Having left a successful career in the corporate world, Michèle knew she needed to find a new direction. Being an employee again held no attraction but striking out on her own was a big risk. Setting up a company is an expensive business, as she soon found out. With no experience but lots of excitement she set about becoming an entrepreneur. (“First I had to learn to spell it!”)
She decided to build on her experience in leadership and helping people achieve success though Personal Coaching. Having obtained a Diploma in Coaching from one of the top colleges in Europe, she set up Management Tomorrow.
“I had always supported women who were striving to reach the higher levels of the company and now I had a vision and a vehicle to allow this passion to grow. I went out to companies in the city who recognised the need to help women navigate the very male-dominated company politics. Companies who wanted (or needed!) to get women onto their board of directors called on Management Tomorrow to coach their high-flyers. I quickly established myself as the “go-to” person for women who were struggling to get promoted. Most were being overtaken by men and they couldn’t work out what they needed to do to get noticed. I could tell shocking stories about how women were treated in some of these places.”
“I came to Michele with a belief system that was not based on reality. She was very quickly able to show me and teach me how to change. “
“It was a successful business model and I enjoyed it for a while, but I soon realised I had just swapped one corporate job for another. Only now I wasn’t getting a salary or paid holidays and I was responsible for staff and the success or failure of the company. I was working longer hours, for less money and was more stressed than ever!”
Closing the company, Michèle continued to coach privately, still working with large financial companies and top-level women, but now she was in control of her time and only accepted work when it suited her.
“Michele’s provided me with much good professional advice and gently steered me in the right direction many times. I’m no longer even faintly surprised she’s usually right! The cherry on the cake is that she’s also an extremely engaging person !”
“The relief was enormous. I hadn’t realised how much strain I was under until I got out. I resolved then and there that any future work must give me three things: time-freedom, the opportunity to earn a good income, people leadership and coaching.”
Michèle subsequently moved with her husband to the south coast, the children having grown up and left home. She tired of the commute to London and was looking for work more locally. And that was when the perfect opportunity presented itself.
“I turned it down at first, but luckily I quickly realised my mistake. Now, at last, I’ve found exactly what I was looking for.”