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Ivy House alumni interview

Hannah Stenton

Aviva

Before I started the course, I was expecting to be challenged in professional development. It was so much more than that. It was life changing on a professional and personal level.

I loved it. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I went. 

It is such a safe space to be yourself. I’ve never connected with a large group of people so quickly. You get to know yourself and what’s important to you. I really loved the group stuff. Then having eight hours to focus on yourself with the 1-1 coaching is great. The answers are all in you and you don’t realise it until you are put in that environment. 

I’m not feeling guilty about saying no 

I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to self-reflect so much. While I’ve always had values I’ve never focused on them before. It’s so useful to think about them and make value-based decisions.  If issues are going against my values I am now able to say no. And I’m not feeling guilty about saying no anymore.

I also learned a lot about my personal life.  There is only one you and the private and the professional parts are not separate.

I had a big family upheaval to deal with while I was on the IHP and it gave me such perspective to deal with things.

It helped to strengthen my relationships with family members and know when to intervene and when to take a step back.

Before completing the IHP I had a severe limiting belief that I should only do things for myself if I had time left over. But unless I recharge myself and put myself first I can’t help anyone else unless I’m fully charged myself. So now I make that time and don’t feel bad about it.

We had a dog shaped hole in our lives

We also did loads of stuff about physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. I love being outdoors and need to find time to do this.  We lost our dog 6 months before and told ourselves it was ok, and we could just live our crazy work lives without any responsibility. But I realised we had a dog shaped hole in our lives. Thanks to Ivy House, I got a dog!

I massively learned from others. Learning that other people have the same kind of problems going on is a comfort. Lots of people are in similar situations. Listening to others talk about their situations, helps you address yours.

I’m completely living and breathing Ivy House

I used IH techniques every day. I’m completely living and breathing it in my work and to support the teams I lead and help them be the best they can be. 

I am definitely working more effectively. It’s made me tackle more rather than just over think things. I was really unhappy in my job last year. I would have previously just carried on but knowing my values, I knew what was wrong and how to make changes.

I have taken control of my career development. I got to a certain level by a young age I knew the next step was a few years away, so it would have been easy to stay static but IH has given me the fight to keep developing and keep learning.

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