What most people know about me is that I'm a successful technology leader with more than 10 years of experience leading large high-performing teams and managing multi-million dollar budgets in multi-billion dollar companies. They've seen me move countries several times and thrive in challenging circumstances. They know that I'm a powerful coach with a track record of developing up-and-coming leaders.
But what most people don't know about me is that throughout my career I have struggled with imposter syndrome. I have often felt like I wasn't good enough.
When I was a kid we moved countries and I changed school 3 times in 3 years. I learned to be invisible - to blend in. I changed my appearance and even my accent, at 11 years old, so that I wouldn't get bullied.
The camouflage that paid off for me as a child didn't work as an adult - I felt like I had potential to be a good leader, but could sometimes get quiet in a busy room, and struggled to build the professional relationships required to get access to leadership roles. And still felt that I wasn't good enough.
Thanks to some excellent bosses I learned how to lead and to manage with a very human approach to leadership. And I rose to executive level roles leading 100-person+ teams. I finally felt like I was good enough.
I have become very good at identifying the spark of leadership in others, and in fanning that to become a powerful flame.
Now, my focus is on helping others to be heard and seen, and to get a seat at the table. To not be overlooked for whatever reason - their gender, skin colour, sexual orientation, or being perceived as 'quiet'. To believe that they are good enough.
Are you currently leading - a team, a group, a company - but you're struggling to get to the next level?
Are you an emerging leader? Do you feel like you have great potential, but the opportunities aren't showing up for you?
If my story resonates with you, and you want someone to help you along on your journey, then you and I should have a conversation…
Support That Makes a Difference
My role varies depending on your needs, and the arc of our engagement. Usually I'm a coach and a trusted advisor. With some clients I'm a consultant or a mentor. Often I'm all of these things and more.
Career Coaching Session
Do you feel stuck? Wanting a change in role, a promotion, or a new job? I can help you find the path forward that will satisfy and engage you, and take your career to the next level. We can work on practice interviews, polishing your CV/resume, and preparation for success in your new role when the time comes.
Leadership Coaching Session
An external perspective can be super powerful for executives, who often feel alone or that they just need someone outside of their organisation to bounce ideas off, without judgement or agenda. Working together in a safe space, you can be vulnerable and open to change, free to make mistakes, to learn and grow.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."