Life has many ups and downs. Sometimes when it looks like things cannot get any worse …they do. However, it is by going through these situations that we can learn the most about ourselves. We can discover our inner strengths, find out how resourceful we are in being able to turn threats into opportunities and achieve positive outcomes we could not have dreamt for ourselves.
My career to date has been shaped by the:
-- Fear of not being able to fulfil my full potential (fast enough).
-- Restlessness I would feel whenever I found myself in a position where my environment was getting in the way of me achieving my -full potential; and
-- Life events that just happened, such as finding myself on a career break when three months pregnant.
As a result of fear, restlessness and life events my career has spanned different industries and sectors in different countries; and many ups and downs. However, a consistent thread throughout my career is helping people to get from A to B in the personal and/or professional lives.
My motivation for coaching comes from one of the key lessons I have learned from my 15 years of experience working with people and Masters’ level studies of people, societies and the world of 'work'. This lesson can best be summarised using a famous quote attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr, amongst others:
‘Become aware of the things that we cannot change, have the courage to change the things that we can and gain the wisdom to know the difference.’
I see my role as coach to facilitate this for my clients by putting into practice some of my core values. Namely, offering a non-judgmental, listening ear, whilst being an accountability partner who will challenge and encourage them to build resilience by turning weaknesses into strengths and failures into future successes.
Being a lifelong learner, I have gained the following qualifications and certifications:
ILM level 7 in Executive Coaching & Mentoring, Oxford Brookes University, UK
MSc Human Resources Development and Consultancy, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School London, UK
BSc & MSc Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Psychometrics: MBTI & the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey.
Having recently discovered that I have a passion for writing and I have had articles published in China Daily and Sassy Mama HK. Through my writing, I explore social situations of interest, such as recognising the role that your environment may play in enabling or hindering your success.