Moving Towards Purpose
Herdship /həːdʃɪp/ noun
The movement of being a member of a herd, helping the herd prosper through a combination of being, leading and following based on a few hard rules
The state or position of being a herd member
For people in a community/organisation – the movement of being a member of that community and being and moving like a herd member, supporting the purpose of the community/organisation through a combination of being, leading and following based on a few hard rules
The state or position of being as a herd member would be
Leadership: as a process
In the 20 years I have worked in leadership and organisational development I have come to realise that leadership is best understood as a process rather than as a property of one person. As I was working in organisations on leadership I was also learning more about herds and groups in nature.
My experience in organisations has shown me that leadership is always a process. This process can start anywhere, yet leaders and especially those at a more senior level in the organisation have a particular responsibility for this process. Change flows from those who have energy to move towards purpose, in herds and in organisations. The leadership process channels that energy.
I have worked at many levels in and with organisations and I find that it is the layer that most find most challenging that I find most promising. It's in the middle that change is discovered, followed and brought to life.
Working with leaders who work in the cauldron of the middle is what I most enjoy and what I am best at. Being with you as you face the inertia and the potential of the organisation and figure out your way to be with it as you discover how you can allow the change that is emerging to flow.
We are continually changing in life and in our roles in organisations, yet we don't always know that we are changing. As your coach I witness both how you are now and how you are changing.
I help you explore where you are going and where you would love to go and how to make sure these are connected. I work with individual and teams, to help you discover what is needed now.
As we change, so do organisations. Yet, often we are trying to disturb the system without seeing what is already there, we try and build stability without honouring the stability we have.
In organisational coaching we start with what is and what wants to emerge from there. Allowing the energy to flow. disturbing patterns that keep the organisation stuck while keeping what works.
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As a consultant and coach my expertise is in leadership development that systemically impacts the organisation and in organisational development that grows leaders and leadership teams. Clients say that I co-creates spaces where they can
show up fully, find what they don’t know they know and (re)discover what inspires them. Spaces where people can feel, think and listen to their own voice and the field around them, making meaning of patterns which may so far have been unconscious. Through my way of reframing what has been in front of their eyes all along, clients may notice what they had not paid attention to before.
For the past 20 years I have worked in and with, predominantly, large international organisations (e.g. Shell and ABB) with senior and middle leaders and their teams. I help leaders and their teams discover how to best work together and how they can make a significant impact with small, well timed and rightly placed interventions .
I am also a horsewoman, photographer and poet. I breed Icelandic horses which grow up on the land around me, capturing their movement as a herd in my “herdtography”.