Like you, over close to three decades, I had built my credibility, my reputation, and achieved my leadership position (and salary). Only they weren’t working for me. Not that I was aware of that at the time. It took a sudden heart-attack to prompt me to take a different perspective and start asking the right questions about how I wanted to show up in my life and career.
It came as a big shock. There I was, a high-achieving Corporate Commercial Leader, negotiating world-class deals and at the peak of my career. I was always “on” and super ambitious. I had great plans for my future.
Then this sudden change pushed me into a place where I felt frustrated and deep down, I was scared. I knew I couldn’t keep going the way I was, but I had no idea what I was going to do instead. My work had always been very rewarding. To be honest, it gave me validation and I loved it. And I didn’t want to take things easy, but my situation meant I had to rethink.
My turn around came when I went back to my first love – Psychology and Coaching. I dusted off my old qualification and started coaching people at work. Initially, I focused on the basics of goal setting and productivity. However, I soon realised I wasn’t put on this earth to teach people the basics, but to lift them up and enable them to get the best out of themselves by digging deeper.
Just as I had to negotiate to recreate my new life, I found that to help my clients get what they wanted, I had to coach them through the same process. I challenged them on the person they felt they had to be and gave them the tools to think differently for themselves, their career and their life. They soon came to understand that once they stopped negotiating with themselves, things could be better – much better.
I now coach Senior Leaders and Business Owners who have had a major change at work, a change in their personal life or a health setback. We work on creating a better way forward. A way that is filled with meaning and purpose. Where you can be your true self and thrive. We redesign your life.