I decided to leave the Army in 2006, and accepted a position as Global Head of HR, World Challenge, later part of Tui Travel before moving to Tesco, as part of the team responsible for developing their Leadership Academy. During this seven-year period, I focussed relentlessly on blending my military leadership skills with those required in the corporate environment, whilst studying in great depth how adults learn and create new habits.
In 2011, I noticed that a great deal of corporate leadership training was heavily focussed on using tools and models, which tends to create an inauthentic, leadership by numbers approach. An approach that I have experienced many times in my career, and I still remember just how uninspired and manipulated it made me feel.
It was at this point that I decided to step out of the corporate world to start working as an independent leadership mentor and performance coach so that I could help senior people to stop doing leadership and start become the most authentic version of themselves as leaders.