Coaching and leadership development for fast growing disruptive businesses.
It’s lonely at the top. I work with rule breaking leaders who lack space, support or experience. It’s a huge challenge to match your personal growth to the pace of change in your business. Especially when you’re feeling exposed, overwhelmed or under pressure. You don’t want to feel like you’re standing in the way of your business growth so I will help you to work on the right things. I challenge, push, support, cheer on, encourage, reflect AND coach. I will help you to develop the leadership skills you need to move from start up to grown up WITHOUT the need to work every hour god sends.
How did it all begin?
I saw a gap in the market for good quality leadership development and coaching for fast growth disruptive businesses. When businesses grow quickly, it’s because the founder and a small hands on team are great at what they do. What they often don’t have is the leadership experience to go with that. They also don’t have the big business structure that can support them to develop these skills. I realised I could use my experience of working in fast growth businesses along with my coaching expertise to help them fill in the gaps as the business and team grows.I started having conversations and working with a few people who needed my help and it’s grown from there. All of my business comes from referral and recommendation because we get results.
What sets your business apart?
What really sets me apart is my unshakeable belief in my clients and their ability to achieve what they want. I only ever take on clients that I feel have the potential to achieve their vision and then I make damn sure they get there.
What is the concept behind your business or the problem you’re solving?
My clients are always brilliant at what they do. Creative, highly skilled and visionary rule breakers and risk takers, they’ve achieved great success in their field. Creative and visionary brilliance doesn’t always mean they’ve had the chance to develop the leadership skills they need along the way though. And that can make them feel exposed. Not only can the pressure build, it can also be very lonely at the top. Our sessions together give them the space they need to step out of the day to day, develop where they need to then step back in and keep going.
Where to next/What is your brand vision?
I want to help more clients achieve the kind of results we’ve been able to achieve over the last 4 years. I get incredible feedback from all my clients and finding more fun and interesting businesses to work with is always top of the list. I’d also like to develop online offer to include audios, videos and training courses that will touch more people.
Rebecca Morley Coaching
What do you feel passionate about/what drives you?
For me, when you run a business, leadership is everything you do. Every conversation you have, every email you write, every talk you give – even the way you hold yourself in the office has an impact on how you’re perceived. I want more senior leaders and business owners to have the skills they need to make the most of this opportunity without feeling the overwhelm that can go with it. Driving amazing culture through brilliant leadership makes for happier, more sustainable results and better businesses. And seeing people develop the skills and confidence they need to really step up and then make that next move is second to none!
Share an example of early life that has shaped you?
I saw my mum run her own business from a young age. She never took no for an answer, worked bloody hard and grew quickly. She just didn’t seem to see the same barriers as everyone else around her and I’ve definitely brought a lot of that with me over the years. I come from a family of very strong, outspoken and driven women and they make wonderful role models.
Highlights of your business journey so far?
There’s a couple of highlights so far. Being identified as one of the world’s top 50 most influential, inspiring and innovative coaches two years in a row was amazing. But more than that it’s the results I’ve seen my clients achieve and the feedback I’ve had. I’ve worked with smaller business to put together plans that will triple or quadruple their business, I’ve worked with several people who have been promoted to board level or MD/CEO, have unlocked a completely new (and dream) career with someone and brought a whole level of greater self understanding and leadership excellence to a senior leadership team. These are the sorts of things that get me out of bed every day, and I just love what I do!
Key lessons you have learned along the way?
In the words of Phil Collins – you can’t hurry love! I tried a few ‘6 steps to a six figure business’ type of things in the early days because I was impatient! But there’s just no substitute for putting the work in. Once I relaxed into just being a great coach things fell into place. Your niche doesn’t need to be a specific type of business if it’s a specific type of person – I work with people who like to find a better way to do things, to shake up industries, to challenge what has gone before. They are rule breakers and risk takers and they are in all sorts of different fields – although they are often creatives. It is the mindset that fits and that’s where the magic is. I didn’t need to completely reinvent myself when I left corporate for my clients to see my value. For the first year I was terrified that anyone would find out I had been a supply chain director as it seemed so dull but with a different, more experienced, lens I can see just how much I bring from my business journey.
Best piece of advice you have received?
The best piece of advice I’ve received was to drop the hustle and just focus on giving an incredible customer experience. I’m not exaggerating when I say my business tripled within 3 months of that conversation.
Advice to an aspiring entrepreneur or woman just starting her career?
Ignore as many boundaries as you possibly can. When someone says it can’t be done ask ‘say’s who?’. Be gobby, speak up, ask for what you want and never take anyone’s first answer!
What funding route have you chosen for your business and why?
I put all of my maternity pay and bonuses from my corporate role into my business and have been self funded ever since.
Some of the challenges you have faced and how you overcame them?
The biggest challenge for me has always been how to deal with the competition. I have had days where I felt like I just could not keep going because everyone else is doing such an amazing job, spinning 10 different plates, appearing everywhere online and looking incredibly glamorous with it. But I quickly came to realise that I was comparing other people’s showreel with my you’ve been framed! I largely ignore them all now and do my own thing – I get my energy from my client work and I focus on that. It seems to be working.
Why is it important to support women-led business?
All businesses face the same challenges but women led businesses have an extra layer of challenge that comes with the territory. Every day I see women who suffer with self consciousness, impostor syndrome or lack of confidence. Struggling to balance careers and family. Wanting to succeed on all fronts whilst not being seen to be too pushy or demanding or emotional. It is a tough gig! Once I found my tribe, I started to fly. We all face the same challenges but I support them, they support me and we grow together.