Hi all. My personal preference is to avoid writing a biography in third person when it clearly has been penned by me. So here I am, sipping a soy flat white and writing to you about myself.
The things you need to know about me: I am a coach and a facilitator. I have spent the last ten years working with individuals, teams and organisations to maximise performance, motivation and engagement. I have a PhD in Psychology, so I bring a fair bit of expertise around positive psychology and performance psychology to the table. My clients say that I am a highly skilled coach, with a penchant for asking exceptionally challenging questions within a relaxed, compassionate conversation. I am also known as an engaging and energetic facilitator who really knows her stuff.
Before I started Inkling Coaching, I was working as an executive coach and leadership facilitator with Nous Group. I started out in Nous’ Melbourne office in 2006 and, in 2009, I convinced my boss to send me back home to Adelaide to open Nous’ SA office. It was an enjoyable career in a reputable organisation with wonderful colleagues – yet I felt compelled to leave. While I continue to love the challenges and rewards of executive coaching (coaching CEOs and managers to perform at an exceptional level), I am driven to help people of all ages and stages create not only extraordinary careers, but extraordinary lives as well. Some of you may know that I am not a big believer in the term ‘work-life balance’; in fact, I think it is a ridiculous concept. It is all your life and, if something outside of work is not humming as it should, I’d bet an outstanding Coonawarra shiraz that your career suffers too. Inkling Coaching works with the whole kit and caboodle – this joyous, delicious, challenging thing that we call life.
There are two things I should mention about my coaching philosophy. First, I always take a strengths-based approach. I work with you to understand a) what you are fabulous at and b) what gives you indescribable joy – and we work closely together to make sure your life and career are aligned with these strengths. I’m all for dealing with weaknesses head-on too, but we look to use your strengths to manage your weaknesses. You would be amazed at how quickly weaknesses vanish when they are tackled using your strengths.
The second thing I should mention about my coaching philosophy is that I am not really into adding more ‘stuff’ to your life. Many of us are close to or even at the point of overwhelm; creating to-do lists on top of to-do lists is therefore not particularly helpful. Instead, I focus on stripping away what isn’t working. My strongly held view is that you (yes, you) are magnificent just as you are. If you aren’t as happy or fit or disciplined or successful as you would like to be, it’s simply a matter of identifying what doesn’t work, and getting rid of it. The picture below sums it up perfectly:
When I’m not coaching, facilitating, making vlogs or writing blogs, you will find me negotiating complex conversations about Thomas the Tank with my four-year-old son, engaging in not-so-complex conversations with my one-year-old daughter, singing (usually with Adelaide Chamber Singers – though I’m thinking it’s time to do a musical), winning at Scrabble or losing at chess against my hubby, and/or dreaming up gluten-free vegan recipes that friends and family will eat and (ideally) enjoy.