How helping others to create their ideal reality, catapulted my own leadership journey.

Before there were multiple best-selling books. Before the global speaking events. Before the celebrity leader interviews. Before the sparkly awards … there was a corporate girl on the ladder with the rest of the boys’ club.

Loving parts of my job.

Successful and playing the game but losing myself in the process.

Scared to death of doing it differently, no matter how many times I belted with Pat Benetar to Now I Believe! in my zippy white sports car crawling through the 7am peak hour five days a week.

Bandaids, Boys Clubs & dozens of minor Bungles...


I did not have the solution right out of the gates.

My corporate career saw me running global executive recruitment campaigns for Johnson & Johnson, Fosters and giants of the consumer sector, financial services and government. I loved coaching businesses to attract and nurture the right talent and I adored coaching leaders into their dream roles…

But my heights of success were at complete odds with the nagging sense that it just wasn’t me.

When I finally took the plunge and quit to find my path, it seemed like a total stab in the dark. Plagued by second guessing and a battering sense of “not-enoughness” that made everything feel a gazillion times harder than it should.

When I started applying for roles, “open to anything”…

… I quickly realised

“Without clarity, I couldn’t sell myself, to save myself!”

It was a steep learning curve with multiple road blocks

With sink-or-swim fervour, I got incredibly busy.

Accumulating accreditations & training in leadership & coaching & assessing leadership abilities. Building my own business, helping corporates to build their talent pipelines, and at the same time I worked part time for a global talent development firm with a stellar reputation.

I quickly clocked up thousands of coaching experiences.

I got to hone my coaching craft, helping people to step into the capabilities and brand required for their dream jobs.  

Working with leaders, I found that our very personal, unique career paths are eerily replicable. The fears and the successes. The incredible delight of that, is I got to apply solutions over and over. I’d tweak with every client I worked with, to be more direct, to get it tighter, to quicken the path with stretch and accountability…

To systemise the leader’s path to their ideal.

Learning my craft was far from the only challenge

 This high volume of clients meant I learnt to coach people to their goals pretty quickly.

But there’s a question I’ve asked many thousands: “what’s the number one thing holding you back?”

Nine out ten tell me it’s courage. Some call it self- doubt, or imposter syndrome, some say “I can’t be me in the next job, so I don’t want it”.

I had a white picket fence upbringing. Loving, married parents and a good education. Courage was a strength, but it hadn't been tested that much. Then when my kids arrived, things started to change. I hit a major roadblock that'll take years to fully resolve.

The accolades and numbers, even the images of people I’ve worked with… all of that’s pretty cool, but it doesn't tell you why I’m different.

The thing I think you most want to know about me, is that the skills I teach have been forged in fire.

It’s a fire shrouded in shame- I should have been stronger, should have seen it coming! And it's not my story alone. So I tend to focus on how I can help you, not how my skills reached the level they have.

But you’ve clicked on our ‘About’ page, so I’m guessing you’re here to find out enough about me, to know if we can work together. When we do work together, I’m going to ask for vulnerability from you. So it’s only fair I do the same. Safety permitting.

They said mine was the worst case of psychological abuse they'd ever seen. I have PTSD and they say I always will. My psychologist said he sees many people who can't get out of bed dealing with a tenth of what I've experienced - even at a time when I was writing multiple best-sellers, bringing up 3 divine kids and living a pretty balanced, nurturing life.

 How?

By living what I teach.

I discovered how to systemise the courage piece too... and to overcome crippling self-doubt


Living with PTSD, you can be sure I practice what I'm preaching and keep learning, to keep evolving.

There is no one courage-building strategy that works all the time, or for everyone. But assembling a toolkit to meet any challenge is pretty straightforward. Not easy, but simple.

Please don’t get the impression I’m always exuberant. I sure aint!

Yes, I'm positive and driven. But this is a full and complex life I live, with plenty of mad delicious chaos. Just like yours.

I simply have the tools and the habits to push through to what I want, with blessed balance and the space to breathe.

I absolutely cannot wait for you to see the benefit of these strategies in your life, too.

How?

Action by action.

Over the years, I've developed a reputation for teaching things 'action by action'.

Not just ‘step by step' theory.

But getting into the nitty gritty details of what you need to do, helping you embed mindset hacks and build in strategies that hold you accountable. 

I’ve taught it on the global conference stage, alongside the likes of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Honorable Julie Bishop, Leigh Sales, and Anna Bligh.

I’ve taught it through my #1 best-selling books.

My team and I have taught it through workshops, coaching and courses.

I’m able to do this because I teach what I know.

I teach what my clients have used and what I’ve personally relied on….

Are you ready to take the REAL, momentum-building action steps for a rewarding career that you love?


If I hear one more person quote “do something you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” – well they’re not going to get my PC best, that’s for sure. Ughh I sound like my Nanna! 

But most people just don’t pop out of the womb knowing intrinsically what they love to do!

Especially for those of us who were raised as ‘good girls’, people pleasers, or who just don’t fit the usual look and feel of success in our society. It’s hard to find your purpose when there’s no time to make yourself a priority.

But I know that you’re ready.

That’s why you’re here- browsing development resources, rather than bingeing Netflix.

That’s why you’ve invested so much of yourself in a career trying to be your best and create a great life for you and those you love.

By reading this, you’ve proven that you’re willing to DO the work – you just want to make absolutely sure you’re doing the RIGHT work at the RIGHT time.

 And feel confident that every bit of effort you invest will pay off.

Ready to take your big stand and get REAL traction in your career?


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A little about me


2 - time #1 Best-Selling author on courageous career secrets.

Coached >7000 individuals to their next move.

Spoken with thousands of leaders – big names, minor celebrities and relatively unknowns, about what drives us to greatness and how we overcome.

Addicted to Travel Guides

Never far from the water with my partner and our kids (we have 5 between us). Usually in Sydney, but anywhere blue will do!

I love to bake - my gingerbread & rocky road are legendary.

Still regularly found belting out vintage tunes in the car, but now the kids join in too.

Our work.


In my own business since 2007, I've been incredibly fortunate to work with brands I've LOVED, to create more inclusive cultures and more capable, engaged, fired up, on-track individuals. The team has expanded, shrunk and expanded with the projects we've run.

In 2015 I created Gender Gap Gone and it's a major part of the business now- I'm recognised as a womens leadership expert. In 2020 I added an extra layer to the business, being the Big Goals Group. Inclusive Leadership is my jam & the focus of our work. For about 30% of women and a number of men, a gender-focused name is a barrier. So now, you'll see both names in our work!

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