Typically I find that women struggle to invest in themselves and their own development – it’s almost entrenched in us to put other people first. We can miss our goals because we don’t back ourselves. Research tells us that a man will apply for a role when he has about 50% of the required skills, but women won’t put themselves forward until they are sure they have 95%.
I’m passionate about supporting women to understand all the great talent, skills and abilities they have as a female within the working environment. We don’t have to pretend to be men to get on in business – nor is it about alienating the male population. It’s a human issue of combining the skills of both sexes. Women have different ways of behaving and they’re just as effective.
Organisations who have recognized this have seen an impact on their bottom line – investing in gender parity gives them a commercial advantage. We’ve created a fantastic programme with a coaching element to create a really cohesive culture between the male and female capabilities.
We still have a long way to go. Change happens one person at a time; you have to address change at an individual level to create a tipping point towards sustainable cultural change within organisations, or indeed society at large.
I’ve been running leadership programmes in blue chip companies for 23 years. Of course I was aware of the lack of women in senior levels, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind. But when I started to specialize in women’s development programmes, it was all I could see; lots of talented women but very few in senior positions.
Our aim is to support and develop both women, and men, to address usually quite unconscious mindsets, which mean that women are often overlooked.
This doesn’t mean that the women’s path is about trying to be a man; it’s about succeeding as a woman in a world that tends to be more male dominated.
In my experience, women tend to believe they have to prove themselves more in the workplace. Women don’t lack self-confidence, but they don’t always believe in themselves. We’re not skilled at asking for what we want.
We provide the support and mentoring for women to stand back and think strategically about what’s right for them, to help them identify their goals, and find their voice.
This job never stops being exciting. I’m always bowled over by how much women can achieve when they invest the time to think about themselves, knowing they have the support of their company.
This has to be the best course I have ever attended. It gave me the confidence and tools to take my career to the next level. I met so many inspirational women from lots of different backgrounds, some with children, some without, some young, some old but we were all independent women with good careers and aspirations. It was a great environment to share stories, advice, listen and get other perspectives on all sorts of ideas and issues. We had inspirational speakers who stretched your thinking and inspired courage and confidence to push yourself. Courses that encouraged you to push your personal boundaries. Liz, was an inspiration herself. Tales of personal challenges that made me really think about what I could achieve and do. She asked me to make a short video to talk about the course, something that in the past would have filled me with dread but with my new found confidence I did it and was very proud of the results. I honestly believe this course was the making of me and gave me the confidence to take my first Director’s role and then the big decision to leave Tesco after ten years and take a Director’s role at Arcadia. It is here that I have found myself using all the skills and advice from this course. I can’t recommend this course highly enough.
I have worked closely with Alli this year and after not really knowing what to expect, I can honestly say that recruiting her expertise and priceless coaching and mentoring have excelled all my expectations Her natural ability to drill into all the detail of your business hangups and feel like the grey cloud has lifted from your fuzzy head is outstanding. I drive a solid business offering a valuable service to my clients and that confidence has been enhanced and developed through Alli’s coaching. She is a remarkably talented lady whom I would like to recommend to all. If you haven’t had business coaching – then you should enrol Alli into your yearly plan. Exceptionally brilliant!
Women in Leadership made me think about my career in a very different way. I was doing a job I enjoyed, but hadn’t given much thought to what I wanted to do in the future. The course helped me to decide, and to understand what I needed to do to get there. Liz, who ran the course, was fantastic. Helping women to achieve their potential is much more than a job for Liz; it’s something she believes in and loves doing.
Until I met Allison, I will admit that I did not see the value in career coaching. However, after one session with Allison I could see how the investment would repay itself many times over in enabling me to move forward with my new business with more clarity and focus. Understanding my personal values and developing these into relevant statements I could use in my business communications to get across what I can offer my clients has been invaluable, and saved me a lot of time that I would otherwise have wasted trying different approaches. I highly recommend Allison – she is warm and personable, but efficient and effective in working with you to achieve your goals and get tangible results.
Liz is passionate about developing leadership capability. She nurtures and encourages, helping others to properly understand their strengths, their edges, and the ways to maximise their potential and be at their best. Liz has a relaxed and engaging manner which puts people at ease, helps build good relationships, and positions herself well to help leaders develop the skills they need to succeed.
Alli worked with us at Bucks University over the past year – principally with my students on the PR degree. She’s absolutely one of those people you always want to have around. Engaged, positive and wonderfully sensitive to nuance. A great coach and well worth meeting.