Isla Baliszewska
Business & Performance Coach & Mentor

  • Accredited Senior Coach
  • Accredited Master Mentor

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About Me

I help business leaders, managers, teams to realise their strengths and grasp opportunities to plan, innovate and grow. My aim is to tease out the talent and abilities within you, eliciting your enjoyment in your journey, enabling you to face challenges and instigate positive change. In partnership we identify barriers, set goals, review options and implement successful systems and processes.

What are my strengths? Working with ambitious, innovative people: to identify goals and resources, implement strategies to facilitate change and growth; when they have lost their way/motivation/vision/focus and want to step it up again; with challenges that they can’t see a way of resolving; leading sessions on managing stress and uncertainty, building resilience, career transition; when you want to build confidence, motivation, purpose, create successful sustainable outcomes.

My integrative approach is vision and solutions focused, employing a range of proven tools and techniques from different disciplines to provide a supportive, dynamic and impactful experience for you, supporting you beyond the immediate client relationship, using my extensive network to ensure additional ongoing learning and development.

Having owned and run businesses, I bring that experience to be enabler and catalyst for all my clients to stretch mindsets, think innovatively and discover strategic alternatives within a balanced and structured relationship.

Languages I Speak
  • English

Qualifications & Experience

An experienced professional and business coach, mentor, trainer with a solid business background, I have worked with clients from the corporate world, public sector, charities, education, with entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises and on numerous government backed business support schemes including Growth Accelerator. I also offer career and performance coaching to build skills, recognise strengths and potential and create opportunities.

• Accredited C-me Colour Profiling Practitioner
• IIC&M Accredited Master Mentor & Accredited Senior Coach
• Business Mentoring Fundamentals
• Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming
• SFEDI/ILM Business Advisor & Mentor
• Trainer at Association for Business Mentors
• Growth Adviser Enterprise Nation
• Head of Training The Enterprise Education Group
• Ncfe Personal and Performance Coach
• BA & MA Hons Cantab Social & Political Sciences

Services I Provide
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Training
  • Business Growth/Development
  • Career Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Personal Growth/Development
  • Team Coaching
  • Work-Life Balance

I Work With
  • Individuals
  • Teams
  • SME's

How I work
  • Face to Face
  • Telephone
  • Skype
  • Email

Countries Covered
  • Europe
  • UK

Pro-Bono coaching / mentoring (depending upon circumstances)


Additional Information

Part of being a great coach mentor is to share one's experiences and be able to continually develop professionally. In addition to continually learning and undergoing supervision I am happy to have been a speaker and led workshops at The Mindful Employer Network, the Research Councils, Wiltshire Police, A4E, Reading Council, New College Swindon, Growth Accelerator, The Enterprise Network, Wiltshire Council, South West Councils, and to groups and teams on subjects including entrepreneurship, innovation, managing uncertainty, the emotional journey at work, presentations, soft skills, building confidence and resilience. I was a contributor on the MentorsMe initiative Task & Finish Committees at The Department of Business Innovation and Skills focusing on developing great business support.

The Association for Coaching’s Code of Ethics & Good Practice underpins my work and I am committed to continually developing a professional and excellent practice, finding the spark that will take my clients where they want to be.

I am a member of The Association for Coaching, The International Institute of Coaching & Mentoring, Mindful Employer Network, Association of Business Mentors, as well as being an accredited C-ME Colour Profiling practitioner, ILM/SFEDI Business Mentor and Adviser, NLP Master Practitioner, Mentor Skills Trainer for the Association of Business Mentors and Head of Training at TEEG (The Enterprise Education Group).