Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Stephen Moore, I’m a personal development coach, my role is to facilitate and enable people to gain clarity, focus, develop successful strategies and personal alignment with the outcomes they wish to achieve, be that in their personal lives, business lives or careers.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a milk boy, delivering milk and other produce to people’s homes. I was just over 10 years of age when I started assisting the milkman. It was hard work, with very early morning starts, cold wet weather and lots of walking. However, I really enjoyed it and learnt a great deal about life, people and the importance of teamwork.
What are you most proud of in your career?
This is very hard as I have been fortunate to have been involved in some ground-breaking projects and worked with some amazing people. However, to state one, it would have to be my decision to resign from a job I enjoyed, working for an organisation I was proud of, in a location close to my heart, to follow my own dreams and passions. After 29 happy and successful years in the NHS I trained as a professional coach and launched a new career as a professional life and executive coach.
What or who has inspired you?
Too many people to list here, for example, my father and my Nan have been major influences on me and how I relate to the world. Early in my career I also worked with a man called Neil Woodhall, his approach to people management, to supporting people and his enthusiasm and trust, taught me to value everyone I came into contact with. If you respect, trust and support people, they will do the most amazing things.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned?
I hear quotes from my father echoing in my head. Everyone has talents and abilities, but they are not always given the opportunity to use them and we are not here to judge others, only to help others.
What is the biggest professional challenge you have faced?
Resigning from a well paid, well respected job to follow my head, heart and gut and forge a new career as a coach. Sometimes the only way to find your way; is to walk another path. Going back to university at the age of 50 was quite daunting.
Social media – friend or foe?
A fickle friend, supportive, always present but occasionally flawed
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Again, I have been blessed with many people kindly sharing their wisdom, but one thing has always stuck with me – and whilst I too occasionally fail to follow this wisdom I do try very hard – “God have you two ears and one mouth for good reason. Listen more than you talk!”
What advice would you give now to a senior executive looking for their next career move?
Have faith in yourself and your abilities, but move forward with a greater sense of ‘who’ you are, what is really important to you and seek to align these insights to you next role/organisation.
Looking back on your career so far, what would you change?
Nothing, I have been blessed to have and continue to have a wonderful life, no time for regrets, what if’s, my next adventure has already started…
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