Shirley Hensher - The Change Agent
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Courage and accountability are key to our career and business success and essential to my successful transition from corporate to entrepreneur
I spent half my life in the corporate world. I coach mainly in the areas of work and career because work takes up too much of our time and energy for us to feel stressed, unhappy or lacking in purpose. And our frustrations at work often affect other aspects of our life. As Johnny Carson says:
“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined”
My own work experience has taught me this. In the right role I can work long hours, have fun every day and still have energy for life outside work. In the wrong job, I can feel frustrated, listless and begrudging. I know which I prefer and I coach so others can enjoy their working life to the max.
I have worked in a number of financial services institutions, with very different cultures, in roles covering strategy and planning, financial management, capital and risk management. Having started working life in economic consultancy I spent 15 years at Nationwide Building Society. I then summoned up the courage to leave the relative comfort of full-time employment to become a freelance project manager. After 10 years in contracting, I answered a long-held, but often ignored, call to coaching.
In addition to helping corporate professionals become more effective and motivated in their current role and design career paths which better fit with their values, personality and aspirations, I support entrepreneurs who like me have left corporate life and need to adjust their mind set if they are to thrive. This is because my own experience in my coaching business has shown that we can never truly make a success of change in our working lives if we don’t adapt our sense of who we are, what we do and how we do it. I had months of frustration and loneliness before I found the courage to develop a new sense of identity and sought the accountability of coaches and my network to keep me motivated and get me out of the ivory tower of a home office. Most importantly, I developed my own style – my own identity – which enables me to ignore all “get rich quick” schemes out there and do what feels right for me, my clients and the type of coaching business I want to run. These lessons are just as important to the career professional who has lost their sense of direction.
I have a playful but challenging style designed to help you overcome your roadblocks, see your situation from a fresh perspective, connect with what’s really important to you…and ultimately, take action! Find out more about my 6 step programme of courage and accountability by contacting me for a free Kick Start conversation. Call 07990 514537