Honey, when you asked for the wall to be stripped, could you be more specific?

Oops! It started off as a job to change the wallpaper.

But like a winning slot machine, the plaster just kept on giving.

A pay-out of rubble and dust. Somehow, I just knew that the money flow would be in reverse. It was going to cost me more than a new roll of wallpaper.

My wife gave me “that look.”

My 4-year-old son shrieked with excitement and said, “Oh no, Daddy – you missed a bit.”

Exposing the problem

The wall was not a surprise.

It did not happen because I’m hopeless at house maintenance. It happened because I did the job properly.

We’d experienced a problem with guttering. The wall was damp. The plaster rotten. Sure, I could paper over the plaster – hide the problem. The damp would come back. The plaster would rot more.

Or I could strip the wall back to the bricks – expose the problem. Allow the bricks to dry out. Fix the problem. Use new plaster. Then redecorate the room.

Anyone can use a sticky plaster approach (excuse the pun) and hide the issue under a temporary and ineffective “fix”.

Why doing the job right is more effective than a sticky plaster “fix”

I hate this approach. It drove me mad in education when this was used (or expected) when the outcome would be further rot in time.

Do the job properly. If you have a problem, have it fixed by a professional coach who can and WILL help you expose the real issue behind your emotional wall.

It is only when you can fully understand why your job is making you unhappy you can discover the long-term effective solution.

If you want a sticky plaster to paper over the cracks, walk away now – I am not the coach for you.

If you want a permanent fix so you can find your right career path and transform your life – message me for a free consultation



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I first worked with Will whilst I was a junior member of a teaching team. I worked closely with him for around three years and he became a true mentor to me. During this time Will helped encourage me to discover my own leadership style and he mapped out what it takes to be successful. I highly recommend Will for life and career coaching.

Will is a professional, natural leader who manages to make you feel at ease. He manages to be both emphatic and encouraging, whilst also managing to challenge you to find your own answers. Will’s approach is totally non-judgmental and the sessions are really focused on you and on what you want to achieve. Working with Will has allowed me to address challenges I was facing and he brought a wealth of resources and practical tools to help me set goals, clarify my values, and explore avenues right away. Even though I left teaching 5 years ago, I still seek out Will for his help and guidance and I appreciate his versatility as a thought partner, ally, and coach. Our sessions are always productive and efficiently run, which is perfect for someone who is juggling many priorities! Will brings great communication, professionalism and quality to his work and I highly recommend him as a life/business coach.
- Jamie T (Leadership Coaching)

Highly recommended

I am so glad I found Mapleleaf Vision! Will has been super supportive and understood exactly what I needed to help me to redirect my focus. I now have fresh enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
- Greg M (Life Coaching)


Will at Mapleleaf vision fitted me in for a last minute decision-making session that I needed to make ASAP re. a job offer / career change. He was friendly, professional, and really knew his stuff! He unpicked things that I could never have done on my own. I’m so grateful to him & will be highly recommending him to everyone! Where there is a ‘Will’, there’s a way! Thank you, Will. You truly have a gift.
- Cat K (Career Coaching)