Twin Talents
We want people to feel with us more than to act for us. George Eliot

When two very different leaders in a large public sector department were given the task of working together to transform a specialist service with a budget running into tens of millions of pounds they faced a string of challenges.

One was a front-line professional, used to dealing with customers on a day-to-day basis. The other was a professional manager, more accustomed to managing budgets and staffing levels. So their first challenge was to blend their talents so that they could steer a diverse team of hundreds of professionals through a period of significant change in which a network of small local teams were being incorporated under the umbrella of one huge expanded service line.

The challenge was even greater because of what was at stake. The decisions they made were significant for thousands of people. If they didn’t gel and function fully as a whole service, then jobs and maybe even lives would have been lost.

Tammy worked closely with them, helping them to appreciate and understand each other’s strengths so that they could build a relationship and have productive conversations that allowed them to co-lead the project together. She then helped them to work from the ground up to create a system and management structure that would allow them to deliver their services whilst at the same time staying connected to their staff and management - and each other.

It wasn’t easy. Both of them had to revolutionise the way they worked. They had to draw on the strengths of their old disciplines, but learn new skills too. Tammy spent a year working alongside them, by which time they’d learned to do things differently and had created a resilient and sustainable organisation that was delivering its all-important services efficiently and professionally.

What people say

Tammy brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of people and their interactions to her consultancy work. She is creative and responsive and able to build rapport with a wide range of people, building teams and developing shared understanding of objectives and goals. Phillip Berechree, FCIPD Head of Commissioning, Workforce and Provider Development, Westminster City Council
I had largely given up hope that I would find a coach who truly offered what I have hoped for, and who represented value for money for the organisation I serve. I'm pleased to report this is no longer the case! Tammy has revived my faith in coaching and is warm, creative and challenging. She helps me bring something new and fresh to my work, I work differently because I am coached by Tammy and that for me is what it’s all about.Alison Simpson, Assoc. Director, BSMH Foundation Trust
The 1:1 coaching has been hugely helpful to me – just to have a safe space to discuss the issues I have been struggling with. I felt able to trust completely. The work with the team has also been beneficial and I was again aware that individually and together there was trust in your facilitation. I think your excellent listening skills and groundedness were hugely helpful. Jane Pettingell, CEO, Generate UK
Thank you very much for your positive contributions to my self-development. You have contributed immensely to my professional life. I only knew you for six months and you gave me an entry key to my inner-self and my leadership skills. Semi Adekunle, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust