What I Do…

My Books

I dedicated three years to researching the key strategies that make us resilient. During that time, I travelled over 35,000 miles around the world to interview 50 of the world’s most resilient people. I call them our ’50 Thrivers’. Each of these Thrivers had faced adversity, but rather than be diminished in the face of trauma, they bounced forward to live a life that was deeper and more meaningful than before. I was lucky enough to spend hours with these remarkable people, in a bid to understand if they had insights that you and I could apply to thrive in our own lives, regardless of the minor – or even the more significant challenges – we might face. I found that we can all live by 9 key principles to empower us to grow in the face of all adversity, large or small. In my book ‘9 Secrets to Thriving’ I share the inspiring stories of the 50 Thrivers and their practical insights so that you can apply them to thrive, just like I have.

Resilience Webinars and Workshops

I love sharing the insights of the 50 Thrivers, and have been lucky enough to engage with thousands of people on the topic of resilience from all around the world through online webinars and workshops. I talk on all topics related to resilience, including how to build and maintain mental and emotional resilience, and how clarity of purpose can bring meaning to our lives, as well as on the crucial topics of self-care and wellbeing.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of an in-person or online Resilience Workshop for your business or workplace, please get in touch.

Here are just a few lovely things that delegates have shared…

“That session was absolutely brilliant – thank you so very much.”

– Ali Rimell, In-house Counsel, InterGen.

“Probably the best and most useful speaker…she’s brilliant”

– Vistage online workshop attendee, London.

“This has been absolutely brilliant and will change my ability to thrive going forward.”

– NHSNSS webinar attendee.

“Emma wins my prize for the best speaker I’ve seen! The content was very powerful and new and it was very applicable and implementable.”

– Vistage online workshop attendee, Edinburgh.

1 to 1 Resilience and Executive Coaching

Do you want to,

  • feel fit, healthy and mentally resilient, every day?
  • feel comfortable and confident, regardless of the challenges you face?
  • build thriving relationships and meaningful connections – effortlessly?
  • having a clear sense of purpose, and the motivation to set and achieve stretching goals?
  • live with inner peace, calm and confidence, that remain regardless of what life throws at you?

I have successfully coached many hundreds of people, just like you, to achieve goals like these. I work as an executive coach and am lucky enough to have a waiting list of prospective clients. I believe we can all thrive, with the right support, regardless of what life throws at us. If you’d like to work with me through your employing organisation, then I’d be happy to chat.

Coaching Testimonials

“I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to benefit from Emma’s coaching. If I was asked to describe her approach in three words I’d say she was “Patient. Perceptive. Practical”.

“If you have the chance to work with Emma, I would recommend you grab it with both hands. A lovely person and and superb coach. Thank you Emma.”

Keynotes and Other Speaking Events

  Emma delivered her message as the keynote speaker at our staff conference with clarity, common sense and, most importantly, passion and belief in everyone’s ability to take responsibility and make improvements in our own and others’ lives.

The feedback I continue to receive on the positive impact of Emma’s message clearly demonstrates the power of her message and her skill in delivering it with warmth, humour and feeling.

Helen Bayne, HR Director, The Link Group.

Emma played an instrumental role in helping us to reorder our priorities and to formulate practical steps toward changing our behaviours and actions. Her coaching and facilitation were critical to the success of our leadership development program; and her common sense insights, in relation to organizational culture and individual self-improvement, meant that even the most reluctant participants feel they have benefited greatly.

Paul Renz, Partner, Scott Moncrieff

I have had the pleasure of working closely with Emma for five years now. During that time, Emma has made a significant contribution to the training and development programs at the firm, taking the lead on creating, developing and running leadership development programs for our partner and associate groups. Feedback on the sessions is consistently positive, and I can honestly say that her work has helped us to shape how we conduct ourselves in the business. Over this period, Emma has also operated as a coach for a number of people. Again, the feedback is always positive, and there are real tangible examples of how Emma has made a difference. Emma’s approach to leadership training and coaching is innovative and creative, and more importantly, she has been able to influence change, truly getting the best out of people.”

Kirstie MacLennan, HR Director

I first met Emma during the tender process to support our firm’s leadership development program. I selected Emma due to her credible background of working with professional service firms and, more importantly, her ability to establish the requirements of the program at our initial meeting. Emma helped me to shape my thinking into a practical but inspiring program, and while working with Emma, I felt extremely motivated and excited about the results of the program. Emma’s initial meetings with partners, directors and managers were a fantastic success; she generated an environment where senior partners shared key business problems, and Emma’s incredible coaching style identified goals to be achieved by both the business and individuals. Emma’s credible background and amazing coaching style creates fantastic opportunities for people to develop themselves. Personally, Emma has helped me to tackle some very challenging situations and behaviors. She achieves this in an incredibly positive way with a no-nonsense practical approach.”

Joanne Brooks, HR Director

Emma discovers and resolves the issues and barriers which might be severely limiting business and personal performance and yet can be too difficult for a board or an organization to acknowledge. She does this sensitively and incisively. Working with Emma improved my understanding of organizational behaviour and conflict resolution and made a significant contribution to my personal development, and thus my career.

Donald Forsyth, Partner, Ernst and Young, LLP

Emma is a uniquely talented individual who has the ability to offer imaginative and effective solutions to difficult behavioural and relationship situations. This is always offered in a supportive and encouraging way focusing on nurturing the talent of each individual to enable them to succeed and fulfil their full potential.

Elizabeth Dickson, HR Specialist

Emma has a steely determination to seek out the management challenges many would shy away from, but she does so with a perceptive understanding of each individual’s strengths and potential to lead. Her style is warm, calm and engaging but her purpose is resolute. Her approach is founded on the maxim that ‘behaviours breed behaviours’—that our values and behaviours as leaders must exemplify the change we wish to see in our people. Emma’s influence on our leadership development was so well received it has become the bedrock of a new strategy for the whole firm. With Emma’s leadership, we are now focused on stronger relationships within our workplace, which we know will have a positive impact on our work and our clients. In the great babble of leadership manuals, Emma’s is an intelligent voice worth listening to.

Gareth Magee, Partner, Scott Moncrieff

I and my colleagues on the senior staff team at Link engaged Emma to get us onto the leadership development journey some four years ago, and we have since taken advantage of—and benefited greatly from—embedding what we learned throughout the Link Group of social enterprise companies. And we have recently re-engaged her to review how we’ve done.
‘Leadership’ is a complicated and oft-misunderstood concept—but Emma ‘gets it!’ And by the time you’ve been through the process, you’ve ‘got it’ too.

Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive, Link Group Ltd

Emma’s input is always highly practical and focused on supporting leaders to get the most out of themselves and others.

Emma is extremely knowledgeable and perceptive in her interactions with the audience, and leaves individuals feeling inspired and empowered to make changes to their habits and interactions with others in order to fulfil personal potential and develop effective relationships.

Nicola Dudley, Deputy Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools

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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no-one thinks of changing himself” Leo Tolstoy