Jane Suter Top Contributor540 Owner - Red Tiger Consultancy Ltd
Starting out as a geeky Analytical Chemist, my journey has taken me from team member to senior manager and board member in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors
I’ve also gained a wide range of experience from working in different disciplines as a ‘professional manager’ and troubleshooter.
How I got to this point
In the past, I was a bit of a horror, thinking I was the only person in step. I learned lessons the hard way and studied why others could easily build good working relationships. Sadly, I seemed only able to destroy them!
My lightbulb moment came when I came across NLP in the early 90s and it really did change my life – for the better. I realised that coaching provides one of the most successful and cost-effective ways of enabling others to achieve their goals. I then trained as an ILM Level 7 Executive Coach and Mentor. I wanted to help other companies and individuals realise the tangible benefits that coaching and leadership training can bring. I also wanted to help them avoid the many mistakes that I have made along the way!
The geeky bit
My relevant qualifications include :
NLP practitioner, Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, ISO 9001 and ISO 20000 Lead Assessor and Auditor, ISO 20000 Consultant, a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies as well as being qualified to ITIL Expert level in IT Service Management plus an honours degree in Chemistry and Maths and all kinds of other scientific stuff.
Outside of work, I enjoy Nordic Walking. I find it great to ‘clear my mind’ and generate new ideas for the business. I also enjoy photography, particularly sports, birds and people, and making animations and cartoons for our courses.
If you would like more information, then do contact me
P.S. I’m still a geek though!
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Very useful, particularly the information on the percentage of businesses experiencing a successful cyber attack - 81.4% - eek!
The messages I took away were organisation culture is at the heart of excellent information security.
Malicious actors will 'hack the people, first and foremost' - although malicious insiders are the smallest threat. So people at the very top of the organisation to actively lead and model good Information Security practices throughout the organisation (rather than leaving it to the techies.) Communicating it in a way that is easy to understand and not wrapped in techno-speak.
Mike also referred to 'The Cloud' as being 'someone else's hard drive'. Made me think very carefully about how I had assumed that the various cloud storage that I use are always safe, without doing sufficient due diligence - oops!
Edit - apologies if you saw the first version, the text had become jumbled somehow
The thought process I went through when noticing this was to immediately label most drivers as being, at best, insensitive and reckless.
Reflecting, I realised that the majority of cars ahead of me and behind me were law-abiding and not exceeding the speed limit. These were initially filtered from my conscious mind because they were conforming. I would only become aware of those that were overtaking and, each time that happened, it reinforced the bias I had demonstrated.
Feeling rather foolish, I wondered in how many other situations I had made similar incorrect judgements.
I really enjoyed the Certification discussions I've had with Sue and Rod and I've learned a lot from the whole process. It has certainly challenged me on my thinking and keeping up to date.
I found that reading all of the Ownership Spotlights in advance of the conversation paid dividends.
Next Certifier conversation booked for the final hurdle - Collaboration. Another big Dimension.
Can recommend this approach!
Roll on 2022 Leadership week!
Tx Institute of Leadership and Management for these terrific events. Wish my diary would allow me to attend them all.