About Caroline Cameron

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Your time is precious and something has to change

If you're tired of pointless conversations, endless meetings and feeling like you're getting nowhere, I can help!

Together, we achieve real results in real time

Change is easier than you think...

Resistance and fear can be smashed - once you identify what it is that's getting in your way. 

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!

You CAN be successful and fulfilled...

And once you learn how, there's no turning back. You'll wish you'd known and done these things years ago.

Make the difference and impact you were born to make

Although I'm a Melbourne based Executive Coach, Career Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Team Builder, Change Management Coach and Keynote Speaker, I work with clients across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Region.

Fun Facts:

  • 10 careers in front line to executive level roles - chances are I've experienced and overcome the challenges and understand what you're going through
  • 20 + years consulting and 11,000+ hours coaching, facilitating and presenting - enabling positive and sustainable change
  • 450+ clients across 25 different industries - transfering strategies and ideas to spark innovation
  • Diversity is my secret-sauce! My clients work in corporate & private business, government and non-profit sectors
  • Author of The Great Life Redesign – change how you work, live how you dream, make it happen TODAY!
  • Published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun, Live the Dream, Marie Claire. Interviewed on ABC Radio, 2UE, 4BC, Sky Business Channel and A Current Affair
  • Executive Coaching Panels:  Wesfarmers, Australian Tax Office, Victorian Leadership Academy, Victorian Government Departments & Authorities:
  • Premier & Cabinet
  • Treasury & Finance
  • Education & Training
  • Environment, Land, Water & Planning
  • Health & Human Services
  • Certified Narrative Coach Practitioner, WBECS
  • Certified Coach, Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching
  • Master Certified Coach, Behavioural Coaching Institute
  • Master Certified Coach, Australian & New Zealand Institute of Coaching (ANZI Coaching)
  • 2011 Coach of the Year, Australian & New Zealand Institute of Coaching (ANZI Coaching)
  • Certified Firework Career Coach
  • Certified NLP Practitioner, The Coaching Institute
  • Diploma Life Coaching, The Coaching Institute
  • Executive Coach, Victorian Leadership Academy (+ Victorian Leadership Development Program), 8 years
ICF Certificate
Certified Master Coach
certified Narrative Coach
ANZI Coach of the Year

I'm telling you this so you know that when I talk about executive coaching, leadership development, career change, team building, strategic planning and workshop facilitation, it's based on years of experience both in the trenches myself and professionally coaching hundreds of clients, teams and organisations to achieve their desired outcomes.

I Believe...

People are way more capable than they give themselves credit for!  

We all have so much potential and if we get to the end of our lives without using every single bit of it, being the best we can be, that's a massive waste of positive change the world has missed out on.

It's also a lifetime of deep regret - for all the things we didn't do, but wish we had.

After years of jumping from job to job, trying to figure out the difference I'm here to make, it gradually became blindingly obvious. If I could help just one person break free from the chains that keep them stuck, my life will have been worthwhile.

Fast forward 15 years and I am incredibly fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to help my clients turn their possibilities into reality, every day!

What Possibility to Reality is All About

I started Possibility to Reality (or P2R as we like to call it) in 2005 to help aspiring leaders, teams and organisations take what's possible and make it real. We hear so much about 'failed change' and too many change initiatives unwittingly make this a self-fulfilling prophecy.

No one starts out with the intent to fail and most of us know what we need to do. Yet, for whatever reason, we just don't do it or 'doing it' becomes too hard. I help you smash that myth and close the 'knowing/doing' gap through:

"Why should I work with you?" I hear you ask...

Possibility to Reality is Different!

What sets us apart:

  • It is ALL about YOU! My only interest and measure of success is your achievement - no imposed or rigid approach; hidden agendas or 'coachy' jargon.
  • My #1 priority is to build a safe, deeply trusting space to help you explore what you need and do what you choose - YOU are the expert on you. My job is to listen very carefully and shine a light on whatever it is that is blocking your path to success..
  • We keep it simple. You are busy and many of the challenges you face are complex, so we cut to the chase, get to the crux and discover the simplest yet most powerful and effective solutions. We break ambitions and aspirations down into bite sized steps so you harness the power of change at a pace that works for you.
  • We don't set goals! While this sounds radical, experience shows that the issue you present with is rarely the real issue! Setting hard goals up front is like leaning a ladder up against the wrong wall or going down a dead end rabbit hole. Besides, no sooner than a goal is set, the environment and your circumstances will change and setting rigid goals often sets you up for failure and disappointment.
  • Rather, you have a clear aspiration and we explore what matters most to you, to enable you to achieve real and positive results in real time.
  • I do have expectations of you.  To set you up for success, we create an agreement whereby you and I will both commit 100% to the work. You don't need to know how to create your desired change. However, you must have a strong desire, open mind and curiosity to explore...
  • I willingly share every relevant thing I know and expect you to 'pay it forward'. With my clients, I've developed over 350 simple coaching tools to solve common leadership, team and career challenges. You are encouraged to use and apply whatever you learn to help others break through their barriers to success. By sharing with others, we create a ripple affect that significantly increases the value and impact of our work.
  • Every client is unique. Here are some of my client's experiences (in their own words), to give you a sense of what it's like to work with me.

testimonials

What P2R Clients Experience

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Exremely positive feedback - people very much enjoyed the opportunity to reflect

Thank you for the workshop you provided yesterday as part of our planning and review day. The feedback from the team was extremely positive and people very much enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on their work in the context of past, present and future directions.

Chris Pierson , Manager Services Innovation Program, | Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture
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Exceptional at drawing out what lay dormant in me

Caroline was exceptional at drawing out what lay dormant in me. Her strategies are simple but highly effective in assisting me to develop strong high level skills to run a large, highly complex, challenging and values driven government program. I found the experience of working of working with Caroline highly empowering by providing me with the ability to make the best of my people, my boss and of course me. She is well trained and very skilled at her job but most importantly to me - she is real, kind and challenging!

Mariela Diaz , Director, Family Violence Reform | Magistrates Court of Victoria
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Found new motivation, clear purpose and direction, increased productivity and relaxation

I was a coaching client of Caroline's and used the tools and strategies she provided to find new motivation, clear purpose and direction, and increased productivity and relaxation. The Great Life Redesign delivered all that was promised...and more. Caroline really provided a program to suit my needs and through the process supported me to make important changes to my belief patterns, daily structure, time management systems, decision making and an overall "game plan" for life - both professionally and personally. The strategies have not only helped to achieve my initial goals, but provided skills to take me forward into the future. This program provides an excellent "ROI" and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to take the next step in creating the life they want to lead.

Nicole Thomas , Director, Aviation Advisor | Uiver Memorial Community Trust
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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.

John Porter , Business Solutions Delivery Manager | TRUenergy
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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.

Travis Liersch , Consutant and Business Coach | Travis Liersch Consulting
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Enabled me to confidently apply my own insight and experience to any situation

I was fortunate to have corporate coaching sessions with Caroline during a period of organisational change. Caroline helped me recognise my progress and enabled me to draw on my own strengths to address my goals. I was always assured that the very valuable "between" session calls (laser coaching) were never an imposition, and was able to use these sessions to clarify my decision-making processes through the most challenging moments. Caroline's innovative approach assisted me to expand my possible choices, to focus my thinking well, and to consider great alternatives. Being able to identify the “opportunities” that uncertainty can provide is a strength I gained. Caroline's expert coaching has enabled me to confidently apply my own insight and experience to any situation. She got to know me well , reflecting back at me an understanding of my situation, aspirations, goals, misgivings and limits….and then took me beyond them through our coaching sessions!

Barbara Crowe , Executive Director | Dept Education & Training
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Highly skilled, emotionally attuned, able to skillfully challenge and re frame my thinking

I have been privileged to have Caroline as an Executive coach over the last 2 years. Caroline is highly skilled, emotionally attuned and is able to skillfully challenge and re frame my thinking, alongside providing many strategies to overcome challenges and build my confidence and success as a leader. Caroline has assisted me to "dig deep" and really understand who I am, and what I stand for as a leader. Having the space and support to develop through coaching with Caroline has been a gift.

Michelle Van Doorn , National Executive Director of Services | OzChild
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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!

Vikki Kimberlee , Manager Strategic Partnering and Advice (People and Capability) | City West Water
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I found myself feeling on top of the moon after every session

Caroline exceeded all my expectations. From our first session I found her to be extremely approachable and attentive. She was dedicated and passionate about me achieving my goals and her knowledge and wisdom was ever present. Her positive and enthusiastic manner was contagious and I found myself feeling on top of the moon after every session.

She has provided me with clarity and a new focus around my future. She has changed my mindset for the better. I now have the tools to move myself past things blocking my path. I have learnt the benefit of ‘effective questioning’. I can achieve my dream job – it’s just a question of taking action. You can tell she truly loves her job.

Lisa Iurada , Personal Image Stylist | Cocoon Styling
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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.

Richard Blair , Manager, Emergency Management & Facilities | Campbelltown City Council

My Commitment to YOU:

Effective solutions, tangible lasting results - in real time

Each of us has enormous potential to make a real and tangible difference – to make our lives count and the world a better place in our own unique way. I’ll help you tap into your potential and unlock your ability to make positive change happen.

I don’t do change for you or to you. I do change with you – helping you every step of the way until your aspiration is achieved. I give you the space, support, strategies, skills and clarity to decide how you want it to be; map out a plan to achieve it and take the necessary steps to make it real.

I’m passionate about change and believe every problem has a solution. There are no barriers that can’t be overcome and creating your future is all about identifying what’s possible and converting it into a reality.

All that said, my journey to here has been anything but smooth sailing!

My Back Story

Caroline Cameron Executive Coach, Career Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Keynote Speaker Melbourne

At 17, Imposter Syndrome Kicks In...

My first real experience of leadership happened when I was asked to be School Captain in Year 12. This coveted role was given to someone selected by students and teachers and I didn't for one minute think it would be me! One of my friends had publicly campaigned for the job and desperately wanted it. And, we all knew she'd get it.

When the headmaster called me into his office and asked me to do the job, my first reaction was total surprise - 'Who... ME?' I asked incredulously. My next reaction was what I now recognise as heart-pounding fear. What if I can't do it? What if they find out I'm not up to the job? My friend (who wanted the job) will never talk to me again. I really don't know how to do this!

As I stood up in front of the school at assembly for the first time I was paralyzed with terror! With all eyes on me, face flushing and hands trembling, my job was to ask everyone to be quiet so assembly could begin. Aaaargh! i was stunned when the school hall did fall silent and quickly.

Little by little my confidence grew and by the end of the year I'd stopped worrying, just a little bit! After all, what was the worst that could happen?

A Profound Early Leadership Lesson...

After graduation, I gained a job as a Play Therapist at the world famous Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, where they treat the sickest children from across the UK and Europe. At the ripe old age of 23, I was responsible for helping children overcome their fear of hospital, illness and excruciating treatment through play.

One of my greatest teachers was Robin, a previously health 7 year old who had contracted a rare disease from a mosquito bite whilst living with his family in Egypt.

Emergency air lifted to the hospital, his whole body was covered in horrendous infectious ulcers and besides being wracked with unbearable pain, the disease had ulcerated his eyelids, leaving him totally blind. Terrified and confused, he would scream whenever anyone came into his room and helping him was a daunting prospect when I had so little experience.

For hours and weeks on end, I'd sit at the door to his room reading him stories, reassuring him that I wouldn't enter his room until he gave me permission. One day, in the middle of a story, he interrupted me and said, 'Caroline, I would like to do some painting!'

Caroline Cameron Executive Coach Melbourne

Robin painting 'Green Monsters' marked the beginning of his recovery as he took control of what was within his control

An Unconventional Career Path...

With no idea what I really wanted to do, I found myself opportunistically and randomly changing careers and jobs! I moved from country NSW to Melbourne to support my then husband through his mid-life career change, whilst he studied to become a vet. With a beautiful 14 month old daughter, my #1 priority was to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads.

While the next 15 years looked like this:

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They actually felt more like this!

My Crazy Career Path

My Crazy Career Path

At 37 I decided to become a management consultant to broaden my experience.

Truth be told, when people asked me why I changed careers so many times, my response of 'I just haven't figured out yet what I want to be when I grow up,' was starting to sound lame, even to me!

Dawning Realisations and Light Bulbs...

I was consulting for a boutique IT management consultancy and, as I don't have a technical bone in my body, I figured I could help with the 'people stuff'. 

This was long before Change Management became a thing and initially it involved writing newsletters for IT system implementation projects so they could tick the Communications box on the project plan.

Working for insurance companies, banks, utilities, telcos and non-government agencies, I started to notice how much people really struggled with change.  No matter the project or the client, this was a common theme and I started to wonder why.

It was as if someone, somewhere had said, 'Change is HARD!' , and everyone wholeheartedly and unquestioningly accepted this as true.

To be fair, I was grappling with change in my life too as a newly single mum, working 60+ hour weeks and struggling to keep my head above water.

Life Changing Defining Moments...

Over the next few years I progressed to writing Change Management Strategies for organisations confronting the realities of acquisitions, mergers, divestments, restructures and the introduction of web enabled technologies. I became increasingly aware that how we do business isn’t the easiest or best way to make change happen.

Defining Moment #1:

One day (to prove my theory), I inserted a short passage from Alice In Wonderland into the middle of a Change Management Strategy I’d been slaving over for a large corporate client.

I sent the document to the Executive team to review and scheduled a meeting to have it approved. The 8 very senior and busy executives were jovial as the meeting started. Signing off the strategy was a major milestone completed and simply another tick in the box on the project plan.

As unanimous approval was received and they prepared to move on to the next agenda item, I drew their attention to the rogue passage and curiously asked how Lewis Carroll’s inadvertent contribution had helped inform their decision making. Sheepishly, they all admitted they’d only read the Executive Summary!

Don’t get me wrong, written communication is very important, but lengthy documents and copious emails don’t make change happen…. So what does? Then it occurred to me -

It's not big fat strategy documents that make change happen - it's what people THINK, BELIEVE, FEEL, CHOOSE, SAY and DO.

This defining moment sparked my determination to discover how to make change easier and more successful.

It was around then that my life had to change too. Facing a painful divorce, my resistance strategy was ‘gritty determination’. As a single mum with a mortgage and no child support, I struggled and it was hard, but couldn’t see any other way to survive.

Working long hours in the corporate world was curiously comforting because I was surrounded by people also struggling with change. 

No one seemed to have the answer and we were a united, 'in the trenches' resistance movement. Like a duck - seemingly in control as I glided across the water - my feet paddled furiously below the surface as I tried to stay afloat!

Defining Moment #2:

Driving home one cold, dark winter's night in torrential rain, rushing to get my daughter to ballet on Melbourne's clagged Monash Freeway, a large semi jack-knifed in front of me.

I swerved off the road and stopped...

Badly shaken, heart pounding, windscreen wipers thrashing, hazard lights on, I rested head on steering wheel. 

Visions of a horrific car accident I'd been in when I was 6 came flooding back and I suddenly realised – resistance to change is futile.

If my life was going to change, I was the only one who could change it.

That near miss, started me on a journey to discover how to take the struggle out of change.  I knew I had to change what I thought, believed, said, chose and did.

I enrolled in a year’s intensive professional coach training, lost 25 kg, reclaimed my life & discovered surprisingly simple ways to harness the power of change.

My Big Leap...

Throughout my coaching training, I learnt how to reframe the stories I'd been telling myself and my life so far started to make a lot more sense.

Working through frontline to executive level roles wasn't a random quest to figure out what I wanted to do. Rather, the accumulated experience helped me truly understand and deeply empathise with the challenges my clients face.

The relief I felt at being able to change my circumstances and take control of my life was immense. For the first time ever, it started to feel as though anything was possible.

I hadn't gone into coaching to start a business (losing the regular paycheck was still way too scary!). But the more I learnt, the more I changed and I knew I had found my purpose - the unique difference that I had been put on this earth to make.

If exploring, understanding and reconfiguring my old stories was helping me, surely it could help others too.

Over the next two years I moonlighted - working by day as a consultant whilst pursuing my coaching side hustle - helping people to harness the power of change. The results were remarkable. Change challenges they'd struggled with for years were overcome in a heartbeat!

In the evenings and weekends I practiced my coaching until I knew I was ready to back myself and take the leap. Stepping out of my comfort zone, I resigned, stepped off the corporate treadmill and set up Possibility to Reality in 2005.

My aim was and always will be to move ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things. I’ve been honored to help hundreds of professional people, teams and businesses test the limits, break the shackles and blow open the opportunities to create the future they want and their results inspire me.

My ‘make change easy’ journey has taken me all round Australia and the world. Coaching senior executives in Melbourne, passionate young entrepreneurs in Johannesburg, journalists in the Daintree Rainforest, local government leaders in Western Australia, clients from Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand and working with coaches from the UK, America and Dubai – they all share one thing…

They all have a strong desire to make their difference count and awareness that only they can make it happen.

Where it All Comes Together...

Whether it's coaching, speaking or facilitating, every day I learn new things, often thinking, "I wish I'd known THAT back when I was struggling!"

Coming alongside my clients to help them achieve things they never previously thought possible, is thrilling and such a privilege. Together, we expand your awareness, build your strengths and develop clear, calm, confidence to achieve your personal and professional aspirations.

The greatest highlights come from watching my clients pass on what they've gained through coaching - empowering themselves and their people to embrace change, rather than resist it. 

I call this 'paying it forward' and it creates a ripple effect as more and more people break free from the change struggle to become the best they can be, doing what they do, making their unique difference and... loving life in a whole new way.

So... now it's over to YOU!

Caroline Cameron Workshop Facilitator Melbourne

Actually...It's ALL About YOU!

Caroline Cameron Executive Coach Melbourne

What are you doing with your one precious life?

Maybe it's time to stop, press pause and take stock. We are all works in progress and what got you to here, won't get you to there.  Just for a moment, close your eyes and imagine a day in your ideal life......

What would need to change to make that real?

Not sure how to make your change happen? 

I'd love to help you discover what's possible and support you to make it a reality.

And, best of all? It will be way easier than you think!

Carpe diem!

Caroline Cameron
Caroline's Travels

Oh, and when I'm not coaching, facilitating or speaking, you'll find me:

  • Traveling the world - seeking adventure, creating experiences that take me outside my comfort zone
  • Chilling with family and friends
  • Mooching around local farmers markets
  • Head down, bottom up at yoga or in my garden
  • Singing my heart out ( I love a good concert or musical!) and
  • Devouring good books

So, how can I help you?

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