Walk and Talk Coaching with a Senior Manager

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1.5 hours, Walk and Talk Coaching, every 3 months

Who regularly makes you laugh and why?  My children because you never know what they will come out with next

If you could choose 3 people you’d have dinner with (dead or alive), who would you invite?  My Dad and my 2 children because I would love for him to meet them.

What’s on your desk right now?  A mess. Large piles of paper, a computer and a pot of pens that don’t work.

What’s your proudest moment?   Winning an award for a project.

Whitlingham Broad, Norwich (Photo: Andrea Rippon)

What’s your most challenging moment? Being told I could be made redundant 3 months after my first child was born

What helps you through the difficult bits? Knowing that I am doing my best

If your coaching experience was a journey, how would you describe it?  A rollercoaster!

What do you see as being your milestones (major insights or breakthroughs) on that journey?  Understanding that I am in control of my own destiny and I need to take action to improve my work life, rather than waiting for things to happen to me.

Whitlingham Woods, Norwich (Photo: Andrea Rippon)

Did anything happen, that surprised you; and what was it? What part did Andrea play?  She told me that my response to a certain situation sounded quite child-like. It was a brave comment to make and I was a little taken aback but she was absolutely spot on. The right kind of criticism delivered in the right way at the right time can have a hugely beneficial impact and for me it helped me to re-evaluate how I was responding to certain situations.

What do you do differently?  I try to believe in myself more

If you could gift package one thing you’ve learnt, and give that to a close friend, what would it be?  Don’t bottle things up. Find someone like Andrea who is impartial, fair, honest and constructive

Are you continuing to be coached by Andrea? Why?  Yes, because it’s essential to my general wellbeing

If you could choose one image, symbol or quotation that symbolises where are you now, what would it be?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat” Theodore Roosevelt, April 23, 1910

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