Shirley Hensher - The Change Agent

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Courage and accountability are essential to lasting change and business success

Shirley Hensher I spent half my life in the corporate world.  I was a full time employee before becoming a freelance project manager. I worked in highly demanding environments often with a highly commercial or strategic focus.

Now I help corporate professionals and business owners through key points of transition in their career.  I help them find the clarity and courage essential to shaping a working life which works for them.  So that they can meet the demands of business on their terms.


My background

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 walk out on the relative comfort and certainty of full-time employment to become a freelance project manager.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I needed a change and freelancing seemed an easy way out.   I made a break for it and never looked back.  I loved the variety and challenge but after 10 years in contracting, I walked away from the commuting and the cash to answer a long-held, but often ignored, call to coaching.

I draw on my corporate experience to help corporate professionals become more effective, less stressed and more motivated in their current role and to design career paths which better fit with their values, personality and aspirations.  I also support entrepreneurs who, like me, have often left corporate life but are still in a corporate mind set.  The freelancing work hadn’t prepared me for life as a business person…at all!  I learned through months of frustration and loneliness that my business success required me to develop a new sense of identity – that of a business person not ” a former…” or a “used to be but now I am…”.  So I sought the accountability and challenge of coaches and my network to keep me motivated and get me out of the ivory tower of a home office.   I developed my own style (still evolving) which helps me filter out the “get rich quick” schemes and focus on doing what feels right for me, my clients and the type of coaching business I want to run.  Lessons which 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 afresh, connect with what’s really important to you.  Ultimately, I help you develop the courage to take action!

Find out if I am the coach for you with a free clarity call.  Call 07990 514537