Clarity

Choice

Connection

I partner with progressive leaders and organisations around the world to achieve whatever goals you bring to the table.  I work with you to strengthen your impact by reflecting on where you are now and where you need to be; my executive coaching and organisational development support helps you build a bridge to get there.  

I am an accredited Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, a graduate of the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and licensed by Coach U to deliver the award-winning Coaching Clinic®.  I emphasise choice, clarity and connection and these values inform all of my work.

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CLIENTS

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Executive Coaching

With over 2,000 executive coaching hours behind me, I understand which coaching approaches and tools are most likely to be effective for you. My individualised executive coaching support helps you to create lasting change as you clear away the static to reveal what really matters.  You’ll show up with confidence, ready to respond – rather than react – to whatever the world and your stakeholders ask of you.

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Josef helped me manage the expectations of my role and what it meant to be an executive in difficult times, forging my own executive identity.  He challenged me on my blind spots and helped me to get out of my comfort zone.  He has a terrific sense of humour, I feel incredibly comfortable sharing with him the trickiest, thorniest, most vulnerable situations in my professional life.
Khoi Cao-Lam
Director Strategy & Innovation - Oxfam Australia

TEAM COACHING

Team coaching applies the principles of individual executive coaching to the team as a whole. I guide team members to deepen connections with each other, creating a psychologically safe environment which nurtures trust, amplifies complementary strengths and embraces challenge and complexity. Team coaching will help you turn your team’s great intentions into collective action.

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The work Josef did with us was significant. The process allowed us to understand more deeply the things that were important to us individually and collectively. We came out of it as a much stronger team with greater clarity about our shared purpose and a much greater sense of how we can build a really strong future for the organisation.
Peter Orchard
CEO - Canteen Australia

COACH TRAINING

It’s transformational when whole leadership teams and organisations invest in a coach approach to bring out the best in their people. That’s why I offer an accredited coach training program to equip leaders with the skills you need to coach your staff. It’s designed by Corporate Coach U, the leading global provider of coach training and I’ll tailor it to fit your organisational context.  You’ve already gathered some of the best people around you – coach training gives you the tools to keep them happy, engaged and thinking on their feet.

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Attending the coaching conversations program was a paradigm shift for me. I learned that I could achieve better goals by creating a psychologically safe environment for staff to take ownership and to solve problems rather than than me giving the answers all the time. My staff showed more independence and creative thinking and I began to think of more innovative ways of engaging them.
Adenike Odion
Compliance & Development Officer- Western Health

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

My organisational development and management consulting focuses on strategic planning, culture transformation, change management and leadership development. I support you to rise above the day-to-day and develop long-term strategies, systems and processes to underpin organisational effectiveness, sustainability and growth.

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Josef assisted us with strategic planning and it was a fabulous process.  He gently coached us into taking a more participatory approach than we had planned and we’re really pleased we took this approach.  We have a robust strategy that 12 months on is really guiding our work and is still relevant.  Josef provides that extra guidance and clarity that we couldn’t have come up with ourselves and you know that with him, every minute of the process is going to be well used.
Lyrian Fleming-Parsley
Head of Fundraising & Communications - Cancer Council

Client Stories

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Sam Wolthuis

Vice-President Global Operations
Resolve To Save Lives

Josef has helped me to develop both strategic thinking and management best practice especially as I manage staff who have extensive experience leading global teams around the world. Josef asks great questions and helps me think outside the box. He is intuitive, collaborative and kind and he doesn’t give you the answers but asks the right questions so that you can get to the answers yourself.

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Executive Coaching

Peter Orchard

CEO
Canteen Australia

The work Josef did with us was significant. The process allowed us to understand more deeply the things that were important to us individually and collectively. We came out of it as a much stronger team with greater clarity about our shared purpose and a much greater sense of how we can build a really strong future for the organisation.

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Team Coaching

Adenike Odion

Compliance & Development Officer
Western Health

Attending the coaching conversations program was a paradigm shift for me. I learned that I could achieve better goals by creating a psychologically safe environment for staff to take ownership and to solve problems rather than than me giving the answers all the time. My staff showed more independence and creative thinking and I began to think of more innovative ways of engaging them.

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Coach Training

Lyrian Fleming-Parsley

Head of Fundraising & Communications
Cancer Council

Josef assisted us with strategic planning and it was a fabulous process. He gently coached us into taking a more participatory approach than we had planned and we’re really pleased we took this approach. We have a robust strategy that 12 months on is really guiding our work and is still relevant. Josef provides that extra guidance and clarity that we couldn’t have come up with ourselves and you know that with him, every minute of the process is going to be well used.

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Organisational Development

Karen Rodgers

Learning & Capability Development Business Partner
Clean Energy Council

I found our sessions extremely energising and motivating; they helped me clarify my priorities and thinking. Coaching has really changed the way I work – it’s helped me be more thoughtful, strategic and confident and it’s given me tools that I can use when I hit roadblocks. Josef coaches with calmness, curiosity and real care and it feels like a partnership. It really was one of the most empowering experiences and I’m grateful to have worked with Josef when I really needed it.

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Executive Coaching

Lyn Morgain

Chief Executive
Oxfam Australia

I credit Josef’s support for our team which came at a time when we were a newly-formed executive team developing a framework for ourselves – Josef supported us to make that a great framework. The thing I most appreciate about Josef’s approach is that it is wholly strengths-based, which is really important when team members, myself included, are working through complex issues with themselves and with others.

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Team Coaching

Michael Perusco

CEO
Berry Street

Josef did a great job at delivering the Coaching Conversations program. I really enjoyed the four training workshops and got a lot out of them. It has really made me reflect on the way I engage with my team and I am already seeing positive results. I think it will have a powerful impact across the organisation.

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Coach Training

Sharon Read

Director Change & Transformation
Western Health

I have worked with Josef for over 8 years. We’ve worked on leadership capacity, developing values-based culture and organisational reviews. Josef’s strengths are that he is incredibly humble, smart, he’s a great listener and he is an excellent facilitator. What particularly stands out is that he is a great co-designer: he listens and develops best practice approaches as a result.

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Organisational Development

Khoi Cao-Lam

Director Capability & Impact
Oxfam Australia

Josef helped me manage the expectations of my role and what it meant to be an executive in difficult times, forging my own executive identity. He challenged me on my blind spots and helped me to get out of my comfort zone. He has a terrific sense of humour, I feel incredibly comfortable sharing with him the trickiest, thorniest, most vulnerable situations in my professional life.

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Executive Coaching

Gordon Conochie

Executive Manager
VACCHO

I really enjoyed the coaching conversations program. The enjoyment of the sessions obviously has much to do with the facilitator and it was impressive that Josef managed to set the same tone via Zoom that he does for workshops in person. I can't think of a training program lasting multiple sessions that I enjoyed more, and there were things that will definitely stay with me. I will forever try to remain curious!

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Coach Training

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