Hi, I’m Pauline.
I think the best way to introduce myself is to share a few defining moments from my working life.
How I got here…
In my first full-time job in retail I was responsible for taking new staff through the training programme. I still remember the day when one member of staff said to me,
“If you had told me when we started that, by the end, I would be doing all these things, I wouldn’t have started the training. I wouldn’t have believed myself capable.”
That was it, I was hooked on the pure pleasure that comes with helping people achieve more than they believe possible. After that I did not pass go, went straight into into corporate training and development and have been deeply satisfied there ever since.
Yearning to be fully alive, aka there’s got to be a better way
Many years on, working as a single mum, I struggled to meet everyone’s needs before my own. I’d leave the office to collect my son from nursery and hear snide comments about ‘part-timers’. The culture was competitive, demanding and unyielding. I’d work late most nights, while my son slept, to get everything done that was needed.
I remember thinking, “This is no life. I’ve got to be able to get to the end of my life and say I enjoyed it – that it was more than surviving.”
Looking for a better way of doing business
On my first day in a management development role within a large organisation, the CEO was addressing all the HR departments as part of an internal conference. In his eyes, our priority was not to look after people, but to protect the company from any potential legal problems as staff were pushed to the limit in pursuit of the ultimate goal – profit.
Some part of me stood up and shouted “You can’t buy a conscience!”, but the part of me that needed to earn a living kept me sat on my seat. I don’t know what would have happened had I actually done that, I was scared that my first day would have been my last. It did make it clear that if I was going to work there something would have to change. I did stay as the company was on the brink of a major cultural shift which I was happy to be a part of.
(By the way, I don’t bite my tongue any more when I see companies failing to meet the challenge of the new business age. So if your organisation is more interested in pretending the emperor has new clothes than making real changes – I’m most likely not the right partner for you!)
What’s it like to work with me?
Although I’m firmly rooted in the mainstream corporate world, with certifications and accreditations in management development and coaching, details here, I’ve also explored holistic and alternative therapies.
I’ve studied massage and hypnosis, amongst other things, and spirituality. They all show up in my coaching.
That said, I don’t speak ‘spiritual’ and I don’t speak ‘corporate’. So don’t expect to hear any phrases like “stepping into your power” or “leveraging for success”.
When we work together, I am your dedicated ally. That means we start where you are and focus on what works for you, rather than trying to impose rigid coaching processes or language.
A few things I do when I’m not working…
I live with my teenage son, affectionately known as my wee man even though he’s over 6ft now, and my cat, in a barn, in a village outside of London.
I love 5Rhythms, dancing, cooking with my gentlemanfriend whilst shuffling around the kitchen to our favourite music.
And the wine list at my local village restaurant, it’s good. So good it’s even worth the trip across dark fields with a torch!