Can you remember where you were at or how you felt before we started working together?
I was furloughed and life had changed. I’d had time to reflect on the new way of doing things and started to appreciate some of the things that I’d previously taken for granted again.
From being mad-busy at/with work, with pressures of deadlines, targets, responsibilities, team-mates, meetings, travel and assignments, to a relative calm and lots of quality family time whilst being furloughed – but the trade-off was a big drop in income. But with so little available to do it didn’t seem to matter so much? My outlook on things had changed.
Then I was made redundant – Ouch!
Surrounded by so much uncertainty, I didn’t know what to do about it. I had to take stock, but I wasn’t very good at reflecting and resetting. We all have transferable skills but I’d never had to transfer any of mine before.
What worked best for you in the sessions? What did you take-away from the sessions?
The 3-4 months we worked together made me think differently. Over a period of time I learned about becoming more adaptable, without giving up the things I really needed, more accepting without losing my values and principles. More understanding of what types of roles I may easily fit into, where I could take my skills and be valued and rewarded for them.
With the space to think, a willingness to approach things differently under Fiona’s guidance, and a format and blueprint that starts to challenge you to do things differently, it soon became apparent that there could be a host of opportunities to go after, none of which I would previously have considered suitable or potentially enjoyable.
Don’t tell Fiona but I had started to become reflective….
What is better for you because of the work that we did together?
Ultimately the fact that I have found a new, fulfilling, enjoyable yet challenging senior role, slightly different to the types of roles I have been used to, but still with the strategic decision making and leadership requirements I enjoy. Within a company where the culture is right, a role with a level of autonomy whilst still being able to collaborate openly with other senior leaders, and in a business that due to its size aligns to a different profile of client and is better able to support its staff. All of this within two months of completing Fiona’s coaching programme, and all at the desired pay grade and benefits package. Purely on the goals set at the beginning of the programme that has to be the biggest upside.
But additionally, my outlook towards how success and the importance of owning our own definition is a real shift too. I have adopted a new approach to making things happen. I try to influence things in a different way.
What did you discover about yourself? And how do you feel about coaching now?
I still love the fast-paced nature of business, the cut and thrust of making a difference, and the sense of reward when leading a successful outcome – but there are successful outcomes happening to each of us in our everyday lives too, outside of work, and we need to take a bit of time-out to recognise those as well. Often, they can be more important and carry a bigger long-term reward.
I am totally bought-in to making your job choices your own, understanding and valuing your values for what they are worth to others.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Fiona made a difficult and challenging project enjoyable! Challenging at times she was always calm, supportive and encouraging.