About Me

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Michelangelo

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I believe that every person, every relationship, team, organisation and every situation has a perfect way of functioning. This might not be true in practice but I work as if it is. My role is to help people find the best way of being – to set the angel free.

With years of HR and OD experience and roles in a variety of management positions in various sectors, I bring a range of lessons learned (and perspectives gained) to any project. My toolkit contains a selection of interesting widgets:

Quality training techniques

I have designed and delivered a variety of courses and programmes including:

  • Senior Management Development Centres
  • Supervisory Training Programmes
  • Personal development courses on Time Management, Goal Setting, Selling Skills, Customer Care
  • HR skills courses on Interviewing, Recruitment and Selection, Performance Management, Train the Trainer
  • Communication skills courses such as Assertiveness, Report Writing, Presentation Skills
  • Bespoke team building events
Psychometric and personality testing expertise

I am qualified in the use of personality questionnaires and use Quintax as a matter of preference. I can use them for assessment purposes but find that as a development tool is when they are most effective. For more information about Quintax click here

I have also designed bespoke recruitment tools such as in-tray exercises.

NLP practitioner skills

I trained with the extraordinary John Seymour in 1998 in the elegant art of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and have been using the tools and models learned ever since: in my coaching, training, communication and in my own development.

Coaching strategies

I have used coaching as an alternative to sending someone on a course throughout my professional career. I use NLP to find the root of a situation, help the coachee to see a preferred outcome and then guide them in drawing up action plans. This has been with people at all stages of their careers, either as a response to a problem or because they just want to chat something through.

Purposeful curiosity

Some would describe this as being just plain nosey – I wouldn’t like to comment. What I would say is that I have a proven ability to go into a new environment and understand what matters quickly. I get in, find out what is what and then get on with it. And because I am interested in what makes organisations work, this ability has proven excellent when undertaking service reviews. In addition, I have transferred skills with ease from a retail environment into a health environment. I have had to pick up the legal issues around the registering of births and deaths and the Freedom of Information Act and have hit the ground running. And I am un-daunted by new environments. On the contrary, I believe that having a fresh perspective on things is a valuable asset.

 

To see where I have worked go to: CV

To join my professional network go to: LinkedIn