Your Leadership Coach
To raise consciousness in the workplace, so professionals can lead more productive
and healthier lives.
“Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.”
For every leader to have access to a safe space to develop professionally and personally.
“Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
Ginni Rometty, CEO @ IBM
"Everybody need a coach."
About Lauren Cartigny
Lauren takes an internal dimension to leadership development by focusing on Leaders’ own personal development which directly translates into business impact. She refers to this as Self-Science and believes it is key to develop relational intelligence.
She believes to transform a team, a leader needs to transform himself first because people do what you do, not what you say. How you show up for your team, will directly impact how they show up for you. So, to bring out the best in your team, Lauren believes you need to bring out the best in you first.
Founders and Leaders can benefit a lot from understanding themselves because their way of being will translate into the culture of their company. By being aware of their strengths and stress sequences they can better decide how to surround themselves when they hire talent and manage people to get the best from their team.
Her corporate experience is built on a 13 years successful international career in Tech Sales, working for hypergrowth scale up businesses with people first cultures like Rackspace, Equinix and LinkedIn. As a consistent top performer, she closed a £10M deal by the age of 30.
Following her own transformation to become an ICF business coach, an NLP Practitioner and a Process Communication Trainer, Lauren blends these competencies with Gestalt psychology to increase your self-awareness so you can adapt your leadership style and communication fast to create stronger relationships for high preforming virtual teams.
Why did I become a Leadership Coach?
LinkedIn & the early days of Social Selling
Back in 2014, when I was at LinkedIn, I was responsible for rolling out Social Selling transformation programs for large corporate companies across Europe such as AXA and BNP Paribas. Despite having global Executive Sponsorship buy in, I witnessed a lot of resistance in Sales teams to change their behaviour to adopt social media as part of their selling methodologies. The solution involved Managers gamifying the desired new behaviours. Many of the Managers weren’t supporting the initiative.
It was then, that I realised that motivation for change doesn’t come from a rational place. Because if it did, everyone would have embraced the change more easily because the business case was proven.
Digital Transformation & Change Management in Sales
After having interviewed a few of these Managers, it appeared that the resistance came from personal beliefs, fear of change and insecurities. Some had built their career on a certain way of selling, so they feared that changing it could reduce their confidence, authority and respect from their team.
This is when I decided I could make more impact changing organisations by coaching Leaders to connect to their own reasons for wanting to change their behaviour. Because selling why they should change, wasn’t working. People need to want to change for themselves.
By focusing on the internal human dimension of leadership, I now unlock change from within for Leaders and Teams to tap into their unknown potential to transform Organisations from the inside out. You can’t change others, you can only change yourself. When you show up differently for yourself, your teams will show up differently for you.
Change comes from within
My Story: From Women in Tech Sales to Self-Scientist
My corporate experience is built on a successful career of 13 years in international Tech Sales, working for hypergrowth scale up businesses with people first cultures like Rackspace, Equinix and LinkedIn. From hosting, to networking, IT outsourcing, application acceleration, CDN, data centers and SaaS; I have a deeper understanding of the Internet’s ecosystem and scale up challenges than I would have ever expected after a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University!
In 2016, I started to look for answers about why there was an unbalance between my personal and professional life. I had always been used to pressure. In fact, I performed at my best in that environment. However between 2015 and 2018, I had close encounters with severe acne, anxiety, burnout, and a couple of episodes of post traumatic stress which had harmful impacts on my mental, emotional and gut health.
Why was I being successful at work and yet my health was deteriorating?
The flaws of being too resilient
I learnt that being highly resilient can cause as much damage as not being resilient enough. In my case, the damage was harder to see visibly and went unnoticed for far too long. Resilience isn’t just a professional term, this also refers to our capacity to deal with difficult situations and emotions at home too.
When we don’t acknowledge and process our emotions, they build up, until eventually our body starts making sure we start to pay attention with more drastic health implications which we may not see coming. Unprocessed emotions can sabotage ourselves and our relationships when we are triggered.
Science has proven that our Mind, Emotions and Body are interconnected. It is time to consider our whole selves when talking about performance at work.
Mindfulness: The importance of self-compassion
I had to endure a lot of suffering to understand the importance of putting as much effort in working on myself as I was putting into my work. Having had to rebuild myself from a low place, I have learnt the importance of self-compassion and self-care. The quality of our mind, our emotional health, physical and energetic health are all vital to live productive and healthy lives both at home and at work. Mindfulness practices were key to my recovery.
Self-Science & Self-Awareness
What my journey has taught me so far is that knowing what we don’t know, is as important if not more important, than what we already know. By being curious about ourselves, we can learn our strengths, discover our blind spots and self-sabotaging patterns so we can better navigate challenges by anticipating their negative side effects on our health, our work and our relationships. I refer to this self-discovery process as Self-Science.
Accessing a state of flow
I was lucky enough to have the time and resources to seek professionals to learn about myself on a mental, emotional, physical and energetic level. These are the learnings I now want to bring into the workplace because I believe we shouldn’t have to endure suffering to access this empowering knowledge. We have the power to change our mindset and reprogram our beliefs to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
I am now on a mission to facilitate access to knowledge and learning experiences to empower leaders to prioritise their personal development to increase their performance and wellbeing.
To drive sustainable business results in our teams, we need to connect to how we can deliver performance from a place of radical wellbeing.
My Core Values
Authenticity – Be open, honest and true to yourself
Compassion – Find compassion for yourself to find compassion for others
Courage – Be brave enough to walk through the unknown
Freedom – Believe you can and you will
Learning – Have a curious and open mind
Excellence – Embrace change for excellence