About Me

Helen

In 2013 I had a hip replacement.  The old one was arthritic, I think from a sky dive in New Zealand, so I decided I needed to take the plunge, have the replacement and get my life back – both for me and my kids.  As hard as my recovery was, it was the perfect chance to stop, reflect and think about the difference I want to make in the world. It helped me realise that what I care about is developing leaders to be brilliant! And that one-to-one and team coaching are the most impactful ways of doing this.

  • Listening to people with attention that helps them think better.
  • Providing space to help people stop and notice what’s going on so they can choose.
  • Helping people discover things to move them from stuck to empowered.

My coaching approach means I help clients uncover the underlying, root cause of what’s going on. That’s why I chose Wild Fig as the name for my business – the tree with the deepest roots in the world.

So my purpose?

To help more bosses be great.

I’ve had great bosses who helped me fly and I’ve had not so great bosses who made me feel squashed. Being a great boss is tough and rarely comes with training or even a user manual!

Great leaders > Empowered teams > Improved results

I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching through Barefoot Coaching and the University of Chester and I’m an Associate Certified Coach with the ICF (International Coach Federation). I’m also a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and a member of the IOD (Institute of Directors).

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My practice is shaped by and includes Neuropsychology; Design Thinking; Mindfulness; Art for Work’s Sake; Time to Think; NLP; Gestalt; Cognitive Behavioural Coaching; Chimp Paradox; Street Wisdom; Think On; Future, Engage, Deliver.

This is how my clients describe me…..

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I worked in HR for fifteen years. The last ten were in Boots UK where I started with nuts and bolts discipline and grievance before being promoted to a Regional role for the more complex ‘at risk of tribunal’ work.  After that I became an HR Partner and Coach for senior teams in Head Office to help their departments be successful; and finally I led a strategic Organisational Development project for Boots’ stores.

Towards the end of my time in Boots I discovered professional coaching.

The GROW model has its value in the right context, and this coaching I do is different. This coaching gets to the heart of what’s going on for you, it helps uncover what’s holding you back, it develops your emotional intelligence and resillience, it helps you find a clear purpose so you can step forward confidently.

The professional coaching I received back in 2013 helped me to make the shift and start my business, and for this I will always be grateful to Prashant Jadav who was my coach then.

I’d love the opportunity to bring this experience to you.

Helping more bosses be great

Great leaders > Empowered teams > Improved Results

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