I have helped hundreds of senior professionals over the last 30 years thrive in complex roles. I love being a confidant to the C-suite and I particularly relish finding that inner fire that makes you excel as a leader. I call it Ferocity and I’m writing the book on it.
I started Sean Spence & Associates in 1999 and I’ve been working with high performers for most of my career. You need to continuously develop your deeper capabilities to thrive in the next phase of the global economy. It’s fantastically exciting as new industries, deep innovations and new success paradigms emerge. But your personal strategy means building resilience, which means strong action right now. And the executive group needs to evolve past traditional ‘team’ paradigms.
Lasting effectiveness needs an extra edge of vigour and engagement. I’ve helped executives uncover and refine their ‘secret sauce’ and it’s the subject of my upcoming book ‘Ferocity – Structured strategies for resilience’. You can get an introduction to the idea and start working with it right away by doing the simplified Ferocity scan.
Your Executive Journey
My blog, Your Executive Journey, is where you’ll get ideas for action. They’ll help you find your most fulfilling niche career, start roles well and sustain your effectiveness. My work develops leaders, but there’s more to executive effectiveness than leadership. I can help you fully embrace an influential role in its entirety and really nail success, then translate this into high-impact innovation across the organisation.
I write with my own take on things. I’m a coach informed by a multi-country life and my experiences as headhunter, accountant, scientist, sailor, artist and traveller. So I write on:
- My pet subject, your Ferocity, for mood, resilience & impact
- Making your career management strategic, particularly crafting big changes
- Your Executive mindset, and the tough leap from specialist management
- Innovating, governance & strategy at C-suite level & their personal impact
And sometimes I write just for the hell of it, drawing lessons from my personal passions, the visual arts, music, sailing, national cultures and science. These different aspects of life enrich each other and are what make life worth living!
I’m aiming to create a meeting place for ideas that will help you succeed without becoming a martyr. I will write or talk about helpful ideas that emerge in live sessions with my clients, but anonymity will always be respected.
If you’re new to my site, read my featured posts and watch the brief video that will give you a flavour for my take on success.
I’ve been involved with executive change for most of my career although different phases looked like the improvisations I paint. After qualifying with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London and working with the firm in Hong Kong, I spent 15 years in global executive search with Russell Reynolds Associates. Based in Hong Kong and then Australia, I worked on assignments for roles in over 20 countries across high technology, banking and manufacturing.
I started my practice in 1999 because I was drawn to helping organisations through focussing on key individuals. I’ve since consulted to a wide range of organisations, from multinationals to boutique consultants. I’ve helped executive teams and I’ve helped individuals in many different roles. Because my approach is about life in the round, I’ve gained qualifications in counselling & psychotherapy, socio-analysis, governance (I’m a past Fellow of the AICD) and creative processes. I started with a Physics MA from Oxford University.
You’ll find my accent reflects my upbringing in Belfast and the international influences since then! I own a small yacht, which is in itself an ‘instructive’ experience. I have a meditative art practice and I live in a modest home in a beautiful suburb close to the water in Melbourne, Australia. My two grown children and my eclectic international circle of friends keep me sane!
You can contact me by Email or on Linkedin, Google+, Facebook or twitter. The joy of my work is the community that it builds, so I encourage you to join my free Members group, and over time you will meet my circle of wise collaborators and clients. View my contact details or make an appointment here.
About this site
This site was built using the Rainmaker platform (Agency Theme) as recommended by Chris Brogan. I did it myself, which is testament to the ease of use of Rainmaker. Any and all errors are mine – please tell me if you find any!
I was greatly helped in this by Jo Sullivan and Stephen Zuluaga who deftly straddled the technology and business issues that are involved. I’d recommend them to any small firm looking for sound advice (and patience!).
Melissa Morey is my valiant assistant and she took most of my personal headshot photos. I use istockphoto for most of my illustrative photos for blog posts though I also took some myself or found useful shots around the internet. Where necessary and feasible, I’ve attributed the photos.