I had enjoyed a senior career in the private sector, including many years’ project managing Australian and international engineering projects. After attempting to juggle work and family for some years I made the decision to leave the corporate environment and start my own business.
My husband and I then built a successful internet trading business, which we subsequently sold. I wanted to reconnect with business environments without returning to a full-time corporate role. I was also keen to make use of my passion for business improvement through people, so I looked for a solution which aligned people and business in a consulting model.
The HR Coach model ticked all the boxes, particularly as I had never been the lead HR resource in the highly structured business environments that I had worked. I soon worked out that the pragmatic and effective HR products in the Coach Toolkit meant that I could quickly look like I knew what I was doing in the HR consulting space when working with new clients. It also meant that my business acumen and project management skills could also be utilised, so I could simply build on my natural style and previous experience.
As a previous business owner I also liked that the business was mine, I could run it the way I wanted to, and if I positioned it for sale, I could get a good return on my investment.
I am now in both the NZ and Australian markets, and finding that potential clients continue to embrace the Strategic Action Model and the HR Framework. I continue to follow the bouncing ball and the model works nearly every time (except for those potential clients who just can’t get the link between people, process and profit). I am also once again being valued for what I contribute, even though I actually worry that it seems too simple.
HR Coach Works for Me
Building a consulting business from ground zero is challenging, and HR Coach method and process helps me to achieve and/or accelerate this growth
Buying a licence and applying proven methods, systems and processes for my own business made great financial sense
The new IP each year means that I don’t have to think – just keep up
It is great to be able to talk to like-minded people who have been there before me