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I thought the first blog post on here should tell you a bit more about my background and why I have a passion for leadership coaching. I started my working life at the age of 18, I was a management trainee for Barclays Bank. I’m still not really sure how I ended up in banking, but I guess it was a good job and I ended up staying with Barclays for 16 years. During that time, I did many different jobs and received some top-class training. Some jobs I was great at and some I just couldn’t get right – but throughout I enjoyed working with some amazing and talented people.
I left the bank when I was expecting my second child. I had been working part time as one half of a job-share partnership. This was such a great arrangement for both me and my job-share partner – we got to do a job we loved but also had time to spend with our young children. However, all good things must come to an end – the bank decided to regulate our role so we were no longer able to job share. We were lucky/cheeky and asked for a redundancy deal which we got, which meant we could have some breathing space before deciding what to do next.
In 2000 we spent a very happy spring and summer planning a new business partnership – ESP Coaching was born in August 2000. We enjoyed 10 years of success with this business. Working for some amazing clients and balancing home and family life with exciting projects and growing a business. My business partner decided that she wanted to go back to university and do an MBA and to be fair to everyone we split the business and I carried on solo for a while.
Then in 2008 a major change in my personal life turned my world upside down. I found myself as a single parent, struggling to manage a growing business and growing family. I stuck with it for 6 months – to make sure I had a clear head to make the right decisions. And then my perfect job offer came along. Primeast were looking for a Head of Leadership and as a self-confessed leadership geek who was ready to work with a team again, I jumped at the chance. And here I have been happily employed as a director, part owner, Head of Leadership and client manager for 9 years. Its been an amazing experience full of learning and laughter. It has given me the chance to work with some internationally known businesses, delivering world class learning programmes. So why the change?
I have released that my purpose in life – the thing that gets me out of bed each day – is to help create great places to work. I know that the corporate market has access to some great training – let’s face it, big businesses often has access to big budgets to buy top class training and development. But the biggest employer in the UK are the millions of small and medium sized businesses. These businesses don’t have large training budgets but the leadership which the owners provide impacts on the biggest portion of the UK’s population. So surely helping these people to be the best leaders they can be and create the best working environments makes sense? And that is what The Leadership Secret is all about. Helping entrepreneurs to grow into amazing leaders – people who they would be happy to follow, the people they were always meant to be. We do this alongside helping them grow their businesses, achieve their financial goals and employ more people in happy working environments.
I can’t wait to help more entrepreneurs get the most out of their businesses and their lives- if this sounds interesting let’s meet up for a chat and see if I can help you.