I help with the behaviours and practices of how teams and leaders organise themselves so that they can achieve their strategic goals. I support executive and personal development in terms of mindset and creative actions so they can reach their best intentions. My motto of think differently to see new action is at the heart of all my work. Igniting rebel spirit is about helping clients find their own thinking and acting on it, and many find liberating and connecting with their original best intentions.
Executive coaching usually takes place in the context of the organisation suggesting some development, or an individual seeing that to achieve their goals they need to learn and cement new practices. Our coaching will identify a development task for the individual using feedback or their own sense, looking at what is needed to succeed in that system, that environment, and then for the coaching to take place over a number of months focusing on coaching tasks for the individual to meet their potential.
Individuals seek out coaching as they face some transition in their life, or are wondering if a change is what is needed in response to feelings of malaise and burn out, and our work together is about preparing the mindset, the readiness for that change. Others come with stress related concerns for wellbeing coaching. The focus is human centred, wellbeing practices and mental framing.
I coach and enable high performing teams. In this I work with teams over a period of time to strengthen their shared vision and focus, understand and manage sources of conflict in their dynamics and in improving their reputation and interactions with other teams, partners, customers and commissioners. This work is dynamic and working in the flow of what is happening, rather than working to a set program. Getting good teams working can have a multiplier effect on the effectiveness of the rest of the organisation.
I regularly facilitate strategic conversations, coach executives 1 to 1, sometimes as part of team coaching, use many diagnostic tools and act as a coaching supervisor.
My 'unfair advantages' (!) in this work are in the combination of: 10,000 hours practice to be a highly tuned observer, in being a coach who really gets strategy and can act as a challenging thinking partner, along with years of digging into stakeholder, consumer, investor perspectives, so enabling better perspective taking for clients. I have lived through and continue to live out my own challenges in getting caught in drama and an unhelpful mindset, and see myself at my best when I do the mindset work. I love the energy of the start up world and I bring a lot of these agile, rapid and build-a- movement perspectives to my work.
I come to this through 20+ years experience as a business psychologist, executive coach (Senior practitioner EMCC) and in strategic consulting within many diverse industries, in the USA and the UK, and more recently including start ups and tech. I have a Cambridge law degree, an INSEAD MBA and a BSc in Psychology, along with many coaching and diagnostic accreditations. I have recently become a London Business School coach partner, and coach and develop several leaders and teams for social enterprise VC incubator Zinc.
Recently I have worked within small start ups as they scale up, a major JV with a business school, in Venture Capital, in FMCG, in government departments, business service providers and in Insurance.
The kind of problems clients come to me with are:
- How can I be the best version of myself?
_ How can I transition to managing others, without losing what I love?
- I am losing energy, feeling like I am missing something, can you help?
- How can the leadership team interact better with the board?
- There's a lot of conflict in my team that I am having to sort out, why can't they get on with it?
- We just cannot agree on our strategy and no-one is buying into what we do agree. Help!?
- There's no trust or accountability in this team..?
- How should we structure our leadership team?
- What behaviours do we want to do more of/less of as a team?
- Our team is struggling in relying on other parts of the organisation. What can we do?
- We think having some feedback or understanding of different styles and preferences of the team would help.
If any of these problems are the kind of thing you are dealing with, give me a call, we can talk it through, and I can see how I can help.
I am always stimulated and satisfied to work with others as I help them understand how to perform better and they in turn support the goals of the companies they work with. I love what I do, it is a total honour, and I am always up for a new challenge. I look forward to our future explorations.