“You are not listening to me,” was the retort when I did not do as someone wanted.

Actually I was listening. I just didn’t agree with doing what someone expected.

I wasn’t about to “jump” because other people did.

The fact that someone was attempting to put me in a corner to enforce action that was not of my choice would only ever have one outcome…

I would stick to my beliefs and not be coerced.

“You are not listening to me!”

I heard you. I think what you are trying to convey is that you are not getting your own way.

So, what do we learn from this post?

  • I stick to my beliefs?
  • I am unconventional?
  • I am stubborn?
  • I don’t listen?

All is true at some point or other.

What does listening really mean?

Listening does not mean that you do something you don’t agree with just because someone expects you to if they use that argument.

Good quality listening is active. It means that you really hear and evaluate the situation, read between the lines, see the signs, and make informed decisions based holistically on what you heard.

As a leadership, life and career coach, there are times where I have to deliver a message that might not be what my client wants to hear – but good quality active listening enables me to dig beneath the surface and ask the sorts of questions that enable clients to move forward with insight and honesty.

How often do you feel unheard?

How many times do you jump through hoops that you do not believe in?

Are you trying to please others to the extent where you are not living the life you want or following a career path that is “expected” not desired?

Let me help you.



And with active listening that helps you find your right path.

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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)