Business coaching, mentoring, and geek whispering.

Find your voice. Stand your ground. Shape your future.
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Why coaching and mentoring for IT Folk (aka anyone who uses or creates technology)?

I use IT (Information Technology / I.T.) as an umbrella term for any activity that involves using or creating technology. I also love the way I can playfully use IT instead of it, and explore the the terms IT Girls, IT Boys and IT Folk . For a bit of a blurb on why, please check out my blog post on IT Girls and our stories.

IT is the fastest growing industry globally and underpins solutions for all other industries. With only 4% of Australian 15 year old males and a negligible percentage of girls reporting an interest in IT-careers, we need to think outside the box to  develop, attract and retain additional talent while we fix the pipeline. There are plenty of people with transferable skills who would love to be involved, but don’t know how to approach IT. At the same time, many IT folk struggle to navigate the system, ensure we are inclusive and politically correct, and remain authentic.

Sometimes all you need is a sounding board, whether that is for working out your business or product strategy, dealing with your boss, figuring out your next career step, or understanding how you can contribute to the solution and help create a diverse and inclusive organisation. Some organisations have invaluable  internal programs, but if you don’t, how do you find a coach and mentor? Many of us also find it easier to speak with an external coach, consultant and mentor rather than someone that is within the organisation.

From my own experience as a protégé/mentee, mentor, coach, leader and consultant, I know that being engage someone to help for a reason, a season or a lifetime can be invaluable personally, professionally and for your business. I love to enable, empower and inspire people to think outside the box and find their voice, and guide them on their journey when they want it.

My coaching blends robust, contemporary business coaching in IT with a lifetime of mentoring and guiding people on their journey.

Do you need tech business coaching?

Why I coach and mentor

Based on my own lived experience as an IT Girl (woman in tech), for over 30 years, I am acutely aware that there often is a disconnect between people and technology, as well as between the different players. I also know that the  lack of diversity is not about fixing people but rather shifting mindsets and changing behaviours.

To address this, I have developed a coaching approach that is inclusive of every voice and perspective. I provide a unique blend of my experience from running tech teams and businesses, with years of personal mentoring to provide a tailored, personalised experience for every client.

As someone who has often been the “only woman in the room”, is from a culturally and linguistically different background, has felt the intrinsic bias very personally, I have developed thick skin and broad shoulders. I thrive when I can bring others with her on the journey towards inclusion and belonging.

 

When can coaching and mentoring be useful?

  • You have an amazing idea that you’d like to turn into a tech business.
  • You have developed an awesome product. Now what?
  • You want to find other uses for your technology.
  • You want to position yourself as a thought leader in tech.
  • You struggle to navigate the system and find your purpose.
  • Your boss does not value you.
  • You don’t have the confidence to take the leap into tech.
  • You find it difficult to communicate with IT people.
  • You’re in IT and find it hard to communicate with non-IT people.
  • You feel like you are not being heard or seen.
  • You want to step into tech from non-tech or a different industry.
  • You want to help co-create an inclusive organisation.
  • Want to pivot your business to a new or additional audience?
  • You stepped into a new role and thought “what happened?”
  • You lack confidence to take the next step in your career.
  • You have questions, but you don’t know if you can ask them.
  • You want someone to help you work out YOUR superpower.

What I Can Help You With

All of the below can be applied at a personal, professional, leadership, product or business level.

Visioning

Branding

Roadmapping

Product Marketing

U

Customer Research

Team Augmentation

Networking

Geek Whispering

My Approach to Coaching & Mentoring

Find your voice.

Stand your ground. 

Shape your future.

I make sure that all my programs and initiatives can be tailored for a group and personalised for individuals. This helps me live up to my motto Celebrating Differences, and it ensures that you as a client have the experience that suits your life on a certain day.

To guide our work together, I use the 5Ds iterative process that emulates design thinking and lean startup mechanisms by continuously validating against outcomes.

Although we are dealing with serious matters, it is important that we have a bit of fun, which is why I have named my programs IT Girls and IT Boys. More on this under each section.

 

The 5Ds of coaching & mentoring

We DIRECT to define strategy and identify desired outcomes. This is where we  ask the questions WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHEN and HOW.

We DISCOVER to explore the current state and clarify the problem. This may  include a DIB Audit that may include surveys, interviews, review online presence and internal documentation.

We DESIGN to co-design, co-create and co-operate initiatives that work for  your organisation. We adapt the DIB framework for your organisation.

We DELIVER the various initiatives, which could include team and individual  profiling and coaching/mentoring, workshops, facilitated mentor circles for  inclusion, safe spaces for asking “awkward” questions.

We DELIBERATE to reflect over what we have done, check against  desired  outcomes, and improve the processes and initiatives.

IT Girls – what’s in a name?

One reason that I have started using Information Technology or IT as an umbrella term for everything relating to the design and creation of technology is that I love play on words, and I could not help myself from calling this program IT Girls.

An IT Girl is a trend-setting woman or girl with skills, confidence, eloquent language, collaborative relationships, and an entrepreneurial mindset that sets the example of how to have it all AND do good. She is across the latest trends in fashion, social conscience, technology and business. She knows exactly who she is and what she wants, and has an unbelievable generosity of spirit; always taking time to be kind and charitable. 

IT Girls come in all shapes, sizes, preferences and vintages and IT Girls Coaching and Mentoring was designed for anyone who identifies as a woman, and we warmly welcome non-binary participants who feel this is their scenario.

The ultimate goal of the IT Girls programs is to make the participants realise what amazing IT Girls they are.

Freely adapted and embellished from various sources on the Internet.

Who I work with 

TechPreneur / Business Owner

You have a business or business idea that involves creating technology or using it creatively to boost your business. It can get lonely to run your own business.

Are you getting the best out of your IT / tech people? Are they listening to you? Are you on the same page? Do you think your idea is awesome, but the customers are not showing up? Could there be other problems that your technology could solve?

Maybe you just want a sounding board? Someone who can help you see the next steps for yourself and your business?

Transitioning to IT from different role

You may have been working for a while and are looking for a sea change or have just gradated and keen to figure out how you can get on the tech train.

Are you getting the best out of your IT / tech people? Are they listening to you? Are you on the same page? Do you think your idea is awesome, but the customers are not showing up? Could there be other problems that your technology could solve? 

Finding your way into IT is not as hard as it might seem. Take that from someone who believes we need much more diversity in the industry.

IT Individual Contributor

You work as an individual contributor for someone else. Maybe you may  been in the role for a while and feel it is time to step up, or you are brand new and it is not quite what you expected.

Do you feel heard and seen in your team? Do you understand what your boss and the organisation needs from you? Can you clearly see what opportunities exist within the organisation? Or maybe you are looking for a new role somewhere else? Do you feel empowered to be the best that you can be? 

 Sometimes it can be very awkward to address your challenges with someone at your workplace. Will you get judged if you are struggling? What about if someone finds out? Is it going to impact your future opportunities?

IT Leader / Manager

You may have just been promoted to leadership and feel a bit overwhelmed, or you have been there for a while and are feeling the burnout lurking. Or maybe you just need a sounding board.

Do you find that dealing with your staff / team members is taking over and you don’t have time to focus on “your job”? Hang on, isn’t part of the job dealing with your team members? What about that report you need to get ready for your boss? Have you given it sufficient time and focus? Are you managing up?

The higher you get in leadership, the more lonely it gets. Especially if you are not in the majority. Sometimes you just want to sit down with someone who has been through it before and can help you navigate the space.

Whatever your current or future situation is, I am confident that we can co-create a program that works for you. My coaching blends robust, contemporary IT business experience  and best practices with a lifetime of mentoring and guiding people on their journey. For a reason, a season, or a lifetime. 

How I work with my clients

Kick Start Your Journey

Set baseline and define pathway

Your introductory, standalone package to help you set a baseline, decide on strategy and outcomes, discover where you are at, design an approach that works for you, and walk away with key actions for you.

Includes:

  • Professional profiling
  • Pre-session survey
  • 60-90 minutes one-on-one session to define key actionable insights
  • Post session reflection.
  • Affordable packaged price.
  • No ongoing commitment.
  • Option to join community and mentoring circles.

Find Your Way With Me

Individual coaching & mentoring

One-on-one targeted sessions online (or in person if we can) where we meet weekly, fortnightly, monthly or unlimited times per month to work through your priorities. 

Flexible options:

  • Access to mentoring circles and online community.
  • Frequency and commitment depending on your needs.
  • Monthly subscription tailored for your frequency. Minimum 6 months commitment.
  • Pay as you go per session to work on specific challenges / outcomes. Minimum 3 sessions over 6 months.

Travel With Friends

Coaching and mentoring circles

Facilitated online group sessions (or in-person if we can) with a small group of likeminded people who are here to support each other on a journey. As part of the mentoring circle, we co-design and co-create the program cherry-picking from a smorgasbord of topics and ideas.

Where appropriate, we invite guest speakers (could be a member) on specific topics that will help us address curly challenges.

Online community and resources with relevant topics and actionable insights.

Monthly / annual subscription (minimum 6 months).

IT Boys – what’s in a name?

One reason that I have started using Information Technology or IT as an umbrella term for everything relating to the design and creation of technology is that I love play on words, and the fact that I can use “IT” instead of “it”. I could not help myself from using IT Girls and It Boys for my coaching and mentoring to make sure we don’t forget to have a bit of fun.

 An IT boy is the male counterpart of an IT girl. IT boys are effortlessly popular in their group. They tend to be charming and sweet. IT Boys are usually across the latest trends especially in technology and have the coolest friends. They’re well connected and and ALWAYS make sure they are inclusive, supporting and inviting people to the inner circle. This term is often used for popular guys at school, male celebrities, and fashion designers that are prominent.

IT Boys comes in all shapes, sizes, preferences and vintages. IT Boys Coaching and Mentoring was designed for anyone who identifies as a man, and we warmly welcome non-binary participants who feel this is their scenario.

The ultimate goal of the IT Boys programs is to make the participants realise what amazing IT Boys they are.

Freely adapted and embellished from various suggestions on the Internet

Who I work with

Individual men in IT who want diversity

Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, you know that you want to contribute to creating a more diverse and inclusive IT culture, but you don’t know what to say in today’s day and age.

What is politically correct and culturally appropriate? How can you support women and other minority groups around you if you are scared to be authentic? How can you be part of building a culture where people feel they belong if you don’t even know what you can say and do?

 Sometimes it can be very awkward to address your challenges with someone at your workplace. Will you get judged if you are struggling? What about if someone finds out? Is it going to impact your future opportunities?

 

IT leaders who are men and want diversity

You may have just been promoted to leadership and feel a bit overwhelmed, or you have been there for a while and are feeling the burnout lurking. 

Who would have thought that leading a team should take up so much time? And now you are being slammed with diversity and inclusion targets, which you would love to smash. But where to start Do you find that dealing with your staff / team members is taking over and you don’t have time to focus on “your job”? Hang on, isn’t part of the job dealing with your team members? What about that report you need to get ready for your boss? Have you given it sufficient time and focus? Are you managing up?

The higher you get in leadership, the more lonely it can get. And if you want to make sure you take your team on an enjoyable journey, it is okay to get some help from someone who has been through it before and can help you navigate the space.

Whatever your current or future situation is, I am confident that we can co-create a program that works for you. My coaching blends robust, contemporary IT business experience  and best practices with a lifetime of mentoring and guiding people on their journey. For a reason, a season, or a lifetime. 

How I work with my clients

Individual coaching & mentoring

One-on-one targeted sessions online (or in person if we can) where we meet weekly, fortnightly, monthly or unlimited times per month to work through your priorities.

Flexible options:

  • Access to mentoring circles and online community.
  • Email support in between sessions
  • Frequency and commitment depending on your needs. 
  • Monthly subscription tailored for your frequency. Minimum 6 months commitment.
  • Pay as you go per session to work on specific challenges / outcomes. Minimum 3 sessions over 6 months.

Coaching and mentoring circles

Facilitated online group sessions (or in-person if we can) with a small group of likeminded people who are here to support each other on a journey. As part of the mentoring circle, we co-design and co-create the program cherry-picking from a smorgasbord of topics and ideas.

Where appropriate, we invite guest speakers (could be a member) on specific topics that will help us address curly challenges.

Online community and resources with relevant topics and actionable insights.

Monthly / annual subscription (minimum 6 months).

I also give hands-on workshops & talks

If you are looking for a keynote speaker, someone to run aworkshop, a panelist or someone to facilitate or host conversations, check out my faviourite topics and highlights.

A bit more about the IT industry and the future of work

I use IT (Information Technology / I.T.) (IT) as an umbrella term for all roles and organisations that use or create technology. For a bit of a blurb on why, please check out my blog post on IT Girls and our stories.

IT is the fastest growing industry globally as it underpins solutions for all other industries. With only 4% of Australian 15 year old males and a negligible percentage of girls reporting that they are interested in careers in IT, we will struggle to meet the demand for talented professionals long term and need to think outside the box to  develop, attract and retain talent. Despite increased focus on gender balance, there are less than 20% women in IT roles, with women leaving their IT careers at twice the rate of men. The first stop is to create cultures where EVERYONE feels welcome, valued and inspired.

Diversity is critical in IT organisations to adequately represent the diverse and complex needs of all users and gender balance is an important aspect of diversity and often inspires diversity, inclusion and belonging in a broader sense. Research has shown that organisations that embrace gender balance demonstrate uplift in diversity, employee engagement and business performance. The quality and richness of ideas that we can generate with a diverse team are endless and inclusive cultures where people feel they belong are the essence of diversity.

On an individual level, many of us struggle to navigate the system, ensure we are inclusive and politically correct, and remain authentic. This happens whether you are an IT professional, in IT leadership, trying to move into (or come back to) IT, or you run a business that is underpinned by technology or develops technology solutions. This struggle might happen whether you are man, woman or non-binary, from different cultures or backgrounds, live with a disability or learning challenge, or are just trying to fit in.

Sometimes a sounding board is invaluable, whether that is for working out your business strategy, dealing with your boss, figuring out your next career step, or understanding how you can contribute to the solution and help create a diverse and inclusive organisation. Especially if you can find a coach and mentor who has worked in tech for over 30 years, spanning  conceptual-stage startups though to global conglomerates. Someone has often been the “only woman in the business”, someone from a culturally and linguistically different background, someone who has felt the intrinsic bias on her own body, but has developed thick skin and broad shoulders, and thrives when she can bring others with her on the journey towards inclusion and belonging.