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When business coach and executive mentor, Christine Beard is working with a business owner, the MD or management team she brings a world of expertise and wisdom to the tasks of maximising the business potential by uncovering the ‘elephants in the room’. She has an impressive record of recognising opportunities to get the best out of people and businesses and to hold the stakeholders accountable, until the job is done.

THE STORY...SO FAR

It all started for Christine as a young twenty-something lawyer in one of the UK’s most prestigious law firms (70 partners, 300 staff). Her talent and propensity for hard work were recognised immediately. Still in her twenties, she became one of the country’s youngest legal partners; an almost unheard of achievement.


A CAREER IN LAW

Her appetite for work and expertise was such that she would spend long days advising and counselling her Blue Chip and multinational clients, only to continue late into the night on her firm’s administrative matters. 

Success followed; all the trappings, an enviable reputation, everything except time for herself and a healthy work-life balance. Finally her years working at this frenetic pace caught up with her, resulting in burn-out. 

COLLAPSE

After a lengthy break and a decision to pursue non legal opportunities, Christine and her husband embarked on a franchise in the UK.  

She recalls clearly that her lawyer instincts identified some irregularities in the business. It was to be a turning point, in a number of ways. However, at first she was loathe to seek outside business advice. 

‘I came from a profession where I was the expert. I wasn’t used to people telling me what to do. I was usually the one telling people what to do,’ she says.


CHARTING A NEW COURSE

Eventually Christine recognised the need for some business coaching.  

She chose an ActionCOACH business coach who steered her successfully through her franchise. It was during that process Christine had an epiphany; the former lawyer discovered that she enjoyed the prospect of business coaching and mentoring rather than working in a business. 

‘I’m actually one of those people who enjoys the challenge of being across a number of activities and who loves finding solutions to other people’s challenges’ she said.

GETTING COACHED

Christine decided to attend an ActionCOACH coaching conference in Ireland and was impressed enough and courageous enough to become a coach and mentor – in Australia, where she would undertake the training and accreditation! 

Christine, her husband and two sons had visited Sydney and enjoyed the lifestyle. They all agreed a move to Sydney would be the best thing for them. However, the would-be business coach decided she would make the trip to the Harbour City and the family would follow shortly after.


BECOMING A COACH

Christine arrived in Sydney alone with her two suitcases. What was meant to be a few weeks, turned into a few months before her family joined her. 

In the meantime Christine, in a new country, with a new profession, tenaciously completed the training and accreditation and began to build a network and establish herself as a coach. Her initial enthusiasm about coaching and helping people and businesses grow was justified. With a relentless work-ethic, she achieved outstanding results with her clients, across a broad range of industries.

A NEW COUNTRY 
NEW CLIENTS

In the following years, with her family well settled in Sydney, Christine’s success multiplied and she was awarded the #1 ActionCOACH business coach in Australia. Greater recognition came when she was judged the #2 ActionCOACH business coach in the world. The transition, from one of the UK’s top lawyers to one of the world’s top business coaches and mentors, was complete. 

Christine was the first female ActionCOACH to break the million dollar mark.

CRESCENDO

Now Christine brings this wealth of experience to benefit business owners who find themselves in a similar situation. The former high flying UK lawyer, has turned her considerable talents to accelerating a diverse range of Sydney businesses, beginning with the business owners, through to management teams and team members. Christine is contracted by successful small to medium-sized businesses (10 to 50 employees). While they might be doing well, the business owners recognise they could benefit from external and objective guidance to take their business to the highest level by removing all the barriers impeding their success.

APPLYING A LIFETIME OF LESSONS TO BUSINESSES LIKE YOURS

After incisive conversations with and observations of the business owner, management and team members, Christine uses her forensic skills to quickly identify blockages and opportunities for change within the company. What she has discovered is that most of the problems are to do with the ‘people’ side of business.


LESSON 1:
FORENSICS

‘It’s all about communication,’ she says. ‘Typically the business side of the operation is running well, but the personality traits and behaviours, the politics and problematic communication styles, get in the way.’ 

Not one to ‘beat about the bush’, Christine is frank and honest about what is really happening in the company..

LESSON  2:
REAL HUMAN CONNECTIONS

Christine says, ‘I pretty quickly identify the ‘elephant in the room’ and get the business owner and executive team to front up and acknowledge it. I guide them through the process of addressing it and removing it.' 


LESSON 3:
ELEPHANTS

Christine will often encourage the management team to look at the changes they need to make in their communication styles. She says most people are unaware of their poor communication habits which prevent clear messages. People become too scared to say anything constructive to them. 

‘Not me,’ she says. ‘I’m there to get everyone pulling in the same direction. They get an honest appraisal from me. I explain that it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. It’s about tailoring the message so that you embrace everyone. It’s not easy because it’s the human stuff and we’re creatures of habit.’

LESSON 4:
HABITS & HONESTY

That’s not to say Christine is a big fan of the warm and fuzzy approach.  ‘I’m there to do a job.  Time is of the essence.  I can’t afford to fluff around.  I can see what’s wrong and needs to be done. I’m the conduit for change, albeit an honest and frank one,’ she says.
Once the goals are agreed on by all the stakeholders, Christine ensures that everyone is accountable throughout the process. ‘Tough love’ would describe her approach.


LESSON 5:
CONDUIT FOR CHANGE

One of the impediments to successful communication within a business is the proliferation of emails, according to Christine.
‘An email lacks the subtlety of a face-to-face conversation, or even a phone call,’ she says.  ‘Things get misinterpreted, messages become mixed.’ 

Hence Christine tells executives or managers to pick up the ‘phone and speak to people. ‘It’s amazing what a difference it makes,’ she says.

LESSON 6:
EMAIL DISEASE

The various diagnostic tools and strategies Christine employs, plus her business acumen and wisdom, result in mini and major breakthroughs and transformations. 

It’s like climbing a wall and getting to the top and achieving another milestone in the quest to make your business the best it can be.

LESSON 7:
QUANTUM LEAPS

BIO

Christine brings to the table a solid track record for empowering others to create successful businesses and enjoy stellar careers as Business Owners, General Managers and senior managers. Her work as a Business and Executive Coach has been devoted to helping her clients successfully break through the personal and business related barriers that have served to limit them. 

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