Dom says: ”I’m really proud of this interview with Jonathan Bowman-Perks MBE – the coach who helped me find my true potential, and led me on the journey to becoming a coach myself.
When I was a senior director at Asda (mid management position with a US job title) I was fortunate enough to realise I was entitled to executive coaching.
I seized the opportunity and after selecting three potential coaches from a long list of ten, I picked Jonathan Bowman-Perks.
After an initial chemistry call with JBP and my then boss Chris McDonough I then embarked on a journey that helped change my life. Six two hour face to face sessions in his coaching apartment in London. Me being me, and Asda being Asda, I managed to stretch them out over a whole year, rather than the standard six months.
But what I learned about myself and the power of a great question and the use of metaphor literally empowered me to take charge of my own destiny.
Some of the conversations we had together are as vivid now – nearly seven years on, as they were back then. Precise observations, challenging my limiting assumptions, the use of story and biology. Forcing me to confront how I viewed myself, and the impact of the words I chose to describe myself.
Jonathan taught me so much, I will always feel a sense of gratitude to him and of course to Asda for paying for it! I left Asda a few months after completing my coaching journey. The right move for me, and ultimately the company – so it wasn’t wasted money. I left on good terms having helped restructure an entire part of the business, which meant my role was obsolete.
Anyway, have a listen to this 20 minute chat and see for yourself what a fascinating person Jonathan is – and how his application of Nancy Klein’s Time to Think principles are so powerful.”