Yvonne McLean
I am not afraid to challenge clients; to stretch them and their thinking

LDC coach and facilitator

I love working with people to support their development and growth as a leader. I have broad experience working with leaders at all levels both in New Zealand and overseas. People appreciate my warm and empathetic style both in my coaching and facilitation. And, I am not afraid to challenge clients; to stretch them and their thinking.

Based in Auckland, I work with clients around New Zealand, Asia Pacific and further afield. Geography has never been a barrier for clients who choose to work with me.

One of my proudest professional accomplishments has been developing the New Zealand Global Women Breakthrough Leaders year-long programme for senior women. Launched in 2010 it is now a highly sought after programme for senior women leaders. Since then, I have developed other in-house Women in Leadership programmes for commercial organisations.

In my coaching, I meet my clients with whatever they present, and work to the outcomes that they are looking for; I do not specialise in specific coaching topics or niche areas as such. I have a special interest in communication, coaching (both coaching and training people in coaching leadership), building resilience and overcoming fear and negative self-talk and dealing with conflict. I also work with clients both from the private and public sectors. With my background outside the public sector, I bring a fresh and commercial perspective, which my public sector clients have found refreshing.

I have practical experience as a leader within large organisations, both national and global, and lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Germany and New Zealand. Before training as a coach, I was a lawyer specialising in Intellectual Property litigation. I worked in large law firms in London and New Zealand. I was the lead lawyer for Microsoft, United Kingdom and a member of its executive management team for the last eight years of my legal practice. My background, therefore, enables me to relate to people from different backgrounds and levels of experience.

My qualifications include: B A Hons (Oxon) in Modern Languages and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. Other professional qualifications include: Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales and Barrister in New Zealand (until I stopped renewing those memberships when I changed career), LEADR trained Mediator, Certified NLP Practitioner, mBIT Coach and certified GENOS Emotional Intelligence Practitioner. I have the exclusive licence to deliver Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway© programmes in New Zealand workplaces and I am on the faculty of the Forton Group, an International Coach Federation accredited coach training school.

Strategic Direction Consulting Ltd

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