76% of high performers are unhappy with their lot.

76% of high performers are unhappy with their lot.

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They're unhappy because success isn't everything they anticipated. Many realise the money, status and influence no longer justifies the increasing compromises imposed on their lives.

They're looking for an answer or an exit, but don't want to lose face or everything they've worked for in the process. Most intuitively know something's adrift and deal with it before they find themselves cut off.

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But a handful are already out on their own. They're isolated at the top of a mountain because when the path got rocky, they carried on climbing regardless. Left questioning their choices and decisions, their judgement and resolve, they’re now wondering how to get back down.

Struggling to reconnect to themselves, others and the world around them, they face a personal or professional precipice that has the potential to turn seriously ugly.

It's my job to help them step back from the edge.

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Stories


Their country had been in conflict for decades, plagued by empty promises designed to hold citizens at heel. The newly appointed NGO boss asserted their authority by becoming increasingly dictatorial. The team, sensing a subconscious parallel with the oppressive regime, rebelled against every decision their leader made, and a bitter internal war erupted.
Premiership football was a childhood dream, shattered by an injury that left him on the bench. A drug habit became the coping mechanism, as increasingly large sums of money were lavished on fast cars, fast food and fast sex. Determined to save him from annihilation, a friends introduction sparked a conversation, kick-starting the journey back to the pitch.
Comfortable at the top of the music business, they never expected the gigs to dry up. But this pop legend was feeling their age, their trademark sound no longer relevant. Needing to reboot life yet maintain their acoustic passions, they desired a greater sense of purpose. The problem was finding sufficient skin in the game to keep their inner performer interested.
Growing a multi-million business was a blast until the youngest was offered a job by a major competitor. Realising the potential ramifications for the business, the brothers set about navigating how to communicate the youngers exit. Yet as trust between them eroded, the family began to fall apart and a way to salvage their relationship needed to be found.
Rejecting the interminable boredom of twenty years in the city, married to a man she never really loved, the financier embarked on a passionate affair with a woman half her age. When her story broke to industry, clients began moving their investments, leaving her facing a choice of confronting her insatiable appetite for risk or losing everything she’d built.
A high-profile consultant’s business had grown fast, now requiring structure to enable staff to take ownership of their part. Yet her repeated attempts to guide, organise, inspire and galvanise her team were confusing and inconsistent. Sensing she might fall on her own sword, she sought help getting everyone on track to achieve her desired exit valuation.
Earning 1,000’s per session, this executive mentor had no trouble attracting well-paying clients. But suddenly, many started leaving his programmes early, citing his unwillingness to call them out when things got tough. Desperate to regain his confidence, we worked on boosting his technical potency, while applying it in an authentic and considered manner.

The NGO at war

Their country had been in conflict for decades, plagued by empty promises designed to hold citizens at heel. The newly appointed NGO boss asserted their authority by becoming increasingly dictatorial. The team, sensing a subconscious parallel with the oppressive regime, rebelled against every decision their leader made, and a bitter internal war erupted.

The injured striker

Premiership football was a childhood dream, shattered by an injury that left him on the bench. A drug habit became the coping mechanism, as increasingly large sums of money were lavished on fast cars, fast food and fast sex. Determined to save him from annihilation, a friends introduction sparked a conversation, kick-starting the journey back to the pitch.

The pop flop

Comfortable at the top of the music business, they never expected the gigs to dry up. But this pop legend was feeling their age, their trademark sound no longer relevant. Needing to reboot life yet maintain their acoustic passions, they desired a greater sense of purpose. The problem was providing sufficient skin in the game to keep their inner performer interested.

The sabotaging brothers

Growing a multi-million business was a blast until the youngest was offered a job by a major competitor. Realising the potential ramifications for the business, the brothers set about navigating how to communicate the youngers exit. Yet as trust between them eroded, the family began to fall apart and a way to salvage their relationship needed to be found.

The cheating banker

Rejecting the interminable boredom of twenty years in the city, married to a man she never really loved, the financier embarked on a passionate affair with a woman half her age. When her story broke to industry, clients began moving their investments, leaving her facing a choice of confronting her insatiable appetite for risk or losing everything she’d built.

The disingenuous disruptor

A high-profile consultant’s business had grown fast, now requiring structure to enable staff to take ownership of their part. Yet her repeated attempts to guide, organise, inspire and galvanise her team were confusing and inconsistent. Sensing she might fall on her own sword, she sought help getting everyone on track to achieve her desired exit valuation.

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Qualifications and Experience


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Thousands of hours supporting high performers and those around them

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Dip. Coach Supervision and Reflective Practice, Member of AOCS

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Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation

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Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 2000

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Decades consulting in organisations around the world, from family start-ups to multinationals

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ITS Certificate in Applied Neuroscience - bringing science to the psychological theory

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COAS trained Mediator - focussing on the relationships rather than winning at all costs

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A life of drama, conflict, crisis and choas I eventually decided to leave behind

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Student member of UKCP, NCS and UK Association for Transactional Analysis

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A series of stories about high performers who found themselves at the edge, along with the tools I've developed from my many years working with them for you to try out.

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