There are three themes in my experience, leadership, learning and start ups and turnarounds.
For most of the 80's I was an Army Officer. I had many roles, one of which I helped to pilot women's' place in the infantry. I also got to serve with the UN and probably the first woman in a Speahead Battalion. I do love a challenge!
For most of the 90's I was a board director of a small medium enterprise. And as part of that executive team I helped to turn around a £1m loss into a £1.2m profit within 12 months. This provided the platform for the sale of the company to a large publishing house.
I followed that with raising venture capital for the acquisition of a competitor before joining another organization to start up their European multimedia business. This smaller UK team outperformed the US team by almost 100%.
Sales management got a bit boring and hungry for another challenge, I joined the board of a small company and helped them turn their sales from less than £100k to £1m in 12 months. It was here that I was able to design a blended learning solution and help establish the business for further acquisitions.
The last 10 years I worked with a guru of leadership development - Ken Blanchard. My experienced included working with hairdressers to miners and anything and everything in between. Some companies operated in the UK others across three continents - some were small start ups and others huge monopolies. But it was here that I was able to really understand the secret sauce of leadership and how it underpins business success. Much of my success had been down to natural extinct and the leadership skills I learned from the Army and from my co directors. Recently I researched and wrote the book - Collaboration Begins with You - Be a Silo Buster with Ken and Eunice (due for publication Oct 12). Now in this new chapter I want to help small medium sized enterprises flourish by leveraging their most expensive asset - their people.