With a wealth of stories about real people in exceptional organisations, drawn from her bestselling books, Inspirational Manager (2007) and Becoming an Employer of Choice (2004), and her up and coming book Serial Achiever (July 2009), Judith also benefits from considerable corporate and psychological experience.
A motivational speaker, Judith can speak on managing people through recession and redundancies, and how to keep employees engaged when times are tough. A positive company culture and motivated employees can make the difference between success and failure in challenging economic conditions. US based South West Airlines, a regular on the US great place to work list, was the only airline to remain in the black after 9/11. The CEO credited that success to the people and the culture of the business. Judith can help companies and managers create and maintain just such a people culture that will support the business through a downturn, as well as increasing profitability in good times.
Judith's fascination with helping companies become Employers of Choice began when she worked on the 2002 '100 Best Companies to Work For' list for the Sunday Times. During this time, she visited great organisations in both the UK and USA, meeting senior leaders and employees to gain further insight into how companies can become great workplaces.
This research, combined with extensive consultancy experience where she worked with senior leaders and managers from 'great' to 'difficult' cultures, led her to set up Great Companies Consulting (GCC) in 2002.
Becoming an Employer of Choice was published in 2004 and gives readers an insight into how to create a great place to work. Inspiring and accessible, with useful information and ideas for action, it has sold to great acclaim, and has been published in two languages and five countries.
Her second book, Inspirational Manager, goes to the heart of management. Using her research into the behaviours and beliefs of real life managers, it shows how they get the best from their people, as well as providing ideas and information on how readers can improve their own management style.
Serial Achiever, was published in July 2009. It explores the attitudes and mindsets held by people who continue to achieve and develop their strengths time after time. Her findings outline a very different approach to standard success books and are based on the real life experiences of a wide range of people. The outcomes add real value to those charged with developing talent in organisations.
Judith is an experienced speaker who has addressed a wide range of UK and international audiences, including the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Poland and Hungary. Her primary subjects are Employer of Choice, Inspirational Management and Talent Development, all of which are highly appropriate for the business and HR communities.
Prior to founding GCC, Judith had 10 years experience in Leadership/ Management Development and Executive Coaching and has coached a wide range of senior leaders in a variety of business settings. As a coach and consultant, she is known for providing strong, rigorous support that includes giving tough messages. Using her experience of psychology she is able to do this in a way that maintains self-esteem and allows the person to move forward in a positive way.
Her career has taken her to a variety of countries and she has worked with people from many different cultures including Africa, Asia, USA and Europe, both individually and in cross cultural groups. This has given her an understanding of the significance of diversity in the workplace.
Her background is in Gestalt psychology and she was a founder member and Managing Director of the Gestalt Centre (1979-1990), which continues to be one of the prime UK Psychotherapy Training institutes.