You're brilliant at what you do, and you want to keep doing it, but your success means you have a bigger role and a team to go with it. You need a way of leading that works for you as well as your team and overall business, but you aren’t sure how to make that happen.
All of your uncertainty is the key to unlocking your leadership potential. It’s what will help you become the leader you want to be.
I know all too well what it’s like to be in that place of uncertainty. To find yourself in a leadership position and be left wondering now what?
I vividly remember the first time I realised I needed to be a leader. Fresh from running a project implementing a new computer system and setting up and running an IT department along the way, I was asked to run the company's manufacturing unit.
The fact is, I knew I didn’t know much about the manufacturing process or how to run the factory.
I had a choice to make, was I going to do this
and could I be successful at it?
Once I had got over the initial panic, I found myself getting curious about how I could make it work. I kept asking lots of questions before making decisions and soon realised that this balance of curiosity and choice making were giving me a great foundation for my leadership. Since then it has opened up a wide variety of opportunities and experiences.
Over my 30+ year career, I’ve felt that uncertainty too many times to count. But I’ve learned that uncertainty allows you to become truly curious about your leadership, your situation and what matters to you.
Once you embrace the uncertainty you’ve got choices. You become a Curious Choice Leader.
Stepping into leadership and making conscious choices through curiosity sounds simple but it’s not easy.
Over the years I have seen the impact leaders have on the people around them - and so often it's not great.
Often unintentionally leaders create workplaces where people don’t thrive, teams don’t perform and business results suffer as much as the people do. No one wants to be one of those leaders and I believe that everyone deserves great leadership at work - that’s why I spend my time enabling leaders to shine, to create working worlds that work for everyone.
And it’s exactly why I created Curious Choice Leadership. So there’s a different way of being a leader and thinking about what you do. When you work with me I’ll help you learn for the future and have fun while you become the amazing leader you choose to be.
I am the world class coach who creates the time and space for you to think, to get curious and make great choices so you can overcome your current challenges and be the best leader you can be.
I am the one who shares insights gained from the experiences of making change happen as a leader, project manager and a coach, experience gathered across a broad spectrum of functions in a wide range of industries globally. I’ve succeeded as a leader in large multinational companies, and held high profile roles including in Organisational Effectiveness and Development at Cadbury Schweppes and many functional leadership roles in a rapidly growing manufacturing company. I’ve worked with household brands, with many businesses in the technical arena and with some incredible service businesses. I’ve also run my own businesses and lead teams of volunteers.
I am the one who always puts you first, who listens, understands, energises and brings a different way of thinking, the one who has created frameworks to help you unlock your thinking and your potential. I’m great at helping you get to the heart of the matter, and see things from different perspectives so that we can find a pragmatic solution that gets you the results you want. I will challenge and support you along the way.
I am the one who lives in Leighton Buzzard, north of London with an adorable Chocolate Labrador called Lyra. When I’m not working I can often be found drinking coffee, chatting or reading, at my local radio station, or at the theatre directing plays, pantomimes, and musicals.
In short - I am the one who makes you shine
As well as hosting my own Podcast, I have been fortunate enough to be invited to appear on the following shows:
Small Business Boss with Maggie Patterson - talking about Leadership and Mindset Shifts
The Modern Manager with Mamie Kanfer Stewart - talking about balancing work and leadership.
"Bekka has a unique ability to get to the heart of any issue. Whether working with team synergy, company culture development or leadership training, she always provides valuable insights and works hard to provide support, education, and mentorship. She's proven to be a most trusted member of our extended team ." LG Managing Director
" I needed an objective view and having worked with Bekka before I knew she would challenge my assumptions. I valued the insights and some of the tools to helped me think about possibilities that I hadn’t considered. The thing I like about working with Bekka is that she helps you with new ideas and thinking, so expect the unexpected. She’s always really honest and positive." RE IT Technical Account Director
"I would strongly recommend you work with Bekka . She is very skilled at helping you to get at the crux of the issue and develop options. She is not afraid of challenging you to solve the big questions. She has a balance of both practical advise on specific things you can do, as well as thinking advice on helping you get clarity, develop options, and make decisions. Truly professional support when most needed." SD Technical Director
"Coaching is a personal experience. It requires digging down deep to recognise and verbalise things that you are finding tough, in order to work on them. You need to trust your coach with that information in order to move forward. Relationship with your coach is therefore key. Having met Bekka at a networking event, I knew straight away that Bekka was the right coach for me...and after working together over a period of time, this remains true. Bekka has the ability to give you the confidence to do things you are unsure you can do. It always feels that she has your back and will never push you further than you can go. It’s amazing to look back and see what progress I have made with her support. If you are thinking about using a coach to help you move a specific task or yourself forward, I recommend Bekka Prideaux.." JD PMO Leader
"Working with a coach who truly understood me and the issues I faced enabled me to make the changes I needed to in my business. Her questions can be tough to answer but really helped me clarify my thinking. Her support and mentorship meant I was able to take action and follow through on my plans top grow my business" SD Business Owner
Curious to find out more about working with me?