The People’s Partner is the brainchild of HR Professional and Corporate Trainer, Michelle Raymond who formed the company in late 2014. Following a challenging incident where she was made redundant during maternity leave without consultation, Michelle saw the need to help change the way small businesses operated and how their senior management team could be more effective leaders.
Her aim is to understand the business leadership pipeline and work with executive and leadership teams to develop the skills, competences, cultural intelligence and visibility needed to establish the next generation of strong leaders.
Michelle and her team focus on:
To enable and drive the delivery of an organisation’s leadership succession plan by unleashing sustainable leadership capabilities.
Michelle is an Emerging Leadership Coach and Trainer, Certified Master NLP Practitioner and award-winning International TEDx Speaker on a mission to make the inVisible Visible!
Michelle helps organizations maintain their executive and leadership pipeline by developing the skills, understanding, and visibility needed for mid-level managers to advance to the next step in becoming part of the company’s senior leadership team.
But this was not always the case. Here is her story in her words.
When I was in my twenties, I experienced life changing trauma that saw my personal and professional life ripped apart. I shared this story when I was invited to deliver a TEDx story of the time I spent married to a man accused of some of the most heinous crimes imaginable against children, and how I became the indirect victim through publicity and stigma.
I became ‘Visible’ for the wrong reasons.
Just before the personal chaos erupted, I was recently promoted to a leadership role. I was now leading people I was recently friends with. I struggled with making hard and fast decisions. I had to get my head around leading and managing complex characters and opposing perspectives. I had to learn to delegate in a thoughtful and supportive way which created opportunities for others to take ownership of their decisions. I had to continually demonstrate trust in others and create a climate where people felt empowered to take responsibility and challenge.
I was out of my depth. It increased my stress level and was a contributing factor to my depression.
My true leadership capabilities and capacity shone through when I was afforded the opportunity to receive bespoke training and life changing executive coaching and mentoring. This meant that I was more confident, more commercially astute, felt included. I was able to demonstrate innovative practices, elevate my communication skills and provide an outstanding experience for the team around me.
Now, I am currently a non-executive director for two boards and have delivered training and keynotes for FTSE 250 organisations including Amazon, BT and Deloittes.
I have been featured on BBC, ITV and SKY. Her coverage on publications has included People Management, HR Grapevine, The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, The Daily Mail, Business Insider and Hays Journal.
If you are a forward thinking, people first organization and you:
– Are desperate to ensure that your middle managers have the capability and capacity to lead
– Concerned that your new leaders are not demonstrating the skills required to lead
– Looking for robust support to help your new leaders manage their imposter syndrome
My team and I are ready to transform your teams, your ‘leaders-in-training’ and your middle managers to build future fit leaders where everyone wins.
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