A sampling of feedback from clients who were at different decision points in their businesses and/or careers.
Sylke Chesterfield gives the personalized coaching that every female executive can benefit from. From navigating a male-dominated company with long established dysfunctional patterns, to identifying with laser-focus on some areas I needed to work on myself, Sylke is that observational third party who can guide any female executive down a decisive path without being lost in the tendency to try to fix things. After just a short conversation, Sylke pinpointed important issues, gave specific recommendations, and was encouraging and empowering in all her suggestions. I highly recommend her.
T.A. – Engineer
Sylke is an effective communicator with secular, forward-thinking vision and a firm grasp of current branding techniques and technology trends. Upon our initial meeting, I recognized Sylke possesses the unique ability to read personalities beyond the surface. She posed probing questions that my close friends and family would never ask and intuitively identified my limiting beliefs, offering straightforward feedback and practical suggestions. Sylke’s objective coaching approach of active engagement and mindful accountability provided me clarity to discover my goals and to develop habits and the discipline to accomplish them. Her encouraging nature and insightful business acumen proved the right combination for Sylke to be my coach and an invaluable resource towards my achieving growth as a person and realizing professional success.
J.E. – Solopreneur
Structured, measured, with a methodical approach towards covering all the basic requirements in a way so that the project would not only stand up in the end, but also as to give myself thought – to things, avenues, and development, not obvious at first, but that gave me pause and ideas, as to where, what, when, and how, my idea might be best developed and deployed to fruition. She has a well-rounded thorough approach with a keen eye on the parameters and requirements for the final presentation. She was accessible and even visited when in town. She understood the importance of time – its necessity to fully create and complete the project and set appropriate deadlines and goals. Her efforts continued right through the final presentation at which she was present, and extend to this day. Any future [client of hers] would be most fortunate to have Ms. Chesterfield’s talents and expertise at their disposal.
G.D. – Solopreneur
Sylke and I have engaged on numerous projects and as a result she has recently provided me with professional coaching. Navigating the waters of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment while maintaining a household and your sanity can be a challenge. As a coach Sylke provides you with the tools and concepts to keep you focused and healthy. I urge you to engage Sylke when that voice inside says you need the help of an experienced coach.
S.G. – Entrepreneur
The simple act of having someone hold me accountable was invaluable. It was just what I needed to help me start the process of exploring what the next phase of my life was going to look like and be like. As a result of my work with Sylke, I realized that I didn’t need to (or want to) do what was typical, ordinary, or expected. Through my work with her I was finally able to give myself permission to simply live my next phase of life creatively and without a specific end goal in mind. What a relief not to be wracking my brain anymore in search of the one thing I should be doing next but instead allowing what will be next to come to me organically through experimentation and trial.
S.H. – Sales & Marketing Professional
Over the past few months I have met with Sylke for coaching sessions. The main purpose for starting the coaching relationship was for me to work on conflict resolution skills in my job as a pastor of a small church. Sylke provided me with tools for approaching those conversations with a broader perspective on how to navigate them and achieve a positive outcome that moves forward. In addition to conflict resolution skills, Sylke also helped me to see how to approach planning for and leading groups, teams, and strategic plans. Overall, I felt that the coaching was very worthwhile and helped me to grow as a leader in essential areas for my job.
G.S. – Pastor
Silka- I am so thankful to God that I was coached by you. You asked me to write out my goals on a big board and one of those goals was to do research in Early Education. I interviewed face to face with Senior Researchers today at The [Organization name withheld for confidentiality] in NYC and they offered me the job. I will be doing research that will examine children learning mathematics and using technology. There will be professional development to teachers and a great deal of collecting and analyzing data. The project will begin in January and should be completed in May which will keep me busy until the center opens.
M.J. – Consultant
Sylke challenges me to think differently; asks questions that change my perspective; and provides actionable suggestions – some big, some small – that have helped me grow my business. She’s a great catalyst for improvement, and has a tremendous understanding of entrepreneurship.
W.D. – Entrepreneur
When I met with Sylke at a Company Holiday Party, I was interested in connecting with her to assess my management style and how she could add value. Sylke was able to quickly assess my skills and hone in on some of my inefficiencies. An immediate adjustment, was to increase my awareness of the importance of communication. She opened my mind to daily communication with all employees, a personal connection that will help foster employees importance to the organization. She also stressed the importance of communication, especially during times of employee conflict, and taught me to use phrases like, “Help me to understand”, I understand what you are saying, what would be some of your solutions to the problem.” We also discussed the importance of team building events with both operations, sales and clients. Sylke guided me through multiple upper management meetings with strategic communication and listening skills. She expressed the importance of dealing with the “C” Suite and how it can be a delicate dance, Sylke helped me rise to the occasion and communicate effectively. We discussed the value of face time with corporate and the fact that a piece of chocolate and small talk can go a long way. I found her technique to be informative and useful. She was able to guide me and teach me an effective communication style that aligns with my management technique. She has added value to my communication style and ultimately my team’s effectiveness to succeed.
R.B. – General Manager, logistics company
Dear Sylke, I want to thank you for your valuable coaching; admittedly I used to be skeptical about the benefits of coaching, but in the course of our sessions I saw clearly how helpful and productive your input and assignments have been. I was surprised initially to find that the effects of your coaching really made themselves felt in the time between sessions. The changes in perspective and thinking took shape and became established as I followed your guidelines and “coach requests” during the week. Specifically, I’m very impressed with your ability to cut through explanations, excuses, rationalizations and all the rest and get right to core of the problem and the point of change. Thanks to your sensitivity and goal-oriented approach, you were able to see patterns and themes that I had missed. By redirecting my attention, you helped me move toward the desired changes and goals we had discussed. Indeed, even now that our coaching sessions are at an end, I find myself daily thinking of insights and plans that emerged in our sessions. Thanks to working with you, I submitted presentation proposals, increased my networking efforts, and am compiling my online profiles and website material. More important, I now can see a path toward my goals, even the ones that seemed impossibly far away before. Projects that looked overwhelming now look manageable. In addition, I greatly enjoyed our talks; it’s been delightful getting to know you and exchanging ideas. Our conversations and the illuminating perspective you bring to the challenges of growing a business and moving toward goals have had a lasting impact. Thank you so much! Sincerely,
S.S. – Consultant
Silka Chesterfield guided me through the most difficult professional decision I have made in my career. Her probing style challenged my deepest fears. The ‘homework’ she assigned allowed me to breakdown the issues that were clogging my decision. In the end, with Silka’s patience and objectivity, I was able to planfully resign my position and pursue an alternate career. I will be forever grateful to Silka for helping me work through my fears and free me to follow a dream.
L.K. – HR Consultant
Need a colleague when you haven’t got one? Someone to bounce that business idea with? Someone to help you think objectively, strategically and create deadlines? Sylke brings strong expertise, frank probing questions and a confident, friendly style into your office to keep you focused and help you reach the goals you want.
B.B. – Non-profit Consultant
Before we started meeting, I was anxious about pivoting my recording service into offering virtual reality (VR). I now have a much better appreciation that VR needs more development before it is a viable income stream for my business. In the meantime, I will build on the skills that [Sylke has] taught me (i.e. making new friends in the industry, asking them questions, preparing my website, and having good content) for the time when VR is more established.
D.C. – Audio Engineer
When we work together, there is bound to be change!
SYLKE CHESTERFIELD, Business Consultant & Executive Advisor