Being a Maverick

Take care not to be blinded by your own brilliance. Beware the all too common career trajectory of Maverick to Rebel to Scapegoat to Martyr. There is an alternative to not your way, or the highway. Cultivate grit – and Get Gritty.

Managing a Maverick

Base the relationship on mutual respect, not authority. Monitor performance, provide feedback, and pick your battles carefully. Champion your Maverick, and never compromise your leadership integrity.

Maverick Upside

  • powerful source of intrapreneurship in corporate life
  • relentless reinvention and renewal, not replication
  • competitive drive for ambitious results
  • infectious enthusiasm that inspires others
  • visionary foresight

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“The whole world loves a maverick and the whole world wants the maverick to achieve something nobler than simple rebellion!” Kevin Patterson


Maverick Downside

  • breaks the rules, rejecting systems and routines
  • creates friction and conflict, and is often isolated from peers
  • abrasive; poor at managing own reputation
  • strong-willed and independent; not a team player
  • persists in behaviour that does not deliver desired outcomes
We are proud to have worked with:
International Data Corporation

International Data Corporation

International Data Corporation

Home Office

Home Office

Home Office

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust

East of England Ambulance Trust

East of England Ambulance Trust

East of England Ambulance Trust

Guinness

Guinness

Guinness

Stephen Forrest Associates

Stephen Forrest Associates

Stephen Forrest Associates

Epsom and Saint Helier Hospital Trust

Epsom and Saint Helier Hospital Trust

Epsom and Saint Helier Hospital Trust

EMAP plc

EMAP plc

EMAP plc

East Midlands Ambulance Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Trust

East London Integrated Care

East London Integrated Care

East London Integrated Care

Foreign Office

Foreign Office

Foreign Office

Dyslexia Institute

Dyslexia Institute

Dyslexia Institute

Driving Standards Agency

Driving Standards Agency

Driving Standards Agency

Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group

Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group

Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Work and Pensions

Department for Work and Pensions

Dennis Publishing

Dennis Publishing

Dennis Publishing

Connexions – Suffolk

Connexions - Suffolk

Connexions - Suffolk

City College, Manchester

City College, Manchester

City College, Manchester

Child Support Agency

Child Support Agency

Child Support Agency

Catalyst Housing

Catalyst Housing

Catalyst Housing

British Telecommunications

British Telecommunications

British Telecommunications

British Nuclear Fuels

British Nuclear Fuels

British Nuclear Fuels

British Medical Journal

British Medical Journal

British Medical Journal

British Energy

British Energy

British Energy

British Council

British Council

British Council

British Airways

British Airways

British Airways

Bregal Investments

Bregal Investments

Bregal Investments

Brakes

Brakes

Brakes

Bolton Primary Care Trust

Bolton Primary Care Trust

Bolton Primary Care Trust

Blackpool College

Blackpool College

Blackpool College

Betfair

Betfair

Betfair

BP Oil

BP Oil

BP Oil

BBC

BBC

BBC
Bauer Radio

Bauer Radio

Bauer Radio
Bassetlaw and Retford Primary Care Trust

Bassetlaw and Retford Primary Care Trust

Bassetlaw and Retford Primary Care Trust
Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust

Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan College

Askham Bryan College

Ashridge Business School

Ashridge Business School

Ashridge Business School

Armstrong Craven

Armstrong Craven

Armstrong Craven

AAH Pharmaceuticals

AAH Pharmaceuticals

AAH Pharmaceuticals

Aon

Aon

Aon

What Clients Say

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Janey is easy to get along with, very perceptive, wastes no time in getting to the heart of the matter and creates energy and enthusiasm. Janey’s team coaching style is extremely professional and has a real bite.  Time is a very precious commodity so the sessions are well thought through and kept on track.  But as with her personal coaching she ...

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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The key benefits for me have been: clarity on life vision and options clarity on career goals reaffirmation of personal values and integrity defining success in personal terms Through your enthusiastic and challenging mind, you prompted many questions in mine….I have found our interaction to be empathetic, inner-directed, thoughtful and challenging. Above all, coaching has provoked humour and enjoyment of the development process…. James, Marketing Director, ...

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WOMAN's WOMAN

"As well as a clear thinker and shrewd judge, you are a woman’s woman, Janey, and intuitively understand the potentials in, and pressures on, women today. You are like a personal Sheryl Sandberg, urging us to lean in! And you get results. Having you as a sounding-board has brought out a resilient confidence I didn’t know I had." Kate, Harvard Scholar

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BECOMING CEO

Coaching changed my existing paradigms and broadened my outlook.  As a result I took the steps necessary to move from being a Finance Director to a Chief Executive. The coaching process was new to me when I met Janey.  Our one to one sessions were 2 hours each.  I planned a few things I wanted to cover before each meeting ...

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LEADING NOT MANAGING

…. I worked with Janey in a personal coaching engagement. I can truthfully say this was the most beneficial thing I have ever done both personally and professionally. As a direct result of the coaching, I have the best work / life balance that I have had in over 20 years and professionally even though I am busier than ever, ...

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ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE

"Janey has coached me through a very challenging period of great change personally and in my organisation. She has a remarkable ability to get me to 'unlock' my thoughts about situations and help me develop creative solutions. Without being in any way directional, she gently led me to much greater understanding of my management style, allowing me to modify my approach to ...

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VIRTUAL COACHING

"Even though we have been on opposite sides of the world, the skype calls felt intimate as well as targeted and productive. The monthly check-ins kept me answerable to the goals we set together, and I was supported in the knowledge that I could contact (Janey) in the interim for particular advice....(she) has encouraged me to develop skills and take on challenges which have clarified my ...

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EXECUTIVE TEAM TRANSFORMATION

"I first worked with Janey as part of a team coaching engagement. When we first met Janey as a team, we could best be described as a dysfunctional family. After four team coaching sessions (each lasting two days), where we were subjected to brutally honest feedback, we had transformed into the high performing leadership team that we were paid to ...

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