Love your work
SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING
I help owners to navigate challenges, adapt their businesses and plan for the future so that they can get great results and love their work.
Rather than be a slave to your business, there are ways you can shape your business to thrive and meet your needs.
I help you to find new alternatives for your business to overcome challenges such as:
Team problems & performance
Leadership & difficult discussions
Pricing and revenue
Structure and roles
Growth and productivity
Confidence and clarity
Business direction and decision making
Getting priorities done
Finding time for the important things
Having run my business for 12 years, I understand the pressures and peaks of being a business owner, as well as being a parent, partner, friend...whilst also leading healthy, active and enjoyable life!
Applying my direct experience in business ownership, backed with over 20 years of experience in Organisational and Leadership Development, I recommend the practical strategies and actions that have made the biggest impact on me and my clients.
Strategy development & planning
Small business transformation
Team planning & development workshops
Behavioural style assessments
360 degree feedback assessments
What others say about working with me
I can’t recommend Sophie Graves’ program highly enough. When I first contacted Sophie, I was feeling very isolated, overwhelmed and unsure of my skills as the Director of my small business. Having never studied business prior to becoming a business owner, I always felt as though I knew very little about how to be a “proper” manager of my staff. During our initial sessions, she spent a considerable amount of time finding out about my business so that she could tailor our sessions to my specific needs. After we had identified my unique goals, we worked together to find workable solutions to my problems. One area that I was finding most challenging was feedback sessions with staff. Sophie helped me learn some simple strategies to put in place to ensure that I was well-prepared but that the meeting was a respectful and supportive one between both parties. This has made an enormous difference to the way that I now engage with all my staff and I am no longer under-confident about conducting these types of meetings. Through my monthly individual sessions, I’ve learned, first and foremost, that I know far more than I think I do! However, Sophie has taught me highly useful techniques to help fine tune my knowledge. I have found her style to be approachable, consultative and supportive. The sessions were highly practical and I was instantly able to put her recommendations into practice. She has helped me to feel more confident and self-assured as a Director. I feel as though I have a coach in my corner and I know that I will continue to seek out her support as I need it. Her business mentoring/coaching services have been invaluable. Thank-you Sophie! Olivia Connelly, Director, Gameplan
Over the years it became clear that as a team we needed some specific support to get the most from our staff. But we are a unique business and we couldn’t just get anyone. We needed someone that was adaptable and engaging. Someone that the team would like and respond to. When we met Sophie from The Adapt Group and both Beth (my co-Director) and I knew we had the right person. She was practical and funny and genuinely interested in our work and making the business successful. She started out tailoring a 360 degree review process for all our staff that would help provide insights into areas of strength and areas for growth. Sophie supported each team member to develop a professional development plan and followed up with practical tips and suggestions. The team has responded really well for a couple of reasons: firstly they recognised that we (HAG and Sophie) were interested in their personal and professional development and that made staff feel valued; and secondly, we have seen changes in the way staff engage and react in certain circumstances. I hear examples of different tools that staff use that have been recommended by Sophie. For me as a manager I have had a sounding board and support that has never been available to me before. I don’t have to spend so much time agonising over people issues because I can just chat them through and figure out a plan. Kate Sutton, Humanitatrian Advisory Group
Sophie is an absolute pleasure to work with – so practical and helpful with her advice on top of it being easy to follow. She is also very gracious in the giving of her time. I would highly recommend working with Sophie and I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again in the future! Jess Brown, COO, Legion Building Solutions
Sophie has helped me identify specific objectives within the key areas of my business and then formulated a timeline and framework to bring them together in such a way that will enable me to achieve both my business and personal goals as a company director. The priories we have set at this early stage provide much needed clarity and forward motion that I have found difficult to achieve on my own accord.” Annie Abbott, Director Habbot Shoes
I’m passionate about helping successful business owners lead with clarity, conviction and authenticity to take their businesses towards greater growth without sacrificing health, family and flexibility.
I have over 20 years of experience in organisational, leadership and strategy development, combined with over a decade of practical experience in small business and a passion to help founders to succeed.
I’ve worked with small, large and global organisations in both the public and private sectors and have spent many years representing leading edge consulting firms. For the last 11 years, I've founded and grown a successful leadership and organisational development business, which brings a depth of knowledge and understanding that only lived experience can bring.
Throughout this time I have designed and led numerous leadership, culture, and strategy programs with Executive teams and Boards. I have coached over 100 leaders, including HR Executives, CEO's & Business Founders.
My qualifications are in Psychology, Business and HR. I’m also a certified Executive Coach and seasoned facilitator with accreditations in several psychometric tools which build awareness of leadership and personality skills and styles.
This program distils my experience, education and expertise into a high value, focussed program specifically for business founders to get great results, feel clear and confident; and have the freedom to live the life they deserve.