Harriet Dodd: organisation change consultant and coach
Why did you start your business?
I have been lucky enough to have had an incredible career. Over the years, I have led and supported large and small organisations in more than 13 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Now, as a coach and a consultant I have the flexibility to offer that experience in order to help a wider range of individuals and organisations wherever they are based.
I take inspiration from people have have worked with, learnt from and supported. Whether it was teachers in rural schools in Sudan, small businesses in Nigeria, international programme teams, or small UK based businesses, their achievements and their frustrations have confirmed for me the potential in all of us. Coaching enables me to get involved and support changes that people want to experience.
Where do you live and work?
I am based in London. I also live in partly in Sudan where my husband’s family live and my children were born. It feels very privileged to have role to play in two countries and offers me fresh perspectives on both. For those of my clients who feel like third-country nationals, or whose work requires crossing cultures, my perspectives can be helpful.
Who are your clients?
My clients are all ages and from all walks of life. Many come from my network across the non-profit sector. Perhaps it is in our nature to go to someone who we believe will immediately understand our context. In fact, as the nature of coaching is to probe and ask questions that enable the client to reflect for themselves, it is not essential that I have worked in a similar role. When you get in touch ,we will discuss your situation and what you want to change. Effective coaching comes with a clear determination on your part that you want to make a change and are ready to do so.
What is special about you?
When you hire me you get an experienced leader who has worked in many cultures. Some people have told me I am kind, reliable and generous. I like to laugh and have a direct style. Our work will be directed at making improvements beyond immediate financial gain.
Do you have an useful tips and recommendations?
If you are thinking of using a coach, start by asking yourself:
- Do I believe my potential is greater than present performance?
- Am I ready to make changes?
- Would I change my personal or business relationships if needed?
- Am I ready to celebrate personal change and achievement?
- Imagine being your colleague or partner, boss or subordinate – what would you experience?
“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It’s helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” _Tim Gallwey
Get in touch about your needs or those of your organisation, today.