Everything I've done in the past has led me to this point. To pursue work that matters and to help others.
My professional aim has always been to help people which is why I switched from Commercial Banking into Human Resources early on. The bulk of my corporate career has been in Change Management, Human Resources, Workplace Relations, and Process Improvement - as both a permanent employee and consultant. Every role has helped me develop a solid set of core skills in leadership, coaching, communications, facilitation, project management and relationship management.
My work has taken me across a range of industries including finance, hospitality, and law. And to different countries - Australia and the UK. Yet the purpose of my work has always been consistent - to help organisations, their teams and their customers work well together.
It was over 20 years ago when I attended a pivotal workplace development program called 'What Matters Most' with the Covey Leadership Centre. This fired up my interest in productivity and doing what matters. Ever since that life-changing program I've been obsessed with spending my work and personal life in Quadrant 2. If you're unfamiliar with Covey jargon, Quadrant 2 is the work we often avoid. It's the place where our "Not Urgent yet Important" goals lie. By working in Quadrant 2 we're able to do more work that matters.
I ran my own boutique accommodation business for 6 years while bringing up my young children and caring for my mother. Even after closing the business two years ago I still get calls from past guests wanting to return. The property had an occupancy rate of over 95%; was featured in national publications including Real Living, the Sydney Morning Herald, and QANTAS in-flight magazine; and placed third in the Hunter Tourism Awards behind industry heavy-weights Crowne Plaza and Cypress Lakes Country Club
I've been supported through my career by quality education and professional development beginning with an undergrad in Economics and post grad in Employee Relations. In saying that I've probably learned more from smaller development programs completed within the workplace or online. The ones I've got the biggest buzz from have been in the areas of Leadership, Work/Life Counselling, Productivity, Coaching, and Entrepreneurship.
A set of "aha" moments that popped up over time led me to stop pursuing work in the corporate world. I travelled through India; my father lost his life to alcohol addiction; my mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at 55; and my husband and I had little people. People we had to bring up together without any family nearby.
This professional background has enabled me to embark on the next phase of my career - one that will unfold from the online platform I am developing - Thoughts On What Matters.