Bev Holden is co-founder of the Clear Thinking Partnership, and works with household name companies to cultivate a spirit of collaboration in their teams and culture. And one of the interesting things about Bev is that she’s had management roles with companies such as Sainsburys, Burger King, Tops Shop and the Disney Store.
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Bev says her transformation journey started when she was able to train other store managers for Disney. She thrived on growing people and making sure they were fully prepared to hit the ground running when entering their new stores.
She was able to go after what she wanted while working with Disney by creating a position as a Regional HR manager to help support new managers coming into the company, as well as general HR support.
Before Bev transitioned into being an entrepreneur, she resisted it for some time, thinking that she wasn’t brave enough and being an employee was fulfilling enough for her.
One of the things that Bev has built along the way is a large network of professionals that she is able to reach out to to be able to work out what to do next.
Bev shares that she has always needed a deep human connection and while making the transition from the corporate world to designing her own work life, she found herself lonely.
One of the things that really helps her have impact in what she does is getting people to realize that they have their own wisdom.
She notes that collaboration really opens up communication and meaningful interaction between individuals.
“As I did, that the confidence in my ability to do that grew as I became more experienced and had lots of success while doing it.”
“Something happened and suddenly I was no longer the person who thought, ‘I can’t do this I am not brave enough.’”
“When I removed myself form that environment, I felt quite lonely so I had to find a way to compensate for that.”
“That kind of work I get kind of excited about that people could perhaps have a different kind of relationship with somebody.”