Hi I’m Debra Pittam, Founder of Person
I am a leadership coach, facilitator, speaker, educator, nurse, mum, wife, friend, daughter and member of many communities including, soccer, school, business, healthcare and leadership!
One of my great passions is leadership and helping people develop their leadership skills and capabilities so that they can achieve their goals. I believe that great leadership improves our world.
Healthcare is my other passion and in particular, working with the Healthcare and Not for Profit Sectors specifically around leadership development, building positive teams and workplace cultures and implementing change, all of which ultimately has the potential to improve both the work experience, life experience and wellbeing.
I work in a person centred way which means I work collaboratively with you, seeking to understand your view of the world and respecting your opinions and beliefs. I approach work and life from a positive psychology perspective in which wellbeing is extremely important. The definition of wellbeing that I like is from Martin Seligman and includes: experiencing positive emotions; feeling engaged; having positive relationships; finding meaning and accomplishing things. For me, Person Centred Leadership itself encompasses wellbeing.
We are required to be leaders in many roles across our lives. We have to lead ourselves, we lead our families, we lead at work, and in our communities. Most people are not born with the leadership skills, knowledge and behaviors that we would like or need to have. We have to learn them.
Great leadership is the gift that keeps on giving, the gift that comes full circle back to us as we learn and grow and help others do the same.
I work with mostly women who want to become the leaders they are meant to be at work, in their families and /or to improve their own wellbeing. I also work with the Healthcare and Not for Profit Sector.
I bring many years’ experience as a senior leader in the health sector and as a developer of other leaders. I am an educator, facilitator, coach and clinical/coaching supervisor. I am a Registered Nurse and hold a Master’s Degree in Adult learning. I also have qualifications and experience in Leadership, Coaching and Neurolinguistic Programming. I am accredited with the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach and an Accredited Extended DISC Consultant and Trainer.
I have created 3 unique leadership development learning journeys for you that you can complete in under two hours a week:
For those of you who would like a personal learning experience or would like to continue their leadership learning at the end of each program, a coaching package is also available.
Leadership development services for organisations are presented in the Unlocking Potential in Organisations page.
If you are not sure and would like more information please feel free to request a short ebook on Person Centred Leaderships perspective on Wellbeing.You can also connect with me: Secure my spot in the course
Strengths Finder Assessment and Feedback
Doing Strengths Finder coaching has enabled me to see how I can make the most of my natural abilities. The test itself outlined 5 particular strengths but it was the coaching that meant I now know how to actually utilise this information. It is going to help me a great deal when it comes to my academic life and in particular how I can study in the most effective way. The coaching helps access the key to knowing your strengths and Deb has helped me devise a plan of how I can move forward with these skills. Her work with me has been vital to the Strengths Finder process and I would absolutely recommend the coaching as vital to finding your strengths.
Family Harmony Workshop for Parents
The course gave a great framework to build a more harmonious family - I find it difficult to explain to my teens why I don't like their behaviour but with this toolkit I am able to articulate this easily and less emotionally, resulting in better communication and a less charged atmosphere. Thanks Deb for the lifeline
Team Building Facilitation and Coaching
As a new Manager to a newly formed team of eight staff, I engaged Deb to facilitate our first team planning day. The objective of the day was to identify a shared vision and to start a process of strategic planning for the next three years. The day was a great success and set the team up with greater clarity of purpose and a framework for future planning.
Deb demonstrated a great understanding of the team, its context and challenges. This was due to her careful and thorough planning and reflections prior to the day. Deb managed the varying levels of engagement among the team exceptionally well; she did this with the establishment of clear ground rules and a sense of trust and respect. Deb listened actively and regularly questioned for greater clarity before reflecting on the team’s contributions.
We ended the day with a clear vision that was shared and in which all members felt they had an investment. Deb followed up regularly after the session to check in on progress and to provide advice about next steps. We were extremely lucky to have been able to work with Deb at this important stage of the team’s development and I would not hesitate for a moment in engaging Deb again.
Angela Hehir, (Manager)
Business Leadership Coaching
Debra's help in getting me to focus on the strategic direction of my business and my work-life priorities has proven invaluable. She has the ability to ask simple questions to create greater clarity and focus in both work and personal goals. Debra is a great listener, follows up on her clients and creates a great support base for her clients through recommending network groups, courses and reading material. For those who want a leadership coach that goes that extra mile,
I highly recommend her.
Yvette Audet, Sport & Recreation Management Services
360 degree feedback and Mentoring
Debra provided feedback on my 360 leader/manger profile. I have taken this style of development tool on two prior occasions and found the feedback underwhelming. This time I found that Debra has an empathetic and approachable feedback style. Previously I have felt very much that I was being placed in a stereotypical box.
I liked Debra,s approach and understood more that the outcomes of the survey reflect a favored management leadership style and this could be flexible. Debra is able to draw out your thoughts on how you feel others perceive you rather than preaching which was a great attribute.
We talked about the outcomes and the way forward and I was left with a comfortable feeling that I could achieve my higher aims. Debra provided positive feedback and kept in contact after the initial interview. Her trouble in organizing some key topic papers and net links was commendable. I hope very much to take Debra up on some future mentoring and would highly recommend Debra’s leadership skill set to you.
Professor Tim Lyons, Newcastle
Concrete personal career goals
I have appreciated my coaching sessions this year more than I can say. Deb has challenged me at every turn which I have loved, making me work hard to find my own solutions during an extremely professionally challenging year. This has been extremely satisfying.
I also now have concrete personal career goals and a plan on how to get there – non existent when I started coaching and really not something I consciously thought I needed. As a consequence I feel more focused and motivated for the next year and beyond.
Finally I would have to say my coaching session with Deb have been an absolute lifeline for me this year, keeping me on track, helping me to grow and learn and ultimately make a monumental shift in my approach and style as a leader. I am very grateful for her time, patience, humor and professionalism – I am certainly am better leader thanks to coaching with Deb.
Bernadette Hollis, Sydney