As a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation and drawing on my Registered Nursing leadership experience and my Masters Degree in Adult Education, I combine Executive/Leadership Coaching, facilitation and supervision to help people develop into the leaders they want to be. I work with both emerging and established leaders at all levels, as they transition towards their personal leadership development goals, impact positive cultures and wellbeing in the workplace and effectively manage change.
I also specialise in Women and Leadership. Recognising that women lead in many roles across our lives. As a result, my leadership work with women encompasses and is applied to self, family and community as well as to work. I help women develop the interpersonal and leadership skills that are critical to succeed in both professional and private life. I also help older women who are at a career crossroads work out how to achieve their purpose through meaningful work as they head towards retirement and beyond.
My practice draws from a range of methodologies and theories which include:
The reasons a leader or their manager generally seeks coaching include:
My coaching philosophy is that we each have the resources within us that we need to achieve our goals and my role is to connect you to your resources as you build on existing or build new capabilities. I work in a person centred way, seeking to understand and work with people in a collaborative way. I don’t ‘tell too’, rather, I help people find their own solutions (although if you don’t know what you don’t know at any time, I will help you out!). I approach both coaching and life from a positive psychology perspective in which wellbeing is really important. The wellbeing definition I like is from Martin Seligman and includes, experiencing positive emotions, feeling engaged, having positive relationships, finding meaning and accomplishing things.
Coaching is from a strengths perspective and is both behaviour and strategy focused according to your identified needs. I focus on outcomes and am supportive while providing a level of challenge that will help you achieve the leadership development changes that you are looking for. Before we begin working together we will find out together the coaching approach and level of challenge that best suits you.
Together we will determine the coaching style you prefer and I regularly seek feedback to ensure I am adding value to you and you are happy with your coaching.
The number of sessions required varies from person to person and together, over time, we will determine the optimum number for you.
As a rough guide, six sessions take between 3 and 6 months to complete
You will not be locked into a package and if at any time either of us believes that the relationship is not working, either can terminate it.
All coaching begins with an evaluation or assessment of where you currently are in the area of focus you have chosen for coaching which is followed by a session that focuses on goal setting.
Organisations and individuals have a choice of assessment / evaluation methodologies which Person Centred Leadership will recommend after an initial complementary consultation. These include:
All coachees have access to unlimited email contact with me during business hours and are provided with resources according to need and interest throughout the coaching relationship.
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