Liz Beck CEO and Leadership Coach
Tell us about you
I’m Mum to two amazing kids and step Mum to two more amazing kids. Nothing has challenged me or taught me more in life than being a parent and stepparent. Our children are all so different and have such varied needs but, there is nothing more wonderful than when they are all home and hearing them chat and share stories and laughter.
We are incredibly blessed to live in a village by the sea and it’s my favourite place in the world! Nothing beats a walk along the beach with our crazy dog, soaking up the sea air and looking out as far as the eye can see – it always opens my mind, shifts my perspective, and reminds me of how expansive our options are if we allow ourselves to imagine.
Tell us about your role and how you can help / support
I’m the proud Founder and CEO of AspiringHR . One part of my role is to support the incredible team we have in the business, answering their questions, setting direction, inviting challenge and creating opportunities. The other part of my role is to design and develop meaningful learning and coaching experiences for our clients and those who approach us looking for stretch, development and growth.
A day in the life of a Leadership coach
Thankfully, every day is different (I love variety!). I am likely to have time with the team, working through their ideas and client priorities alongside client coaching sessions and/or design work for Leadership and Team development programmes.
What do you love most about your role?
I consider it a huge privilege to partner clients as they explore their aspirations and goals; and work to unlock any barriers, acquire new insights/skills and achieve their ambitions. It never ceases to amaze me how much and how fast change can be accessed and achieved when the conditions are right, and the support is in place.
What’s your greatest achievement?
This is a tough question! I’m incredibly proud of building and growing AspiringHR, and developing an offer for individuals and organisations that makes a meaningful difference to the working lives of many. But my greatest achievement has to be my kids – when I watch them in the world, their courage, dignity, congruence with who they are, I’m in awe of them. They aren’t ‘my achievement ‘as such, but I know they have had some good foundations (from their Dad, Step Dad and I) that will serve them well in the world.
Who is your role model?
Another tough question! I’ve been blessed with so many inspiring mentors over my life and career… I think there are probably 2 that standout:
- My Step Father, Michael. He picked up a pretty disruptive teenager and helped straighten her out. He showed love and consistency when it was in short supply. He guided with a reassuringly strong and gentle hand. And he laid out standards I admired and aspired to.
- Edith Eger: A holocaust survivor, psychologist and author of ‘The Choice’. In Edith’s story, I learn the importance and power of personal agency. Of always choosing to make your own choice – even if that could only be in your own mind. She is a phenomenal woman and I think everyone should know and read her story.
How do you switch off and take some time out?
The wonderful simplicities of life are my pleasures – beach walk, local coffee shop for breakfast, time with family or close friends, snuggling on the sofa with a movie – these are my ideas of bliss!