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Providing one to one support for your Professional growth and learning.  Think of me as your 'Thinking partner'.  View the sections below for some ideas of how I can help you further.

Professional supervision and business coach for Nelson NZ

Gina has this wonderful ability to hold you in a safe, non-judgemental space while watching you wriggle and squirm to a place of learning.  She is tough – but I can’t wait for my next session!

-MM Electrician

“I worked with Gina for 6 months, both myself and my team have seen a positive change in the way that we communicate. Gina was able to understand my issues and provide me with the skills to lead change” – MM, Team leader

“Having someone to talk to who could help me reflect on my leadership and plan a way forward with some of the challenges I faced was hugely beneficial. Gina has a very natural ability to help people unravel an issue, break down the core components and then package it back up as a planned course of action.”

“Your approach, understanding and ability to communicate with me is precisely what I have needed. You interpret what I am saying very well and I appreciate your considerate process, I feel almost capable when I am working with you.”

SC- Business Owner

“As a small business owner I have at times lacked support and I really get this from Gina. Gina is extremely passionate in her desire to see me do well and I have feel well supported, both personally and professionally. I know she will help me to create amazing success in both my business and personally.”

SN- Business Owner

“Gina is an engaging speaker and very inspiring. Her workshop content was well researched, specific to the participants and very informative. She is a valued member of any business group.”

– Sarah Holmes, Manager, Nelson Tasman Business Trust

“I really like working with Gina for her enthusiasm, willingness to try new ideas. She holds a special interest in helping small business owners.”

– Business Mentor

“Gina is lovely! So motivational. She’s given me direction and focus and also confidence I’m on the right track.”

– RL Business owner

“Burn-out is something other people experience.  I had no idea that’s what I was going through or how it was affecting my productivity and ultimately my business. Gina was a god send, she got me moving again quickly and together we were able to meet some very significant deadlines”.

– Business owner

“My boss tells me that he can really notice the difference since Gina and I have been working together.  Apparently, my approach is much more ‘considered’.  Personally, I have found the new skills handy in lots of areas, not just work.” 

– Technician / middle management

    Dealing with uncertainty

    In my last blog, I talked about having emotional agility with some tips on what it is, why it is useful, and how we can develop more emotional agility within ourselves.  Today I would like to extend emotional agility to cover how we maintain good workplace practice (and mental wellbeing) during a time of such uncertainty. 

    There are many facets to our current situation which are causing a great deal of uncertainty for people, from job losses to economic uncertainty and of course, concerns over the pandemic itself.  In addition, people grapple to accept the loss of control in their lives as a result of the restrictions put in place in response to this pandemic.  

    “ There are a lot of people feeling just like you at the moment”.  

    Somehow, that feels important for people to hear and to understand – The normal-ness of what they are feeling. Whatever emotions are coming up for you at this time, you are not alone and your feelings are completely normal and completely valid!

    I would like to share a very simple technique to help you during these times.  This methodology is grounded in ACT (Acceptance, Commitment Therapy) principles and shares a number of commonalities with Mindfulness practice.  I hope that you find them useful. 

    Acknowledge 

    Kindly and with curiosity acknowledge what is ‘showing up’ for you right now in this moment.  What are your thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, sensations, urges? 

    • What thoughts are popping into your head?
    • What is your body doing?
    • Are you experiencing any physical sensations such as a headache or nervousness in the pit of your stomach?
    • Are you noticing yourself to be intolerant towards others? (or maybe yourself)

    Try naming the sensations that you are experiencing.  Here are some examples; 

    “I’m noticing uncertainty” 

    “There’s my mind worrying” 

    “That wasn’t very kind of me”

    Now that you are noticing the various sensations that are ‘showing up’ for you, also try to; 

    Connect with your body 

    Connect with your physical body. You can do this any way that suits you best however, some suggestions may include; 

    • Consciously pushing your feet into the floor
    • Try straightening up your back and spine; if in a chair, try sitting upright and forward
    • Stretching your arms or neck, shrugging your shoulders
    • Slowly breathing in and out (very gently, not deeply)

    Note: you are not trying to turn away from, escape, avoid or distract yourself from what is happening in your inner world. The aim is to remain aware of your thoughts and feelings, to continue to acknowledge their presence, while at the same time, to connect with your body.  In some ways, it’s like you are making room for the thoughts and feelings to exist within you rather than trying to get rid of them or pretend that they aren’t there.

    This allows you to gain as much control as possible over your physical actions, (even though you can’t control your thoughts and feelings).

    Engage in what you’re doing 

    Once you are aware of your thoughts and feeling and you have reconnected with your body it’s now time to get a sense of what you are trying to achieve and refocus your attention.  

    • What do I want to achieve right now?
    • Which elements are within my control?
    • What is this in service of? (the long-term objective)

    Like any technique, this exercise gets easier with practice.  Initially, you may need to go through it a few times before you feel it has been successful but with practice, this methodology will become quick and easy to achieve.  

    In times of uncertainty, it’s most beneficial to focus your energy on what you have control over rather than allowing our emotions to get caught up in the uncertainty of not knowing what lies outside of our control.

    Following the three steps above will allow you to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings, reconnect with your body, and then re-engage in what you’re doing with direction and purpose.  By not getting stuck with thoughts and feelings associated with the current uncertain environment, you will feel calmer and more in control – which in turn will allow you to operate in a way that aligns with who you want to be in life.  

    Happy practicing, go well. 

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