what is really important to us and aligning that with the
requirements of our company, our friends and family is an
often overlooked key to success."
Rob Gillespie believes that
senior executives are continually challenged by the need to
balance their personal priorities and those of the teams
they lead with that of the organisation. "Often, personal
issues are subordinated to the priorities, urgencies or
crises of the organisation."
A coach can provide that
"independent, objective, frank and constructive" feedback that
puts personal and organisational needs back into alignment. "We
must understand ourselves and the way others relate to us to be
effective as a leader and a member of a highly performing team,"
Rob's natural ability to
empathise with his clients helps them understand what is at the
core of the challenge. "Not everyone can possess the full scope
of skills and experience required at every stage of our career.
Sometimes we just face issues that are outside our area of
comfort and experience and require more than a quick
consultation to address."
His experience in a broad range
of senior roles in both public and private sector, here and
abroad, gives him an edge.
Over the past twenty years, he
has held senior positions in Finance, Treasury, Industry and
Defence Departments in Canada and Australia. At Defence in
Ottawa, he managed a group of over 11,000 civilian and military
personnel, with an annual budget of $10 billion.
In the corporate sector, Rob
has run finance and strategic planning at Bombardier, the
world's third largest civilian aircraft manufacturer - leading
in the areas of start-up, turnaround, sales and marketing, and
product support in various businesses - from commercial aircraft
and business jets to financial services.
Not only is this kind of
experience increasingly essential in our globalised world, this
exposure to different business practices gives Rob a much needed
flexibility in both assessing the needs of an executive in a
variety of organisational environments and coming up with
Rob's success in his career is
matched by balance in his personal life. He enjoys music and the
performing arts, plays golf and is a former ice hockey and