1. What motivates you?
Helping others make meaningful change on an emotional level, whilst doing work that also develops me as a person.
2. How do you handle pressure?
Making time to sit down and question what I’m believing that would lead me to feel ‘pressured’.
3. What will change most about the world of work in the next few years?
I hope there will be a refocus to people spending more time on self-reflection as a means for progress and move away from ‘busyness’/ overwork being a badge of self-worth or success.
4. What’s your defining career moment so far?
Getting made redundant really forced me to examine what I wanted to do with my life. And the company handled it very well – they even gave me redundancy coaching - which was a great lesson in how to treat people.
5. What book, film or tv show has really changed the way you thought about something?
‘Loving What Is’ by Byron Katie. The most life-changing and uplifting book I’ve ever read.
6. What’s your favourite sport to business lesson or story?
It may be a modern buzzword but the concept of ‘marginal gains’ always sticks with me when I’m running workshops. What little thing would make this experience better by 1 or 2%? It’s a great mindset to be in.
7. What makes you proud?
Seeing small shifts in people I help or in my own world.
8. What makes you angry?
The more I’ve worked on understanding others and why they do what they do, the less anger crops up in my life.
9. Which leader do you most admire most and why?
The often-unsung leaders working for a more inclusive society in areas including LGBT, women in the workplace and mental health. It takes a lot of tenacity to keep fighting for those causes in the face of old prejudice and misconceptions.
10. What are your best and worst characteristics?
Best – ability to receive feedback and own my actions; Worst – losing clarity and impact when delivering difficult messages.
11. What would you like to learn and why?
I remain fascinated by learning how to better help people find perspective and solutions to their situations. I don’t think a coach or consultant ever feels like the finished article and that’s what makes it such an interesting job.
12. If you could choose anybody, who would you be for a day?
No-one comes to mind.
13. Who would you like to invite for a dinner party, living or dead?
All the people who’ve helped me in my life – it would be more a festival than a dinner!
14. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A clear mind is the most valuable thing you’ll ever possess.
15. What would your motto be (if you haven’t already got one)?
There is always a way forward. Always.
16. What personal value would you never compromise?
Kindness to others and myself (and sometimes I forget this!).