I work as a chartered psychologist, bestselling author and award winning publisher. I combine business psychology and professional acting in my executive coaching and development programmes. I work with my client’s intra-personal world – their values, character and personality as they relate to the workplace – and with their inter-personal behaviour: the skills, strategies and tactics they employ with their colleagues and clients. This method enables rapid progress against coaching goals and creates sustained behaviour change.
I design coaching processes and write books on handling challenging workplace dynamics. Many of my clients are already successful, performing complex senior-level roles. They work with me because they are looking for fresh ideas, constructive challenge, and an empathic guide. I have been combining business psychology and professional acting in coaching programmes since I set up my business in 1994. Since then, I have worked with senior-level clients from over forty-five organisations in fourteen sectors based across the UK, Europe and North America.
Your bespoke coaching process will enable you to become the best you can be. The outcome we will work towards is that you gain greater influence over the key factors for success in your role. I successfully work from the premise that the additional resources you seek are already within you. By applying the learning from your coaching programme to your day-to-day work you will achieve more in less time with less personal wear and tear. My aim is to provide you with opportunities to practise and digest powerful learning. I want you to leave coaching having achieved your specific goals for the programme, as well as with enhanced self-belief and self-confidence, improved resilience, greater self-awareness and a more comprehensive behavioural toolkit.
My latest book Bullying in Teams: How to Survive It and Thrive follows a bestselling award-winner Free Yourself from Workplace Bullying: Become Bully-Proof and Regain Control of Your Life, a suite of five books on handling challenging workplace dynamics (Palgrave Macmillan) and a niche book for coaches (How To Books). As an independent publisher, I want to make it as straightforward as possible for customers to buy e and print books directly from me rather than from third party sellers. I use a secure payment system, offer a no quibble guarantee and don’t charge for postage or packing.
I make material on recovery from workplace bullying and becoming bully-proof available to the public as free downloads and via social media, as well as writing books and articles on managing a range of challenging workplace dynamics. I have written for IOD’s Director, theHRDIRECTOR, HRMagazine, Nursing Times, Safety and Health Practitioner and SHP Online. My work on enabling recovery from bullying and bully-proofing has been featured in The Independent, Psychologies, Irish Independent (Sunday), Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Belfast Telegraph and Midwives, and my article for managers on how to respond effectively to an incident of workplace bullying and create a zero-tolerance culture has been published the American Psychological Association in The Psychologist-Manager Journal.
Many of these articles, as well as my audio presentation Recovery from Workplace Bullying, are available via the downloads link below. Other links will take you to my books and to an audio download about the themes from Building Influence in the Workplace: How to Gain and Retain Influence at Work.
When presenting, I illustrate the themes I speak about through the use of bespoke scenarios enacted by professional actors. I am a regular speaker at conferences and events, have appeared several times on BBC Radio, on national television, and presented at the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Originally from Cardiff, I run my business from a non-commercial farm in Yorkshire where I keep a flock of Welsh and Scottish mountain sheep.
Qualifications and Memberships
I qualified as a chartered psychologist in 1991, and am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), a member of the BPS’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology, and a general member in the BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology.
I have an M.Sc. in Occupational Psychology from University of Sheffield, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Teesside University. I have accreditation to use Myers-Briggs, FIRO-B, EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360, and am an AAMET Certified Level 2 EFT practitioner.
I hold the BPS Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing for Level A and Level B Intermediate, and the European Test User Certificate (Level 2) for Work and Organisational Assessment.
Oade Associates’ Actors
I design most coaching programmes so that professional actors enact scenarios which re-create the exact dynamics you find challenging to handle. By placing yourself in a realistic recreation of the most challenging scenarios you face, but in the safety of a coaching environment, you can re-visit the very circumstances in which you lost credibility or influence, used well-intentioned but ineffective behaviour, or didn’t achieve your goals. Roleplay coaching meetings will enable you to improve your handling of complex inter-personal dynamics and challenging characters, assimilate new strategies and skills, and return to the workplace ready to apply your new approaches straight away. The learning is often so deep that you can handle previously challenging characters and situations simply and effectively from that point onwards.
I work with a small pool of professional actors each of whom is able at portraying a range of convincing senior business characters, and at providing developmental feedback.