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Mark Powell

Mark Powell

A little about me

I am Australian, and I work across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to returning to Sydney in 2019, I lived in Asia for 19 years.

Before I took up leadership coaching, I had 20 years in Financial Services leading newly formed business units or helping to re-generate existing businesses through innovative product initiatives.

I have also started my own businesses in 3 different countries.

Why I love coaching

Coaching equips executives to develop their own leadership style, to discover their own hidden strengths, and to appreciate the diversity in others. I am very committed to helping emerging leaders to grow their own authentic capacity to lead businesses, and diverse teams.

Developing my team coaching capability has been a revelation, as business execution often happens through teams. High performing teams have found effective ways of working together and leveraging the sum of their parts.

My coaching ethos

I challenge my clients to accelerate their own self-awareness and I support them to find their own strength-based leadership style to enable them to deal with more complicated challenges and more diverse environments. I will help my clients to leverage previously hidden capabilities and develop new ways of tackling complex problems. This applies to both individuals and teams.

I am equally comfortable in a strategy conversion as I am in a personal exploration of deeper change and I believe that both are fundamental to better leadership. Core to my work is helping emerging leaders to expand their capacity for bigger roles, or helping someone shake off a limiting behaviour, or facilitating a diverse team in gaining momentum around a shared purpose, project, or vision.

Industry experience

From a range of industries including Energy; Food & Alcohol; Financial Services; Manufacturing; Oil and Gas; Professional Services; and Technology.  I have worked with over 300 individuals and 30 teams across 13 countries. I have also worked with a number of senior executives from Social Development /NFP/Philanthropy sectors.

My qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics (Qld Uni)
  • Diploma of Education (Qld Uni)
  • Graduate Dip in Business Admin (QUT)
  • Graduate Dip in Applied Finance (FINSIA)
  • Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
  • Advanced Corporate Coaching, Coach U,
  • Cert in Systemic Team Coaching, Renewal Associates UK
  • Cert. in Psychological Coaching, Centre for Coaching, UK
  • Cert in Psychodrama (Yr. 1), Australian Psychodrama Association
  • Member of ICF & EMCC.

Client testimonials

"Mark is an active listener, creative and highly ethical in everything he does. He has provided me with culturally relevant and insightful advice on many occasions. I have no hesitation in recommending his various services to executives and companies”

Director, Risk Management, Asia Pacific

“Your ability to act as both a sounding board, moderator and also pushing / challenging for concrete answers was the right tone and balance for a process of introspection on one’s career and life which can be a bit stressful to review. I felt completely comfortable opening up to you and walking through both the good and bad of my character / career / choices ahead.”

Senior Partner, Professional Services Firm

“Mark is a great guy who helped me uncover my core development needs and growth potential through active listening, modeling and selective intervention.”

Regional Innovation Director, Global Consumer Goods Company

"I have had the pleasure of working with Mark Powell being my external leadership coach through 2010. Mark has given me a perfect mix of good challenges, support and guidance in a very mature and professional way, which has accelerated my leadership journey in a very positive way. During some health & private issues midway in the program Mark also guided and coached me excellently, which I highly appreciate. Thank you for making a difference in my life."

Asia Pacific Procurement Director, Global Consumer Goods Company

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