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.
- Premier & Cabinet
- Treasury & Finance
- Education & Training
- Environment, Land, Water & Planning
- Health & Human Services
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.
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:
What P2R Clients Experience
Refusing to solve my challenges for me – Caroline asked the right questions, let me work at my own pace and ensured that I was very much the owner of my results
Having experienced multiple personal and career setbacks, Caroline came into my life when I was stuck … and tired. Caroline demonstrated an unbelievable amount of patience as I steadfastly refused to get out of my own way. Refusing to solve my challenges for me – she asked the right questions, let me work at my own pace and ensured that I was very much the owner of my results. Most importantly, I walked away strong – with a toolkit of skills I carry with me to this day – demonstrated by the fact that as I have faced further challenges, I have got through them with remarkable ease – taking the learning with me and leaving behind what I no longer need. I cannot recommend Caroline highly enough. The possibilities are a reality now.
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.
A rare combination of broad experience, powerful questions, deep insights, high inter-personal skills, unquestionable work ethic, high integrity and low ego
I have known Caroline for over a decade, initially as a consulting colleague and more recently I’ve engaged her on strategy and high performance team development assignments to support my own clients. I can recommend Caroline without reservation as a consummate professional, thoughtful advisor on change and transformation, brilliant facilitator and accomplished coach. She brings that rare combination of broad experience, powerful questions, deep insights, high inter-personal skills, unquestionable work ethic, high integrity and low ego – it’s all about YOU as the client and getting YOUR results, and on that basis I don’t know of any projects within Caroline’s influence that haven’t worked. So, when it’s about strategy or transformation I choose to work with Caroline whenever I can.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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!'
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:
They actually felt more like this!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Actually...It's ALL About YOU!
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!
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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!
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