Founded in 2006, the philosophy of People Possibilities is based on providing each client with not only a strategic and transformational change service but also one that’s pragmatic and well-executed. People Possibilities focuses on developing trusted partnerships with our clients that will help your organisation meet its performance goals.
Areas of expertise include:
People Possibilities was founded in 2006 by Lisa Pickup.
“As a strategic organisational development consultant and executive coach with extensive experience in the corporate world, I believe the route to enhanced organisational performance and leadership success is unleashing the innate potential which exists in people and teams.
Throughout my career, I have devoted both my passion and energy to helping organisations and individuals define their vision of success, whilst harnessing their strengths to become the best that they can be.
This passion led me to start, People Possibilities, a client-focused consultancy designed to create strong leaders and to improve performance within organisations. Since its origins more than 10 years ago, People Possibilities has helped both private and public organisations define and articulate their goals, drive change and unleash their potential.
People Possibilities delivers results by focusing on the three pillars of change, leadership, and teams. As part of this, I personally work with each of our clients to develop a bespoke service and programme that services the specific aspirations for their organisation.
Whether it’s designing global performance and talent frameworks; developing customised learning programmes or coaching effective leaders and building strong teams, I combine my extensive sectorial experience in industries such as financial services, media, professional services, outsourcing and the public sector with a warm, hands-on approach to make change happen within organisations.”
Expertise - Lisa Pickup
With over 25 years of experience working with global organisations, such as HSBC, ABN AMRO, BP, Schroders, M&S, BBC Worldwide, the Bertelsmann Group, and FremantleMedia, People Possibilities has partnered with a variety of c-suite executives and Boards, as well as a wide range of SMEs from a variety of industries.
I am an experienced coach who has partnered with dozens of executive and senior level management, and I bring an energising, collaborative, and pragmatic style to my clients. In addition, I have extensive expertise working across global and complex-matrixed organisations with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Senior coaching clients within the UK and Ireland include:
CEO of a leading global BPO company •
Newly appointed HR Director of a leading outsourcing business •
Head of Operations for a financial services company •
Business Owner/ Franchisee of award winning healthcare brand •
A CIPD fellow and accredited facilitator for several global leadership programmes, I possess a number of academic, coaching and professional training qualifications such as Henley Business School Professional Coaching training, MBTI Step I and II, Talent Q Dimensions. I hold a postgraduate qualification in Human Resources from the University of Westminster and completed my undergraduate degree in International Studies and French at the University of Birmingham.
The starting point for any People Possibilities consultancy assignment is spending time really listening to understand what you want and the challenges you face. As part of this process, my primary focus is on delivering innovative and effective results that meet your organisational needs.
Supporting BBC Worldwide in launching a new people plan to drive cultural and behavioural change aligned with a new business strategy.
Leading the organisation design workstream for a business transformation within Arvato CRM, a leading global BPO business
Designing a new performance management process and global mentoring scheme for FremantleMedia, an international entertainment company.
Supporting a financial services start up in defining corporate values and a performance management framework to accelerate company growth
Developing leadership and coaching programmes for a IT company to drive leadership capability and collaboration across the group
Designing and facilitating a Global HR Summit and a Culture Conference for the Top 100 leaders at BBC Worldwide
Designing key modules of an award-winning talent development programme for a specialist outsourcer (NOA, Talent Programme of the Year 2012)
Managing high profile graduate and MBA development programmes for several global investment banks including Schroders, ABN AMRO and HSBC
Designing a series of leadership workshops to support a HR Director in transitioning her team to a new HR operating model following a corporate restructure
Using 360 feedback and the MBTI framework with the Board of a boutique corporate finance business to enhance self awareness and improve team working across the company
Facilitating a team coaching session with an international sales team to resolve conflict and enhance collaboration within the team
Delivering multiple team building and development events based on the MBTI framework for a range clients
“The global mentoring scheme introduced by Lisa really helped broaden horizons for many people and, personally, has given me an invaluable sounding board outside my immediate business. Lisa’s persistence in setting up the plan across more than 20 countries and ability to understand and translate individual development requirements were the crucial elements in making it a success”
DIRECTOR STRATEGY & OPERATIONS,
People Possibilities worked with FremantleMedia to establish a global mentoring programme as part of a cultural change initiative. Over 4 years the scheme grew to over 100 mentoring partnerships globally, with 100% of respondents in the 2012 mentoring survey reporting that they had gained value from their involvement in the scheme.
PROJECT: ARVATO FINANCIAL SERVICES
“I engaged Lisa as an organisational development consultant to support myself and the Board during a period of rapid organisational change. She has worked with us to design and implement a new organisational structure and supported us in driving high performance and enhanced employee engagement across our business.
Lisa is a warm and empathetic individual combining pragmatism and enthusiasm to always make progress and to get things done. She has added genuine value to me and to the whole organisation in practical and considered ways and brought cohesion and focus to our work together with demonstrable results. Lisa is a true professional and a pleasure to work with.”
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
Arvato Financial Solutions UK and Ireland
People Possibilities initially supported Arvato Financial Services in designing and implementing a new matrixed organisational structure in readiness for its application for FCA regulation. A further project was then completed to define and embed new cultural values to underpin the new strategy and drive the required behavioural change across the company.
PROJECT: LGB & CO Ltd
“ Lisa began working with us in 2012 when we asked her to establish a process of 360 reviews and performance appraisals. In 2017 we asked Lisa to design and implement a strategic HR plan to incorporate additional elements such as recruitment, training and remuneration. This required careful consideration of our business objectives and values. In this way our approach to HR became an integral part of our business planning and branding.
The project was successfully completed with very positive feedback from employees, who recognised the company’s investment in them. During the project Lisa was thoughtful and responsive. She developed a good understanding of how our business works and how it could be improved. The management team learnt a great deal from Lisa about how people think and how they can be managed and motivated.
The outcome is a positive working environment in which employees have a broader appreciation of why they work in the company. We also have a stronger business platform that can grow organically or by acquisition.”
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
LGB & Co Ltd
People Possibilities has worked with LGB & Co to design and implement corporate values, a performance management process and company reward framework since 2012
What coaching clients say...
“Lisa is a real people person who is not judgemental and seeks to support and create opportunities for improvement. I have made some significant changes to the way I approach my management style and thinking as a result of our sessions and Lisa’s insights.”
CEO, UK Outsourcing Business
“Lisa is a great professional coach with an engaging and genuinely interested approach. With her guidance, using purposeful exploratory questions and a range of coaching tools, I was able to gain a much deeper understanding of myself and my colleagues. This has enabled me to better adapt my approach to a wide range of situations, achieving some key wins: improving relationships, reducing work life stress and increasing productivity.”
Sales Manager, Financial Services Business
“Lisa is like a catalyst, she makes thing happen within you, kind of awakes something that is sleeping in really subtle ways. Awesome. Really.”