Know that you are ‘so over’ your corporate job?
Feeling life is too short not to follow your gut?
Excited (or scared!) to step out and do what you really want in life?
Help is here. I work with people who are ready for something new but not sure how to get there. From getting clarity about what you really want, to overcoming the fear of leaving your current ‘safe’ job, to taking the first step towards your new life, I help you through the process of finding and doing work that you love.
How it works
In today’s world, time to think can be scarce, but focused reflection can help you get in touch with your own inner wisdom. In coaching I work alongside you to help you look at your situation and its challenges. My aim is to create a reflective space which enables you to do your best thinking. Together we uncover insights and ways forward which will help you progress towards your goal. I am always on your side but not afraid to challenge and stretch you. I will share my own experiences, where appropriate, if they will help provide insight into what might be right for you.
Why it works
There are many benefits of coaching. Here are just a few:
all about you
Coaching is focused directly on the needs of the individual. One-to-one attention over a sustained period means you can work deeply on issues that are specific to you and make lasting changes.
changes that stick
A programme of coaching often involves a number of meetings over a period of months, so you can experiment with making changes. There is time for new behaviours to become embedded in your natural way of being.
I will follow up on your progress and challenge you when appropriate. I will always believe in you, but not collude with you if you want to avoid facing something. I will help you stick with times of challenge and find a way through them.
People I work with
I work with people in business, non-profits and charities. I also coach private individuals.
Managers and leaders who are in new roles or transitioning to a new position and wanting to get up to speed more quickly
Executives facing specific project-related challenges
Chief executives and senior leaders wanting to think through the challenges their organisation or team faces and navigate a path through them
Individuals considering next steps in their career/life
I work in person face-to-face or by Skype/phone. I have coached people in Africa and Europe. Having worked in international organisations, I am sensitive to cultural differences and the challenges of virtual teams/remote working.
Situations I have coached people through:
a newly promoted manager with responsibility for a team wanting to improve listening skills and increase confidence
a junior manager in a charity wanting to improve time-management skills and grow in assertiveness
a City chief executive wanting to achieve greater transparency in communication
I come to coaching following a 25-year career in international business, holding senior roles in marketing and employee communications. My last role was nine years at GE, including three years on assignment in Paris leading a global team. I am trained as a coach/mentor at Senior Practitioner level accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and follow their code of ethics. I am familiar with Ignatian spirituality and incorporate the wisdom of this tradition in my coaching. I am a spiritual director and ordinand in training.
I am based in Portsmouth on the south coast of England.