I am Shirley - The Change Agent
Challenging you with humour and humanity so you get results
Clarity, courage and commitment. The secret to lasting change and business success
I spent half my life in corporates. I was a full time employee before becoming a freelance project manager. I worked in highly demanding retail financial services environments often with a highly commercial or strategic focus. Now I have my own coaching business and help corporate professionals and business owners to shape a working life which works for them. So that they can meet the demands of business on their terms.
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. I started my working life in economic consultancy and then spent 15 years at Nationwide Building Society. Recognising that I had got too comfortable, I left the relative comfort and certainty of full-time employment to become a freelance project manager. I loved the variety and challenge of living by my wits but after 10 years in contracting, I answered a long-held call to coaching.
Drawing on my corporate experiences I help corporate professionals become more effective, less stressed and more motivated in their current role and to design career paths which align to their values, personality and aspirations.
I also support entrepreneurs who need help to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. Many of my clients are like me and have left corporate life to start afresh but they have yet to leave the corporate mind set behind. Months of frustration and loneliness taught me that my business success needed me to develop a new identity – that of a business person not “a former…” or a “used to be but now I am…”. It was tough but I have developed my own style which helps me focus on doing what feels right for me, my clients and the type of coaching business I want to run….after all, it is my business! Lessons which are just as important to the career professional who has lost their sense of direction.
My coaching style
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 and keep at it so you see results! I have no fixed approach but call on a range of models and tools depending on your needs.
Let’s talk and you can decided whether or not I am the coach. A clarity coaching call is free. Call 07990 514537