Dr Jeremy Vernon
Having worked with hundreds of people over the last decade who are high achievers, perfectionists and driven to push themselves, go through difficult, challenging times and then see them find solutions, create the change, experience freedom, joy and the pleasantness of well-being, of the mind, body and spirit has been a wonderful experience for me. My discretion and confidentiality is guaranteed.
After failing the 11 plus and leaving school at 16 to join the Royal Navy to see the world, my own personal development and outlook on life took a back seat. After meeting my wife, leaving the Navy and spending 5 years working on the production line in a car factory fitting a seat belt every one minute 22 seconds, 8 hours a day, to pay the bills, my life & career had little stimulation or satisfaction.
An introduction to a life coach opened my eyes to the challenges and opportunities in my life. I enrolled at evening classes at college. In 1992 at the age of 31, I took redundancy with the support of my wife and two daughters 4 and 6 (and my life coach) to study full time after gaining a place at Ruskin College, Oxford.
Qualifications (Dip. Cert Ed. MA. Ph.D.)
After Graduating from Ruskin College, Oxford and successfully completing a Master of Arts Degree in Employee Relations at the Business School at the University of Warwick, also gaining a Certificate in Education (which included Coaching & Mentoring) from the University of Central England (now Birmingham City) and finally a PhD with The Open University in Education (including Coaching & Learning Reps). My life has certainly changed and my Life Coach helped make all the difference.
My career has ranged from a decade of lecturing in Business & Information Technology, including providing coaching & mentoring to students, a decade as a business coach providing training and support to SME's in many sectors of the economy including Manufacturing, Hotel & Catering, Information Technology and Distribution & Retail. A surprising three years as a hotel manager in Dalyan,Turkey demonstrates I have a wide a varied business background.
My own personal experiences, facing redundancy twice, a total right hip replacement in my late 40's and suffered a clot on my right lung, have been important mile stones in my life. I have faced these challenges head-on, reinvesting myself in a positive way and moving forward in new a direction with new vaguer.
Coaching for me, is about unlocking a person’s potential and maximising their performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.
Put simply, coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future.
While there are many different models of coaching, the coach is not the 'expert’ but, instead, the facilitator of this development process.
There is a huge difference between teaching someone and helping them to learn. In coaching, fundamentally, the coach is helping the individual to improve their own performance: in other words, helping them to continually learn and develop.