I have worked with Executives, leaders and emerging leaders in the private, public and charity sectors as well as entrepreneurs and homemakers.
Together, we have worked on a wide range of topics which often include focusing on building greater self-awareness, identifying strengths and values to support resilience, collaboration, complex decision making as well as well-being, leading the way to organisational and personal success.
I ask that clients are willing to be curious about the topics which they bring; to be prepared to go beyond initial assumptions and habits, looking a little deeper at the stories which they tell themselves, whether they are helpful to them and to others, paving the way to behavioural change.
There is a concept in German called Ernstheiterkeit which literally translates as serious cheerfulness. It sums up my approach to coaching; to hold sorrow lightly (and respectfully) and joy with perspective. My clients and I often have fun together even when, or maybe particularly when we are discussing difficult or serious topics.
Together, we create a space free of judgment to think, talk, be listened to and challenged, enabling deepening self-awareness and the systems in which you live and work. I don’t set out to make our sessions fun, although laughter is a thread in my work; we roll with what comes up and each session is tailored to what you need at that moment.
Life-long learning is very important to me and areas of interest include positive psychology (the science of happiness and well-being) and psychological safety. As well as coaching on a range of topics, my MSc research dissertation examined accessing cognitive playfulness in coaching. My interest was sparked by noticing my own tendency of reverting solely to narrow goal-focused logical thinking during stressful times and how this limited my thinking. I have since published on this topic and continue to explore and write in this area.
Research published in 2020 in a peer reviewed journal on team cohesion, collaboration and psychological safety led me to train as an Association of Master Trainers certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY ® facilitator.