Making Sense of Work with Jean Balfour

Jean Balfour - Master Certified Coach, Speaker

How’s Work at the Moment? We all work - and yet we often struggle with work. Even very ambitious people find parts of work difficult. This podcast is for you if you'd like to build a new and better relationships with your working life. We explore everything to do with our working lives, starting with how do we find our purpose, how do make sense of our organisations and what is the Great Resignation? Do you have topic you'd like me to cover? Send me a note on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Find out more about our Coach Training and Professional Development Courses - www.baileybalfour.com

Ep. #28. Being your Unique Self with Andy Woodfield
3d ago
Ep. #28. Being your Unique Self with Andy Woodfield
Andy and Jean talk about strengths in our working lives. They coverThe importance of assuming positive intent in others Living our strengths at workHow we can be distinctive at workHow strengths overplayed can become weaknessesThe importance of taking a breathe momentAndy is the PwC Global Sector Leaders for International Development and the PwCGlobal Client Partner for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). He and his teams are committed to unlocking the full power of the PwC network globally to support the collective efforts of the International Development / Global Development sector.Andy has been focused on the International Development market for over 12 years.Alongside his client role, in 2018 he took on a two year cycle of experience leading the PwC UK Sales and Marketing function as the firm's first UK Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. And this led him to be awarded Fellow of the Chartered Institute Of Marketing (FCIM) status, he is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI).Andy is a regular public speaker, usually focusing on strengths based development, innovation, diversity, and inclusion. He has given two TED Talks and has also spoken on Gender Equality at the United Nations HQ in New York. Most recently Andy published his first book This is your Moment in which he provides a practical guide to those of us who are in transitions on how prepare for and sustain themselves for a more uncertain future.You can find Andy here: can find Jean here:
Ep. #26. Workplace Wellbeing with Bianca Stringuini
Jul 26 2022
Ep. #26. Workplace Wellbeing with Bianca Stringuini
Covid-19 brought workplace wellbeing to the fore in organisations. The combination of the sudden change in ways of working along with the pandemic led to an urgent need to take employees' physical, emotional and mental health seriously.In this episode of Making Sense of Work, Bianca Stringuini shares her experience of leading through Covid.Bianca and Jean discussHow the lack of boundaries between work and life during the pandemic took a toll on people’s healthThe tension between our individual responsibility to look after ourselves and the role leaders and managers play creating inclusive and psychologically safe environments. How psychological safety is key to enabling employees to discuss their wellbeing. The connection between wellbeing and inclusion at workThe very personal nature of both well being and inclusionFor the past 15 years Bianca has been responsible for creating and implementing Inclusion, Diversity (I&D), Wellbeing, Engagement and Change Management strategies for Fortune 500 companies across multiple markets.Most recently she led the People Experience and Culture team at KPMG in Singapore. Their aim was to create the best employee value proposition and experience to everyone in an inclusive and human centric manner.Prior to this Bianca led Inclusion, Diversity and Wellbeing for Visa Asia Pacific, and prior to that, led I&D at JP Morgan Chase, AIG and American Express across Asia. She also headed the I&D practice for Mercer in Asia and has spearheaded strategy, business development and branding, as well as change, talent and performance management projects throughout my career.Bianca is a certified facilitator in cultural awareness, change management and cultural transformation, an I&D and wellbeing thought leader speaker.She is also an example of diverse experiences, originally from Brazil, Bianca has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and South America. Her background is in trade and international affairs and her passion continues to be global inclusive growth and impact.You can find Bianca here:
Ep. #24. Bringing spirituality into our work with Danielle Van de Velde
Jul 14 2022
Ep. #24. Bringing spirituality into our work with Danielle Van de Velde
Jean is joined by Danielle Van de Velde. Dani helps others understand and master the art of meditation, transformative inner practice, and healing through private coaching, energy sessions, courses, and tailored programs for individuals, schools, and organizations. A sought-after healer and spiritual mentor, Dani is a popular speaker at industry forums, a published writer, and holds regular retreats in Asia and Australia. Dani has also recently published her first book -  Spirited: A Guide to your Innate Spiritual Design to Transform your Life. In Spirited Dani reframes meditation as an intentional practice to transform from reactive, to responsive, to expansive, and ultimately to creative living. She helps you remember who and what you really are, to live in active cohesion and co-creation with life and to operate creatively and intuitively in a state of flow. She shares how to remember this is when we heal and come back to our true nature and design. This is being spirited.Dani is host of the Modern Crone Podcast, has some wonderful guided meditations available on spotify and insight timer , offering Reiki and intuitive healing – and so much more. In this conversation Dani shares Her transition from corporate leader to spiritual teacher and healerHow starting her day out to be open to possibility through the ritual of greeting the dawn sets her up to be ready for whatever the day brings.The importance of taking our career and life experiences as learning experiences and not to be regretted.How to work with Head, Heart and Gut in making decisions in daily life.You can find Dani in the following places. Spirited is available on all major online bookstores and via her website.  the Spirited Community at Modern Crone Podcast meditations can be found here: Game of Life and How to Play it -  Florence Scovel Shinn
Ep. #22. From Corporate HR to Professional Artist with Joanna Lee Miller
Jun 30 2022
Ep. #22. From Corporate HR to Professional Artist with Joanna Lee Miller
Joanna Lee Miller made a radical career change. In 2017 she took a year sabbatical to study painting in Florence - fully intending to return to her corporate career. Nearly 4 years later she is a professional artist alongside working as a career coach and change consultant. In this high energy conversation Jo shares her story about making this move from corporate life to artist life and portfolio career. We talk aboutHow important relationships are in building a successful careerThe importance of sponsorshipThe struggle of how to decide to move out of corporate lifeHow a coach helped her to make the decision to follow her dreamHow to hold the tension between her art and her corporate work and coaching Joanna Lee Miller is an organizational change and transformation expert driving effective and lasting change for companies at the local to the multinational level across all industries. Jo is also a career advancement coach and is a professional landscape painter. She began her career with Deloitte consulting in change management communications talent management and culture transformation. She then moved into HR, working as HR director at American express in New York, London, and Singapore. While in Singapore, Jo decided to shift gears completely, moving from here to Florence, Italy, to train as a professional artist at the Florence academy of Art.Jo's three years of highly technical training followed the traditional academic methods of the 19th century European Ateliers. She's now back in South Africa, her home country, where she's focusing on her three different yet interconnected careers, change management, consultant, career advancement, coaching and landscape painter.You can find Joanna here:joannaleemiller.com Myerson: Toich: Instagram Coen Fernandez: lindsey@withu.orgThe Artist’s way  - Julia Cameron - Agility - Susan David -
Ep. #20. Developing Diverse Leaders with Dr Wayne Mullen
Jun 16 2022
Ep. #20. Developing Diverse Leaders with Dr Wayne Mullen
Jean is joined by Dr Wayne Mullen.Jean and Wayne talk aboutHow to create culture in a virtual world in a 100% virtual organisationHow diverse leaders bring the critical skills needed for the future in organisationsThe double whammy for women as leadersAuthenticity and leadershipWayne runs Mollitiam, a consultancy business, and is the Chief People Officer at Xapo Bank. His previous roles included Chief People Officer and Chief of Staff at Quartz Enterprises, Director of Global Leadership and Capability at King (the Candy Crush people), Global Head of Leadership and Organisational Development at VTB Capital, and Head of Leadership and Development for Standard Bank’s international investment banking business.   He holds an MSc in Organisational Behaviour (Occupational Psychology), an EMBA, and a Doctorate in Leadership and Organisational Development (awarded the Ken Goulding Prize for Research Excellence).  His doctoral research focused on the experiences and development needs of minority leaders. He has many other qualifications including being an executive coach.He has contributed chapters to two books – The Tavistock Institute’s ‘Dynamics at Boardroom Level’ and Springer Nature’s book ‘Management for Professionals: Global Diversity Management’.  Wayne is a Visiting Professor of Diversity, Leadership and Organisational Development at Middlesex University and a trustee of Ben Cohen’s Standup Foundation.You can find Wayne here at Board Level Diversity Management to Think - Nancy Kline Promise of Giants - John Amaechi
Ep. #16. Building a Portfolio Career with Tamara Singh
May 12 2022
Ep. #16. Building a Portfolio Career with Tamara Singh
In this episode Jean is joined by Tamara Singh. Jean and Tamara talk aboutCreative ways to build a portfolio careerHer experience of COP 26Regenerative systems and sustainabilityHow to make hybrid working workWhat a climate hackathon is and why the green economy is importantTamara spends time considering global systems and the nudges that may help to render them more sustainable, She does this drawing on her expertise in Financial Systems, Digital and Sustainability.  She enjoys a portfolio career which allows her to devote her energy to her profession and her passions.Tamara built her career across energy, financial services and fund management, governing trading floors in London, New York and Asia Pacific. Having earned her stripes at Centrica Plc, BP Oil International, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank, she returned home to Singapore in 2012.On home ground, Tamara served Westpac Banking Corporation and then her country working for GIC. Whilst supporting GIC’s mandate for Singapore, she contributed to digital transformation and sustainability initiatives, building relationships across the financial ecosystem worldwide. This ignited her to structure a portfolio career centred on enabling sustainable organisations to scale, while championing impactful change. At present, Tamara works at all levels across industries to both better the finance ecosystem and to further enterprises through sustainable business practices. She holds Board positions with Conjunct Consulting, South East Asia’s first social change consultancy, and the People Centered Internet.  She also coaches leaders of organisations and advises start-ups navigating sustainability and scale. As her linked in profiles states she is a proud mama of her two young sons – who she is devoted to, and who have stretched her out of her comfort zone and into efforts to master ball sports and patience.She recharges through appreciating food and drink in excellent company, then exercising and dieting in solitude.You can find Tamara here: organisations Tamara is connected with: Tamara mentioned:Sarah Ichioka and Michael Pawlyn Women Ibarra -The Authenticity Paradox Ibarra - Working Identity Slaughter Game/Enders Shadow - Orson Scott Card
Ep. #14. Developing Strategic Thinking with Stacy McCarthy
May 5 2022
Ep. #14. Developing Strategic Thinking with Stacy McCarthy
For some of us strategic thinking comes naturally - for others it is something we have to learn. In this episode Jean Balfour is joined by Stacy McCarthy. Stacy is a business advisor, executive coach and board member.Stacy McCarthy has spent a lot of her career developing strategy for one of the world's big brands. In this podcast she and Jean Balfour talk about The importance of stepping out of your comfort zone in your careerThe connection between purpose, values and resilienceHow to plan time for strategic thinkingWays to ‘triage’ your time and what you prioritiseHow to link global and regional strategies and to influence bothLeading large teamsHow do empower people to take risksStacy has over 25 years of experience across a really broad range of things. She has worked as an international executive, a military officer, and as a board director. Her career has had her living and working in nine countries where she led regional infrastructure operations for a fortune 500 company from across the Asian and India, Middle East and Africa regions. In the Asian region, she transformed the team into an energised high performance organisation that supported 22% growth in the region with a reduction in operating costs whilst achieving 91% employee engagement score. She's led strategic planning for a defence business helping to identify and make a large shift in product lines and capabilities. She's also been an investment banker, a professional staffer on the US Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and was a commander in the U S Navy with two command tours.You can find Stacy at Aesara Partners and on Linkedin. Newport’s Work Porter Schwartz - The Art of the Long View Economist Magazine Artist’s Way
Ep. #12. Being an Inclusive Leader with Pierre Cheung
Apr 21 2022
Ep. #12. Being an Inclusive Leader with Pierre Cheung
Inclusive Leadership is shown to have a big impact on both business outcomes and employee engagement - as well, of course, as being the right thing to do. And yet we don’t see enough leaders being inclusive.In this podcast Jean talks with Pierre Cheung who puts inclusion at the heart of his leadership approach. Pierre is Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Kreed Entertainment Inc - the first inclusive K-Culture entertainment firm focusing on Kpop academy, NFT community, and IP management with a purpose to raise youth mental awareness.In this episode he sharesThe importance of positive energy in having a successful careerThe role purpose plays at workHow we are not born to be inclusive - we have to learn itUntil recently Pierre was SVP and General Manager for Viacom CBS Networks Asia business including  Greater China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia. This included digital media, programme sales, consumer products. He also led the charge for the company’s VIS (Viacom International Studios) business in Asia to drive local content creation.  He moved to Viacom CBS from BBC Worldwide where he worked for 14 years, latterly as Vice President and General Manager for Greater China where he was in charge of BBC Worldwide’s channel, content distribution, consumer products, local production, and brand development activities across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.You can find Pierre here programme for the BBC in China Freakonomics information   can find Jean here in training as a coach
Ep. #10. Navigating Toxic Work Cultures with Liz Bingham
Apr 6 2022
Ep. #10. Navigating Toxic Work Cultures with Liz Bingham
The most common topic people ask Jean to talk about is Toxic Work Cultures. In this episode Jean is joined by Liz Bingham. Liz shares her insights on this along with sharing her career journey. Liz began her career straight from school with BDO Stoy Hayward in 1981, joining Ernst & Young in 1986.She went on to have a long and illustrious career with EY. As well as an outstanding career as a restructuring expert, she held a number of positions of responsibility in the firm. This included her role as Managing Partner of the UK and Ireland Board where she led the development and delivery of the firm’s extraordinarily successful strategy for employer brand, talent development and Diversity and Inclusion.    She is an avid campaigner for diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace, for non-graduates, for women, for parents, for flexible workers and for LGBT+ people and this resulted in Liz being recognised by HM Queen with the honour of OBE for services to equality in the workplace.Liz has received numerous awards and honours throughout her career including being ranked in the top 20 of the FT Top 50 Outstanding in Business List. She also both appeared in and later judged the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour 100 Power List. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from BPP University.Jean and Liz talk aboutHow it takes a community for someone to have a successful senior career. Research on how high performing teams often function as inclusive communitiesCreating a ‘swarm’ to support you when you are experiencing a toxic work environmentHow leaders can be aware of their own toxic behaviours  when they are derailed and get back to equilibrium. The Athena Doctrine
Ep. #9. Leading through Change with Soo Yee Leong
Mar 27 2022
Ep. #9. Leading through Change with Soo Yee Leong
In this episode Jean is joined by Soo Yee Leong. Soo Yee is an entrepreneurial corporate leader who enjoys working with people to create the future through innovating, solving problems and seizing opportunities, Soo Yee's energy, and her entrepreneurial spirit led her to becoming the first Asian member of the global executive team of the UK based ACCA (The Association for Chartered Certified Accountants). Over her 20 years of experience Soo Yee worked on a huge range of things, including business strategy, P & L management, enterprise growth, business, and digital transformation, marketing, strategic partnerships, and government relationships. She’s worked across many sectors, including professional educational, banking, insurance, quick service restaurants and energy.She is passionate about the power of technology, particularly digital on improving lives and uplifting communities. She's also a strong advocate of inclusion and diversity and environmental sustainability. In addition to all this Soo Yee is a mentor on the look up mentor club, a mentoring platform that connects aspiring women professionals with industry leaders.In this podcast Jean and Soo Yee talk aboutThe importance of vulnerability in leadershipHow to make career transitions from expert to generalist and how to move sectorsLearning about how to break through glass ceilingsYou can find Soo Yee here Grant’s Website and Take - Adam GrantThe Originals - Adam Grant#vLookUpMentorClub can be found here