“Life doesn’t always go to plan, and what was the plan anyway?”
My own journey has taken me from working my way up to become one of a few female Directors of an international Lloyd’s Broking house in the early 1990’s operating in London, New York, Sydney, Houston, and across Europe to the amazing experience of motherhood and all that it brings.
We have no control over the hand we are dealt but we can choose what we do with it. Having suffered the intense grief following the death of two very close friends, the betrayal and earthquake that is divorce, and the challenging responsibility of sole parenting, I am proof that optimism and resilience can prevail inside a courageous mindset.
1987 was an incredible time to start broking in the Lloyds market. We were in the thick of boom before bust, the City lunch began at 12.45pm and finished late into the afternoon. We would queue for underwriters for days at a time. Very soon however the market imploded, and I found myself travelling around the world looking for new capacity. I specialised in onshore energy business and non-marine reinsurance and worked in London, New York and Sydney.
As my American company made acquisition after acquisition we became very used to working in merged cross-cultural teams, seeing first hand different leadership styles and experiencing the complexities and challenges faced by colleagues in different settings. Understanding international client/intermediary relationships at every level, and having first hand experience of a solutions-based, highly competitive financial service business has afforded me the advantage of understanding the complex nature of seemingly uncomplicated issues. Everything seems straight forward and yet nothing ever is.
It is not unusual in the 21st Century to have a complex family life and we all know all to well that life doesn’t always go to plan. Understanding the challenges involved in regaining your life after divorce, has led me to appreciate the fragility of human connection, and value greatly those loved ones on whom I rely. Time and again they offer strength and resilience and endure regardless of what life throws us.
I am so lucky to be able to have worked with incredible people around the globe each one unique in their situation, but at our core we all face similar goals and challenges. I have mentored others for over 20 years , and in 2019 I retrained as a coach. I qualified in, what is regarded as the gold standard in the coaching world and am certified as a Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC) and a member of the International Coaching Federation.
Like you, I continue to grow and develop my Coaching toolbox, working for example with teams, based on the ORSC model which is very powerful and pivotal to productivity in today’s complex world.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing you experience life-changing breakthroughs triggered by that light bulb moment when you see how a major shift in your life can be possible. As you may expect this experience is always an emotional one, so be prepared for a rollercoaster.
Bluntly, my passion lies in your success. It is so rewarding knowing that our work together has brought you to the change you were seeking, to see where you are going next, and to witness you confidently moving forward with intention, clear in the knowledge that you are doing the right thing for you.
Coaching will change your life. Start your journey with a free 20 minute consultation to find out more.