Meet Jill Whittington!
Chi and I are delighted to welcome Jill Whittington as a new Mind Chi Mentor.
Jill and I also work together in The Change Maker Group. It was here that Jill first came across Mind Chi as a part of the ‘Resilience for Change’ programme that we offer. She decided this was exactly what she was looking for, and it fitted into her excellent background and experience perfectly!
So she completed the Mind Chi Mentor training and has been a whirlwind of activity since then! She has already shared Mind Chi with the NHS; MOD; and in private businesses.
“I empower individuals and teams with simple effective solutions to enable resilience to become a way of life to thrive not merely survive.“
Having had more than 35 years’ experience of supporting change leadership and delivery in the private and public sector (most recently within the NHS), I decided to focus on my passion for resilience. This was a meeting of minds when I met the wonderful Vanda North!
The foundations for my career were grounded in being Crosby TQM trained. This enabled me to become highly respected for my project and programme management expertise across a wide range of large corporates, SMEs and small businesses and includes setting up several PMOs and support mechanisms to help people thrive.
I was also a previously practicing ISO 9001 auditor, and European Business Excellence Assessor. I was invited to speak at many public seminars on change management including for the DTI and the EFQM in Brussels.
In short, I have a wide, extensive, and grounded experience in all business disciplines at all levels about which I could go into much more detail. However the element, from the very start of my career, that made me come truly alive was that of enabling individuals to be the very best they can be. This is the essence of ANY successful business or indeed for life itself.
My passion is to support individuals, teams, and companies to create permanent positive change resulting in transformation in work and personal life in ways never imagined.
What I do today and who I am today is informed by my experience, observations and learning from life. We all continually wear several hats in and out of work. Essentially however we are one human being continually balancing and juggling our different roles.
My main observation is that stress in the workplace or, in life in general, is just as prevalent as it ever has been. In fact, in some ways, I believe it is even worse now, exacerbated by the events of the last two years. The other things I believe have also not changed are:
- People generally wait until they are in crisis to seek support or techniques for looking after themselves
- The general plea I hear is ‘I just don’t have time to practice things which may help me’
- Many individuals have so much unfulfilled potential.
Jill’s fundamental beliefs are:
- Work life harmony is crucial
- We as individuals are solely responsible for our overall wellbeing and can make active choices about what we do and don’t do
- Wellbeing is a mix of physical, mental, emotional and belief systems, and if any element is out of balance the others suffer
- Sustainable transformation in any organisation or team starts with the individual.
Change can be challenging but need not become overwhelming.
This is why I am so passionate about personal responsibility for resilience, to thrive not just survive.
Chi and Me!
Mind Chi resonated so powerfully with me. It is everything I have ever believed, practiced, and coached about resilience and wellbeing and addresses our time poor reality.
8 minutes a day is all that it takes – magic!
What I do:
I provide 1:1, group, and team coaching, mentoring, training and facilitation.
Accredited in Mind Chi and ‘Colour Me Resilient’
- To embed resilience as a way of life and help not just to address stress but to learn how to face challenges and prevent burnout.
Accredited as a GCologist
- To help individuals and teams understand their unique business and change impact and how to bring out everyone’s innate skills. No other profile can better align people, process and outcomes
My 30 + years’ experience
- Where there is probably no element of change or business improvement that I have not come across!
Finally, in homage to my initial TQM grounding, sustainable change takes place when collective behaviours, attitudes and actions change in harmony. This results in tangible personal and business outcomes. It is a ‘Way of Life’
This is what they say about Jill:
…. Senior Commissioning Manager NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group: …. “Working on Mind Chi with Jill has given me the techniques I can use in all aspects of life to reduce stress and increase my personal resilience, and I am excited to try out these techniques in various areas of my life. Jill has a calm and logical method of teaching that truly connected with me. I can’t speak highly enough about Jill and this course….”
…. Former Head of Programme at Wiltshire Police: … “Jill knows intuitively what needs to be done to achieve sustainable change. Most importantly, she knows HOW to do it! She applies her extensive skills and experience in a way that brings out the best in teams and individuals. Jill’s M.O. is firmly rooted in integrity and her care, commitment and wisdom challenged and changed many people’s thinking bring about some impressive results….”
…Small Business CEO … “Jill is recognised as a professional in all that she does, both in terms of her behaviour and capability to deliver. She can listen, show empathy, and offer support at the right time and in a way that is appropriate for the situation. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity………”