Head of Human Resources, Coronation Fund Managers        Cape Town, South Africa

“Abby is an extremely effective coach who has successfully coached a wide range of our employees with a diverse range of goals. She has a strong psychological and coaching background but couples that with the understanding of the requirements of a demanding business and industry. As a coach, I feel assured that she understands the dynamics of the asset management industry and the behaviours that occur. She is quick to understand situations and the needs of her clients. We have had excellent feedback from employees whom she has coached. We have seen incredible growth in these employees which has helped their development and our performance. Abby builds relationships easily with managers; many have commented on how impressed they are with her as a coach for their staff, so much so that she is often requested as a coach due to her excellent reputation at Coronation Fund Managers.”

HR Director, Johnson & Johnson        Istanbul, Turkey

“This is a journey to the core of your soul; an opportunity to get in-touch with what really matters; a springboard to inner peace. Abby’s coaching helped grow my knowledge of myself and my impact on others. She has made an impact on me both personally and professionally. Abby is patient, understanding and she has remarkable instincts. She is incredibly skilled at asking the right questions that helped me see things from different perspectives. Thanks with all of my heart for this invaluable journey and for enlightening my way.”

Financial Manager, GetSmarter        Cape Town, South Africa

“I was very lucky to be on a leadership acceleration programme at my company, which gave me an opportunity to meet Abby, who become my coach specifically relating to how I can grow into a better leader. I chose Abby above other coaches because she had this incredible genuineness and warmth that I was drawn to and I felt like I could open up to her very easily. This is coming from someone who has never really opened up about my life to other people, so it really means a lot. She certainly exceeded my expectation of what it meant to be coached, and opened up important conversations that I never thought I would have. She is incredible at active listening, processing information and asking the right questions to open up my mind to thinking about things in my career and my life that I had not thought about before. So thank you Abby! For all of your energy, efforts and genuine care for me!”

Investment Team, Futuregrowth Asset Management        Cape Town, South Africa

“I met Abby as part of a work leadership development programme, which included 6 sessions with a coach. My time with Abby greatly exceeded my expectations – she is thoughtful, warm and poses very insightful questions that allowed me to fundamentally shift some issues I was getting stuck on. Abby’s ability to integrate work and personal issues was transformative and her gentle kindness, non-judgmental demeanor and genuine curiosity and caring allowed me to open up and share with her experiences and conversations that I usually hold as deeply private. Abby is a wise, considered, calm, sympathetic and deep listener and she also has a great sense of humour and fun that greatly added to my enjoyment of my time with her. I feel like I have gained many useful insights. My time with Abby has unblocked some key personal and work relationships. I am also starting to revisit some tightly held beliefs and ideas about myself and others. I am getting better at pausing and being more mindful of my thoughts and emotions and this is all contributing to a greater sense of well-being, purpose and perspective in my life. I am deeply grateful for the time we spent together.”

Talent Manager, GetSmarter        Cape Town, South Africa

“Working with Abby has been one of the major game changes in my career so far.  I had never had a coach before and was quite sceptical before my first coaching session. My scepticism disappeared after about 2 minutes into my first coaching session with Abby. It is great to find someone who is such a great listener and who challenged me in ways that really allowed me to grow as a leader. Since starting coaching with Abby I have learnt more about myself as a person and as a leader than I have during my entire career. Through Abby’s coaching, I have become a better, more confident and more impactful leader.”

Managing Director, Old Mutual Securities        Harare, Zimbabwe

“I had reached a point in my life where I was nearing retirement and the financial services business that I was running was struggling due to external economic factors and intense competition. I faced the twin challenges of making sure that colleagues on the executive committee appreciated our situation and therefore gave us the necessary support and at the same time trying to figure out a personal plan allowing for a smooth transition to retirement. I had a number of sessions with Abby and we discussed my business and personal situations and searched for some answers to my “crisis” situation. Her Professional, calm and prodding approach made me feel at ease and helped put my issues into perspective. To cut a long story short, I have been putting into practice the actions and ideas that we identified together with Abby and have been pleasantly surprised with the results.   The business unit that I lead is recovering nicely on the back of support that we are now receiving from the executive committee and I am approaching retirement with a sense of calm and confidence and not trepidation. It all came down to those coaching sessions I had with Abby where she respectfully challenged my views about what I was going through and challenged me to a higher level of perception and engagement with my colleagues.”

Managing Director, The South African College of Applied Psychology        Cape Town, South Africa

“Meeting Abby was destiny. She came into my life through the Women in Leadership Programme at the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, and the timing was perfect.  At every session Abby displayed the highest level of professionalism and used her gift of superb listening, I feel she truly listened to my soul. Not only did I feel heard, but I really felt understood. Euphoric is the word that comes to mind when I think of my time with Abby. She helped shape my perspective on life in a profound way, helping me understand the importance of exercising my metaphorical ‘weak muscles.’ What an amazing experience and I am so privileged to be able to continue this amazing journey with Abby.”

HR Manager, Environmental Industry        Cape Town, South Africa

“Abby is by far one of the most talented people I have ever come across.  She has the ability to make simple that which seems extremely complex.  She helped me to identify the things I find most important in my life and opened my eyes to new possibilities, both in my personal and professional life.  One of the things that stood out for me about Abby is her strong foundation in a variety of subject fields.  This combined with her gift to relate to my personal situation made me feel like I was in good hands.  I felt like I was being coached by an expert in more fields than one.  I consider the time I was afforded to work with Abby a gift with no equal.”

Senior Legal Counsel, Emerging Markets, MD&D Division, Johnson & Johnson (Middle East) Inc.        United Arab Emirates

“I started working with Abby on a beautiful sunny April day in Cape Town. That was the first day of a journey full of both sunny and rainy days. Soon after that sunny day in Cape Town, life decided to surprise me with a series of unexpected events, which without having Abby by my side, would have been yet another series of unsolved issues locked in a box somewhere in my heart. Abby coached me to face the reality, get back on my feet and welcome all the surprises that life can have. Although we were thousands of miles apart during this journey, she was always there to guide me, console me and put me back on track, since that very first sunny day in Cape Town.”

Lawyer        Cape Town, South Africa

“I am the managing partner at a medium sized law firm in Cape Town, South Africa, with a total staff compliment of 40. I started seeing Abby in January 2014 for executive coaching to assist me with a number of career related issues I was having at the time. I saw Abby continuously until the end of May 2015 at approximate 3 week intervals. Abby is a caring and thoughtful coach. She is intuitive and able to adapt quickly to deal with a wide range of professional issues, both in a practical way, and also at a more emotional and philosophical level. She is gifted at integrating the personal sphere into the professional sphere, understanding that the two cannot be easily separated. Most importantly for me she inspired trust to take her into my confidence, and by doing so, she enabled me to share more fully my thoughts, emotions, and ideas which made the experience very enriching and meaningful for me.”

Marketing Leader, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Janssen Therapeutics, Johnson & Johnson        Switzerland

“I met Abby during a senior leadership program, aiming to further develop woman’s leadership and business skills and prepare them for taking on greater responsibilities within our organization. The personalized coaching was part of the learning experience; it was new to me and proofed to be very useful. Abby is able to build up a close, trustful and professional relationship in short time due to her warm-hearted manner, a strong ability to listen and to ask mind-changing questions. She worked with parables and made me visualise my challenges, which was a powerful way of addressing them. Almost all of our sessions were done by phone, which sounds challenging to do on a busy working day. Amazingly, Abby always managed to bring me within few minutes into a calm and comfortable mood and switched my mind from everyday details to the big picture and my coaching goals. I learned a lot about myself, personally and business related. The coaching helped me to address today’s challenges in a different way and be open minded about future opportunities – not one hour to regret!”

Chief Operating Officer, Tourvest Travel Services        Johannesburg, South Africa

“As an organisation we felt that our General Management leadership team required an intervention with the objective of empowering them to be better leaders, being more self-aware of their strengths, as well as being able to proactively address their developmental areas. This was to improve individual performance as well as that of the team dynamic itself. We approached Abby Malan based on a referral that we had received. Abby’s engaging approach quickly built a sense of trust within the team thus enabling them to be open and honest from the outset. Abby’s professionalism, thoroughness and ability to probe key developmental areas in a safe environment ensured that our desired results were achieved. The cohesion and working relationship within the team members was significantly improved which resulted in us being able to tackle more strategic issues collectively. As individuals, many still make reference to Abby’s program and the impact that it had on their careers. I would have no hesitation in recommending Abby’s coaching, mentoring, leadership as well as facilitation programs.”

Legal and Financial Services, Old Mutual        Cape Town, South Africa

“My journey with Abby started with me having no real expectations of the coaching sessions and feeling rather blank about what outcomes to expect. During the first few sessions I was worried that I was not ‘doing it right’. It is only now, in hindsight, that I can fully comprehend and appreciate the value of the time and effort invested in the coaching sessions. Abby was able to listen with understanding, she prompted and dropped ‘pebbles’ (including her gentle way of challenging) when necessary and, in the end, she gently tugged all the strings together. Through her patient guidance and prompting I have gained deeper insight, self understanding, and self appreciation than I ever imagined possible within such a (reasonably) short time. I am grateful, thank you.”

Environmental, Health and Safety Manager        Durban, South Africa

“Abby has made a significant positive impact on my life through her holistic coaching style. Our coaching sessions have enabled me to view my challenges in a different light – with empathy, gentleness and renewed understanding. She has facilitated the most amazing personal growth. With her guidance she has enabled me to find opportunities and solutions that speak to me. You will never know what you are capable of until you have challenges and the right person to guide you through them! Thank you Abby for enriching my life!”

Coronation Fund Managers        Cape Town, South Africa

“In today’s world everything is about achievement – whether it is at work, at home, the kids, your marriage. As women we are faced with extreme challenges in making sure that we “achieve” on all these aspects of life – but with a sacrifice – and that is losing touch with YOU as a person and what YOU really want from life. Coaching with Abby has brought me back to basics and stripped me of all those layers – touching on those vitally important questions and making sure that I direct my focus and energy on the things that matter and making sure that at the end, I have achieved MY goals and not the goals and requirements of others. It has given me renewed focus and satisfaction in what I do and made me more aware of the influence I can have at all levels of my life.”

Divisional Sales Manager, Johnson & Johnson        Los Angeles, California, USA

“I never thought that in one hour somebody you never met before could significantly touch your life. But after my first session with Abby I was radiating a positive energy I had never felt before. I remember the feeling distinctly although it was nearly three years ago. In time I truly transformed into a person I always knew I could be both personally and professionally, but never had the skills to discover. Abby is phenomenal because she combines compassion and humour with an amazing approach that delivers results quickly. And we did all of this over skype! Even though our session are done for now, I think of Abby constantly and draw inspiration and courage from our work together.”

General Manager, Johnson & Johnson        Ireland

“I started working with Abby at a time in my life when I felt like I was on a high-speed train to some sort of career greatness, yet I didn’t know if I really wanted to be on the train in the first place. I came straight out of university wanting to be a Vice President of a large corporation and 10 years later as I was getting within touching distance I thought “hey what about the rest of my life?” I chose Abby above a number of other coaches for two very simple reasons, firstly because she seemed really “normal” and down to earth and secondly because she had a really warm smile. I can appreciate that some people may think I’m a little nuts for not basing my choice on something a little bit more scientific/evidence based but for once in my life I let the chimp on my shoulder (what some might call gut instincts) decide and it didn’t let me down! Abby and I quickly formed a strong bond and she seemed to understand me almost instantly. Her nonjudgmental yet thought provoking questions got me thinking about the core of the issues/challenges that I was experiencing. A coach will obviously never tell you what they believe you should do, but what I can tell you is that through my sessions with Abby I found the courage to step off the train, sit on a bench on the platform, sip my coffee, munch on a sandwich and enjoy watching the world go by for a little while…”

Area Sales Manager, Amadeus GTD Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.        Johannesburg, South Africa

“Working with Abby has helped change my life in the most incredible way, both personally and professionally. My expectations of what I had hoped to achieve was superseded in the most incredible manner. I met with Abby with the idea of working on one concern in my life, but ended up tackling deeper, more challenging areas. This brought about extremely rewarding life changes, which allowed me to build a strong foundation to become a more whole individual able to tackle anything that comes my way. I am extremely grateful for the time I spent with Abby and value what I have learnt and will continue to use these tools for many years to come.”

Investec Private Bank        Cape Town, South Africa

“Abby is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me! She is bright, funny, honest and most of all, sincere. We connected immediately. There was no doubt that I could trust Abby and that she had my best interests at heart. She gave me clear direction and opened my eyes to new ideas, without pushing in me in any one direction. Our time together was definitely a collaboration; we were a team, working towards my goals. Looking back on our time together, I appreciate Abby even more. There are lessons learned that I continue to find myself using, in my professional life, and even more so as a mom.”

Training and Human Resources Manager, The Clothing Bank        Cape Town, South Africa

“I would like to again express my thanks for this opportunity. I think the best way to explain the development which has occurred for me is to use my metaphor for growth, the Blossoming Baobab Tree. Before I was this harried little engine lugging tons of baggage (a lot of it not even mine!) across the countryside of my life. Some of the baggage was so old that I couldn’t even remember why it was in the carriage. I was so busy ‘doing’ that I didn’t even stop to refuel at times and was constantly racing for the goal and the reward/recognition at the end. Only there was no end and sometimes no recognition. I felt betrayed, disappointed and had lots of self-doubt. As the Blossoming Baobab Tree I have found renewed vision and certainty of who I am and what I have to offer. I have found this ‘new way’ so much better – less stressful, lest frenetic. I have learnt to assess where I am, what I am able to do and what I need. It has changed the way I do things – more for my own contentment and sense of achievement, and less to please others. It has also changed the way others view me and interact with me. So as I enter this new phase of development, this 44-year-old Blossoming Baobab Tree is surveying her domain, checking the shift in the winds and preparing to bear fruit – when she is ready! Lol!”

Rhythm Based Therapist, Counsellor & Facilitator        Cape Town, South Africa

“The coaching sessions with Abby changed my perspective about myself and my life’s work.  I felt grounded and ‘seen’ on a very deep and congruent level and the work that we did together has set a foundation and grounding that has been highly beneficial.  Our journey together was extra-ordinary and has started a processes of me finding my rightful seat in the world and grounding myself with beauty, with wisdom and with a deep understanding of who I am and what I have to offer.  Abby assisted me to find this wisdom within and explore creative and inspiring ways to allow it to flow and be shared with the world.  Her presence and coaching style is warm and engaging, offering a integration of mind, body and spirit in a very refined way.”

Cape Town Marketer        Cape Town, South Africa

“I unfortunately only had a few sessions with Abby but it was still enough to have a great impact on my life. I felt truly understood and very safe in Abby’s space, she is a very sincere and down to earth person. As I started the program I expected to have to ask myself some big questions and relook at my career path, what I didn’t expect was a complete exploration of myself and way of being. Our sessions were incredibly thought provoking, deeply challenging and at the same time completely refreshing. I believe that our time together lead to a very powerful shift in my life and I have no doubt that I will continue to reflect our our conversations.”

Marketing Director, Retail        Cape Town, South Africa

“Sometimes in your life you just need to talk to someone who has no agendas for you or your life – someone who is not family, or a friend, or a work colleague. Someone you can trust to help you make sense of where you find yourself in life and how you can navigate the path ahead in order to become the very best person you can be. Abby has been this someone for me – gently nudging me towards my authentic self – the person I know I can become if I do not allow myself to get distracted by the busyness of life. Abby’s coaching has helped me to define what is important for me, and to consciously and courageously start walking towards it.”

Senior Finance Manager        Cape Town, South Africa

“I was very anxious with the idea of having a coach. Being quite a reserved person, I thought it would be very difficult to open up to someone I barely know. What a pleasant surprise it was, meeting Abby for the first time, she has a friendly, warm presence that immediately puts you at ease. Abby’s coaching has helped me put in perspective what is really important in my life and in so doing, to achieve things that I thought would ordinarily be too difficult. She has this great skill of summing in one sentence issues I was battling with and asks thought provoking questions. I still today reflect on the conversations we had. Thank you Abby, I am very grateful that you were my coach.” 

IT Executive        Western Cape, South Africa

They say in life things happen for a reason and I think that Abby came into my life at exactly the right time for a specific reason – to see things more clearly for myself! While I had been coached before, and that too was successful, Abby’s combination of coaching skills, her psychology background and her innate intuition made this coaching experience a really remarkable one. She has an amazing insight to ask just the right questions and steer you in your thinking to your own solutions. I couldn’t believe how much I could think through myself. One of the greatest benefits of my ‘chats’ with Abby was her own personal understanding of the challenges of being a mother and career woman and her deep spiritual sense. Her offerings of mindfulness and more importantly how to get there were extremely useful and continue to be part of my journey forward. I would like to thank Abby for her time, her advice, her guidance and most importantly for really listening to me. I would encourage anyone looking for a coach to engage with Abby as I am certain she will be beneficial to you on your journey.”

Stockbroker – Investec Wealth and Investment        Cape Town, South Africa

“Abby is extremely professional and connects with her clients on a level that makes you feel comfortable and able to talk about any issues, distractions or stalling blocks you may be having in your work environment or life in general. She opens your mind to new thought processes, and helps you to view things from a new perspective. She made me feel comfortable that there is no judgment from her, and that you are in a secure, safe environment for discussion. Abby enabled me to start looking at everything in my life differently, more optimistically, more accepting of others and more able to own my mistakes and achievements.”