My career began and developed in Technology within Financial Services, where after 23 years I reached COO and Chief of Staff level positions. During this time I have also run a coaching consultancy for 14 years, doing both business consultancy and personal coaching. I enjoy the mix of corporate acumen and emotional intelligence to carry on both the career and the business and I believe it is the combination of both that makes me a formidable asset!
I have something of a complicated career path, with one constant - I always strove to get to positions where I could challenge current ways of thinking and create something better. This didn't always make me popular, but my tenacity meant I implemented multiple ideas that I was told wouldn't or couldn't work. I found that the main reason for the lack of optimism was because it involved getting the people in the organisation enthusiastic and that felt too complex - whereas for me, that was the exciting part.
I am different because of how I do my work, not what I do.
I believe that your business hires people, not resources, talent, or headcount.
I believe that you will get the perfect people for your business if you look for them in a different way.
I believe that the current process of recruitment is unfair, inefficient and poorly designed for the future of work.
I believe it is possible to unlock the talent of your people, to improve value and engagement and to increase personal satisfaction for the individual.
I believe that you must identify line managers who want to manage people.
I believe that it is important to see individual team contributors rather than templated job descriptions and roles.
I believe that you can make your employees co-creators of a working structure that works for both the company and the individual.
I believe that you can learn how to empower employees - to help them take control of delivery, contribute to the team’s objectives and add value to the organisation.
I believe the world needs people who are trying to do things differently.
I believe that it is possible to break the status quo and create new possibilities.
I believe that you need a voice that tells you to carry on when others tell you to stop.
I believe in anyone who can see a future that does not yet look possible.
I believe that nobody is born for the benefit of others.
I believe that we all deserve to live our own life our way.
I believe that it is important for our mental health to get rid of any pressure to be something that we are not.
I believe that it is possible to get rid of guilt used as a method of control.
I believe that emotional and mental freedom are possible.
I believe that you need to be honest with yourself, to get clear on what the real issues are and what needs to change.
I believe that with support, anyone can change the direction of their life, team or business.
I believe that I can help you if you are ready to hear what you need to hear, and not what keeps you safe and stuck.
I believe businesses must hold themselves to the values that they espouse to, to know whether the culture that is fully lived by the senior leaders and at grass roots.