Mediocrity is a barrier; I won’t let you play small – as an individual, a team or an organisation. I maximise the stakes and help you take risks. By listening to your own narrative, I help you paint a picture of your future. A future you can see, reach and own. One you can amplify. I harness your strengths and fears and work way beyond them. I transform the dull diligent, into powerful persuaders. I am relational driven and partner with you and your organisation at an energy level you aren’t used to, short cutting the route to self-belief. I build your innate resilience and purpose to ensure people want to work for you, with you and deliver on your vision. Put simply, I work with leaders and their teams and make them memorable.
“Carissa has the combined unique skill of being able to get under the skin of an issue with incredible insight coupled with a true grasp of commercial reality and business.”
“The media training… proved to be one of the most useful courses that I have been on in over 20 years of management.”
“I have participated on several conferences, team building sessions and coaching in the last 15 years at Mars Inc as Senior Leader, but I have never experienced such a deep impact on a person or on the whole team that Carissa achieved. Carissa’s personality and her unique style lifted the team performance to a level which is extraordinary and that made the difference.”
“The most powerful thing I did was to follow all of her advice, and it is the first time I have experienced the feeling of having total control of an audience.”
“Carissa helps you to understand what is required to operate at the next more senior level… and what is expected at the top table.”
I work with individuals who have high expectations upon themselves to lead others to a better future and communicate the organisation’s point of view.
I build a trusted relationship with you to allow you to systematically undo the way you do things. I search out those hidden storerooms in your mind and examine them. Once we have unpacked your approach, we remodel it (expelling those self-limiting beliefs), test it (embedding the resilience) and work towards putting it back in (empowering your sense of purpose).
I leave you with the highest and best expression of yourself – more of who you are – and the courage to do what you know is right, with grace and gravitas.
My Clients are those individuals:
I work with boards, leadership and management teams who are responsible for determining the strategic direction and setting the tone of the organisation.
I know how complex teamwork has become. I simplify it. I create a safe environment that allows people to speak the truth. I challenge silo mentality and reframe ‘bandwidth’. I align the individual to the team, the team to the purpose of the organisation.
I use tools to clarify definitions of ‘teamwork’; to amplify and maximise the collective strengths; to dial up or down the individual strengths; to facilitate the ownership of shared leadership and to build capacity and agility to meet the pace of change in organisations.
My clients are those teams:
I know the discontent employees feel when they are not valued. I recognise that many leave organisations emotionally, whilst still showing up physically. They’ve stopped learning. They’ve taken their hearts out of the organisation, because the organisation has lost theirs.
I know that organisations increasingly demand that people are both responsible and accountable for their own careers. There is no map. People must find their own way amidst ongoing complexity. I help them with this navigation. I ensure that people access and develop their own inner compass and enable them to master the art of using it.
I work in partnership to ensure my approach empowers your organisation to discern their talents, to test and learn and to grow.
My clients are those organisations:
As a former BBC news and current affairs reporter and presenter, I understand storytelling. I know how to frame a story, to ask the right questions and to deliver a compelling and authentic narrative. My talent for interviewing enables me to unlock the untold story of individuals and seek out revelatory human insights. Storytelling is the backdrop to every speech I give, drawing on the lessons learnt (and still learning) throughout my adventurous life and career to date. I take audiences on a journey of unexpected discovery with content that challenges preconceptions and inspires immediate action.
To date, I have delivered talks for:
International Coaching Federation, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, SubSea7, TMS Development International, IR Magazine Awards & Conferences, Imperial College, BlackRock, McKinsey, Russian Association of Investor Relations Professionals (OSSI), TEDx Vienna and Top Talents Romania
My talks and key note speeches can cover such topics as:
I am committed to lifelong learning and bring an ongoing diagnostic tool box of coaching and training techniques to every single client brief.
I deliver my work in a simultaneous context of trust and risk. This is enhanced by energy, creativity, honesty and compassion.
As a natural born catalyst, I am disruptive but constructive, demanding but dynamic, audacious but courageous.
My techniques are underpinned by accreditation and peer debate through membership of the following organisations:
European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA).
I tend to use a mix of the following professional qualifications:
For more complex needs, I lead a network of professional coaches and change experts – Bubworks