WHAT I KNOW
Ten thousand coaching hours with leaders and people in work leave me somewhat of a specialist in what makes bankable change in a person. I’ve worked with individuals and with groups. Clients have ranged from governments to not-for-profits, private and public sector. There is a common denominator in how people change – and it is that there is no common denominator.
Leaders might present with similar headline issues – politics, making the changes in the people in the organisation, turning business around, being more effective, not getting dragged into the wrong meetings, overwhelm, bringing teams together, driving huge visions – but the ways in which they will solve those challenges are never the same. Not ever.
This makes the work fascinating. I know the end point, I just never know how we will accomplish it. There is no prescribed formula, no three point plan, who knows what will be the right way for you. That’s what we will figure out, and we will figure it out.
Raised by entrepreneurial parents, I left school at 17 and started in the world of business, property and corporate finance. In 1993 I relocated to Hong Kong, working as a equities broker with UBS covering the subcontinent market, Indonesia and the Philippines. I was one of the first people to advise the Governor of the State Bank of Nepal on opening their markets to foreign investors. The then Minister of Finance of India, Manmohan Singh, was seen carrying a copy of my economic report on foreign investment in Nepal, entitled, ‘Not Yeti But Soon’.
Leaving Hong Kong the week after the handover in 1997, I returned to the UK to work on the UBS London Asian desk. In 1998 I left to set up my coaching business.
I taught for 5 years on the faculty of Coach University, also teaching the top coaching diploma for the Institute of Leadership and Management. In 2005 I became one of 9 Master Certified Coaches in the UK. I write for Coaching At Work on the business of coaching, speak about the industry and am co-authoring a research paper with USW.
I work at the top of organisations and businesses and across many sectors: Public education sector, IT, private equity, universities, global media, government, mutual society, insurance, wealth management, global toys, global pharma, aeronautics, publishing, national health