About – Old

Hi there and a very warm welcome to you.

I’m glad you’re here because it means that you’re curious and would like to know a little bit more about me. So here goes…

My name is Nancy. I’m a coach, consultant, mother, wife, business woman – to name just a few of the things I do.

I’ve spent most of my career helping executives in large organisations deliver significant change for the benefit of customers, staff and bottom lines. In the process I’ve worked with many amazing individuals to create their own personal change.

And that’s how my coaching and consulting practice, Thrive At Work, came to be.

At Thrive At Work I help ambitious results-focused women, break through real and perceived barriers to realising their dreams and aspirations at work or in their business.

My clients are women who have a strong desire and determination to succeed, but not at all costs and certainly not by all means. But in a way that is aligned with their personal values and that brings them meaning and satisfaction.

These are women who want to work on improving themselves and showing up at their best. They are women who know that they have a lot to give but sometimes give in to self-doubt, fear and confusion. They want more, are tired of hoping and dreaming and are open to curating and creating a shift. Does this sound like you?

I work with these wonderful women one-on-one and in groups, equipping them with strategies, tools and tactics, exposing them to new ways of thinking and keeping them accountable as they implement what they learn and as they shine.

After working with me, my clients experience personal transformations and advancements at work and in their lives in general that are beyond their imagination.

They receive comments from fellow colleagues, managers, friends and family such as “wow, I didn’t know you could do that”, “you’ve changed”, “how do you do that” or “that is impressive”.

Some clients have gone from feeling stuck and unmotivated at work, to finding purpose, meaning and creating impact.

Many have gone from self-doubt and uncertainty, to clarity and confidence.

Others from feeling unappreciated and underestimated, to knowing how to showcase their value.

Many have gone from unsure and invisible, to daring and elegantly assertive.

And others have gone from not knowing how to prove their capabilities or how to position themselves for advancement, to being able to authentically self-promote and advocate for themselves.

In other words, they become more Competent, Confident and Courageous.

If your desire is to make a transition, get noticed, appreciated or rewarded even more at work, in your business, or in life, GET CURIOUS, get in touch and let’s design how we can work together.

What Clients Are Saying

“Nancy has been of great support in helping me create positive change in my life. Her methodology has helped me understand and see new perspectives for life challenges. She was always a great listener and she guided me to create better ways to improve myself and to move towards my goals faster and more effectively. This is an incredible tool for personal and professional development. I can say my life is better because of coaching. Thank you, Nancy, for being there on my journey to success.”

Michelle V, Brazil

“Before I started working with Nancy I felt quite confused as to what the “next step” should be for someone like me, trying to switch from one industry to another. A friend referred me to Nancy and I’m so grateful that she did. Nancy had such a hands-on and professional, but personal, approach to my journey ahead. She was approachable and flexible around my schedule to discuss the way forward – in person, but also via other means of communication.

What I learnt through my time spent with Nancy was a bit more about my own personality, what to consider when looking for the ideal role, not only from a “work conditions” perspective, but also to consider if a role meets my personality traits and the things that I value the most at work, and as a person, as those are the things that would give me job satisfaction in the long run.”

I really loved how Nancy was so approachable and it was so easy to talk about challenges and victories. She’s always optimistic and often had more confidence in me than I had in myself, so that really helped in applying for positions I wouldn’t otherwise have looked at!

I’d recommend anyone who is looking for a change in professional direction, or at a crossroads, to contact Nancy for guidance on their journey ahead.

Inandi W, Language Instructor

“Before coaching with Nancy, I felt stuck, confused and uncertain of the way forward. Coaching has really changed my life. Nancy’s coaching sessions have helped me become clearly aware of where I am in life, where I really want to go and most importantly what I need to do to get there. Nancy has an aura about her that makes you feel comfortable and understood. She is a warm, compassionate, kind and highly skilled coach. I’ve recommended Nancy to friends and I will continue to do so. Thank you for all the help.”

Chelsea M, Sydney

“I decided to explore coaching as a way of getting clearer on how I want my career to progress and to understand how I need to challenge myself to get there. I was able to gain a better understanding of myself, my values, core beliefs and motivations, and I also got to understand how important these are to guide my future career decisions. This is the first time I have dedicated time to understand myself. My coach, Nancy, was very capable and was able to support me as we worked together. I would highly recommend Nancy to anyone who is facing stagnation and discouragement about their career and would like assistance to develop a plan that is aligned with their true values and motivations.”

Donna A, Sydney

“Thank you Nancy for today and helping me so much. More importantly, thank you for helping me believe again, that I can maximise my capabilities.”

Loshitha P, Sydney

“Nancy was instrumental in helping me clarifying my goals, putting a framework around those goals and showing me how to be more effective in how I spend my time and energies.  While considering plans for my ‘what next’ she provided constructive suggestions for improving my resume and profile.  Consequently I feel well prepared.”

Jeannette F, Sydney

“I was looking for guidance on interviews and Thrive at Work role-played the interview for the position I had applied. The coaching I received not only addressed my planned responses to potential interview questions but also how I appeared to an interviewer, such as my tone and body language. Nancy Kabaara challenged my perceptions on what I thought was working well to succeed at interviews. As a result, I secured the job I applied for and always reflect on the guidance provided, for any form of interactions with my stakeholders. I would definitely recommend Thrive at Work which personalises their services for your individual work situation”.

Shima M, Executive Manager,  Sydney

“Thank you so much for the life changing sessions with you. I can’t tell you just how much those sessions have changed my life for the better!! 2020 has been a tough year but I can say it’s been my best. Mostly thanks to these sessions. While I still have so much work to do on getting my best self, at least I know my weaknesses and what to do about it. I now see so many things through a very different lens. For that I say thank you so much. I will surely be back for different sessions!”

Caroline W, Sydney

My younger sister in Sydney had been witnessing my dilemma as an entrepreneur in Kenya, had already done Nancy’s ‘Thrive at Work’ Course and gifted this course to me!

My dilemma was which of my two businesses do I focus on?  Cresco Skills Development Ltd a recruitment, training, and management consultant firm OR Studio d’Antique Conservation, a service to restore and conserve antique objects professionally. While both businesses have had their successes, BUT in 2019, I needed to make a hard decision.

Thanks to Nancy Kabaara of Thrive at Work, the course has created a high degree of clarity, focus, and completing my tasks in manageable chunks. Specifically I have been able to:

  1. Focus with clarity on Studio d’Antique Conservation
  2. Write my brand story which I believe in and can speak to with confidence
  3. Develop my business strategy both pre Covid and during this challenging year 2020
  4. Take on a two-prong approach to surviving the infamous pandemic. I have been able to gather testimonials both for purposes of seeking employment, and continuing to grow Studio d’Antique clientele
  5. I was able to introduce art commissions and keep promoting restoration and conservation service.
  6. I now, as of November 2020, have my own Art Catalogue

Thank you, Nancy. I pray to be able to continue being guided by you.

Dipti Fernandes, Studio d’Antique Conservation, Kenya