I believe in the power of the intuition, the imagination and creativity in combination to unlock hidden gifts in people and organisations. The tools I use to access this diamond mine of latent potential are the Intuitive Vision Board with Empowerment Coaching, Feng Shui practice and Movement-Art Therapy.
Culture of Things
My adult life began with me studying Anthropology at Durham University, considered a trifle unusual at the time. Durham, in the cooler north of England, was a far cry from the mild shores of South Devon where I grew up by the sea. I still remember the fur coat from Oxfam purchased in an attempt to stay warm.
As anthropologists, we were taught to pay close attention to people's behaviour because this is where we found evidence of a value system. Words can quickly become post-rationalisations and can too easily be misconstrued by the listener. Actions are what shape a person, a society and a culture. To this day I subscribe to this perspective: it's not what you say, it's what you do that counts.
After my degree I gravitated towards marketing. I began in a field that has since been superseded by online shopping - mail order book clubs. I cut my teeth here before launching a direct marketing consultancy with my business partner. Over 8 years the business grew into a successful business, dealing with mostly Fortune 500 companies.
With my anthropological filter always uppermost, I naturally tuned into the unspoken ground rules, driving an individual or organisation. The not-so-obvious held the juice and has always fascinated me, which is why I'm intuitively drawn to it.
Return on Investment
In our agency, we had a team of 15 people and beautiful offices, which we’d created so clients could enjoy some respite away from London. For them Bracknell was rural.
Staff were a mystery. We had good talent and invested regularly in skills and personal development. We paid good salaries. But I felt we only enjoyed the tip of the iceberg in terms of what individuals were capable of delivering to the organisation. I couldn’t find a way to liberate them from their assigned roles and uncover more potential - despite talent profiling - and it troubled me.
When I gave up the consultancy to become a mother, this conundrum went with me. It wasn't until I returned to University that I inadvertently stumbled upon the answer I was looking for. This solution I'm now able to share with clients to unlock latent potential in themselves and their companies.
My flair for sensing the not-obvious gave me additional insights when it came to the arrangement of living and working spaces. After marketing I trained in Feng Shui, mostly with Denise Linn in Seattle, and I have remained passionate about the art and science of living mindfully and arranging space to support the vision.
Still with my anthropological filter, I see my role with Feng Shui is to make people aware of the culture of their homes and offices through the imprint they leave on their the environment. When this is out of kilter with their desired business or personal outcomes, I show them how to fix it. I teach. I consult. And I have travelled, mostly in the UK, France and the USA.
In the early days I did many consultations with my baby in a sling. When she was older, she gravitated towards dolls houses - four in total. I imagine Feng Shui must have rubbed off on her too since she spent many hours creating beautiful homes for Sylvanian animals.
Four years as a parent and I am on my own. My instinct was to bring the scene of operations closer to home to manage my portfolio - parent, homemaker, entrepreneur - under one roof. To simplify life I was persuaded to buy a puppy - and it was the best decisions I ever made!
To stay sane, I started dancing again, which I'd begun age 4 as a ballerina in a pink tutu and developed into a tap-dancing impresario. I obtained a PGCE in Dance and began 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 potential in people. When we are able to connect to the core of our creativity, we plug into the source of our real power and become our most authentic - and that's to be celebrated.
I’ve since delivered the Intuitive Vision Board workshop to over a thousand men, women and children from all walks of life.