Damian’s story

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Individuals and organisations have multiple challenges and choices coming their way. Putting in place the right approach to adapt and deal with this situation is key to success, survival and happiness in the 21st century. That’s exactly how my own story really began when I was working in low-level admin roles in the UK government. That all changed in 1994 when I decided to take responsibility for me. The journey has definitely been challenging. Things that are worthwhile so often are.

Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and the London Olympic Games. I find myself as a senior manager leading teams of specialists who have a key role in delivering a safe and secure Olympics. What makes me most proud is not the role I play in the games itself, but the journey I’ve been on to get myself in that position.

In 2013 I setup Effective Challenge to enable me to work with people from multiple sectors. Through coaching, consulting and leadership development, I now work with people to develop their own approach to improve performance. My approach is very practical, getting to the heart of what makes an individual, team or organisation tick, what it takes them to be effective and achieve goals. 

I draw upon 30 years of experience working in the security and defence sector, where I've performed a wide range of roles. This includes developing organisational strategy and investment plans, leading transformational change programmes, leading geographically dispersed teams operating in pressurised environments.  As part of my own development, I obtained an MBA which included a dissertation in Emotional Intelligence and spent time working with a top-tier strategy consultancy working with FTSE 100 companies.  I'm also a certified MBTI practitioner. 

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