Dr Malcolm Morgan
I am a former Board Director and Business School Professor who has subsequently established, and managed, a successful consultancy practice, so I also have an entrepreneurial background. Therefore, having successfully changed careers a number of times in my long working life, I understand the challenges of remaining focused on setting and achieving personal goals and their associated rewards, both material and psychological.
These life lessons have taught me to be relaxed and comfortable with myself, open-minded and empathetic toward others. I feel that I am well equipped to pass on these lessons to the next generation. I hope you will find me a warm, approachable, well-informed and practical resource who will contribute significantly to unlocking your potential to do anything you want to do. I am also told that I have a good sense of humour.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated in Economics from the University of London and my career began in management and initial successes enabled me to qualify as a Chartered Accountant and rise to become Finance Director of a publicly quoted company in my early thirties. After more than a decade in senior management, I needed a new challenge. I gave up work to become a full time student again and graduated with an MSc in Behavioural Sciences at the University of Aston Business School. As a result, I was offered a faculty post at that same University and began an academic career which led me to hold Professorial posts in America, France and the UK over a period of more than twenty years. During this period I earned a PhD and published internationally in academic journals related to my research interests which centred on improving individual and corporate effectiveness in challenging strategic environments.
But, once again, the need for a renewed challenge presented itself and I gave up academia to work full-time for myself, running my own successful consultancy practice in the area of individual self-actualization and corporate change management, areas in which I had conducted my Doctoral research. I successfully sold my consultancy business a few years ago and thought I might concentrate on renovating our house in France and watching rugby.
But the bug bit me again and I have recently moved into the London area and I feel that I have a lot to offer individuals and corporations in the field of self-management, self-motivation and goal achievement in the capital city. Hence my decision to join the Directory.
I have the following academic qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)(Applied Psychology) from the University of London
- MSc(Behavioural Sciences) from the University of Aston, for which I won prizes for Best Student and Best Dissertation
- PhD from the University of Wales, in the Personal and Corporate Behavioural Aspects of Strategic Change Management
I have the following professional qualifications:
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, having won the British Institute of Management Prize for the Best Paper in Management Accounting in my Final examinations. In addition:
- I am an Associate Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council
- I am a Prince 2 trained Project Manager
- I am the author of more than eighty papers published internationally in academic journals
- I have held senior UK academic appointments at the Universities of Aston, Cardiff, RHUL and Imperial College, as well as Professorships at the French Business School Ecole des Affaires de Paris (EAP) and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
In addition, I have certificated qualifications in:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming
All taken as refresher courses in pursuit of up to date CPD credentials.
European Mentoring and Coaching Council
EMCC UK is part of the Europe-wide European Mentoring & Coaching Council.
Together their aim is to promote good practice and the expectation of good practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe.
EMCC is an independent, impartial and non-profit making organisation.
Areas of coaching I deal with
I have a fee range of £75-£95 an hour which can be discounted based on the level of take up of sessions. The level of take up is best decided after an introductory session relating to deciding if, and how, I might be able to help.
Sessions themselves last 50 minutes
In what areas can I help?
Areas of Life Coaching Expertise
1. Business Coaching
- Executive Coaching
- Staff Coaching
While I understand mindsets, motivations and emotions, I do not focus on those issues, but rather on implementing proven best-practice systems, strategies and action steps that will actually grow an individual’s capabilities and, by extension, their achievements, rewards and feelings of self-esteem. This approach applies to all the above categories where we are talking about self-actualization rather than introspection. I feel that my extensive career in the real world of management and executive action especially equips me to help resolve the issues, demands and stresses of that environment. It allows me to quickly understand individual contexts and problems and so bring out the very best of the individual to solve them.
2. Creative Coaching
This is a coaching method that helps individuals grow into their most authentic selves. The process is designed to bring the coach and the client together to collaborate on identifying and nurturing the client’s greatest visions for themselves as creative people. They could be artists, writers poets, but they could equally be office workers, managers, directors or entrepreneurs. After all, as Einstein put it:
“Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”
We can all benefit from that approach.
Money worries can be one of the biggest causes of stress, particularly in this age of austerity, increasing marital breakdown, poor pension provision and widespread job insecurity. Yet no-one is taught how to manage their resources effectively.
I am a Chartered Accountant and therefore eminently qualified to help you plan your way through the minefield of personal finance. Part of the solution will come from an approach I have previously described - implementing proven best-practice systems, strategies and actions that will actually address the problems. But also some of it must come from within. By developing an understanding of our behaviour and how it can contribute to our problems, and then eliminating it, we can be freed from the adverse consequences of our actions and start enjoying life again.
These can be a key element in getting the Work-Life balance correct. This applies regardless of whether you are working or retired. Having ‘retired’ once myself I know that it is not necessarily the idyllic, carefree time that we all anticipate as we move through our careers. Equally, what we do with our spare time when we have the demands of a job, a mortgage, perhaps a young family to balance is crucially important.
A structured approach to what we really want to get out of our leisure time is essential, as is drawing out the best in ourselves to make our leisure time rewarding, invigorating and energising. A life coach’s input into this process should make it all happen much more smoothly.
5. Personal Development
Once again, a systematic approach is key. There are many such approaches that have become ‘branded’ and passed off as the panacea for everybody. It’s true, there are generic steps in the process, and they might look like this:
- Goal setting
- Establishment of deadlines
- Environmental analysis - Threats and Opportunities
- Skills and knowledge acquisition
- Resource investigation - what and who do I know that will help me?
- Progress measurement
However, the key to making this successful is that your coach draws out the very best in you to ensure that your development is the very best it can be. Having worked successfully through this process many times, I feel that I can be of great help to those who are undertaking it at the moment.
6. Other Areas
The tools, approaches, mindset and models that I’ve alluded to here are equally applicable to other important sources of stress and anxiety in everyday life:
- Work life balance.
A good coach should be able to take these tools and by listening and talking through the issues give their client the confidence to tap into their own personal resources and use the tools to make the very best of themselves.
Let’s get started!
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