In our agency, we had a team of 15 people and beautiful offices so clients could enjoy respite away from London. For them Bracknell was rural.
Staff were a mystery. We had good talent and invested regularly in their development. We paid good salaries. But I felt we only enjoyed the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the individuals were capable of delivering to the organisation. I couldn’t find a way to liberate them entirely from their assigned roles to deliver a greater return on investment, despite talent profiling. And it troubled me.
When I let go of consultancy to start a family, this conundrum went with me. It wasn't until I returned to University that I inadvertently stumbled upon the answer. This solution I now share with my clients to unlock what’s dormant in themselves and in their companies.
Four years as a parent and I am single. My instinct was to bring my portfolio of parent, homemaker, entrepreneur closer to home. To simplify matters I bought a puppy!
To stay sane while juggling it all I started dancing again, which I’d begun age 4 as a ballerina in a pink tutu and became a tap-dancing impresario. I returned to University and obtained a PGCE in Dance, teaching creative dance to children and organic movement to adults. Meanwhile my studies evolved into a Master's Degree in Somatic Art Psychotherapy at the University of Chichester.
Towards the end of my student life I received the inspiration for the Intuitive Vision Board workshop. Here was the tool I'd been looking for to unlock the latent opportunities for people. I’ve since delivered the Intuitive Vision Board workshop to thousands of men, women and children from all walks of life.
I have a daily expressive arts routine. My home and work space is always Feng Shui-friendly. And I make a new Intuitive Vision Board every year. I’ve been fortunate to have had wonderful teachers - notably Denise Linn, Helen Poynor, Miranda Tuffnell, Claude Coldy, Anna Halprin.
Sadly Dr Jill Hayes, who was such an inspiration as my University tutor, has passed. Jill used to say: “What I respect about you the most Mary, is your capacity to stay true to your creative calling no matter the outer circumstances of your life.” It touches me greatly to recall her words because I couldn’t quite get my head around the truth in them at the time.
Most of us long to discover and be seen for who we truly are and I was seen and acknowledged by Jill.