An ontological coach, James has been coach and mentor throughout his career but especially focused in the past 10 years on serving senior managers in “getting out of their own way” and achieving their potential including the use of real life tools to break diversity and inclusion norms – with particular success in gender diversity, practical coaching on overseas postings, expat executive; with special experience in Asian cultures.
I help you change what is possible for your life
Through my experience I’ve learnt that we have all the solutions to the problems the world faces. It takes real leadership. It takes leaders like you to find those solutions.
You deserve to see yourself that way too.
Work Accomplishments & Experience
I have a diploma in Ontological coaching, which is a body of learning around The Way of Being, how your body, emotions and language generate your future. This is where connecting to and developing your voice makes your leadership impactful and effective.
I have successfully attracted, hired and developed diverse teams of technologists in China, Singapore, India, Japan as well as Europe for Microsoft, Alta Vista and Yamaha Motor in a multinational, corporate leadership career spanning more than 20 years.
I speak at events around the world and for the UN Women’s Committee and I share my experience of targeting poverty and trafficking through education. I focus on diversity hiring and on attracting young women to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roles. I know that women are great in these positions, regardless of general opinion.
Without challenging our bias’ we limit ourselves to a tiny talent pool. Diverse candidates are perfect for solving all talent shortages, including technology companies, start-ups and social enterprises which is a clear leadership opportunity we can all take.
Now, I share that experience of leadership, understanding bias, coaching and co-create new possibilities, breaking glass ceilings, nurturing and developing talent so that you can change what is possible for your life.
James has been a wonderful advisor and supporter of The Change School, and a dear friend. His gentle inquiry, generous advice and reflective counsel has been invaluable for our personal and professional growth – combining a wealth of experience, knowledge and reflective discussion. I am grateful for the genuine connection, curiosity and wit he lends to every conversation – undoubtedly THE coach to choose!!
It has been an absolute gift to have such a kind, genuine and authentic individual like James be a mentor and coach in my life. For the past 12months James has listened intently and guided me to understand my true north. To continue with travelling references, James’ coaching reminds me of my favourite and must have travelling item, that is my noise cancelling headphones. James’ coaching is like noise cancelling headphones, not because you detach or escape from the noise around you, but because he assists you in focusing on the sounds you should be listening to. As stubborn as I am, his raw honesty always manages to be heard loud and clear, allowing me to make ask myself the tough questions, and head the right direction, for me. I can’t recommend James enough.
James has been my go to guy for several years now. Whenever I am looking for some clear, concise advice, he is the guy I call. What I particularly like about James is that he rarely provides the expected advice and isn’t afraid to point the finger back at me and challenge me to change or solve a problem. He is exactly what I look for in a coach – bucket loads of professional and life experiences, personable and approachable and, above all, invariably able to provide exactly the motivation I need.
I have have had coaching with James Stanbridge for a few months now. He is an extremely easy person to relate to. He is straight to the point but understanding and sympathetic. I have grown not only on a personal level with his coaching but in my strategies to do with my Business. He is a great mentor I feel with such an extensive experience in the work place in so many different areas he is able to assist me get my full potential and realise the goals I have in place. He has helped me enormously and I would absolutely recommend him.