and with individuals who want to find out what to do next and how to enjoy their lives, my experience has evidenced the effectiveness of coaching as a tool for change."

Isla has a solid business background, predominantly in the IT sector, working in the field of finance and leasing, asset management and computer recycling, with additional experience of the telephony marketplace, property management and magazine publishing

As part of Smart Coaching and Training she works with business owners and leaders to facilitate organisational change and development and strategic planning.

"My aim is to support people to rediscover their passions and strengths and the enthusiasm and commitment to set goals that will make them happy and fulfilled."

Workshops, Talks and Training

Isla has been a speaker at The Mindful Employer Network, the Research Councils, Wiltshire Police, Thring Townsend, South West Councils, Association for Business Mentors, Growth Accelerator.  She has delivered workshops for Wiltshire Police, New College, A4E, Reading Council, RNIB, Wiltshire Council, the NMC, Hadley College, and private development groups and teams on subjects including entrepreneurship, uncertainty at work, presentation skills, enterprising teaching, soft skills, building confidence and resilience.

Isla was a contributor on the MentorsMe initiative, sitting on Task & Finish Committees at BIS and being involved with the development of the ongoing business support landscape. She has delivered coaching for business growth under various government initiatives and continues to enhance her practice through learning and professional development.

Some Testimonials from those who have worked with Isla

"We employed Isla to work with a member of staff to enable them to build positive relationships with team members. Isla was very effective, at all times acknowledging confidentiality and establishing trust. Ensuring the staff member took an active part in the sessions and developed action plans meant that the coaching journey ensured development towards the objectives. I have no hesitation in recommending Isla to organisations which are looking for coaching solutions.” HR Manager international training agency

After I had been made redundant, Isla helped me pick up the pieces and drew out all my strengths and her brilliant written summaries of our sessions were so constructive, positive and incisive. She listened carefully and made no  judgements, but gave me exercises to help me identify strengths and clarify goals. Encouraging, supportive, warm and thoroughly professional, Isla is a first class careers counsellor and I thoroughly recommend her to anyone at a crossroads in their lives. I honestly doubt I would have such a great job without her intervention.” Development Director

Qualifications and memberships

  • Accredited C-me Profiling practitioner
  • IAPC&M Accredited Master Mentor & Senior Coach
  • AMB Mentor Trainer
  • AMB Fundamentals in Business Mentoring
  • Ncfe Dip Life Coaching,
  • Ncfe Dip Performance Coaching
  • Ncfe Dip Business Excellence
  • INLPTA NLP Master Practitioner
  • ILM/SFEDI Business Mentor & Adviser

Member of Association for Coaching, ANLP, Association Business Mentors, Mindful Employer Network, IAPC&M
Head of Training for TEEG (The Entrepreneurial Education Group).
Trainer in Business Mentoring Skills for Association of Business Mentors
Enterprise Nation Growth Adviser, Volunteer Mentor for Aspire Foundation