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I'm Helen Fitness, leadership success coach & mentor to executive women. I've always been a bit of a square peg in a round hole - a former executive in a global corporation, I am playful, creative, secretly subversive, & intelligently disobedient.
My bottom line? I believe women are the future, & I am driven to see more women in leadership as their powerful selves, before I pop my clogs. Creativity, & the ability to think & act differently are the only way we'll shake things up - you with me?
You could say i am comfortable with change & CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO
At last count:
5 careers (teaching, insurance underwriting, leadership, training, coaching);
5 countries (New Zealand, Turkey, Australia, France, & UK;
Many corporate positions & restructures (I'm not even going to start...)
...and that's just my career!
Throw in the usual mix of changes & transitions that life throws at us (bereavements, relationship break-ups, personal challenges), & I've honed the skills of resilience, & the creative ability to see opportunity where others don't. People tell me I live life courageously. I like that.
this is me
I am a high-performing professional with a unique skill set: business management experience in the global insurance industry, a natural coach & mentor, built on a background in education.
If I had my way...
...every workplace meeting would kick-off with a dance party! Shake your booty to 'Boogie Wonderland' for 10 minutes - feel the energy go through the roof, the creativity burst open, & the solutions flow! [Try it! Then tell me what changed!]
My corporate career was...
...a blast! A successful 20-year corporate career in a male-dominated industry, spanning continents, cultures, corporate structures, & roles. A work-hard-play-hard existence. What I've learned along the way is that thinking differently & challenging the status quo in our personal lives, careers, & communities is the only way to experience growth & success - however you define it.
don't get me wrong..
...the passage wasn't all smooth sailing. As we get to know each other, you'll hear about some of my experiences, like:
The time I lost $1.8 million because I didn't claim my power sooner (it happened!), or;
The time I learned that the more you do the less likely you are to succeed in your goals (I wish I'd worked THAT out sooner!); or
How I came to learn that being a people-pleaser actually DOESN'T please people at all. (Stop it. Now.)
My experience at senior level in complex corporate environments means I get where you're coming from. I've walked in your shoes, & I know the pressures that come at you from every angle, making it hard to stay focused on or even motivated for your career & leadership goals.
My vulnerability is...
I've got skeletons, for sure, ( - & they're not all in the closet!) particularly when it comes to weak boundaries. I find it hard to say "No" or to express my needs clearly. It has caused me a lot of problems in the past, professionally & personally, including opening myself up to emotionally abusive relationships...but that's for another time.
What I've learned in working with clients, with my own world class coach, & in my discussions with many senior leaders, is...
...that a lack of boundaries, poor self-confidence & feelings of "I'm not good enough" plague many leaders, men & women alike. It is not a uniquely female experience.
It is just that women respond differently. We have a tendency to 'take ourselves out of the game' or respond like a cornered rat, with emotional outbursts when we're challenged, or experiencing enormous stress, that literally makes us sick.