Episode 26 - Jo Miles - Master Your Transition

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"Most of the time we're more afraid of being seen as successful than we are of our fear of failure"

Today’s guest is Jo Miles. Jo is an Executive Coach and the founder of Master Your Transition, her Coaching and Consulting business.

Drawing upon two decades of Management Consulting and Coaching expertise, Jo empowers and supports individuals, teams and organisations to explore challenges, gain insight and take practical steps to achieve and sustain change.

Jo is a Coach and trusted advisor to senior Partners at some of the worlds biggest consulting firms and has worked with clients at the likes of Strategy &, Baringa Partners and North Highland to name but a few.

We cover some really interesting topics in today’s interview including:

How Jo became a Coach

What Coaching is, who should consider it and why it’s important for your career.

The common challenges Jo finds clients struggle with and her advice on how to deal with them

How you can tell a good Coach from a bad one and the questions you should ask when assessing whether a Coach is right for you.

The importance of using Coaching as a positive tool for improvement and not a negative tool to deal with poor performance

And much much more!

Jo was a great guest and gave some fantastic insights in to an area of the industry that many people have heard about but very few have experienced.

If you’re looking to take your career to the next level and want to understand more about how Coaching can help you do this then this interview is a must listen!

You can find out more about Master Your Transition at http://www.masteryourtransition.co.uk/ 

You can find out more about Jo on Linked In at https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanna-miles-0283461/ 

Specific things we discuss in this show:

Selecting your Coach – following our interview Jo wanted to add a key point on how to select your coach related to understanding their CPD. Enter Jo: “Please note that CPD can mean attending conferences, training courses, academic lectures and supervision.  Supervision is an important aspect of CPD, as it shows Coaches are consciously seeking to develop themselves and their practice through working with a supervisor”

Tatiana bachkirova - https://www.brookes.ac.uk/business/about/staff/myprofile/?wid=bus-academic-list&op=full&uid=p0035809

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey - http://amzn.eu/d/62NyrJC

The Chimp Paradox by Stephen Peters - http://amzn.eu/d/3aF7ggs

Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter - http://amzn.eu/d/3c1Obmh  

Intelligence In The Flesh by Guy Claxton - http://amzn.eu/d/8V5Mv2Z

Act Like A Leader, Think Like A Leader by Herminia Ibarra - http://amzn.eu/d/8j85oGk  

Presence by Amy Cuddy - http://amzn.eu/d/9M6cIKx   

Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk on Power Poses - https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en  

Mastery by Robert Greene - http://amzn.eu/d/7yuT5uP   

What we talk about:

00:01:35 – Jo’s background and how she got to where she is today. 

00:03:55 – How Jo got in to Coaching and became a full time Coach.

00:13:02 – What Coaching is and who can benefit from it.

00:16:01 – The types of challenges that Coaching can help you with and the common challenges Jo’s clients come to her with.

00:21:00 – The benefit of Coaching vs self-analysis.

00:23:34 – The common misconceptions people have about Coaching and Jo’s responses to them.

00:30:45 – The commonalties and differences in those who work with a Coach.

00:37:55 – The challenges those at different grades face and how these change as Consultants climb the career ladder.

00:46:24 – How you can get the most from Coaching.

00:51:04 – How you can select the best Coach for you and the questions you should ask any prospective Coach to ensure they’re a good fit.

01:02:14 – What Managing/Senior Partners should consider when selecting a Coach to work with their firm.

01:09:13 – What junior Consultants should consider if they’re interested in getting Coaching.

01:14:10 – Jo’s book recommendations.

01:19:48 – Jo’s closing advice for you whether you’re just starting out in Consulting, In the middle grades or approaching Partner level.

01:29:00 - How to get in touch with Jo.