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.
Here's How I Can Help You
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...
Helped me find ways to open doors where all I had seen were walls
Through her probing style, Caroline helped me find ways to open doors where all I had seen were walls. Within a short period of time, she helped me change some of the ways I dealt with business challenges I faced, which carried over into all aspects of my life. In her soft-spoken way, Caroline packs an inspirational punch!
Enabled insights that previously could not be seen
As a mentor and a coach Caroline has provided me with tremendous advice and guidance over a period of time. Caroline has an in-depth technical knowledge of coaching and matches this with an appropriate style to assist in enabling insights that previously could not be seen. I highly recommend Caroline.
Helps me to look at situations differently now
Coaching with Caroline, I have learnt how to better manage difficult situations. There were times that I would come to a coaching session thinking there was no possible way out of a situation I was in, but Caroline helped me work through the issues and identify my options. I really liked that. It helps me to look at situations differently now. She also helped me recognise that I have good skills and experience that is transferable and that I can achieve anything if I want to.
Created a safe yet challenging learning environment that allowed the participants to learn, grow and stretch themselves
Caroline expertly designed and facilitated a program for a group of our emerging leaders. She created a safe yet challenging learning environment that allowed the participants to learn, grow and stretch themselves. Caroline brought wisdom, great energy, humour and a genuine desire for results. The program delivered a demonstrable shift in awareness of self for the participants and awareness about their leadership presence and shadow. Our emerging leaders also walked away with some great tools in their leadership tool kit. The feedback from the program and its impact on participants has been excellent. Thank-you Caroline!
I don’t think there was anyone in the room who remained untouched and unchanged by that experience.
I was interested to meet Caroline Cameron at a group retreat and watch her in action as she made a life-coaching presentation to us. I was extremely impressed with how she made the session so productive for everyone present, and how she put into practice the fundamentals of her craft so clearly, concisely and meaningfully. I don’t think there was anyone in the room who remained untouched and unchanged by that experience. She made everyone think about their lives, their reality and their goals, and helped us all realise how simply we could put changes incrementally in place to effect a transition from what is, to what we’d like to be. The process proved pretty inspiring for all of us there, and we all agreed that it had been an amazing experience to be a part of. I’ve had sessions since with other life coaches and often been terribly disappointed. They can become so caught up in their own experiences, jargon, sources and meaningless acronyms that the time spent with them feels utterly wasted. With Caroline, on the other hand, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her for any life, lifestyle, career or executive coaching role. I feel very fortunate to have had the benefit of her time, experience, empathy and wisdom.
Life at work and home is now "easy"!
Working with Caroline has been inspirational. Through her persistence and probing questioning, results were achieved in a very short space of time. Re-organising and prioritising the areas which matter has made an enormous difference to my ability to work efficiently and proactively. Life at work and home is now "easy"! The "noise" is now under control. Caroline has made change fun and exciting although the process was challenging. Achievements are acknowledged and there is far more focus in my live. It has now been four months since our final session and the toolkit which we built together is still in place and in action. A fantastic reference tool for business and personal life. For me it has been a great result and I would certainly recommend Caroline to colleagues and friends.
Very insightful and honest yet pragmatic and resourceful
I got a tremendous amount of knowledge and understanding of my personal strengths and weaknesses from my time with Caroline. I found her to be very insightful and honest yet pragmatic and resourceful with the advice and coaching provided. I take a lot of wisdom and perspective from the time spent. I am a better person for it.
Caroline has a very unique and special way of helping people become everything they hope to be
Working with Caroline has been an absolutely life changing experience and I can truly say that I am a better person for having met and worked with her. Her calming and friendly conversational skills allow you to get to the root cause of discussion points, without making you feel uncomfortable. Caroline was always present and I was at the center of her time.She listens and makes what you're talking about really important and there's no need to hold back. Caroline has a very unique and special way of helping people become everything they hope to be.
By far the best leadership program I've ever done
Caroline was excellent – having been through several similar courses, this leadership program was by far the best I’ve ever done.
Highly skilled at coaching through a variety of complex scenarios that senior executives encounter
Caroline is a life-changing executive coach. She has challenged me to think more laterally about my career through in-depth identification of my skill set and potential. She is highly skilled at coaching through a variety of complex scenarios that senior executives encounter. Be prepared to be challenged, step well outside of your comfort zone and to learn not to settle for anything less than what you are truly capable of.
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P2R Client Experiences...
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!
Struck many chords with the teams, and we took away smart new ways to think about 'stuff'
Caroline, we had a great time with you on Monday morning. Your start to the meeting allowed us to really set the scene positively and with empowerment for the Team. Thanks for your presentation and the time to prepare it with us. You struck many chords with the teams, and we took away smart new ways to think about 'stuff'. The fact that the teams were referring back to your words after you left was a great sign of impact. I liked the Yodaism - Do or Not Do. There is no try. I also liked the 'Be Do Have' approach and will incorporate into my field days pre customer calls with my team.
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.
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!
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.
One of the best change management practitioners that I have worked with!
Thank you very much for all of the assistance, drive and change leadership that you have provided to help us achieve the foundation for uplifting our project capability. You have helped create a real momentum and the uplift generally. Your enthusiasm, pragmatic approach and change expertise have been very valuable in helping us on this journey. I would rate you as one of the best change management practitioners that I have worked with!
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.
I was so well supported and mentored throughout by a change management expert
When I was offered a role as a Project Officer for a major change project, it was is very different from my usual role as Nurse Coordinator. I knew it was a great opportunity but had reservations about taking on something that I didn’t have a great deal of experience in.
The one thing that tipped my decision was the offer of working with an ‘External Consultant’ who I was told would help guide me through the process. This person was Caroline Cameron who did more than ‘guide’ me through managing a project!
I cannot speak highly enough of Caroline’s approach, manner and obvious wealth of knowledge in a vast array of areas that related to not only the project but also my own professional development. Working with Caroline gave me excellent direct access to learning as well as invaluable encouragement and insight into how to put this learning into practice.
Working on the project has been a great experience for me, and I attribute the success of this experience to the fact that I was so well supported and mentored throughout by an expert in change management and many other fields which is quite rare in the health care setting!!
A source of inspiration to all who know her, well respected for her ability to relate to others even in the most trying of circumstances
It is not often that one finds people of Caroline's skills and attitude. Whilst many people fall short of delivering to their potential, Caroline has constantly amazed me with how much she can get done, yet still maintain a high degree of accuracy and quality. Her approach is pragmatic, simple and effective. She is organised and delivers on time.Yet it is not the quality of her work that is most impressive (as impressive as it is). It is her attitude and ability to cut through barriers, and corral staff, colleagues and superiors onto the same 'Page" to be able to see a common vision / solution that stands her apart from others. She has constantly strived to add value in a very difficult environment. She has always been positive, has managed to be a source of inspiration to all who know her, and is well respected for her ability to relate to others even in the most trying of circumstances. Caroline’s ability to lead, coach and mentor others has been a major contributor to making our workplace a much more pleasant and productive environment.
An expert coach and motivational speaker who knows her stuff!
As well as being great to work with, Caroline is an expert coach and motivational speaker who knows her stuff! We engaged Caroline as the life coach for a Financial Health Retreat - to help our guests see their personal finances in a bigger life picture. The event was informal and Caroline was a critical part of creating a relaxed and engaging event.
Our guests were mainly media representatives, which suited Caroline's ability to communicate in detail while keeping an eye on the big picture - all the time being genuine and personable. She has a great ability to connect easily with people and her group sessions are highly interactive - there are no passengers in Caroline's sessions! She also provided some incredibly practical tools.
I would highly recommend Caroline to anyone who wants their event to create a positive impact, long after it is over.
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