This page is where I speak a little bit about myself
It won't often happen as my coaching is about you.
Netherless, you want to read about me, find out more about my background, what brought me to coaching and what makes me the best coach for you, which is fair enough.
So let’s start with what’s brought me to coaching.
Backing colleagues always came naturally to me especially when they were going through challenging times at work and others would turn their back on them (consciously or not). After reflecting on the reasons, two came to my mind, the first one being that “fairness” is one of my core values and the second is that I had my fair share of internal politic to deal with, directly and indirectly, during my time in the corporate world. Subsequently, for starting navigating the worst of internal politic early in my career, I’m proud to say that I have 15+ years of expertise in personal branding!
The reason behind getting curious about corporate politic, rather than become oblivious to it, is that as an ambitious professional determined to understand what it takes to reach the next level, I had to figure out what the rules of the game were. I give everything I have to succeed therefore when someone deliberately throws a spanner in the wheel; I’m straightaway set on a mission to turn the situation to my advantage. My friends say that I’m ‘somehow’ transparent and direct. Hence I learnt the importance of personal branding the good, the bad and the ugly way.
Meanwhile, this quote comes to my mind: “Be aware who you meet on the way up as they’ll be met on the way down.” This quote highlights the fact that you have to be strategic and careful when you navigate the politic: be smart, not vicious or greedy, as you’ll pay for it at the end.
Soon in my career, it became apparent that many of my peers were not aware that there was a ‘game’ played. They could not see that their team didn’t rate them as a great or good manager, their position was at risk, their promotion not even on the table, or they were unable to communicate effectively upward and downward. This is how I started ‘coaching’ (I didn’t have my qualification then hence the quotes) my colleagues and flip their situation around and more.
What made me get out of the corporate world after 15+ successful years in the fintech industry as Business Development expert for fast-growing companies such as PayPal (more details on Linkedin if you wish)? Well, by the end, 70-80% of my day in the office was spent dealing with internal politic for myself or others. Don’t give me wrong; I loved it. However, it’s not what I was employed to do (my job was to signed big contracts with big external clients). I always wanted to set up my own business, but I thought it was too risky, not the right time, too expensive, too complicated and so on. Thanks to my coach, I realised that it was down to me to make it happen, the right time was now, and I needed to focus on making it happen as soon as possible. I decided that it was time for me to set up my practice. On that day it clicked, and the pieces started to fall into places, I leapt and never regretted it. I signed up for the best coaching qualifications in the UK to complete the most recognised diplomas and within nine months I had both of them passed with distinction and serving my first clients. I now serve clients like you who want to understand and navigate the corporate world to master their career.
However, you should know that I’m not for everyone.
My style involves: Keeping it real. Goals, targets and challenges. Smiling. Deeply listening. Done-for-you resources. Making solid plans. Curiosity. Collaboration. Feedback. Experimentation. Accountability. Getting my hands dirty. Being informal. Confidentiality. Following up. Proven strategies and tactics. Asking lots of questions. Actionable recommendations. Results.
Finally, to make you smile and make this page more personal. Here are a few interesting facts about me:
- I am British with a French accent and share my life between both countries.
- I am very committed to my daily run (primarily to enjoy cheese and wine).
- Most of the time I can’t pronounce ‘procrastination’ or ‘dehydration’… Worth a try.
I’d love to hear your story; waste no more time, apply now to one of my free consultations. I’m offering five consultations a month to new clients.
Fully certified by the IAFPC&M, the preferred Accreditation Board for Coaches, Mentors, Training Organisations, and Clients. Member of the ICF to pursue my commitment to developing as a professional coach continually.