Welcome to MindFit Life and Business Coaching

At MindFit we are passionate about providing expert coaching to help you achieve your fullest potential.

Coaching creates an environment that allows you time to think for yourself, somewhere you will not be judged or told what to do. The emphasis is on listening to what you say and asking questions so that you begin to look at life in a different way and to recognise that some of those long-held beliefs about yourself may not be accurate. This helps you to recognise habits and behaviours that are no longer serving you well.


One to one

If you think coaching might be something of interest to you, you can book a free half-hour session to identify your needs and how we can work towards your objectives. After the initial consultation, you’ll come to us for three or six 90-minute sessions over an agreed period of time, normally around six months.

One to one coaching is beneficial for almost anyone, but we particularly work with women who want to change career, set up their own business, those who need help with confidence or self-esteem, and women who feel they have either been overlooked for promotion or have been promoted and need help working at the next level.


Team coaching

Sometimes, for whatever reason, teams of people in the workplace do not quite ‘gel’, perform or deliver. It could be personality, performance or issue-based but whatever is behind the ineffective nature of a team, it means that the business’ bottom line will suffer, as will morale, and both have implications for the firm’s wider organisational goals. Whatever the issues, we will be able to identify them, and we will be able to work with any team, whatever their status or company role, to improve performance and morale, and to find a resolution to the underlying problem.

At MindFit we work with teams who have been identified by their employers as being in need of support, coaching and development. We work to identify the challenges the team is facing, what their common goals are, and help to define what would make them more effective. Of course, communication is often one of the most common challenges, as are ongoing and unhelpful habits within any team. However, our investigations and team development programme are bespoke in every instance, tailored to suit personalities, job roles, expectations, objectives and sector. No business is the same and no team will find a generic solution the most effective.

The number of sessions we will provide for team coaching is dependent on the reasons behind the booking. Usually, as a starting point, we will recommend a package of three sessions with a review at the end. To establish that the coaching and team development programme will be effective, it is essential for all parties to agree on what the desired outcomes are at the beginning of the sessions. Ensuring ownership of the objectives, as well as the issues and challenges identified by the team itself is vital. All involved need to consider what they would need to happen to feel the coaching had been successful.

At MindFit we have decades of experience of team development within large organisations and we are proud of our team coaching, development and support – some of which has been award-winning. From public sector giants like the NHS, with which we have extensive experience, large corporations, like E-On, the energy giant, to teams in more modest companies, MindFit can demonstrate a track record of team coaching and development in businesses, both big and small, and with teams from the board room to the shop floor.


If you would like to find out more about our successful track record in team coaching, development and management, or you would like to find out how we can help you to improve the teams within your business, please give us a call or book an appointment and let's have a chat.

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About Debbie Leafe

I am a professionally trained ICF accredited coach. Coaching allows you time to think, time to clarify your thoughts, helping you to make important decisions, whilst building confidence and ability at the same time.

I have over 20 years’ experience working as a senior manager for the NHS. During this time I have worked with numerous teams of staff on a range of large projects and change management issues.

I have a proven track record of developing effective teams and individuals who have achieved increased self-confidence, personal development and promotion.

Testimonials

Debbie has been fantastic to work with…

Debbie has been fantastic to work with. In the four months since we started meeting, my attitude towards life has changed tremendously. Thinking positively has become second nature and I now have a clear vision of what my goals in life are. I’ve also signed up to climb Ben Nevis for charity – something I would not have done a few months ago. I decided to do it after a session with Debbie when I realised I could do anything if I put my mind to it. Debbie is a wonderful person, genuine, insightful and very easy to talk to. I would recommend her service to anyone.

R Butler
Content Editor

Mindfit
2017-07-05T15:22:39+00:00

R Butler
Content Editor

Debbie has been fantastic to work with. In the four months since we started meeting, my attitude towards life has changed tremendously. Thinking positively has become second nature and I now have a clear vision of what my goals in life are. I’ve also signed up to climb Ben Nevis for charity – something I would not have done a few months ago. I decided to do it after a session with Debbie when I realised I could do anything if I put my mind to it. Debbie is a wonderful person, genuine, insightful and very easy to talk to. I would recommend her service to anyone.

Mindfulness and resilience

We are a successful high performing senior clinical team working in the NHS.
We work in a constantly challenging environment with patients and staff as our priorities.
Whilst we recognised the importance of resilience and taking care of ourselves; in practice we devoted little time to this as a group or individually.
Debbie developed a short workshop on mindfulness and resilience tailored to our needs. She focused on our strengths as a group, challenging us to explore how we could be more resilient. During the session we had the opportunity to explore the benefits of mindfulness and discovered the benefits of an increased awareness of our own thoughts and feelings.
Our team really valued this opportunity to focus on themselves and were very grateful to Debbie for her time knowledge and experience.
Going forward our commitment is to support each other to implement the suggestions from the day in our day to day practice.

 

Consultant Nurse

Royal Derby Hospitals

Mindfit
2017-09-07T14:57:04+00:00

Consultant Nurse

Royal Derby Hospitals

We are a successful high performing senior clinical team working in the NHS. We work in a constantly challenging environment with patients and staff as our priorities. Whilst we recognised the importance of resilience and taking care of ourselves; in practice we devoted little time to this as a group or individually. Debbie developed a short workshop on mindfulness and resilience tailored to our needs. She focused on our strengths as a group, challenging us to explore how we could be more resilient. During the session we had the opportunity to explore the benefits of mindfulness and discovered the benefits of an increased awareness of our own thoughts and feelings. Our team really valued this opportunity to focus on themselves and were very grateful to Debbie for her time knowledge and experience. Going forward our commitment is to support each other to implement the suggestions from the day in our day to day practice.  

Safe and neutral environment

Just wanted to email you and say thank you for yesterday. I felt like you provided a safe and neutral way for me, in particular, to share some of the stuff that may or may not have been shared amongst the team had you not come along.

 

 

Ruth

 

Mindfit
2017-09-07T15:05:14+00:00

Ruth

 

Just wanted to email you and say thank you for yesterday. I felt like you provided a safe and neutral way for me, in particular, to share some of the stuff that may or may not have been shared amongst the team had you not come along.    

One of the best decisions I have made so far

Two years ago I contacted Debbie whilst searching for a solution. I think I have met more business owners or staff managers than I can count, who all experience difficulties when managing staff at some point in their role if not on a daily basis.

After taking over the running of Richard Petrie Optometrists in 2014 I had decided that the current method (or lack of) when it came to people managing was just not working, it was simply not a long term option for me. I had in the past, experienced sleepless nights, dwelling on conversations and gripes of staff members and a general inefficiency in communications overall which can eventually feed into feeling of resentment, low morale, low output from staff and the whole place suffers emotionally and even financially. Work was negatively impacting my life and I could not accept this as a long term strategy. Again, I believe I am not unique and that so many people in business experience these challenges.

Since the end of 2016 Debbie has worked with us, both as a team and individually, and it had an immediate positive impact. Two years on we are a different team. The strategies and skills we have learned and most importantly continually practice, have benefited each of us at work and even in our lives outside work. Debbie's Mindfit techniques have for me, been revolutionary. At the end of 2018 I decided I felt this was so important to me and to all of us that I would commit to keeping Debbie on as our mentor, she's part of our team really, and regularly in our conversations and thoughts...."what would Debbie do?" is a phrase we keep front of mind on a daily basis. Especially helpful for difficult conversations, busy periods and decision making but equally useful is mindfulness in the workplace regularly.

I highly recommend Mindfit for all businesses. Be open to the training and skills and you must hold yourselves to account and practice the techniques regularly. If you simply do this, you will reap the benefits both in work and outside of work as these skills are applicable to other relationships , challenges and life in general. We are thriving as a team, capable, honest, open and mindful. Debbie's Mindfit training has to be one of the best business decision I've made so far!

Davina Dosanjh

Optometrist and Practice Manager

Richard Petrie Optometrists

Mindfit
2019-10-08T11:32:07+00:00

Davina Dosanjh

Optometrist and Practice Manager

Richard Petrie Optometrists

Two years ago I contacted Debbie whilst searching for a solution. I think I have met more business owners or staff managers than I can count, who all experience difficulties when managing staff at some point in their role if not on a daily basis. After taking over the running of Richard Petrie Optometrists in 2014 I had decided that the current method (or lack of) when it came to people managing was just not working, it was simply not a long term option for me. I had in the past, experienced sleepless nights, dwelling on conversations and gripes of staff members and a general inefficiency in communications overall which can eventually feed into feeling of resentment, low morale, low output from staff and the whole place suffers emotionally and even financially. Work was negatively impacting my life and I could not accept this as a long term strategy. Again, I believe I am not unique and that so many people in business experience these challenges. Since the end of 2016 Debbie has worked with us, both as a team and individually, and it had an immediate positive impact. Two years on we are a different team. The strategies and skills we have learned and most importantly continually practice, have benefited each of us at work and even in our lives outside work. Debbie's Mindfit techniques have for me, been revolutionary. At the end of 2018 I decided I felt this was so important to me and to all of us that I would commit to keeping Debbie on as our mentor, she's part of our team really, and regularly in our conversations and thoughts...."what would Debbie do?" is a phrase we keep front of mind on a daily basis. Especially helpful for difficult conversations, busy periods and decision making...

A strong role model of authenticity

Within an hour of meeting Debbie, I knew I wanted to work with her because Debbie is such a strong role model of authenticity and living her values. Debbie's experience means she can challenge effectively, while also creating space for self-exploration. I found the integration of mindfulness into the approach extremely beneficial and would wholeheartedly recommend working with Debbie at Mindfit.

 

 

 

Bryony Govan

Head of Transformation

CrossCountry Trains
Mindfit
2020-11-01T13:46:39+00:00
Within an hour of meeting Debbie, I knew I wanted to work with her because Debbie is such a strong role model of authenticity and living her values. Debbie's experience means she can challenge effectively, while also creating space for self-exploration. I found the integration of mindfulness into the approach extremely beneficial and would wholeheartedly recommend working with Debbie at Mindfit.       Bryony Govan Head of Transformation CrossCountry Trains
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