In the 90s, I was working at American Express as an IT leader. 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. With hindsight, I can see the work and environment matched all my values.
In the late 1990s, my work became less enjoyable. It was more process driven. I had less flexibility. It was just less enjoyable. I'd become MBTI accredited and facilitated two internal Organisational Developments programs. That made me realise that people development and my own learning were very important to me. My family were growing and I seemed to be travelled a lot. I had a close family bereavement which made me question even more what direction I was moving in. It was a crisis point although I didn't recognise it as such at the time.
I came across an article about coaching and was drawn to explore. I hired a coach. I signed up for coach training.
As part of that original coaching, I remember wanting 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 some reflection (but more a leap of faith!), I made the big and exciting decision to leave my corporate life and start my own coaching business.
I am now a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the ICF, a qualified coach supervisor, ICF mentor coach and a systemic practitioner. I have coached executives, corporate leaders, managers, professionals, students, coaches. I am still learning and exploring. I work holistically, incorporating what ever seems most insightful for my clients.
Examples of the work I have done are honing influencing skills, handling and leading change, making successful transitions to new roles, increasing self-awareness, defining your next role or career, being more at ease in your role and life, being an inspirational coach.
Nowadays my work is about enabling my clients to connect with what is important for them. Whether that's identifying the next career change, being a better leader, making more of an impact, a more insightful coach or being more fulfilled.
Its all about being 'you' in this changing world.