We are very grateful to work with some wonderful clients
Leadership and Management Development
Jo was helpful in guiding me through an issue in a very collaborative and respectful way. The solution-focused approach Jo took helped me clarify what needed to be done without spending too much time on the story. Very efficient and effective way of getting direction on an issue that has weighed me down for some time.
Thank you for the opportunity to complete the Leadership Circle Profile as part of my learning journey. The experience gave me good insight into my leadership strengths and challenges – exploring my circle with you was valuable, revealing and validating. Thank you for your professional and calm approach.
Many thanks for your wise counsel over the last few months. I’ve very much appreciated your non-judgemental support and coaching during circumstances I’ve not experienced before. Exposure to the Leadership Circle profile has been both re-affirming and confrontational, but either way the LCP succinctly conceptualises areas of performance strength and development opportunities and has certainly sharpened my attention in a range of performance domains.
General Manager Operations
Managing and Improving Performance
Jo invested a lot of time and effort in developing a performance culture in the team, underpinned by effective planning and communication processes. Jo suggested and implemented a range of new processes that brought rigour to the Group operations and performance planning processes.
Australian Public Service Commission
Thanks so much for facilitating our Board planning process – I’m really thankful for the great job that you did holding it all together. I felt that it was spot on in terms of what we needed to be addressing as a Board, and you helped us to stay on track. There is a lot I and the rest of the Board can now work with moving forward.
Thank you, Jo, for your inspiring and informative talk on “How to develop a high-performance mindset”. The use of your life experiences as a passionate outdoor adventurer and former National champion and Australian representative down-hill skier to covey your message was well received. The measure of this was shown by the high number of people who came up to you afterwards to discuss your talk further.
Financial Services Partner
During our coaching I found your input to be insightful and of great benefit. You were always very upbeat and optimistic and I found this contagious during our conversations and for some time afterwards. The questions you put to me were always from an impartial point of view and from a completely different perspective to how I was thinking about things. This allowed me to look at matters from a new and clearer perspective which I was struggling to do.
Recruitment Company Owner
I undertook coaching to help me handle the pressure of managing a diverse project team tasked to formulate the technical aspect of a high-level public document for state government. Thanks to Jo, I gained a lot of insight regarding myself that helped me perform well in coordinating a project under challenging conditions. I was able to investigate my core personal values, set personal goals, frame strategic issues and develop a plan of action for handling them. These coaching sessions gave me a chance to pause and reflect on my personal journey to clarify what I wanted out of the project and create a script for dealing with difficult people and situations. The time I spent with an external coach was well worth it.
Senior Policy Advisor
Dept. Premier and Cabinet
Scotch College used the services of PB Performance and Development to run a pilot well being coaching program for its staff. Jo’s professionalism, good advice and quality delivery helped to make the pilot a success. We look forward to a continuing relationship.
Deputy Head/Head of Wellbeing
Feedback from managers was positive, with each of them gaining confidence and skills in assessing and addressing pertinent resilience issues for themselves and their team.
National Farming/Livestock Company
I started seeing Jo at a time in my personal life when I needed guidance to set some goals to be proactive in addressing health and emotional concerns. The coaching experience for me was a very positive one. With Jo’s assistance, through listening and providing practical suggestions I was able to alter behaviours and thought patterns with a very positive impact on my life. I can’t believe how my whole attitude to life has changed–you have helped to change my life!
Public Sector Manager
Career Progression and Development
I don’t know where to start in saying thank you for our sessions. The program exceeded my expectations. You have a depth of knowledge and experience from which I’ve gained significantly and I can’t thank you enough. I realise that confidence at interview comes from hard work and clear goals.
SA Public Sector Employee
Jo was a guest speaker at a recent nationwide ATO learning and development event with the theme of ‘Taking charge of your career’. Jo’s topic was “What’s happiness got to do with career development?”. Over 300 people attended the presentation via tele-conference with Jo taking questions via text from around the country. Her presentation was polished, insightful, informative, inspirational and appealed across the board to the wide range of employees attending. Many thanks Jo for a wonderful experience.
Learning and Development, Australian Tax Office
Thank you again for your help! The interview went very well and they reference-checked me as soon as I walked out and offered me the job an hour later!! I’m in shock!!! I’m completely convinced my session with you pushed me over the line for that job! It was extremely helpful, not just from a practical point of view of how to address questions etc, but also from a psychological point of view as it helped alleviate some of my anxiety about it.
Tertiary graduate who had been unable to move into her field of training
Jo assisted me to identify a number of skills and also experience that I already had which I alone could not see. My assumption of not having these skills held me back from applying for higher level positions. As a result of coaching I was able to see the number of skills I had which resulted in me applying for and achieving a higher-level position.
Dept. of Correctional Services
ConNetica Consulting has had the pleasure to contract Jo Saies to undertake projects on several occasions. Each time, Jo’s quality of work, prompt turn around and ability to get across the subject matter has been outstanding. Jo has excellent facilitation skills and the ability to build rapport quickly.
Jo is both professional and personable. She works with great integrity and provides an excellent service. I have engaged Jo to assist me on different projects which have required detailed desktop research and a creative approach to future project planning. Jo is prepared to take on a challenge and maintains good communication ensuring a positive outcome for all.
Office of Recreation and Sport
I acknowledge the work Jo did for the Commission and employees and Agencies in SA and the NT and the challenge of doing this from a small staffing base. Jo worked collaboratively across several groups in the Commission on a range of different activities. She demonstrated energy and drive in her performance, and commitment to and understanding of the organisation and its priorities. Those who worked closely with Jo appreciated her good humour, respected her knowledge and valued her insights. Jo created a close-knit team in the office and did not shy away from the difficult conversations and decisions.
Australian Public Service Commissioner (2009)
Jo is a very convincing and articulate presenter. Whether making a formal presentation, talking to her team members or negotiating an outcome with a stakeholder, she is able to convey her message clearly, concisely and convincingly.
Commonwealth Statutory Authority
I found Jo to be very personable, knowledgeable and efficient. She delivered what was required in the time she was given and did it in a professional way. I would recommend her as a facilitator in the future.
Learning and Development Consultant
SA Public Sector
I believe that Jo’s greatest personal attribute is her authenticity. Jo adds significant value to whatever she is doing by being authentic. What you see is what you get. She only does what she believes in.