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About Kate

I have worked in high pressure FTSE100 corporations for most of my career, reaching senior management and delivering high profile projects and programmes. I have been coaching both within the business environment and in private practice since 2005 alongside my corporate career and motherhood. I started The Balance House in 2006 as part of a life choice to work for myself. As well as a busy career, I am a working mum, so understand all too well the need to balance life between different roles and priorities. I love coaching and find it a real privilege to ‘hold the space’ for people to give them room and time so that they come up with solutions and allow them to be the best version of themselves.
Change Coach

Can you self coach?

By |December 15th, 2020|

Ask even the most experienced coaches whether they coach themselves, and the answer is invariably that they find it very difficult.  They are fantastic at holding the space for their clients and to ask those powerful questions that shift the thinking in their client... but ask them to do it for themselves, and that's another [...]

The Value of Coaching

By |September 5th, 2020|

It’s no mistake that the word ‘coach’ is the same as the word for a vehicle to take you on a journey… as that is also what coaching does – it takes you from a current state or situation to a new one.  Coaching is a valuable conversation.  We will agree what you want to [...]

Planning Tools and Signatures in the Days of Self-Isolation – by Chris Hall

By |April 14th, 2020|

In this compelling webinar, Chris Hall, a Wills and Probate Solicitor, talks about planning your wills, lasting power of attorney, planning for business continuity, vulnerable people and blended families.  You can watch the webinar by clicking here Agenda: Signing documents during lockdown How to protect your business How to protect vulnerable people Blended families Special [...]

Powers of Attorney- take control of your care needs – by Chris Hall

By |November 14th, 2019|

As social care is now top of the new government’s agenda, you can take control of your long-term care by drawing up a power of attorney. Why leave it up to the government to decide who manages your affairs? During your lifetime it is important to ensure that that you appoint attorneys to manage your [...]

Women in leadership roles, under pressure, high achievers, high stress… and eating disorders

By |September 27th, 2018|

The balance of women in senior positions in the work place is finally starting to shift a little, as the ‘lean in’ practices of women following Sheryl Sandberg’s great advice, (which I talk about in an earlier blog post… start to take effect. However, over a breakfast meeting with a client a couple of [...]

Flexing your leadership style – to the Team and the Situation

By |February 16th, 2018|

Leading a team can be complex – the strongest, high performing teams have members with a wide variety of strengths.  The members are all individuals and are all different.  This means that you have to adapt your leadership style to the individual.  Some of them may be ‘cloud thinkers’, some of them may be detailed [...]

Festive Wishes – Season’s Greetings

By |December 21st, 2017|

The Leader and Delegation

By |August 2nd, 2017|

You've had your promotion - you are now in a position of management... you have a team who are doing what you used to do.  You are an expert in what they do.  You are so good at it and that is why you are now leading the team... so how do you now change [...]

How Virtual Teams Achieve Optimum Performance

By |November 18th, 2016|

Today's post features a perspective paper written by Kate Cantellow.  Kate's “Project Excellence” article examines an issue which is becoming increasingly prevalent in the modern day workforce; how to overcome the unique challenges posed by ‘project teams’ and reach levels of high performance and collaboration within those teams. - - - Increasingly, more and more [...]

Business coaching unlocks female potential

By |July 5th, 2016|

Previous McKinsey studies have highlighted that the inclusion of women in leadership roles develops excellent, and even outstanding, performance.  Women and men working together at senior levels offer more intelligence with a diversity of talent focused on solving problems and fostering innovation. Yet, for example in the USA, to this day only 14% of women [...]