Life And Career Coaching Blog – Lesley Strachan

How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxPuget Sound , an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page. Simon Sinek explains how great leaders inspire action. Simon Sinek explains how great leaders inspire action. I found this to be an interesting video from a marketing perspective so I hope you enjoy it as well.


Lesley Strachan – Coach|Consultant

How do you explain when things don’t go as we assume? Or better, how do you explain when others are able to achieve things that seem to defy all the assumptions? For example: Why is Apple so innovative? Year after year, after year, they’re more innovative than all their competition. And yet, they’re just a computer company. They’re just like everyone else. They have the same access to the same talent, the same agencies, the same consultants, the same media. Then why is it that they seem to have something different? Why is it that Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement? He wasn’t the only man who suffered in pre-civil rights America, and he certainly wasn’t the only great orator of the day. Why him? And why is it that the Wright brothers could figure out controlled, powered man flight when there were certainly other teams who were better qualified, better funded — and they didn’t achieve powered man flight, and the Wright brothers beat them to it. There’s something else at play here.

About three and a half years ago, I made a discovery. And this discovery profoundly changed my view on how I thought the world worked, and it even profoundly changed the way in which I operate in it. As it turns out, there’s a pattern. As it turns out, all the great inspiring leaders and organizations in the world, whether it’s Apple or Martin Luther King or the Wright brothers, they all think, act and communicate the exact same way. And it’s the complete opposite to everyone else. All I did was codify it, and it’s probably the world’s simplest idea. I call it the golden circle.

Why? How? What? This little idea explains why some organizations and some leaders can inspire where others aren’t. Let me define the terms quickly. Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it, whether you call it your differentiated value proposition or your proprietary process or your USP. But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by “why” I don’t mean “to make a profit.” That’s a result. It’s always a result. By “why,” I mean: What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? As a result, the way we think, we act, the way we communicate is from the outside in, it’s obvious. We go from the clearest thing to the fuzziest thing. But the inspired leaders and the inspired organizations — regardless of their size, regardless of their industry — all think, act and communicate from the inside out.

Let me give you an example. I use Apple because they’re easy to understand and everybody gets it. If Apple were like everyone else, a marketing message from them might sound like this: “We make great computers. They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. Want to buy one?” “Meh.” That’s how most of us communicate. That’s how most marketing and sales are done, that’s how we communicate interpersonally. We say what we do, we say how we’re different or better and we expect some sort of a behaviour, a purchase, a vote, something like that. Here’s our new law firm: We have the best lawyers with the biggest clients, we always perform for our clients. Here’s our new car: It gets great gas mileage, it has leather seats. Buy our car. But it’s uninspiring.

Here’s how Apple communicates. “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?” Totally different, right? You’re ready to buy a computer from me. I just reversed the order of the information. What it proves to us is that people don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.

This explains why every single person in this room is perfectly comfortable buying a computer from Apple. But we’re also perfectly comfortable buying an MP3 player from Apple, or a phone from Apple, or a DVR from Apple. As I said before, Apple’s just a computer company. Nothing distinguishes them structurally from any of their competitors. Their competitors are equally qualified to make these products. In fact, they tried. A few years ago, Gateway came out with flat-screen TVs. They’re eminently qualified to make flat-screen TVs. They’ve been making flat-screen monitors for years. Nobody bought one. Dell came out with MP3 players and PDAs, and they make great quality products, and they can make perfectly well-designed products — and nobody bought one. In fact, talking about it now, we can’t even imagine buying an MP3 player from Dell. Why would you buy one from a computer company? But we do it every day. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.

Here’s the best part: None of what I’m telling you is my opinion. It’s all grounded in the tenets of biology. Not psychology, biology. If you look at a cross-section of the human brain, from the top down, the human brain is broken into three major components that correlate perfectly with the golden circle. Our newest brain, our Homo sapien brain, our neocortex, corresponds with the “what” level. The neocortex is responsible for all our rational and analytical thought and language. The middle two sections make up our limbic brains, and our limbic brains are responsible for all our feelings, like trust and loyalty. It’s also responsible for all human behaviour, all decision-making, and it has no capacity for language.

In other words, when we communicate from the outside in, yes, people can understand vast amounts of complicated information like features and benefits and facts and figures. It just doesn’t drive behaviour. When we can communicate from the inside out, we’re talking directly to the part of the brain that controls behaviour, and then we allow people to rationalize it with the tangible things we say and do. This is where gut decisions come from. Sometimes you can give somebody all the facts and figures, and they say, “I know what all the facts and details say, but it just doesn’t feel right.” Why would we use that verb, it doesn’t “feel” right? Because the part of the brain that controls decision-making doesn’t control language. The best we can muster up is, “I don’t know. It just doesn’t feel right.” Or sometimes you say you’re leading with your heart or soul. I hate to break it to you, those aren’t other body parts controlling your behaviour. It’s all happening here in your limbic brain, the part of the brain that controls decision-making and not language.

But if you don’t know why you do what you do, and people respond to why you do what you do, then how will you ever get people to vote for you, or buy something from you, or, more importantly, be loyal and want to be a part of what it is that you do. The goal is not just to sell to people who need what you have; the goal is to sell to people who believe what you believe. The goal is not just to hire people who need a job; it’s to hire people who believe what you believe. I always say that, you know, if you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money, but if they believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. Nowhere else is there a better example than with the Wright brothers.

Most people don’t know about Samuel Pierpont Langley. And back in the early 20th century, the pursuit of powered man flight was like the dot com of the day. Everybody was trying it. And Samuel Pierpont Langley had, what we assume, to be the recipe for success. Even now, you ask people, “Why did your product or why did your company fail?” and people always give you the same permutation of the same three things: under-capitalized, the wrong people, bad market conditions. It’s always the same three things, so let’s explore that. Samuel Pierpont Langley was given 50,000 dollars by the War Department to figure out this flying machine. Money was no problem. He held a seat at Harvard and worked at the Smithsonian and was extremely well-connected; he knew all the big minds of the day. He hired the best minds money could find and the market conditions were fantastic. The New York Times followed him around everywhere, and everyone was rooting for Langley. Then how come we’ve never heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley?

A few hundred miles away in Dayton Ohio, Orville and Wilbur Wright, they had none of what we consider to be the recipe for success. They had no money; they paid for their dream with the proceeds from their bicycle shop; not a single person on the Wright brothers’ team had a college education, not even Orville or Wilbur; and The New York Times followed them around nowhere.

The difference was, Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it’ll change the course of the world. Samuel Pierpont Langley was different. He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous. He was in pursuit of the result. He was in pursuit of the riches. And lo and behold, look what happened. The people who believed in the Wright brothers’ dream worked with them with blood and sweat and tears. The others just worked for the pay check. They tell stories of how every time the Wright brothers went out, they would have to take five sets of parts, because that’s how many times they would crash before supper.

And, eventually, on December 17th, 1903, the Wright brothers took flight, and no one was there to even experience it. We found out about it a few days later. And further proof that Langley was motivated by the wrong thing: The day the Wright brothers took flight, he quit. He could have said, “That’s an amazing discovery, guys, and I will improve upon your technology,” but he didn’t. He wasn’t first, he didn’t get rich, he didn’t get famous, so he quit.

People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe.

But why is it important to attract those who believe what you believe? Something called the law of diffusion of innovation, if you don’t know the law, you know the terminology. The first 2.5% of our population are our innovators. The next 13.5% of our population are our early adopters. The next 34% are your early majority, your late majority and your laggards. The only reason these people buy touch-tone phones is because you can’t buy rotary phones anymore.

We all sit at various places at various times on this scale, but what the law of diffusion of innovation tells us is that if you want mass-market success or mass-market acceptance of an idea, you cannot have it until you achieve this tipping point between 15 and 18 percent market penetration, and then the system tips. I love asking businesses, “What’s your conversion on new business?” They love to tell you, “It’s about 10 percent,” proudly. Well, you can trip over 10% of the customers. We all have about 10% who just “get it.” That’s how we describe them, right? That’s like that gut feeling, “Oh, they just get it.”

The problem is: How do you find the ones that get it before doing business versus the ones who don’t get it? So, it’s this here, this little gap that you have to close, as Jeffrey Moore calls it, “Crossing the Chasm” — because, you see, the early majority will not try something until someone else has tried it first. And these guys, the innovators and the early adopters, they’re comfortable making those gut decisions. They’re more comfortable making those intuitive decisions that are driven by what they believe about the world and not just what product is available. These are the people who stood in line for six hours to buy an iPhone when they first came out, when you could have bought one off the shelf the next week. These are the people who spent 40,000 dollars on flat-screen TVs when they first came out, even though the technology was substandard. And, by the way, they didn’t do it because the technology was so great; they did it for themselves. It’s because they wanted to be first. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it and what you do simply proves what you believe. In fact, people will do the things that prove what they believe. The reason that person bought the iPhone in the first six hours, stood in line for six hours, was because of what they believed about the world, and how they wanted everybody to see them: They were first. People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.

So, let me give you a famous example, a famous failure and a famous success of the law of diffusion of innovation. First, the famous failure. It’s a commercial example. As we said before, the recipe for success is money and the right people and the right market conditions. You should have success then. Look at TiVo. From the time TiVo came out about eight or nine years ago to this current day, they are the single highest-quality product on the market, hands down, there is no dispute. They were extremely well-funded. Market conditions were fantastic. I mean, we use TiVo as verb. I TiVo stuff on my piece-of-junk Time Warner DVR all the time.

But TiVo’s a commercial failure. They’ve never made money. And when they went IPO, their stock was at about 30 or 40 dollars and then plummeted, and it’s never traded above 10. In fact, I don’t think it’s even traded above six, except for a couple of little spikes.

Because you see, when TiVo launched their product, they told us all what they had. They said, “We have a product that pauses live TV, skips commercials, rewinds live TV and memorizes your viewing habits without you even asking.” And the cynical majority said, “We don’t believe you. We don’t need it. We don’t like it. You’re scaring us.”

What if they had said, “If you’re the kind of person who likes to have total control over every aspect of your life, boy, do we have a product for you. It pauses live TV, skips commercials, memorizes your viewing habits, etc., etc.” People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it, and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe.

Now let me give you a successful example of the law of diffusion of innovation. In the summer of 1963, 250,000 people showed up on the mall in Washington to hear Dr. King speak. They sent out no invitations, and there was no website to check the date. How do you do that? Well, Dr. King wasn’t the only man in America who was a great orator. He wasn’t the only man in America who suffered in a pre-civil rights America. In fact, some of his ideas were bad. But he had a gift. He didn’t go around telling people what needed to change in America. He went around and told people what he believed. “I believe, I believe, I believe,” he told people. And people who believed what he believed took his cause, and they made it their own, and they told people. And some of those people created structures to get the word out to even more people. And lo and behold, 250,000 people showed up on the right day at the right time to hear him speak.

How many of them showed up for him? Zero. They showed up for themselves. It’s what they believed about America that got them to travel in a bus for eight hours to stand in the sun in Washington in the middle of August. It’s what they believed, and it wasn’t about black versus white: 25% of the audience was white.

Dr. King believed that there are two types of laws in this world: those that are made by a higher authority and those that are made by men. And not until all the laws that are made by men are consistent with the laws made by the higher authority will we live in a just world. It just so happened that the Civil Rights Movement was the perfect thing to help him bring his cause to life. We followed, not for him, but for ourselves. By the way, he gave the “I have a dream” speech, not the “I have a plan” speech.

Listen to politicians now, with their comprehensive 12-point plans. They’re not inspiring anybody. Because there are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead inspire us. Whether they’re individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we must, but because we want to. We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves. And it’s those who start with “why” that can inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.

With Simon’s words ringing in my ears I believe that everyone in the world has the right to lead the life they want. Yes, stuff gets in the way but fundamentally everyone can strive towards their dreams. My purpose as a coach or mentor is to use my creativity and experience to support and inspire you to get to wherever you want to be. I use the Jack Canfield methodology which has been used for over 40 years to help people just like you. So, why not take the first step and watch my free webinar called “My proven strategy to help you get back more control of your life un under and hour!”  Then let’s see if we can work together.


Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

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The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™”

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How to help join the dots between education and employers

CAreers and enterprise

Today I had my very first meeting with Great Oaks School in Southampton as their Enterprise Adviser.

The Solent LEP will be working with 25 schools from across the Solent area and partnering these with 25 Enterprise Advisers.

As an Enterprise Coordinator I will be working from within the Solent LEP and my main role is to:

  • Help schools and colleges to improve their careers and enterprise activities and to engage with the world of work
  • Make it easier for employers and the self-employed to engage with schools and colleges
  • Focus everyone’s efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people

Volunteer Enterprise Advisers are recruited from local businesses and organisations and be working at a strategic level alongside the schools’ senior management teams. The aim of these partnerships is to evaluate the existing programme of enterprise activity in the schools and develop activity plans to ensure that the best local careers and enterprise provision can be accessed.

Using local Labour Market Information, the Enterprise Advisers will be able to identify skills gaps within the Solent region to help shape the delivery of enterprise activity in schools. The aim is to build sustainable partnerships which can be adapted and improved upon during the length of the project and beyond.

I feel proud to be working with the school and look forward to helping them develop a strategy for the future.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach|Consultant|Trainer|Adviser|The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles™”

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|SO16 8LP

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Training the Trainer

Yesterday, I went to see staff at the University of Hertfordshire in my role as The Learning and Development Manager for SimVenture Evolution. SimVenture Evolution is a groundbreaking on-line business strategy game, which has been specifically designed to fast-track learning within corporate training and higher education environments.

Many UK Universities are now using the software to teach subjects such as:

  • business management
  • financial management
  • decision making
  • entrepreneurship, enterprise & employability skills
  • operations management

I was really pleased to be able to meet the teaching team and review the use of SimVenture Evolution with them over the past year. I got some great feedback and shared ideas as to how to embed the software into the module more effectively so that learners and staff can get even more out of the simulation.

I’ve led the way in the development of case studies written specifically for the simulation and mapping module content to SimVenture Evolution. I am also proud to act in an advisory role working collaborately with academics so that they can match their teaching materials with the content of the simulation so that students can clearly see the interaction between theory and application.

Whilst driving back to Hampshire from Hertfordshire on the M25 near Heathrow airport my car registered 36 degrees so thank goodness for Air Conditioning!

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach|Consultant|Trainer|Adviser| The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles”™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|SO16 8LP|

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Test: Do your thoughts limit your sleep?

Your beliefs can have as big an influence on the quantity and quality of your sleep as your lifestyle habits. Take our quiz by psychotherapist Sally Brown to find out more

Take the quiz here and let me know your results.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning life coach|consultant|trainer-adviser| The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles”™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|SO16 8LP|

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Training and coaching in higher education

Lesley Strachan – Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Adviser

One of my current roles is as a learning and development manager for SimVenture Evolution. Today I’m off for a client meeting at Herfordshire University to review the use of SimVenture Evolution with students studying there. My role is to help academics embed simulations as a teaching tool into their curriculum and support ongoing training and development of both staff and students. It’s going to be 34 degrees today so thank goodness for air con.

SimVenture Evolution has transformed learning in many higher education institutions so why choose it for your organisation?

Reasons to choose Evolution

We’ve designed our business simulator to maximise both the  learner and teacher/trainer experience…

  • People access the on-line multi-platform business strategy game wherever there is internet connection
  • Engaging interface, intuitive navigation and extensive user ‘Help’ in multiple formats makes the simulation easy to access & use
  • People run a business for up to 10 simulated years & compete against the computer or head-to-head against others
  • Sophisticated algorithms factor in money, time, stress, skills and tiredness. Little is left to chance.
  • ‘Control Tower’ access allows tutors and trainers to monitor, communicate with, alter and assess user progress remotely
  • Written scenarios & activities are continuously developed to support focused, subject-based independent learning
  • Backed and supported by a highly experienced team with extensive & combined skills in education, business and technology
  • Highly flexible resource used independently and at any time by an individual or group (it doesn’t rely on VSL staff involvement)
  • Powerful distance-learning multi-player resource allowing people to work without hassle or any travel expense
  • Developed in conjunction with 8 university institutions.

Lesley Strachan is a personal life coach, consultant, trainer and adviser based in Southampton, Hampshire and works all over the world. She works in the higher education and corporate training sectors coaching people to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning coach|consultant|trainer-adviser| The UK leader in Coaching “The Success Principles”™

1 Loreille Gardens|Rownhams|Southampton|SO16 8LP|

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email:

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How You Can Achieve Your Financial And Career Goals Through Life Coaching

Financial And Career Goals

Many people have goals that they want to achieve; some people will have set their goals and will therefore be looking for strategies for achieving them. Others have not set financial and career goals, however, they seek to achieve more from their life. Whichever group you fall into, you have a great opportunity to take valuable steps towards achieving your financial and career goals.

If you have set financial and career goals, you need to identify strategies and an action plan that details how you intend to achieve them. However, if you have not set your financial and career goals, do not worry; take the opportunity to devise realistic and meaningful goals that will set you on the path to a fantastic financial future and a fulfilling career.

In this article, we will explain how coaching and the Jack Canfield Success Principles can help you to achieve your financial and career goals.

Financial Goals

Financial goals can vary in nature, from saving a fixed amount of money for a big purchase such as a new car or house to spending less on everyday expenses. Fortunately, the vast majority of financial can be achieved by either earning more or spending less.

In either case, it is important that you start with clear goals and a plan of how you are going to achieve them. This process starts with the acknowledgement of Jack Canfield’s first success principle – ‘Take 100% responsibility for your life and your results’. If you can come to accept this principle, you will be able to adopt a mind-set of taking action and making changes to achieve your financial goals.

Jack Canfield proposes that the greatest financial goal of all for many of us is to achieve financial freedom. Having the freedom to live our life without financial worry or consideration may seem like a dream. However, it is in fact very attainable. Jack believes that ‘most people are unconscious when it comes to their money’, so becoming conscious and mindful about what we are earning and indeed spending is an effective first step in your journey towards financial freedom.

In order to progress with your financial goals and pursue financial freedom, Jack advocates finding out precisely where you are in terms of your finances, where you want to go and what you need to do to get there.

Jack Canfield’s Tips To Financial Freedom

He also suggests four tips to financial freedom, which will help you to become more mindful about your money:

  1. Determine your net worth – This measurement of your financial health will help you understand your current financial position.
  2. Determine how much you need to retire – Where you are in your working life will determine the importance of this tip to you, however, regardless of where you are it is always beneficial to plan in advance.
  3. Become aware of what you are spending – Very few people can honestly say that they are aware of what they are spending. It is nevertheless critical, especially as spending money is becoming ever easier with online shopping and contactless payment technology. Start tracking your fixed monthly expenditures and keep track of your spending for a month. After doing this you will become consciously aware of your spending and able to take informed decisions about your future spending.
  4. Become financially literate – Becoming financially literature will empower you to take informed financial decisions. Start by learning about money and investing.

Enlisting the help of Lesley Strachan, a certified Jack Canfield Trainer and Life Coach is a great way to fast track your progress towards attaining your financial goals. Lesley will guide you through Jack Canfield’s success principles and help you to apply them to setting and working towards achieving your financial goals.

Career Goals

Careers are rarely straightforward for the majority of the working population with events such as career changes or redundancies being encountered by more people. A modern day career typically involves multiple employers and several career moves. It has, therefore, never been more important to set career goals to steer your professional progression.

Jack Canfield’s 7 Steps For Creating the Life You Want

  1. Take 100% responsibility – As in the previous case of financial goals, in order to set career goals you should start by accepting Jack’s first success principle of taking 100% responsibility for your life. In the context of career goal setting, it is a powerful principle, not least because it removes any sense of entitlement and banishes any tendency to start blaming or complaining. By taking 100% responsibility you acknowledge that the progression and success of your career is dependant on you alone. This acknowledgement is a critical first step.
  2. Be clear why you are here – Asking yourself such a fundamental and straightforward question may seem unusual, it is nevertheless very powerful. Jack believes that everyone has a life purpose and that this purpose defines what they are on the earth to do. This links directly to career goals as your goals should link to and support the fulfilment of your life purpose. Clearly, your career goals should help you to pursue and progress in a career that you are passionate about. If you are pursing a passionate career, you will be well placed to achieve your goals.
  3. Decide what you want – Setting career goals without knowing what you want is like trying to steer a ship to an unknown destination. There is little point in setting goals that are geared towards becoming a business leader if you do not have executive ambitions. Get started by mapping out specific goals, milestones and dreams. Do not forget to dream big about your career and its progression; it is surprising what can be achieved with a big dream and a corresponding set of goals and milestones.
  4. Believe it is possible – If you believe that something is possible you are far more likely to take the necessary steps to make it happen. This may be positioning yourself inline for the next big promotion at work or networking to expand your network and seek new career opportunities.
  5. Believe in yourself – Self-belief is a critical component for career progression, once you believe that you have what it takes you will able to make significant progress. Believing in yourself will also help you to maintain a positive mind-set so that you are primed to overcome the obstacles that you will encounter. Whether that is missing out on a promotion or being unsuccessful in a new job application.
  6. Become an inverse paranoid – Believing that the world is ready to support you and bring opportunities is a hallmark of successful people. Start believing that the next promotion or exciting job opportunity is just around the corner.
  7. Unleash the power of goal setting – Goal setting becomes a powerful driving force behind career progression when you have set measurable goals. Setting goals will also help you to get started and remain accountable for your career progress.

Getting started and taking the first step is often the greatest challenge. It is often beneficial to gain the help of a professional coach with experience in guiding people to career progression and success. Lesley Strachan, a certified Jack Canfield Trainer and Life Coach can help you clarify your goals and work with you to harness Jack Canfield’s success principles for career progression. Lesley will guide you through Jack Canfield’s success principles and help you to apply them to setting and working towards achieving your career goals. 

Take Action Towards Achieving Your Goals Today 

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Sign up for Lesley’s free informative webinars to find out how Lesley can help you with financial progress and career progression. During the webinar you will have an opportunity to chat with other attendees and ask Lesley any questions that you may have.


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For those that would prefer a more personal coaching proposition, book your free no-obligation 30-minute coaching session with Lesley today. 


About Lesley Strachan – The Jack Canfield Certified Global Life Coach

Lesley Strachan is a Jack Canfield certified global life coach. She has coached and trained individuals and businesses across Europe, The USA and Australia. She holds an MBA, a postgraduate certificate in research methods and a Diploma in Management. Lesley is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Pop-up career and life coaching for 11-21 year-old students

I’d really like to help you in supporting students to explore their future careers and life opportunities. I speak from 40 years of experience of teaching and am concerned that many students are not pursuing their passions and have no idea what they want to do with their lives. They need help with getting from where they are now to where they want to be.

I coach staff and students in workshops designed to help them move forward. These include:

• Workshop 1 – Taking 100% Responsibility for Their Own Life which is designed to get people out of blaming and complaining and into consciously creating the life they desire whilst working difficult situations like not understanding what they want out of life.
• Workshop 2 – focuses individuals on being clear why they are here and helps them to focus on their passions and getting in touch with the things that will bring them success and fulfillment thus giving them control of their lives.
• Workshop 3 – Attendees will explore what they want from life in 7 key areas of their lives: financial, work and career, fun time, health and fitness, relationships, personal and contribution to the world and create goals to achieve their ideal life and career.

These unique workshops are based upon The Success Principles™ designed by Jack Canfield and have used by the world’s most successful men and women for over 40 years. As a Certified Jack Canfield coach, here in the UK I would like to offer you this unique programme for your staff and students.

I work with groups of academics, employability specialists and students completing a series of exciting and stimulating exercises which:

  • Clarifies their vision and goals for their future.
  • Support them through their fears.
  • Keeps them focused.
  • Confronts their unconscious behaviours and old patterns of behaviour.
  • Expects them to do their best-and holds them to it!
  • Help students live by their personal values.
  • Show them how to get more out of their studies and be more engaged in the classroom.
  • Keeps them focused on their core passions and interests.


  • Group workshops – half or full day face-to-face sessions coving all three workshops. From £581.25 – £1,200.00 ex VAT + expenses

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

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SO16 8LP
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Do you know what you were put on this Earth to do?

Happy Wednesday!

One of the things I know for sure is we are all born with a life purpose. Identifying and living up to this purpose is perhaps the most important action you can take to be successful and fulfilled.


Without a purpose in life, you can get side-tracked on your life’s journey. It’s easy to wander and drift, while accomplishing very little.

But when you discover your purpose, everything in life seems to fall into place. To be “on purpose” means doing what you love, doing what you’re good at, and accomplishing what’s most important to you.

When you think, talk, and act in alignment with your purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need will naturally gravitate toward you.

Use your natural talents as indicators (we all have talent). For example, it was clear to me from the age of 8 that I was destined to teach. I recall that I had the local kids in our garden shed with a blackboard and I can’t remember now what I taught but I do remember being passionate about learning and teaching. I’ve gotten off course several times but always seem to find my back to my natural talents (usually because of redundancy when I’ve needed to re-evaluate what I want to do next).

For some people, though, it’s not as easy to identify a passion. Alternatively, you may enjoy what you do, but on deeper exploration, discover that you’re passionate about something altogether different than what you do. There are two processes that I’ve found to be extremely helpful in discovering – and living – your passion.

For some people, though, it’s not always as easy to identify their life purpose or passion. Alternatively, you may enjoy what you do for a living, but upon deeper exploration, discover that you’re passionate about something altogether different than what you are doing to earn a living.

With a life purpose carefully developed and clearly stated, you suddenly have a basis for making all your major life decisions, for setting a lifetime’s worth of goals, and for pursuing one activity or goal versus another.

My life purpose statement is this…

“To use my creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching anywhere in the world and have fun doing it”

If what I get asked to do doesn’t fit my life purpose statement I simply say “Thanks, but no”. Without purpose as the compass to guide you, your goals and action plans may not ultimately fulfil you. You don’t want to get to the top of the ladder only to find you had it leaning against the wrong wall.

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Finally, I’d like to leave you with this quote:

Decide what you want, review it constantly, and each day do something that moves you toward these goals.

To Your Success

Best Wishes


Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning coach-trainer-tutor| The UK leader in Coaching – The Success Principles™


1 Loreille Gardens, Rownhams

Southampton, SO16 8LP

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447