Hi - I'm Caroline Cameron, founder of Possibility to Reality and thanks for dropping by!
Did you know we spend 91,250 hours of our lives at work?! Yet, in our fast paced, stressful 24/7, 'always on', time poor world, research shows 85% of us are struggling.
Thankfully, that doesn't have to be you!
So... how do you go from SURVIVE to THRIVE?
Hi - I'm Caroline Cameron, founder of Possibility to Reality and thanks for dropping by!
Did you know we spend 91,250 hours of our lives at work?! Yet, in our fast paced, stressful 24/7, 'always on', time poor world, research show 85% of us are struggling.
Thankfully, that doesn't have to be you!
So... how DO you go from SURVIVE to THRIVE?
I founded Possibility to Reality (P2R), to help mid-career professionals and evolving organisations take what's possible and make it real.
My mission is to unlock your potential - helping you test the limits, break the shackles and blow open the opportunities to create the future YOU want.
How ? By harnessing the power of change - once you've worked with me, you won't look back!
What sets P2R apart from your typical executive coaching, career coaching, leadership development, change management consulting and business team building firms lies in
3 Core Principles:
Everything we do is ALL
No hidden agendas, ulterior motives or inflexible methods.
While I am a Master Certified, Award Winning Coach with decades of experience and many satisfied clients, my approach is personalised for you.
Change isn't done FOR you or TO you...
Rather, it is done WITH YOU.
I come alongside you, supporting you every step of the way, with strategies you can use and build on, long after we've finished working together.
The power is all yours!
Change doesn't need to be HARD!
We resist it for so many reasons and while it may not be easy, we do make it simple. In fact, change can happen in a heartbeat!
I help you remove the complexity to achieve real and lasting results in real time.
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Help Me Make a Career Change
I've hit a crossroads and although I've got a few ideas, I'm not sure what I really want to do or how to approach it. And, if I'm honest, I'm a bit scared...
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P2R Client Success Stories
I am constantly inspired by my clients’ ability to achieve way more than they thought was possible!
P2R Executive Coaching/Leadership Development, Career Coaching, Business Team Building, Workshop Facilitation, and Business Change Management helped them successfully overcome often significant challenges to create the future they wanted.
Supporting, guiding and challenging my clients to achieve their goals is both a privilege and a pleasure. Here are some of their inspiring stories to help you see what’s possible for you…
*Note: Names have been changed to respect client confidentiality
Senior executive beats crippling self-doubt and overcomes “imposter syndrome”
In spite of 25 years experience in his field, deep knowledge, a sharp intellect and being well respected, Mike’s self-doubt, anxiety and stress levels were hindering both his performance and job satisfaction.
When he found himself reporting to a driven and high achieving, extrovert manager, Mike (a classic introvert), was drowning and struggling to meet the demands of his role. When we first met, he confessed that he felt inadequate and was fearful of others finding out that he wasn’t ‘up to the job’. This resulted in 70+ hour weeks and high stress.
Through his P2R Executive Coaching Program, Mike separated truth from fiction and implemented simple techniques to immediately get his workload under control. Transferring strategies he’d successfully used in the past helped re-frame his limiting beliefs.
He’d never learnt how to swim as a child and was afraid of the water. But when his young son started swimming lessons, he knew he had to overcome his fear. Today he swims 20kms a week and we were able to use the same success strategy to help him succeed at work.
- Mike learnt how to ‘get out of his own way’, trust himself and accept the strengths others value in him
- He successfully negotiated boundaries with his manager whose respect for him increased significantly
- Demonstrating new found influencing skills, self-confidence, calm and resilience was recognised and he’s been recently promoted to head up a major, national reform
- Mike now consistently works ~45 hours per week, achieves more and maintains a healthy perspective around his priorities.
Career plateau launches successful career change
Andrew was a successful finance manager with an international software development company who had enjoyed a varied career working in different roles and countries. But after 15 years his career had stalled and he was at a loss to know what he could do instead.
Through the P2R Career Reboot Program, Andrew identified those areas of his work which no longer interested him and what gave him the most satisfaction.
Discovering his passion and skill for helping people gain new skills, develop and grow professionally, sparked a career change into corporate learning and development.
With a clear vision and actionable Career Plan, Andrew ‘rebranded’ himself and successfully launched a new career as a freelance learning and development consultant.
- Within 12 months, Andrew completed targeted professional development, obtaining the certifications necessary to be a professional learning and development consultant and workplace trainer
- Using his credibility and relationships within the IT and Financial Services industry, he now designs and delivers corporate training programs and loves the freedom of ‘driving his own bus’.
Executive Board swaps silos for collaboration
Growing rapidly over recent years and feeling the effects of multiple restructures, this government department had become increasingly siloed and disparate. Relationships and cohesion deteriorated, opportunities for collaboration evaporated and inefficiency was rife as each division and branch ‘reinvented the wheel’.
Conflict and unhealthy competition were on the rise and performance deteriorated as seemingly simple projects seemed to be bogged down in unnecessary bureaucracy and turf wars.
When the Board realised the increasing cost to the organisation, its people and services, it was forced to look in the mirror. The silos were being inadvertently perpetuated by their actions and behaviours.
A 2 day Leadership Team Building Retreat was the catalyst to reflect on the impact and envisage a more collaborative culture where people would automatically seek out and work together to achieve goals more easily. Recognising that the catalyst for change was the example they set, the 15 members of this Executive Board developed a Collective Leadership Model with defined principles, values, behaviours and actions.
Gaining unanimous and genuine commitment to the new way of leading, with the support of team coaching, the Board embarked on a 6 month program to change their organisation’s culture.
To keep Collective Leadership front of mind , I provided Critical Friend feedback and support at monthly Board Meetings, Cross Divisional Initiative Workshops and Collaboration Sessions. Regular reflection enabled the Board to fine-tune and flex its approach as they learnt more about what was and wasn’t having an impact.
- A series of collaborative pilot projects were identified, scoped and completed
- Cross division and branch working groups were formed and the ability to deliver faster, better outcomes was proven
- Relationships and internal networks were strengthened
- Within 12 months collaboration became the default approach to solving problems, generating innovative solutions and delivering higher quality projects more quickly
- The Executive Board relationships were strengthened and interdependence provided the key to leading and modeling Collective Leadership
Rapid response lifts morale, reconnects disengaged team and strengthens culture
Whilst a restructure was believed to be the cause of growing unhappiness, widespread inability to adapt to change was the real culprit driving this division’s disengagement. Employee survey results were plummeting; frustration and stress were alarmingly high and the 50 strong team was spinning its wheels. The increasingly bad vibe was toxic and infecting those who otherwise would have taken the change in their stride.
A new strategic direction for the department meant this division’s work was increasingly important, placing them under greater scrutiny and pressure to deliver results. Recognising the growing disconnect between executive management and staff, I was brought in to help the team define and solve the problem.
Let’s Make This Work → Taking Action → Making Progress → Achieving Results
A series of 6 confidential focus groups highlighted a disconnect in behaviours and expectations. Staff felt they hadn’t been consulted about the restructure while management believed they couldn’t have consulted more. However, mutual commitment was high and people cared deeply enough to do whatever it took to turn things around.
The division identified Honesty, Trust and Respect as the values that mattered most and decided what behaviours they’d all need to do and see to improve communication, understanding and performance.
Guiding principles, desirable and undesirable behaviours were identified to create an agreed way to be and define the culture the division wanted to create. Each of the values was given a score out of 10 and realistic improvement goals were set by each individual and branch, to be achieved within 3 months.
Tangible, achievable actions were identified including a commitment to speak up (rather than let things fester); pragmatic transition planning; visual management boards to provide greater transparency of work; regular social activities to improve connection; acknowledging effort and success and targeted professional development to fill skill gaps.
Regular team coaching sessions provided the opportunity for members to rate how the division was tracking on the 3 values, reflect on progress and maintain high awareness of their own responses. Together with individual coaching, team members took greater accountability for their own behaviours lifting empowerment and resilience.
Within 2 months the division had reset its path. Staff are happier and more engaged, executive managers are more connected and aware and the team is well positioned to deliver what their stakeholders expect.
- Employee Engagement Satisfaction Results – within 6 weeks the division achieved a significant improvement across all criteria:
- Clarity of work tasks: ↑ 32%
- Impact/contribution of work: ↑ 41%
- Capacity to influence how work tasks are completed: ↑ 31%
- Having interesting/challenging work: ↑ 14%
- Amount and usefulness of feedback on performance: ↑ 16%
- Opportunities for professional growth and learning: ↑ 15%
- Within 3 months, each branch made significant and steady progress to achieve the goals they set demonstrating increased Honesty, Trust and Respect.
CEO steps off shaky ground into a bright future
https://p2r.com.au/executive-coach-melbourne/Facing a ‘vote of no confidence’ from the Board and her staff, Kaye’s position as CEO of a small but rapidly growing non-profit organisation was rapidly becoming untenable.
Having been brought in 9 months previously to take the organisation from a small, ‘cottage-industry’ to a fully fledged, successful enterprise, Kaye had been recruited for her successful track record in a multi-national business and as an accomplished academic.
However, neither Kaye nor the Board had anticipated the significant differences in culture and approach and the staff did not respond well to Kaye’s fast-paced, forthright, business-focused style. With so much scope for improvement, Kaye was working excessive hours and the stress was taking a heavy toll .
Through a 6 month, tailored P2R Executive Leadership Coaching Program, Kaye was able to increase her self-awareness, clarify her goals for the organisation, modify her style (including slowing down, containing her hours and reducing intensity without sacrificing her vision) and re-establish the confidence of both the Board and staff.
- Kaye successfully shifted her mindset and approach resulting in improved services, lifted skills and capability and a revitalised structure, processes and culture
- Exceeding its growth targets, the organisation is now expanding its international services with Kaye driving the development of an exciting and achievable strategic plan.
- Kaye earned the trust and respect of her staff who now turn to her as a role model and mentor – a far cry from those who had complained about her 12 months previously.
Turning a mega project around – from disaster to success
This project team was charged with delivering a vital software solution to 13 international sites. But ineffective leadership, internal conflict and vested interests were hindering their success.
Staff turnover was high (no one wanted to work on this ‘poisoned chalice’ project!), the customer was losing patience and the parent company was preparing to shut the project down.
With a damaged reputation earned by many missed milestones costing thousands of dollars a day, no one believed they could deliver and this large project was on a Titanic style collision course for disaster.
Through an intensive 2 day Leadership Team Building Retreat, 12 stream leaders identified the specific challenges and developed targeted solutions to address them. The team created a timeline to better understand what had created their current predicament.
Re-framing the events of the past enabled them to move forward with wisdom, clarity, confidence and unity.
Designing a new Strategic Direction, Team Charter and Exemplary Leadership Model, realigned values, resolved conflict and cultural differences, clarified roles and responsibilities and established agreed ways of working.
Finally, the leaders had a robust way to turn their project around and get back on course.
- Within 2 weeks, the CEO reported visibly improved team morale and successful delivery of a key milestone; together with a significant improvement in customer satisfaction
- Ongoing Team Coaching, maintained focus and accountability and within 6 months all milestones had been met and the system was successfully rolled out.
- On the back of their success, the software solution was sold and successfully implemented for another country and 2 other countries had placed firm orders for over $200m.
Postscript: The Program Manager was subsequently promoted to head up the company’s Australian operations. 4 of the project leaders formed a special 'Project Rescue' team that helps other troubled projects successfully get back on track.
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Our Clients Say...
Highly skilled, exceptionally talented, totally reliable - delivers nothing short of excellence
As the MD for one of the largest networks of Coaches, I get to meet and work with some amazing people. Caroline is the best in her class and has a 100% track record for commitment and execution. She is highly skilled, exceptionally talented, totally reliable and the type of professional that will deliver nothing short of excellence. She is delightful to work with and builds great relationships and creates safe environments where critical conversations can take place. Great things always come when you have Caroline on your team.
Infectious positive outlook and thorough knowledge of human behaviors enabled me to develop the skills I required
I had the pleasure of working with Caroline to reset my career goals and take stock of my workplace relationships. Caroline’s extensive background and experience across a range of organisations allowed her to expertly guide me through the subtleties of workplace culture and uncover missed opportunities to develop optimal outcomes for a variety of situations.
Whilst always managing to keep a smile, Caroline was able draw my attention to improvement opportunities and the positive aspects of every situation I encountered. Caroline’s infectious positive outlook and thorough knowledge of human behaviors enabled me to develop the skills I required to consciously flex my style to suit different client’s communication and learning styles.
Caroline helped me identify my 'blind spots' and better understand my impact on others
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Caroline for the past eighteen months as my executive coach. Caroline is a brilliant coach who enabled me to become a far more effective leader in my organisation. Caroline consistently challenged and extended my thinking, provided me with a range of strategies to overcome challenges and barriers and enhanced my strengths by learning to consciously apply them at different times. Most importantly Caroline helped me identify my 'blind spots' and better understand my impact on others. As a result of the coaching I now have more job satisfaction, increased self-confidence and improved relationships with my staff. This has all led to increased performance and results by individuals and teams.
Amazing and liberating to know that you can search, stretch and examine thoughts, aspirations and re-train your thinking
Initially when thinking about professional coaching I wasn’t sure what to expect, or what it would really mean. After all, I knew that I would be confiding in someone I didn’t really know - scary stuff! Within the initial session Caroline was able to address my concerns. This was a professional relationship, not a friendship. From the first session, I felt comfortable with Caroline knowing that she wouldn’t judge me and that I could trust her with everything.
It is amazing and completely liberating to know that you can search, stretch and examine thoughts, aspirations and re-train your thinking without that feeling that you may hurt, disappoint or damage a key relationship in your life.
Through coaching I have redefined my boundaries and been able to accept that I can only control me – this was a major step for me and a path that Caroline expertly guided me through. Not once did Caroline tell me what to do, feel or behave. The success or failure of this, of me, was based solely on me.
Friends comment that following this experience I am much more grounded, self -aware, self-confident and trusting. Caroline was an amazing support and guide to me. Her capability to explore, examine and listen without telling me what to do was key to the success of this experience. Her patience and willingness to explore what is important to me without judgement was liberating.
I would recommend this experience to anyone who wishes to take their life to the next level, in another direction or address some of their self-limiting beliefs or overcome obstacles. My advice, in undertaking coaching with Caroline, is to give it 110%. Caroline will give you 110% and, as the old saying goes to get the most out it – go hard or go home. You will be only cheating yourself if you give it any less.
Outstanding leadership and coaching abilities
Caroline is a senior consultant whose outstanding leadership and coaching abilities, exemplary stakeholder management abilities, strong conceptual and analytical thinking, and ability to work through complex and detailed situations make her a professional I would unreservedly recommend to employers and clients alike.
Leads you in setting aspirational goals and then working through how these can be achieved in a very practical way
I have been fortunate to work with Caroline for three periods of time, each related to new positions. When I gained my first acting executive position Caroline supported me in establishing myself in the role, then applying and being successfully appointed. Caroline provides a good balance of challenge and support in her coaching. She leads you in setting aspirational goals and then working through how these can be achieved in a very practical way. I didn't hesitate to re-engage Caroline when applying and moving into two further positions, as I knew that she would help me to quickly build a strong vision and plan for implementation. And apart from that, she's a great listener and helps me to keep things in perspective, including encouraging fun and balance in life! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Caroline to friends and colleagues.
Deep listening, consistently positive attitude and belief that anything is possible creates the climate of trust
I invited Caroline to be my coach and guide as I retired from my CEO role. Caroline’s non judgmental, big picture, possibility thinking approach; along with her capacity to listen deeply and challenge helped me set priorities and chart and navigate a positive transition for the organization and for myself. I am now embarking on the next stage of my life journey. I have a clear vision of the life I want to live, how I want to relate to others and make a difference in the world. Whether working within an organization or working one on one with a person, Caroline’s deep listening skills, consistently positive attitude and belief that anything is possible creates the climate of trust and the scaffolding required to move from the present reality, vision the future and identify a plan to achieve it. I recommend working with Caroline and P2R to anyone who seriously wants to make positive changes in their lives or in their organizations. Our time together opened doors for me – thank you for the gift of your wisdom and time.
The standout benefit to working with Caroline is her ability to see beyond boundaries for her clients
I engaged Caroline as a coach, at a time I was seeking clarity around engineering a future direction for myself that would allow me to tap into my unique skills and be something I was truly engaged with. Caroline's coaching allowed me to really open up to the possibilities that were available to me, and previously impossible for me to see. Her structured program provided all the tools necessary to get a strategy out of my head and down on paper. The incredible insights and guidance from Caroline allowed me to map out that direction for myself with both clarity and conviction. The standout benefit to working with Caroline is her ability to see beyond boundaries for her clients,and in some cases simply not accept them, holding her clients to account and enabling them to take the first crucial steps towards their future. I would highly recommend Caroline for coaching and life design strategy. Her dedication and depth and range of experience is excellent.
Amazed at the change I could feel in myself after each session - more confident than ever before
After my first hour with Caroline I was sure that I could benefit enormously from her help. I felt I had been talking to a friend and I was so comfortable in Caroline’s company.
I was amazed at the change I could feel in myself after each session. I’m more confident than ever before and while I feel so positive after speaking with Caroline, I’ve also learned techniques and questions to ask myself which help me get through situations on my own, as I confront them.
Each time I have gone to Caroline with something that is a causing concern she has been able to help me feel that I can deal with the situation. Even a problem that I couldn’t imagine could be made easy, was made manageable by breaking it down into small steps. I have since used the strategy we came up with and was very happy to find that I could approach my task without the usual dread. In fact, my new approach was so successful and positive that my confidence has grown even more.
I could not be more grateful to Caroline, as she has opened up so many possibilities for me by asking questions that really make me think and allowing me to work through challenges.
I always walked away from our sessions feeling empowered and confident.
Before I started coaching with Caroline, I wasn’t enjoying my role and could see no light at the end of the tunnel. By the time I completed the P2R Executive Career and Leadership coaching program, everything had changed! By challenging my thinking, I was able to approach seemingly insurmountable problems in a way that significantly improved my work and relationships. I was then able to make critical decisions about my career which resulted in a new and exciting leadership role. As a good listener, Caroline helped me unlock a range of options to tackle each and every career and general work enjoyment ‘blocker’ posed. I always walked away from our sessions feeling empowered and confident. Now, I am highly engaged, happy and seeing bright prospects ahead.
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P2R Client Experiences...
Always striving to get the best out of people in a caring and compassionate way.
Caroline initiated changes which made a true difference and took over a team very down on attitude and enthusiasm. Through her coaching, leadership and direction the team was rebuilt into a successful, efficient working unit. She is not afraid to share her point of view and challenge the status quo, whilst always striving to get the best out of people in a caring and compassionate way.
Energy, Drive and Patience
Thank you to Caroline for your energy, drive and patience with us. We set an ambitious target of defining our purpose, setting our vision and working out how we could achieve it. After a very full and draining day, I am proud of what we achieved as our foundation and particularly the spirit in which we all got there.
A game changer, lifesaver and the biggest hero and supporter you never knew you had
Caroline is an incredibly impressive executive coach and a master of change. I've been most fortunate to work with a variety of executive coaches and leadership consultants, but Caroline is by far the most exceptional coach I've come across. She has great energy, a real calmness that diffuses anyone's inner anxiety, and her tools and tips are second to none. I have engaged Caroline as a coach in two different roles, and there is no doubt I wouldn't be where I am today without Caroline. She is a game changer, lifesaver and the biggest hero and supporter you never knew you had. I hope to work with her again in future!
A high impact player who brings a wealth of experience and applies it through an open mind and ear.
I engaged Caroline to provide guidance and leadership to our change management team on a large transformation project. Her skill in change management is undeniable and her results speak for themselves. Caroline is a high impact player who brings a wealth of experience and applies it through an open mind and ear. Caroline anticipates issues and takes actions that prevent problems thereby removing much of the pain out of change management.
Caroline has also provided me career coaching support. Her approach challenged my own self limiting beliefs to open up thoughts and opportunities that I didn’t believe possible. Caroline is a truly inspiring change management professional and executive coach.
Nails what's needed in a second - just 'gets' people and organisations!
Caroline is an incredible consultant who can nail what's needed in a second and plan an amazing intervention just as fast. She just 'gets' people and organisations. An inspiration!
One of the most positive, determined people I have met
Caroline is one of the most positive, determined people I have met. She has energy and capability and an unfailing optimistic nature that makes her consulting efforts highly effective.
Ability to understand our desired outcomes and then create a program which had a clear journey for the team to achieve the set objectives was superior to other facilitators I have worked with
We recently engaged Caroline on very short notice (less than 2 weeks) to facilitate a coming together of a new Top 25 leadership team as a result of the merger of an external acquisition with an existing internal operating business.
Caroline took our brief and desired outcomes and crafted a thoroughly engaging and rewarding 2 day workshop which was about aligning culture and creating a consistent vision and set of tangible business objectives for a large business unit (greater than 500 people). All the requirements of our brief were achieved without question.
A post workshop survey conducted with the team gave Caroline a 100% score for exceeding expectations as the facilitator.
I found her ability to understand our desired outcomes and then create a program which had a clear journey for the team to achieve the set objectives was superior to other facilitators I have worked with in the past. I would thoroughly recommend Caroline to anyone looking for a facilitator who can ensure your objectives are met and exceeded, who is consistently engaging and who can work the group and their individual characteristics for maximum team and business outcomes.
An inspiring and invaluable experience
Caroline's talk was an inspiring and invaluable experience. Her strategies for dealing with emotional stress are so simple, yet powerful. This talk was the highlight for me.
Extremely impressive ability to relate to staff, level of energy to keep them motivated and focused under stress
I have been very impressed with the level of commitment and professionalism exhibited by Caroline. Her ability to relate to staff, level of energy to keep them motivated and focused was extremely impressive especially under such stressful situations. This combined with a deep level of understanding of the organisation, the people and theory of change lead to a number of successful assignments.
An excellent speaker - engaging and relatable
Caroline is an excellent speaker. She was fantastic at the pre-workshop as well - so engaging and relatable. I gained so much that I will take away and actually use.
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