FlexCareers is passionate about supporting our employer partners and our community to be the best that they can be. We offer a range of training and coaching services in areas such as career transition and outplacement, parental leave, return to work, managing flexibly, interview skills, leadership and management, positive psychology, and diversity & inclusion – to name a few.
1 Catherine, tell us about your career history?
Over a (so far) 30-year career I have focused on building capability in people – and won numerous awards for the outcomes I have achieved as a result. In the early days, I trained people to use office automation devices, and over time as I climbed the ladder, I led HR and business functions focusing on developing workforce capability.
During that time, I developed expertise in navigating complex organisations (you don’t get much bigger and more complex than organisations like IBM), engaging and building relationships with stakeholders, strategy development, business case development, project management, business management, program management, change strategy, and people leadership.
Today I am solely focused on helping people achieve their professional goals – whether that’s a career change; targeting and getting a promotion; learning how to present to the big bosses and/or the Board; how to navigate organisational politics; overcoming blockers, and being the change the person wants to be.
I am an adaptive and open-minded person, and throughout my career, I have led the charge with organisational transformations – in particular in the virtual working teams space. My curious and innovative mind led to inventing a data-driven solution in the days before ‘big data’ was a thing!
I have led small, medium and large teams and have worked locally, regionally and internationally.
I began coaching in earnest over 10 years ago and my coaching clients report real break-throughs with their goals. Recently a coaching client reported ‘after our first session I went home and talked my husband’s ear off. My mind has been opened to the possibilities!’ Several meetings later the same person mentioned they feel their coaching journey is ‘only just beginning’.
2.What was your motivation to become a coach?
The reward – walking alongside the people I coach as they navigate their goals, and seeing the outcomes that people achieve is something I enjoy immensely.
3.Do you have any particular areas of coaching expertise?
My coaching expertise is focused on a number of areas:
- Salary Coaching – how to improve your position when negotiating your Salary (I am known as The Salary Coach) and I have helped many people get a better deal for themselves
- Career coaching (what next, interview preparation, resume review, and managing your self during an interview)
- Leadership assessment, development and coaching
- Executive coaching
- Team coaching (understanding team dynamics, how to work together as a team, having courageous conversations, overcoming blockers)
- Coaching for presentation, and
- Implementation coach (if you have an idea, project or program and you’re not sure how to go about getting it going – I can help you with it).
4.What do you love most about coaching?
Seeing and hearing the outcomes and insights that people achieve through our coaching relationship – it is second to none!
5.How do you define success?
Success with coaching is when the people I’m working with achieve their goals as a result of learning something about themselves (and others) and how they operate in their professional environment. As a result, those people are able to make the change they are wanting to and really be ‘it’.
6.What is your vision for women in the workplace?
My vision for women in the workplace is for them to own their space. In saying this I mean to be confident in who they are and what they bring to their work. To be brave enough to have challenging conversations (when needed). To aspire to and achieve their goals. And to be able to advocate for themselves with confidence.
Catherine is proud of her 15+ years of experience at the coalface of getting the best out of employees and organisations. As an independent executive coach and change management specialist, her aim is to help individuals and organisations create the best possible working life they can.
In an era of increasing competitiveness, an always-on culture and the pressure to create a personal brand within your career can be quite overwhelming to keep up. You may find yourself yearning for a different career. Or looking to reduce your stress, recommit to work and experience a culture that fosters your abilities but you are unsure how to make that happen.
We spend too much time at work and invest too much of our self-worth within work to settle for a career or organisation that doesn’t bring out our best. Lost productivity costs $33 billion dollars annually Australia.
Don’t allow your career or organisation to be defined by increased job insecurity, ambivalence to success or settling for less than your full potential. Catherine has worked with many organisations and individuals that are seeking the best out of their career for personal and professional satisfaction. And she can help you too.
FlexCareers offers a FREE 30-minute introductory meeting with our FlexCoaches, to help you establish if coaching is right for you. You can contact Catherine through FlexCareers here, and you can find out more about her practice, The Salary Coach, here.