I am a human being, which makes me a pretty unique, multi-faceted individual (like every other human being).
I’m a mother, a wife, a career woman, an author and importantly, a passionate learner.
I believe everyone has unique talents, an inner magic.
I also believe that those who know their best selves will be able to contribute to creating a happier world
and a better humanity, and striving for that is a pretty significant life purpose.
Oh, and how cold I forget, here are my Top 5 Signature Talent Themes from the Gallup’s Clifton Strengths Finder assessment.
This is how I naturally think, feel, and behave. All my life I have been building on these talents to turn them into strengths.
I am intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. I don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. I observe each person’s style, motivation, how they think and build relationships. Because of this I can draw out the best in each person.
I love to learn. I will always be drawn to the process of learning. I am energised by the journey from ignorance to competence. I will engage in adult learning experiences. I thrive in dynamic environments where I need to learn a lot in a short period of time.
I take psychological ownership for anything I commit to and am emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. I will demonstrate impeccable ethics and exude conscientiousness. All this earns me the reputation for being utterly dependable.
I’ll often start sentences with “Wouldn’t it be great if…?” and love to peer over the horizon. The future fascinates me and I see in detail in my mind what the future might hold. Whether it’s a better product, team, life or world it will always be inspirational for me.
“What if?”, select, strike. I am easily able to sort through the clutter and see the best way forward. This is not a skill that can be taught. It’s a distinct way of thinking that allows me to see patterns where others see complexity. I can play out alternative scenarios in my head that helps me see around corners and evaluate potential obstacles, resistance or confusion.
I love learning.
I can’t get enough of it and lucky for me, life’s all about learning. Through life experiences, career choices or the classroom.
A few of my favourite experiences and accomplishments include…
- A Bachelor Degree in Applied Science with a major in marketing at RMIT
- Attending Pennsylvania State University, USA, on a scholarship to specialise in marketing
- Living and working in London for 18 months and Sydney for a year
- Working with innovative and leading brands such as NRMA, RACV, whereis.com and Yellowpages.com.au
- A Masters of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and
Studies in Strategic Foresight at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship
- Nearly 20 years experience in digital marketing, strategy, innovation, sales and product development
- Being responsible for revenue in excess of $250 million and 100K customers.
- Further studie in positive psychology and neuroscience to understand how the brain and memory functions
- Founding my own business – The Inkling Effect
- Becoming a Gallup Accredited Strengths Coach.
- Using my years of experience in digital marketing and strategy to run workshops and online courses as co-pilot at Of Kin.
The biggest lesson I’ve learnt? Make sure you have your priorities right. Work out what makes you happy and schedule more of that into every day.
THE MAGIC FINDER
I help teens and students find their magic.
It’s something I’ve been doing all my life, I didn’t realise until I was 40 years old that Individualisation was my dominant talent (sadly ballet wasn’t one also!). Looking back over my life I can now see clearly where it played out with friends, partners and teams I managed. I thought everyone saw people the way I do!
I use my innate talent of individualisation to help people identify what it is about them that is unique, their innate talents, their gift to the world (with the help of the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment).
Then give them the courage to go out there and apply that gift to make the world a better place.
From the way I managed my teams over many years, to guiding friends and family through career decisions, and major life choices. I’ve been finding the magic in others for decades.
This strength of mine will be used to identify your very own strengths. Let’s find your magic together.
There are many things that bring me joy (if you asked my husband, he’d probably say too many).
I love to bake – especially delicious raw treats and healthy meals. I am a swimmer. I love to meditate, walk and practice yoga.
In contrast to all that I also do boxing several times a week! I feel at home in the water and I moved closer to it in order to honour that feeling.
I have two gorgeous daughters with whom I love to enjoy imaginary cups of tea in their cubby house on a regular basis. I am a crafter, a creative, a storyteller, a giver and someone who believes in the power of you.
In 1990, when I was just 16, my dad and I published Your Future Success – a book that offered students the tactics and skills to study successfully through unique and fun solutions on how to work effectively, manage time, set goals tackle exams and help students get closer to discovering and working towards their dream careers.
In 2015, I felt compelled to revisit this book (so much has changed since then – the invention of the internet and prevalence of mobiles and social media, to name a few!) and include my insights and experience as a lifelong learner in order to continue to help and inspire students to succeed. The new revised edition was released on Amazon in August 2015, and shot to a #1 Bestseller in the first week!
This book is now offered as an interactive online course HERE.