Work with me: Organisations
Enhance performance, engagement and resilience
As a business leader, you want to support your people to give their very best performance, while protecting their health and wellbeing.
But where do you find time in your packed, plate juggling day to offer the guidance they need to thrive?
As a trusted advisor, motivational partner, and inspirational guide, I can help you and your teams navigate the challenges and intricacies of the corporate world, finding the focus, clarity, and composure needed for success without stress.
I have over two decades of experience at director level in the corporate world, hundreds of hours of expertise as an accredited coach, and am a qualified nutritional therapist with a keen interest in helping others avoid burnout (I’ve even written a best-selling book on the topic)!
When you want to nurture and develop your team, but can’t find any more hours in a day, my unique skill set will help you enhance performance, engagement, and resilience, whilst tackling challenges and issues. Empower and invest in yourself and your team, and your organisation will excel.
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How I can help ...
I offer a range of choices to help you and your teams, including:
- 1-2-1 and group coaching
- Supported group programmes
- Strengths-based psychometrics
My services are provided on a project, retainer, or rate-card basis, and can be tailored or combined to meet your individual needs.
Either on a 1-2-1 basis, or in small groups, coaching helps to improve engagement and performance, builds resilience, and nurtures wellbeing. My coaching options range from a one-off deep dive session, to longer term and open-ended programmes. My approach is always tailored for the individual and can combine coaching, mentoring, and aspects of nutritional therapy.
Workshops and Presentations
With a signature focus on the areas of building resilience, fostering well being, and optimising strengths in the workplace, these events are always positive and pragmatic in approach. Content for talks and workshops is devised according to individual needs, with sessions helping participants explore these subjects in a group environment designed to inspire action and command positive change. Bespoke topics can also be explored.
Supported group programmes
Lead your team on a journey towards improved resilience, enhanced wellbeing, and better performance on one of my supported group programmes. The Resilience Formula Programme, for instance, is a unique combination of an online programme, group coaching sessions, and moderated peer support, and will help your teams become more resilient while strengthening and deepening relationships.
Coaching for Organisations
Your people are your greatest asset. Through partnering and coaching I can help you and your entire organisation achieve new heights both personally and professionally.
While a coaching programme of several months is still the most common approach, I offer a range of options to suit your needs, from one-off ‘deep dive’ sessions providing intense bursts of clarity and support, through to long-term collaborations which can last 12-months or more.
Workshops and Presentations for Organisations
If you want to do something as a team then a great starting point can be a presentation at your team meeting, or an interactive workshop to get people exploring and talking.
Content often includes my specialist areas of interest – stress management, building resilience, and preventing burnout, with a focus on helping people excel in all areas of life, both in the workplace, and at home.
Resilience Programme for Teams
It’s understandable to be concerned about the impact of stress on your team and organisation, and that’s why I developed The Resilience Formula Programme for teams.
Bouncing back quickly from challenging times and being able to easily adapt to ever-changing work environments are keys to success. This group programme helps people focus on their personal levels of resilience and how to increase for better performance.
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How it works ...
I work in partnership with leaders to help them achieve their personal business goals, while inspiring, empowering, and supporting their teams.
Through extensive experience of working with teams in organisations, it’s clear that a collaborative approach always reaps the best results, provided that all parties are fully committed to the process.
Working closely with my clients also allows me to be more in tune with their needs, and the needs of their teams. I’m as keen as you are to achieve the right outcome, so if I feel that we need to adapt our approach, I’ll raise that with you. Honesty and transparency are vital to the success of our collaboration.
Retained or rate-card partnerships also enable me to step in and act quickly to address urgent problems, rather than waiting for the red tape of contracts, approvals, and purchase orders before we can begin moving forward.
Coaching support is more than a box ticking exercise
Let’s be frank – engaging a coach to support your team might seem like a tick in the ‘we care about you and your development box’. In reality, when done right, it is so much more than this with performance, engagement, resilience, and wellbeing all improving as a result.
By now, it should be clear that I’m passionate about burnout prevention, and my approach to 1-2-1 and group coaching focuses on addressing this. It makes sense, as anyone who’s constantly charged with high stress simply won’t be delivering their best results, or feeling as well and fulfilled as they deserve to.
The consequences of excess stress and overwhelm are far-reaching, including a real risk of burnout which can take months, and even years to fully recover from. Then there are the risks of absence, presenteeism, and performance reduction for your organisation…
When 12.8 million working days are lost each year in the UK due to work-related stress, depression, and anxiety…
And these conditions account for almost half of all work-related ill health, plus more than half of lost working days…
…the question shifts from ‘can you afford to invest in supporting your team?’ to ‘can you afford not to?’
With my support, individuals and teams develop the ability to adapt in the face of stressful workplace challenges, and bounce back quickly, keeping performance consistent, and improving overall confidence and performance.
There’s something to be learned from everything1-2-1 Coaching – “Her intuitive coaching and leadership has allowed me to develop skills that have supported me in having a very successful and nourishing career. During times of challenge professionally she’s provided guidance, support and nurtured me through. Never solving the problem for me, Deb simply helped me find my way through for myself. Her focus on personal reflection too ensures no experience is lost, there’s something to be learned from everything, she helps you find the good in whatever you’ve gone through.” – Programme Manager
More from life and perform optimally1-2-1 Coaching – “I have been working with Deb to improve my wellbeing whilst maintaining a demanding career which often feels all-consuming. I’ve found that I’ve not only been able to get more from my life outside of work but I’ve also been able to perform optimally whilst at work as I’ve been starting from a more positive, happier, clear-headed and energised me.” – Programme Manager
Positive impact on my life1-2-1 Coaching – “I have thoroughly enjoyed the coaching sessions – what a positive impact you are having on my work, life and personal well-being. The sessions are really productive and thought-provoking and make me feel motivated to improve and venture outside of my comfort zone. Your approach is always one which is subtle but impactful, thus striking the perfect balance.” – Customer Services Professional
A pleasure being coached by you1-2-1 Coaching – “I cannot thank you enough for the coaching and guidance you have given me over the last few months. It has helped me think differently and approach things in a manner I wouldn’t have thought of before. The practical tips and techniques you have given me are helping me immensely It’s been an absolute pleasure being coached by you.” – Senior Communications Manager, Financial Services
A great way of bonding as a teamResilience For Leaders Workshop – comments included “I thought it was fantastic, thought-provoking and with a good blend of information and action.”, “A focus on this subject is invaluable in today’s world.”, and “It’s a great way of bonding as a team and improving how we work together.” – Senior Managers, Financial Services
It’s critical for recognising stress pointsResilience For Leaders Workshop – comments included “It’s critical for recognising stress points in yourself, for learning about the different ways that shows up in your colleagues, and for all round team understanding and support.:, and “I thought you were an excellent, respectful and engaging leader throughout and really appreciated how you led us through the content, and to actions.” – Senior Managers, Financial Services
Openness in the room and good discussionResilience For Leaders Workshop – comments included “Deborah has a brilliant approach which allows openness in the room and good discussion.”, “Deborah is a very good and approachable teacher, very kind, with lots of knowledge.”, and “It was a well-structured and practical session that had a good balance of work and personal life.” – Senior Managers, Financial Services
It was a really clear and natural sessionResilience For Leaders Workshop – comments included “It was a really useful summary of stress and its impacts.”, “I enjoyed Deborah’s facilitation of discussion between the team. Deborah really knew her stuff and did an excellent job of leading the discussion and involving everyone to participate.”, and “It was a really clear and natural session – I came in thinking I wasn’t ever stressed, but now realise there’s so much more I can be doing to relax at work and help my mental health.” – Project Managers, Financial Services
You brought this to life superblyResilience Presentation – comments included “Burnout is an emotional topic for me. I thought you brought this to life superbly, offering guidance on how to prevent it happening to me or anyone else close to me.”, “Very insightful, well researched and fascinating. So much practical advice; I feel I can help myself.”, and “Made us think outside of our comfort zones and really think about things we can practically do to improve ours and our team’s wellbeing.” – Senior Managers, Financial Services
The practical tips were really doableResilience Presentation – comments included “Really beneficial. I have had struggles with stress and anxiety for many years. It’s been great to understand stress on a more scientific level and tactics to combat it.”, “The session was so interesting, understanding why we react the way we do – and also understanding how and why others react the way they do. Simple techniques that everyone can implement.”, and “Fascinating to understand the biology behind stress and the practical tips were really do-able. Great presentation, thank you.” – Senior Managers, Financial Services
Time, energy & inspirationResilience Presentation – “Thank you so much for your time, energy and inspiration. We really appreciate the time you have taken to get to know us and what we needed to achieve the desired outcome from this presentation.” – Practice Manager, Financial Services
Results have been incredibleTeam Coaching & Business Partnering – “I knew that this year was going to be tough for me and my team. A new CEO plus new strategy and a renewed reliance on our team to create compelling content to engage colleagues at a lower cost. I wanted to find a way to support the team and a few individuals in handling difficult times, understanding stress and building resilience. Deb has been critical in supporting us to make this happen. Feedback about her and her content has been superb. Results from both her workshop and individual coaching sessions have been incredible. She quickly understood our needs and sought to find solutions that are practical and simple to implement.” – Communications Director, Financial Services.
So interesting and thought provokingThe Resilience Formula Course – comments included “Really beneficial. I have had struggles with stress and anxiety for years. It’s great to understand stress on a more scientific level and tactics to combat it.”, “Deborah delivers on a ‘fluffy’ topic in a way that feels weighty and relevant. The science is so interesting and thought-provoking.”, and “Deborah is an excellent and friendly trainer. She is clearly passionate about the subject and helping others to thrive.” – Senior Managers, Financial Services
Practical, no nonsense and easily digestibleThe Resilience Formula Course – comments included “Loved thinking about types of stress and reflecting on my own needs, responses and strategies to adapt.”, “Encouraged me to consider what steps I should be taking to improve my resilience, health and work-life balance.”, and “Practical, no-nonsense and easily digestible. Deborah makes complex information easily understandable.” – Operations Managers, Financial Services
I can’t tell you enough the benefits1-2-1 Coaching – “I was struggling with juggling my life and work after some significant changes to my job, and the corona virus lockdown. I was home with my child 24/7 and I felt a constant pressure to work and parent in new ways – I felt completely unbalanced, out of control and like I never had a minute to breathe. Deb helped me to explore the situation and to recognise new ways that I could find moments of freedom from the pressure and responsibility. She was excellent at guiding me to delve deeper into what I was struggling with. Her insights and approach helped me to recognise what I needed in those moments and take control. I can’t tell you enough about the benefits! Everything was at my pace, so I never felt any pressure, and I looked forward to our sessions and what I would learn from them each time.” – Senior Communications Manager
The best thing I could have done1-2-1 Coaching – “I was dealing with a difficult work situation that I’d never experienced before and it was impacting me both at work and at home. I was feeling really isolated and struggling to cope. Having sessions with Deb was the best thing I could have done. She helped me to break the problems down and create specific action plans to help me tackle different things as they came up, as well as being a support to just talk things through with. I’ve had been having sessions for a couple of months and I genuinely don’t think I could have got through this without Deb. Her support and guidance has been incredible.” – Communications Manager
I was overwhelmed, frightened and lonely1-2-1 Coaching – “In the very early days of lockdown I was in a bad place. I remember so clearly being sat in my garden on the phone with Deb and I could barely get my words out. I was overwhelmed, frightened and lonely. From that first conversation I knew Deb was the perfect person to support me. She’s calm, kind, an incredible listener but she’s also gently firm with you when you need encouragement. Deb works in a logical and clear way. She’s pragmatic and with that she helps you take practical steps to achieve a goal, at the perfect pace. Over the course of several weeks and sessions she helped rebuild me. I just wish I could have a mini Deb on my desk all day, every day!” – Communications Manager
Approachable, friendly and patientStrengthscope Review – “I really valued my discussion about my career journey and what my strengths and weaknesses are and how to turn them into positives. I can’t recommend Deborah enough, she was approachable, friendly and very patient. I wish I had spoken to her earlier in life as she made it clear where my characteristics could be used to my advantage.” – Quality Manager
Opened my eyes and made a huge differenceResilience For Leaders Workshop – “Sometimes you don’t know what you need until it’s too late. And let’s be honest, that doesn’t work! I was lucky to be part of my leadership team that went on a Stress and Resilience course with Deb and it really opened my eyes and made a huge difference. Personally, I tend to keep things bottled up – which works for me mostly and that’s fine – but there are people In the workplace that aren’t wired that way, and Deb’s course really educated me on the nuances of others. Her manner, candour and patience were key to helping me and others to see how we can take ourselves and our teams through challenging times. If you think your team is struggling and could do with some reflection and guidance, Deb is exactly who you want!” – Senior Communications Manager, Financial Services
Your support and guidance has been amazingGroup Coaching – “Your support and guidance has been amazing during 2020. We’ve been on such a rollercoaster together and I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to have held our hands as we gripped on tight. Nothing could prepare us for what we’ve all had to navigate but I know now, that if and when another lockdown comes, I’ve got all the tools and importantly the support, to navigate it. Our sessions very much gave a sense of comfort and support. The camaraderie with my peers has been invaluable and will continue beyond our sessions. You helped make a virtual connection very real and we’ve all felt the benefit of that.” – Project Manager
The best investment that my employer has madeGroup & 1-2-1 Coaching – “I had a lot on my plate, both personally and professionally. I was home-schooling a 4-year old with a toddler in tow and working full-time at home amidst the chaos! I also had an interview and some decisions to make about my professional development. Deb helped me to prioritise my own wellbeing and bring a calm, considered perspective to a really difficult situation. She coached me to renegotiate my working hours, which had an incredibly positive impact on my wellbeing, and boosted my morale and confidence when it was much needed. She has changed my perspective, way of thinking, helped me to listen, and encouraged me to believe in myself. She was and is an advocate, confidante, coach and cheerleader. Aside from their commitment to dynamic working, I feel that Deb is the best investment that my employer has made to my wellbeing in my eight years with the company.” – Communications Manager
A delight to work with throughoutWellbeing Presentation – “Deborah delivered a keynote talk at our first ever digital wellbeing conference in January 2021 and was an absolute delight to work with before, during and after the event. Talking about her lived experiences with burnout, the session was inevitably fully booked to 250 max capacity on Microsoft Teams. Some of the comments from participants during the sessions were “a lot of what you said resonated for me and also a lot validated”, “absolutely loved that – thank you for sharing your experience”, “thank you so much, so useful and thought provoking”, “very inspiring, tears in the eye because of how relatable” and “I think a lot of us will recognize bits of this in ourselves.” I would highly recommend Deborah.” – HR Business Partner
Deb takes a logical, practical approach1-2-1 Coaching – “Before my coaching sessions with Deb I was struggling to understand how to use my strengths to support my work and career development. From our very first session together, I started to feel differently about my strengths and what I bring to the work table – I had a real lightbulb moment which I’ll remember forever! Deb takes a logical, practical approach, there’s no fluffiness to her coaching style and she gently challenges your thinking. I’m a visual person so we talked about the role of visual prompts to help me remember my key learnings. With Deb’s support, I’m heading off on maternity feeling full of confidence – ready to take on a new baby, and to return to work next year on a great trajectory.” – Communications Manager
Struggled with Self-Belief and Confidence“I’ve always struggled with self-belief and confidence levels, and Deb came into my working life when I was at a low point and was struggling to see the wood for the trees. She has such a kind and caring nature, and really helped me to break down everything into manageable chunks of quick fixes that immediately helped; and then over a long term the more deep rooted causes of some of these feelings and why they are there. I’m still very much working through this, but every session I have with Deb is a step forward. I’ve had 20 years of my working life feeling like this at times, and I can honestly say that it’s only through the work with Deb that I’m starting to fix it and not just plaster over it or try and forget about it.” – Senior Communications Manager
A more balanced life whilst succeeding1-2-1 Coaching – “I took the opportunity of working with Deborah last year as a resilience coach . At the time of starting our coaching journey I felt drained and disillusioned with both life and work . The coaching helped me to put my challenges into perspective and think about my life holistically, whilst starting to work on how to get better balance and still achieve all my goals. Nearly a year later – I am happy, in a very different place, and living a more balanced life – whilst succeeding in my biggest role to date. Thank you.” – Programme Director
The foundations of a great teamTeam Strengthscope Workshop & Coaching – “As part of my Programme Director role at Close Brothers leading a critical and large-scale strategic programme, I engaged Deborah to work with my new programme team to help accelerate the formation of relationships. Deborah delivered Strengthscope assessments, a half-day workshop and 1-2-1 coaching sessions for the entire team. This has really helped my team bond and understand each other in way that sets us up for success. Thank you for helping with the foundations of a great team.” – Programme Director
My experience has been life-changing1-2-1 Coaching – “I started working with Deborah when I was at a crossroads career-wise, work-life balance was overwhelmingly in favour of work and I needed a plan! Deborah was recommended by someone I trust, her background had many similarities to mine, and when we met she was calm, objective and we clicked. All of my objectives were achieved, and even more, above and beyond that I dared dream of. I would go as far to say my experience has been life-changing. I feel so much better health, sleep and confidence-wise, I understand my psychological and physiological behaviour more, and I know when to have a word with myself and manage my thought processes much better!” – People and Operations Leader
Why choose me?
Having spent decades in business leadership roles, I know what it’s like to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. As a result, my approach to coaching is down-to-earth, and pragmatic.
I combine this unique experience with my coaching expertise and credentials, along with a passion for promoting wellbeing at work. There’s also the added bonus of being a fully qualified nutritional therapist, and I use my knowledge and skill in this area to help get people thriving, both at work and in life.
As a survivor and avid student of chronic stress and burnout, I know the traits and factors that can contribute, the tell-tale signs to watch out for, and what we need to work on to address, or avoid burnout altogether.
I help people and their teams perform, grow, and enjoy working life, encouraging long-term and sustainable success. I work in partnership with my clients, acting as a trusted advisor and inspiring, motivating, and supporting both individuals and teams.