Hi, I'm Jayne Harrison - I run Peak Potential with a small team of support staff.
I know when selecting to work with a coach, that a sense of connection and rapport makes the difference to how we will work together and to whether you achieve the outcomes you're looking for. I know that who I am (my background, history, beliefs and values) is how I coach and that who I am, won't appeal to everyone.
I left University with a 2:1 in English Literature and I really didn’t have a career direction in mind at that time. I just had a sense of what I was good at: communicating with all sorts of people and curiosity about how and what different businesses offered.
Often the clients I work with don't have a set career plan either, and that's ok.
After a short spell in sales and recruitment, I eventually carved a career in HR Consultancy, where I worked with some of the country’s leading brands for the next 14 years. All the work was in the arena of people development; and it was here that I learned about a relatively new approach called coaching. In my role as an account director, I honed my questioning skills, really got under the skin of client problems and created appropriate solutions. I was also required to build a strong sales and marketing skill set - one which clients say they really value in our work together in career management.
During my time in consultancy, I decided to build on my love of all things psychological and study it more formally. My interest in strengths developed from reading about humanistic psychologists: Martin Seligman, Carl Rogers, Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi and Abraham Maslow. Rather than focusing on ‘what’s wrong’ with people, their wellness approach seemed like a breath of fresh air to me.
At the time I was also having coaching myself. I noticed that when I focused on what I could do (rather than what I couldn’t) and used my natural talents, I was more productive and my relationships improved. Ultimately, it was this introduction to psychology and strengths, which inspired me to go onto to study the Masters in Coaching and add Strengthscope profiling to my toolkit. This informs my coaching approach today. When a leader operates from a place of strengths-based, values driven purpose they create successful teams, organisations and culture. Supporting them to lead from a position of purpose ultimately impacts their customer experience and provides value for the communities they serve, and society as a whole.
Today, I split my time between Associate work with the NHS Leadership Academy (EMLA), working as an Associate Executive Career Coach with some amazing partner organisations, and of course my own business.
On a personal level I enjoy walks with my dogs (and my husband), knitting and sewing, and reading fiction and non fiction (usually something with a psychological twist). I've also recently been involved in running Menopause Cafes as this is something I feel very passionate about and is a way of giving back to the local community.
Qualifications and Professional Memberships:
Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring – Merit
Action Learning Set Facilitation
Strengthscope Accreditation (Team and Individual)
NHS 360 degree feedback facilitator
OU Exploring Psychology – Distinction
ILM certificate in Transactional Analysis for leaders, coaches and trainers
Level A & B British Psychological Society trained in various psychometric instruments
CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice
BA Hons 2:1 English and Drama
Member of the Association for Coaching
Associate member of CIPD
Member of the British Psychological Society