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When I first spoke to David I was treading water career-wise, unsure of which path to take next. Within 6 months I had a new motivation, a new energy, and I had been promoted to management. David’s coaching focused on discovering my strengths and then listening intently to my complicated mess of mixed thoughts before sculpting out a credible plan of action. David has an ability to cut through complexity like a surgeon with a scalpel, together we turned my mess of ideas into a coherent career plan which lead to my being promoted.

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I believe that everyone can benefit from David’s expertise and guidance. Our sessions were extremely comfortable, and he guided the discussions towards the most prescient areas. I came away focused and invigorated to put into action the main goals. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.

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As a business owner of a small firm, one can often feel you are fighting the battle alone. As such, I soon knew I required clarity, guidance and support from a business coach. David Webster’s wealth of experience, warmth, and sincerity is reassuring. At challenging times, the prospect of a coaching session can be uncomfortable and daunting, but soon one realises how critical the coaching session actually was, always leaving with an action plan and greater clarity. Our monthly sessions are a beacon of light.

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I would not hesitate to recommend David as an Executive Coach. What attracted me to David is he is a businessman first and foremost, which is highly unusual at the top end of the legal world and this is why he was a standout for so many years at Eversheds and then at RPC. And so, unlike most lawyers, he understands and is interested in people and what makes them tick, and knows that business is all about finding, nurturing and building talent and relationships for the long term. And he has the self-confidence to promote others at his own expense. Crucially, he also understands how the City works and above all how large and complex commercial organisations work, and how to navigate them.

This makes him an exceptional developer and promoter of both people and client relationships. This is not only rare but is his sweet spot, and so it doesn’t surprise me at all that he is now focusing on coaching full time, and I have no doubt that he will add enormous value to his coaching clients. He has been there and done it for many years at a high level already, having successfully coached or mentored many partners and partners-to-be.

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My sessions with David have been hugely valued and much needed, sometimes all it takes is a qualified listener who understands and asks all the right questions to reinvigorate that initial burning desire I had when packing for Brazil three years ago. I have often (naturally) felt burnt out at the end of my tether but after sessions with David, it is almost like hitting the reset button, a chance to hash everything out, put it all on the table, see how far you have come and ultimately appreciate and value the journey. This coupled with mapping out the future through realising necessary next steps and prioritising what’s truly important. It is all in there, sometimes one just needs help surfacing it. I am hugely grateful for David, and all he has done and all he is doing.

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David is a focused Business Coach who is able to connect quickly, and sort the wheat from the chaff in terms of helping one set and achieve career goals. David has a relaxed style, a good sense of humour and a gentle but direct way of digging in to the tricky areas that need exploring, cleverly balancing empathy and challenge.

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Every leader I’ve ever known has attributed part of their success to some form of coaching and mentorship. Why? Simply put, the more successful you become in your professional career, the less honest and actionable feedback you receive. The unending pressure to achieve results and excellence becomes a heavier burden to bear, without proper external support that you can rely on. I moved to the United Kingdom several years ago to take on much bigger role with extensive responsibilities. Over time, I realised the importance of finding an executive coach that could help me embrace my weaknesses and filter through constructive feedback. This applies not only to the professional environment, but also to the personal one as well.

I recommend David because I’ve experienced the powerful effect his coaching has had on me. Anyone that wants to truly go deeper in themselves and develop positive synergies between personal, family and life, should at least consider an initial consultation with David. Having had other executive coaches in the past, David’s coaching style fit with me, and honestly that is a big part of what allows the coaching sessions to be effective. David has a unique and natural way of honing in on key important themes and then tying it down to practical actions after thoughtful discussions. Again, he doesn’t try to solve your problems. Moreso, David arms you with the tools and mindset to efficiently problem-solve whilst recognising your own limitations.

I first came into contact with David through my professional network (senior officer of our firm made the initial intro). At the time, I was looking for coaching for one of my direct reports who was having difficulty in being a good communicator internally and with clients. Fast forward couple of months later, I had colleagues from other departments and business units who noticed a consistent and meaningful change. Based on the transformative results David achieved and the methodology, gave me the confidence and comfort to expand his coaching with me.

The key areas we focused our coaching sessions (both in-person and via phone) were on time management and prioritisation. David understood me and my strong desire to help everyone, sometimes at the detriment of helping myself. He is highly empathetic but not afraid to ask very difficult and challenging questions. His life cycle approach gave me the perspective to focus on the roots of the issues. We still have more work to do, but I possess a humble confidence that our coaching sessions enable me effectively deal with whatever comes my way.

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David is clearly a ‘natural. He is an instinctive and skillful listener, with a calm friendly manner, that enables him to connect quickly and understand what is really going on. Whilst having an infectious sense of humour, he is never fearful of pushing into a potentially tricky area, if he thinks it raises an issue that needs exploring or clarifying. The time I spent with David was invaluable as I reassessed my goals and priorities and put in place a new way of working. The best coaching is so often about getting that balance right between empathy and challenge. That’s why David is a great coach to whom I am very grateful.

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Your actions as client relationship partner at RPC have been hugely beneficial to the relationship between your firm and our business. All too often law firms do not have client relationship partners or, if they do, the title is a misnomer. You, on the other hand, have put significant time and effort into understanding our business and our requirements from a legal risk management perspective and attempting at all times to mobilise your colleagues to provide that service. Your responses are timely and on point.

I have known David since he joined RPC in [2009]. During that time he has shown considerable insight and acumen in the softer skills required for progressing in a law firm. In particular, he excels in seeing the bigger picture and focusing on longer term and strategic objectives, beyond the demands of day to day legal practice.

He has excelled in building, maintain and managing an extensive client network and developing those skills in both junior and senior fee earners who do not find that is a skill which comes naturally.

He has also demonstrated considerable management ability, combining charm with a lightness of touch, which is both effective and refreshing. In particular, he is able to offer a different perspective by seeing beyond internal processes and structures and helping people focus on the issues which are really important from a personal and professional development perspective.

I have no doubt that his insights and support will be of considerable help to lawyers of all level looking to up their game.

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David is a great listener. That, combined with his business experience and personable can do approach, means he has a lot to offer as a coach. Certainly I have personally benefited from David’s guidance and support on various projects and learned a lot in the process.