Esther's Story

I grew up on the edge of the mountains in Scotland. My most formative experiences were climbing over the garden fence and working with my brothers and other kids in the neighbourhood to create great adventures. When we worked together challenges that otherwise would have been scary became exciting, and opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible alone, or with just the 3 of us, became reality.

Sometimes we worked really well together. At other times one of the group became a bully and things soured. As children we weren’t very resourceful at dealing with this. As an adult, my passion is working on dealing with the situation as it is; making the most of the internal and external challenges and having my best go at the opportunities. Because, when the gang worked well, it really worked.

I have always experienced life as a rollercoaster. When the sun comes out my mood lifts. When it goes behind a cloud my mood flops. I can have huge energy and I can get very stuck. So I’ve learnt that I need to invest attention into life to maintain my own wellbeing. And, as I said before, I’ve learnt that it’s really worthwhile investing to make the most of opportunities out there too. And the best way I know is to share that journey with others as a fellow traveller; often stumbling, often dancing, and seeking to both enjoy the dance and share the journey together. 

My Experience

I work with teams and individuals to take a strategic approach to life and work so as 1) to create the most positive outcomes possible, 2) to reduce stress and other negatives and 3) to directly or indirectly improve quality of life and serve the common good. I started out as a sponsored engineer but quickly realised that I was most fascinated by how people could be at their most resourceful and how the work could be done most effectively. I switched course to pursue this, studied Industrial Economics at the University of Nottingham and, after graduation, worked leading the introduction of ‘self managing’ teams to manage and improve performance. I started in the supply chain of the Japanese car companies, but have since worked in all sectors. I founded CSPI Associates (Collaborative Strategy, Planning and Improvement), which has delivered 40 plus assignments with 15 associates and the Civil Society Forum which has convened 40 plus fora. These have the common underlying theme of ‘building a world where all can flourish’.  

I have also pursued the above theme; looking at how people can be at their most resourceful in taking on sporting and other adventurous challenges as a mountain leader, expedition trainer and ski instructor. I have trained as a coach (International Coaching Federation accredited coach training programme), completed a certificate in counselling and qualified as a Human Systems Dynamics Practitioner. I have found this experience useful to me in my own life journey and draw on it in helping others along.




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