“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself.  It is precisely the simple, and it is also that difficult”.  Warren Bennis

If I’d have read that quote 10 years ago I’d have not understood it in exactly the same way I do today.     In part, because of my own growth, and also I think our perspective on Leadership is moving through another iteration.     

We lead others through the very ‘self’ that we are.   Becoming who we are meant to be means taking a look at that ‘self’ from inside.   Great leadership comes from the inside.  It’s driven by what we care about, courage and commitment,  It’s driven by a sense of connectedness to the whole, to purpose and the ability to declare and co-create a new future.   Great leaders are able to work effectively with others, because they’ve made the personal investment to get their own internal landscape sorted.  Great leaders aren’t only the ones leading teams of people, leading in organisations.  Great leaders are also those who are taking active responsibility for their own lives, stepping out with more bravery than ever before to finally choose to be who they are meant to be.    And after all, who do you really want to lead your life?  You,  or someone else?  

Developing our leadership asks how we can bring the best self that we can be onto the field.   How can our best self be put to good use in this life that we live?  

I am an Executive Leadership Coach and I work with people who are looking to develop themselves to ultimately be more resilient, less stressed, happier and fulfilled.   People who are looking to build better relationships with others and to improve engagement and co-ordination.   I work often with people who are sponsored by their company, and equally with people who choose to self-fund.  

If you choose to work with me, we will make a plan that will show you how you can learn to navigate whatever the world throws at you, in your time, on your terms.   I can help you to build resilience for adversity, show you how to unhook yourself from unhelpful patterns and create strategies to achieve your most valued goals.

Beverley is somebody who you can connect with easily, she listens well and is able to really dig beneath the surface of what is there. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
— Vernon Bubb, Head of Linked In Sales Solutions EMEA, LinkedIn
 
 

In an increasingly complex world, how do you bring forth your best self?  

One of the biggest challenges for leadership is the increasing complexity and uncertainty in the world.    We are tasked with adapting quickly to relentless change, whilst at the same time remaining strong, steady, confident and decisive.  

If we take a look at the plethora of self-help books available, it seems evident that people are searching for solutions.   And yet, the problem with reading the books is that very little gets translated into real action.   Cognitive understanding is not enough.

Instead, an embodied approach is the vital difference.  And, as you are perhaps reaching for your dictionary, here’s my explanation for what an ‘embodied’ approach means.  

Your best resource is You.  You and your physical, emotional, rational, neurobiological, everything you are self.   When we take an embodied approach to our leadership we take a look at who we are beneath the surface.    We start to look at underlying, habitually ‘wired in’ patterns of behaviour that help and hinder.   We take a look at what you naturally move towards, and away from.   Where you feel at ease and ill at ease?     How does this show up and move in you?   And instead, what might we create in it’s place?  What new habitual ‘wiring’ might you create for new pattens of behaviour.  New patterns designed around what you determine is really important to you and the way you want to lead.   Instead of showing up as you have been often unconsciously conditioned to show up, you begin to become an active participant in the way you live your life, and live your leadership.  You become yourself.  

Beverley has the ability to make you feel very comfortable whilst fluently exploring your needs. She empowered me to challenge my pre-conceptions and worked with me on not allowing these to affect my communication and sense of self worth.
— Rochelle Read, Global Revenue Optimization Director, Expedia
 
 

I’m pretty certain that most people would say I’m fairly down to earth, practical and pragmatic.   I’m generally no fuss, no drama, and I can combine a planful and organised approach with taking things as they come.  Adaptability and resilience.

I’m driven by doing the right things for my clients and my work and feel genuinely very grateful that I have the opportunity to do work that I love and feel passionate about.  

What I love about the way I work is that there are no complicated models to memorise and apply.  There is one ‘model’ that needs to be observed and worked with.  You.  We each have all the basic resources we need to be able to adapt and adjust to the situations we find ourselves in - but - we need to be willing to discover, learn, practice and apply ourselves.   What could be more practical?  

Prior to switching to professional coaching, I enjoyed a career in Senior HR Roles working with household names such as Tesco, Nestle Purina and Dixons Carphone.  I’ve worked in matrix, European and American environments, have lived and worked abroad and speak Spanish. 

 

Companies I Have Worked With

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This is not coaching out of a text book; no pat ‘one size fits all’ approaches with cheesy acronyms. Beverley brings to her sessions calm, wisdom, empathy, insight, wide business experience and study, and most importantly the ability to listen and question, ensuring that the experience is tailored for the individual.
— Elaine Collins, Director of Global Partnerships, DC Thompson
 
 

Whether we put together an executive leadership coaching proposal for your employer or we work together privately, your coaching programme will run for a minimum of six 1-2-1 sessions. Occasionally it’s fewer than 6, sometimes it’s more. Whichever way it goes we build in regular review conversations to check we are on track.

If we work with your employer then I like to involve your Line Manager or other key sponsors for agreeing outcomes, supporting your progress and reviews.   If there's the opportunity, I also like to collect bespoke 360 feedback, designed to provide you with some meaningful information to work with.  

Whatever type of coaching programme we devise, we will always agree a clear focus for the work - what needs to be different at the end of the programme - and a plan.  This is important for assessing the value of the programme.  I share with you up front how the work I do will be evaluated too, so you know what to look out for as we go along.  

The majority of my clients are based in London, and a few locally in Kent.  

Read more about the process of coaching under 'How Coaching Works' … or feel free to contact me to arrange a no-cost, no-obligation chemistry session.

A chemistry session is simply a conversation in which we each get to explore whether we could establish a good working relationship. (And don’t worry, if it’s not for you, there’ll be no need to call me back, or explain).