I am living proof…
…that not being afraid to seize an opportunity can completely change your life.
After spending more years at University than I care to count, my partner of 20+years and I settled down in southwest Florida in the States and enjoyed a great “lifestyle” for many years. One day it dawned on me that, while our life looked great from the outside, we weren’t happy. In a move that seemed unthinkable to some, my spouse, daughter and I moved halfway around the world to begin the next stage of our lives together in New Zealand. It has truly allowed us to bring balance back to our lives and is one of the best things we have done as a family.
Why I share that with you because, in my work I attempt to impress upon my clients and those who have heard me speak that they should not be afraid to step out of their “comfort zones” and try something new or different in order to get a better result. I am happy to report that, often, the message gets through.
One of my favourite quotes is:
“If you’re not willing to risk the unusual, you’ll have to settle for the ordinary” by Jim Rohn.
For the past several years, my work as a certified Leadership & Business Coach has allowed me the privilege of working closely with a wide variety of clients to support and guide them to achieve their business objectives.
I so enjoy being a ‘sounding board’ and key accountability partner for my clients! My role is to not only help them strategise an action plan to move forward but hold them accountable to IMPLEMENT that action plan and take meaningful action. With me on the team, things get done.
I assist my clients with many different areas of their businesses:
- clarifying the ‘big picture’ strategy with Directors
- identifying and prioritising key goals that will support them to achieve that strategy
- creating meaningful action plans that leverage the strengths of their team members
- reviewing and suggesting improvements to internal systems and processes
- conducting customised training sessions with team members on anything from time management to communication to outstanding customer service
Besides the regular events and workshops I facilitate in my region of New Zealand at the local Chamber of Commerce and for other groups, I have been fortunate enough to secure speaking opportunities on a national and international level over the past few years. I enjoy the travel, as I have seen many amazing cities in this country and overseas. But my favourite bit is meeting new people and adding value to their lives through my work.
The clients who have hired me to speak at national or regional conferences include:
- KEPA- the Advisers Institute
- Fidelity Life
- NZIPP – New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers
- NZFAA – New Zealand Financial Advisers Association
- PMAANZ – Practice Managers Association of Australia & New Zealand
- TONIC – the Exult! Group
- ConnectingUp – Australia
- Paterson Burn Optometry Group
Certified DISC Consultant :
Clear communication is the secret of a successful professional services business! i specialise in supporting my clients to understand the concepts behind the DISC behavioural styles model – Dominant, Inspiring, Steady and Conscientious. Everyone has a natural tendency to see the world through a certain ‘lens’. Once we know and understand how we ourselves communicate, we can learn how to apply DISC principles to help us identify the natural communication tendencies of others and improve the effectiveness of our communication. Better communication means less wasted time, fewer misunderstandings, more effective delegation and more harmonious relationships.
Through my association with the global John Maxwell Team, I have pursued a high-level certification in the art of interpreting the DISC profile.
Certified Leadership Coach:
For the past few years, I have been a student of John C. Maxwell – one of the most prolific leadership gurus of the past 50 years. John has authored over 70 books on the subject of leadership and communication, and through becoming a Certified member of the global John Maxwell Team, I have integrated his material into my coaching and speaking – with outstanding results. Just a few of the programmes I use are:
- Developing the Leader Within You 2.0
- the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
- Becoming a Person of Influence
- Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
- The Leadership Game