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  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
  • Welcome to Inspiring Life
Ben Clayton-Jolly
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My inspiration and lifelong curiosity has been about people, the world around us, and the irrepressible spark of human creativity. Who I am and what I do are closely intertwined. My work is a vocation and even a passion. One thread that runs through this journey is an exploration of the fundamental questions that interconnect us all. Who are you, why are you here and where are you going? How will you make a difference to the people and the world around you? I have had the privileged experience of working closely with many different people, from all walks of life, cultures, and roles. I bring these diverse experiences of life, people and how we learn to my work as a coach.

 

I have been working as a coach since 1996. As an executive coach I have worked with middle and senior leaders, and teams, from many of the world's multi-national businesses and international organisations. I have studied extensively in the fields of education, psychology and coaching, and in 2009 I completed the UK's first MA in Psychological Coaching. I bring this inter-disciplinary background into my work as a coach. As an organisational consultant I have designed and run many leadership, and team, development programmes that have become the catalyst for meaningful change both for individuals and organisations. I also have extensive experience as a life coach, especially with individuals who are in a period of change or transition, or who are asking deeper questions of themselves, their work or their life.  

 

My work as a coach is grounded in my own leadership challenges and learning. I have 13 years experience as an organisational leader, firstly as an officer in the British Army and then as the Country Director for an international NGO in Zimbabwe and Uganda. I have also often worked as a Project Manager or Expedition Leader in many remote environments around the world. These personal leadership challenges have helped me understand how we can learn and grow through experience, and how to create the conditions that each person needs to be at their best. 

 

The natural world and the power of experiential learning have taught me much. For many years I have been integrating these to create innovative approaches to individual and team coaching. This includes wilderness based leadership development programmes for business leaders based around a real project for a rural community in Africa. My coaching sessions often take place walking in nature or alongside a lake where ‘walk and talk’ in fresh air can bring relaxation and inspiration into coaching conversations.

 

My aim in our coaching conversations is for you to be able to talk freely, to have time to think and trust the words that you speak, especially those that you hesitate to give a voice to, and to bring your heart as well as your head into the conversation. I see my role is to listen deeply, ask questions, remember what you said last time, give feedback and bring my own insights to your questions and goals. I will help you make sense of where you are now and for you to create clarity about where you are going. I know from experience that holding the creative tension between these two poles is a personal leadership challenge. It is also the start point of any change. Clients have said that I help them understand the patterns in their behaviour and inspire them to use this creative gap to move in a new direction.

 

"Ben's ability to listen and provide such insightful and perceptive feedback is really quite special. Having his support and objective observations has had such a positive impact on me when working in some extremely challenging and difficult environments."

Rupert Miller, Assistant Head of Mission, Medicins Sans Frontieres

 

"I thoroughly recommend Ben Clayton-Jolly to you as a professional and inspiring coach, as the Leadership Development course I participated in is the most rewarding, enjoyable and informative training I have benefited from. Ben's integrity, energy and genuine enthusiasm for seeing people grow is refreshing in a world of 'marketeers'. Ben lives his teachings and continues to encourage me to take new risks, to develop and expand my professional and personal horizons. A measure of a great role model is if they are there when you need them, and for me, when I stood at a professional crossroad and reached out to Ben, without judgement he coached me through my thought process, assisting me to find clarity and the motivation to move forward. I sincerely recommend Ben to you."

Amanda

 

"Somehow Ben managed to come along at exactly the right time for me. I was facing some significant, deep and complex challenges, and was confused and weary. His astonishingly perceptive assessment of my situation, coupled with his rapid understanding of my core values and beliefs soon provided some clarity to everything, and through his coaching, support and advice I very successfully navigated my way through the maze and out the other side. In this life, if you are lucky, you will meet three or four truly remarkable people who stand way out from the crowd. Ben is definitely one of them and I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone."

Simon, Business Development Manager

 

"Ben is probably the most open and trusting person I have ever met – it usually takes me some time to form to trusting relationships – with Ben I felt that I could open up immediately. He is truly inspirational and his one-to-one coaching sessions have had a profound impact on the way I approach life."

Matt Stirland, Aviva