Angela Spaxman is one of pioneers of executive coaching in Hong Kong with more than 20 years of experience in the people-development field as a coach, corporate facilitator and consultant in both Hong Kong and Canada.
She works with international leaders, managers and entrepreneurs in Asia to achieve breakthroughs in leadership effectiveness and life fulfillment. In the increasingly complex and dynamic environments of global business, Angela helps her clients develop the greater awareness and breadth of concern that are necessary to navigate the delicate balance between short-term profitability and long-term common good.
As a serial leader of small business ventures and non-profit organizations, she has grounded insight into practical leadership and entrepreneurial challenges. Angela’s decades of personal development, her well-grounded confidence and her natural curiosity allow her to create strong coaching relationships that generate new insights and the clarity and courage to change.
Angela Spaxman has an eclectic coaching philosophy drawing from many different sources to serve her clients. The models she uses include adult development theory (Action Logics, Leadership Agility, The Leadership Circle, STAGES), Paradox Theory, Coach U’s Personal Foundation Program, somatic emotional processing, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Marshall Goldsmith systems, ontological coaching, integral philosophy, mindfulness training, Toastmasters International public speaking training and more.
From Salesman to COO
A talented and experienced salesman and creative, entrepreneurial thinker was given the chance to be promoted to COO of a regional insurance business in Asia. He needed to significantly improve his ability to focus, set and follow priorities, delegate effectively and have more gravitas to lead the whole team. Through a program of executive coaching, he formed new working habits and behaviours and was able to successfully transition to the new role. Within 6 months he had secured the trust of his boss and the respect of his team. He reduced overhead costs per employee by 36% and recovered HK$1 million in aged debts.
From Soft-spoken Technical Manager to Passionate Business Leader
The Hong Kong-based Managing Director of the Asian office of a multinational telecommunications company was derailing. He was lacking clear initiative, decisiveness and confidence in driving his business. He was becoming increasingly isolated and had lost his motivation to take action to improve his division. Through a nine-month executive coaching program, he turned around his attitude and was able to revive the trust of his supervisor and reignite his own passion for driving the business in his team. He reorganized his team’s structure, initiated new communications training programs to strengthen team culture while eliminating $1 million in projected turnover costs.
From Aggressive Technical Manager to Self-aware Strategic Business Leader
The highly motivated and technically competent Regional IT Manager was at risk of derailing when her supervisor retired and was replaced by a manager with a very different management style. The management change meant that she needed to take more ownership and initiative to build, motivate and empower a multi-cultural regional team Through a 6 month executive coaching program, she transformed from a technically proficient executor to a business leader. In particular she began to manage effectively within different cultures, to delegate more fully and to take a visionary and purposeful stance rather than simply solving problems. Her transformation eliminated $3 million in projected turnover costs related to her and her team.
Bowne International LLC
Intermediate Capital Group
Standard Chartered Bank
Bayer HealthCare Ltd.
Schering China Limited
Modern Terminals Limited
TNT Freight/ Wilson Logistics
Starbucks Coffee Asia Pacific
Travel and Hospitality
Mandarin Oriental Hotels
SGS (Hong Kong) Limited
Wacker Chemicals Ltd.
Marketing and Events
Herbert Smith Law Firm
Hong Kong University SPACE
Vocational Training Council
China Light and Power
Hong Kong Jockey Club
Hong Kong Police Department
“I found Angela to be an amazing coach! She uses the skills of listening and questioning extremely well, demonstrates empathy and understanding at all times, and knows when to challenge me or ask for my commitment to action. She is non-judgmental, positive, and completely trustworthy. I recommend Angela highly because she is honest, has integrity and is well respected in the Hong Kong market. She is well trained, experienced and ‘walks the talk’.”
Finance Industry Learning and Development Manager
Besides her excellent practical coaching skills, Angela is a very resourceful person for everything related to coaching. She is extremely well connected and helped us find coaches for a number of colleagues in different locations. She also conducted (together with a colleague) a coaching training for our management team in China which was very much liked by the participants. And it was effective with a medium and long term impact.
Managing Director, Pharmaceuticals Industry
“Even though I was talking to Angela about my problems, all the solutions were coming out of my mouth. I found it very empowering. I might have overcome my problems without a coach, but not within months. It might have taken years to sort out the root of my problems” Read the whole article here.”
Godfrey Chu, Consultant
“You have a way of understanding the complexity of what I’m saying and then making it crystal clear for me.”
Senior Executive, Finance Industry
“I feel a big difference since I started the coaching. I’m more sure of myself and have more insight into things. Before, I used to brush off my emotions. Now I can look at them, analyze them and deal with the situation. I’m no longer too proud or cowardly to tell people what is bothering me. Before everything was a problem and now I have a just a few little problems.”
“Before starting the coaching, I did not expect to learn so much about myself. Angela’s approach was non-intimidating, yet effective and assuring.”
Chief Risk Officer for an insurance company
“I really appreciate our conversations, as you always manage to help me see things in a different light, which somehow makes this difficult process easier. Our discussion the previous week … was especially powerful. I think that is a life-long lesson that I will come back to repeatedly.”
Senior Executive, Finance Industry
“Angela has a gift for probing gently yet with laser accuracy, asking the right questions, challenging me to notice where I’m sabotaging myself, encouraging me to see things differently and prodding me to stay on track. She also demonstrates a rare balance of left-brain, down-to-earth business common sense and heart-felt joy and compassion.”
Small Business Owner, Hong Kong
“You have a great way about you that makes everyone very comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics.”
Sourcing Manager, Action Sports Industry
“My colleagues have noticed the difference in me in the past 6 months since I started coaching. I don’t take things so seriously and I don’t get involved when I don’t need to. I can delegate better and I let my staff handle their issues by themselves. My doctor was very surprised that my health is excellent now.” [He had high blood pressure.]
Social Services Manager
“Angela helped me to see my own strengths and abilities that I don’t normally see myself. She is very supportive and always non-judgmental.”
“You’ve really helped me to turn things around. Now I’m making an effort to do things and speak up positively for what I want. You put some points in my head that really helped, especially ‘What are you going to do about it?’”
Information Technology Consultant
“I have been working with Angela for close to a year and found her to be an excellent coach – she has a unique ability to be both reassuringly supportive and constructively critical at the same time. Her probing questions forced me to re-examine the decisions I took and why, helping me to better understand both what drives me and the people that work for me.”
Managing Director, Media Industry
As a coach, Angela helped me understand and discover areas in my behaviours and beliefs which may influence how I interact with others as a leader. She also helped me explore alternative means by which improvements could be made. Angela has demonstrated to be a very capable and professional coach and has provided very good guidance and support in the course of the coaching.
General Manager, Information Technology, Logistics Industry