I was working at American Express as an IT leader. In the 13 years I was there, I had always enjoyed the people development of my roles and that was recognised as one of my strengths. The IT and business world at that time was entrepreneurial and the variety, flexibility, people development and fast project delivery were all enjoyable. In hindsight the work and environment matched all my values.
In the late 1990s, my work became less enjoyable. It became more process driven and I had less flexibility. I'd become MBTI accredited and facilitated two of the internal Organisational Developments programs. That had highlighted the fact that people development and my own learning were very important to me. My family were also growing and I seemed to be travelled a lot. I had a close family bereavement which made me question more what direction I was moving in.
Then I came across an article about coaching. Whilst knowing little more I realised this was the part of my previous roles that I'd really enjoyed. I checked out the article information, the training information and hired a coach.
As part of that process, I wanted to create something that worked for me personally - I wanted more time with my growing family whilst having a business that was stimulating and matched my values of flexibility, variety, learning and connection. After much reflection and exploration of other roles both within the organisation and outside I made the big and exciting decision to leave my corporate life and start my own coaching business.
I am now a professional certified coach with the ICF and a qualified coach supervisor. Since 2000 I have coached hundreds of executives, corporate leaders, managers, in a variety of different functions within organisations such as the ones listed here.
Examples of the work I do are honing influencing skills, handling and leading change, making successful transitions to new roles, increasing self-awareness, defining your next role or career.
I work with coaches who want to develop further and individuals who want to define their ideal next career or role.