Josie Thomson is an executive coach, international speaker, trainer and seminar leader. An expert in her field, Josie is one of the few internationally certified master coaches in Australia (MCC). She has been awarded Coach of the Year for three consecutive years, was a Telstra Business Woman of the Year State Finalist and Gold Stevie Awards Recipient for Maverick of the Year 2014 and 2015 (Difference Maker).
Josie specialises in partnering with successful individuals to leverage skills and abilities toward exceptional outcomes in business, leadership and relationships. She has coached hundreds of executives and leaders to achieve massive personal and business breakthroughs. Her client list includes Roche Mining, Macquarie Bank, Origin Energy, Suncorp, Anglo Coal, Coles Myer, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), McDonalds, Rio Tinto, Brisbane Airport Corporation and the Queensland Government – to name a few.
A well sought after speaker, Josie has shared the stage with top motivational speakers on the global speaking circuit. She has appeared on radio and talkback shows and been featured in international and national magazines and newspapers.
Josie is passionate about helping people unleash the full force of their potential, achieve greater levels of fulfillment and create more sustainable ways of living, working and being. Her coaching is a catalyst for achieving momentum, action, measurable results and self mastery. She is passionate about inspiring others to see the world with a deeper sense of awareness, compassion, and love.
An avid learner, Josie has completed executive masters studies in the Neuroscience of Leadership through the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI), and facilitates the NLI local interest group in Brisbane. She is also a former VP for the International Coach Federation (Brisbane Chapter) and the North Brisbane Chamber of Commerce.
Having survived cancer twice, most recently a brain tumour, Josie is devoted to sharing the learnings from her experiences for the improvement in the lives of others. She supports people in overcoming their fears and stressors; encouraging them to connect with life and powerfully express their true and authentic selves.
Sir John Whitmore – Executive Chairman, Performance Consultants International
“I have known Josie for some nine years and have had nothing but positive experiences with her. She coached me the first time we met and I was very impressed by her insight, her skill and her persistence. She has won several awards for her coaching. She has the very unusual ability to be able to complete a large number of coaching sessions in a day without tiring or fading.
On the personal side she is a very good mother of two great children and her people skills are outstanding. She is also extremely bright, quick on the uptake and worldly wise, and I have no doubt that she will be an asset to any program.
Since all the things I want to say about Josie are superlatives, I thought I should add some weakness to show that my view is balanced. The truth is that I can find nothing about her to criticise.
If anyone deserves to be called a Master Coach it is Josie Thomson, except she is very feminine. I have known her for many years and she has coached me on a number of occasions very successfully, and I am no push over. She is challenging, tough and persistent in the most gentle and caring way. I have grown much from working with her. Furthermore she really enjoys coaching people and devotes an inordinate amount of her time doing so without getting bored or stale.
When coaches really genuinely enjoy coaching, they give of their very best and Josie does just that. I would trust her with my vulnerabilities any day.”
Guy Fergusson – Managing Director, Grant Samuel
“Josie recently ran a day workshop for all our Australian Capital Advisory team. The workshop was invaluable, transforming our thinking and approach to how we engage with our clients. Her insights into the neuroscience of our brain and how to harness it’s power more effectively were powerful. The day workshop was not long enough as we only just touched the surface of her insights, hence, we will be working with Josie again.”
Murray Harris – Manager Corporate Procurement and Fleet Services, Origin Energy Services Limited
“I have attended three presentations of Ms Thomson during which she espoused the value of “Coaching” to representatives from corporate organisations as well as interested individuals from the local communities. These presentations were to audiences ranging from forty through to four hundred attendees.
Josie has an engaging style that is inclusive for the audience by means of Josie referencing audience members at regular intervals throughout her presentation is one of the numerous delivery techniques used. The many and varied benefits and applied philosophies of Coaching are communicated with a passion that cannot emanate from the almighty dollar.
What makes Josie different from the many other presenters I have endured over the years is that Josie makes the content “real” and it is delivered with absolute credible belief from her heart. Such a style leaves the audience saying to themselves “I must do it” rather than “I would like to do it”.
Alas therein lays Josie’s strength and the coaching fraternity’s weakness. Josie has truly set the “Bar of Expectation” for delivery so immeasurably high for potential clients and coaches alike. I like many others who have attended her presentations and Art of Coaching training forums have been left questioning ourselves was it the content or was it the presenter who made the difference. Invariably the answer was the presenter and her natural and very “real “approach.”
Doug McTaggart – Former Chief Executive, QIC
“Josie has facilitated a number of sessions for QIC, working with our managers and leaders in QIC’s cultural redevelopment program. Given her previous results, her credibility with staff and the trust she had built across the leadership group, I asked Josie to help us to re-shape our Leaders’ Forum.
Josie played an important role in helping me establish a very different feel to the Forum and the behaviours of participants. As is her style, she was quickly able to get the “buy-in” of participants and establish the rules for the forum which included open, honest and free discussion. This set the scene for some active and robust discussions. Josie’s frank and outcomes orientated approach ensured that the forum delivered tangible outcomes which we are now working through as a group.”
Allan Todd – Todd’s Sound & Vision
“Josie Thomson has made a needed impact to my personal and business life. Her understanding of the culture required within a business has resulted in changes that now better serve our team memebers and our customers.
It is one thing to have knowledge but another thing to be able to apply that knowledge and create positive change. Josie has provided me with more confidence in my own intuition but at the same time given me challenges around my own short comings.
The ability to identify people in your organisation who neither want to lead or follow is critical to any teams success. Changing such people’s behaviour or moving them on are the only options. Of course the need for a leader to focus on strategy and planning is something that Josie will ensure anyone she is coaching is very aware of.
I highly recommend Josie to you. I can also assure you that she will only take on projects where she can give true value.”
Mark Schroeder – Former COO, Tynan Mackenzie Pty Ltd
“Tynan Mackenzie Pty Ltd is one of Australia’s premier professional financial planning and wealth management companies. Recently we brought together a number of our client service staff into one service team. These team members had been operating more or less independently, however the increasing size of our business meant that amalgamating teams of people to increase levels of service efficiency was inevitable.
Many of these people in the new group had never worked in a high-paced team environment before, and as a result many necessary team synergies did not gel.
Our company was familiar with Josie Thomson’s work in other organisations, particularly in the realm of executive and management coaching. Due to Josie’s reputation and impressive references we sought her out to see whether she would be interested in working with our newly created team to identify and work on the gaps in the team dynamic.
Josie readily accepted the challenge and commenced her work with us by individually profiling all the staff and stakeholders involved. She was able to provide excellent support and advice to each person and made preparations for several successful workshops where the issues were revealed, explored and addressed.
Josie uncovered some underlying tensions and anxieties amongst the team. She was able to apply her impressive coaching skills to both teach the team how to operate effectively and guide the team to achieving ownership of the direction and success of the team. They learned how to work in synergy and achieve more together.
Josie’s patience, skill and professionalism was borne out both in the measurable success of the team following their sessions with Josie and the very positive comments about Josie’s methods and abilities from both the team members and stakeholders alike.
In my many years of managing groups of people I have no hesitation in stating that Josie Thomson is the most professional and skilled workplace coach that I have worked with. I have no hesitation recommending her services or engaging her again in the future.”
Tony Evans – Managing Director, Jensen Bowers Group Consultants Pty Ltd
“Our company chose Josie Thomson to assist us in consolidating and extending the benefits gained from a major business restructuring. The new structure was in place but the challenge moving forward was how to ensure we maximised our potential as individuals and as an organization.
The Coaching process was challenging, thought provoking, insightful, sometimes emotional and often entertaining. It involved a journey of rediscovering yourself, your values and the importance of healthy relationships at work and in life generally. Whilst coaching opens your mind to endless opportunities, the process always maintains a focus on your key goals and delivering tangible and lasting results at every step.
Workplace Coaching enabled us to achieve significant benefits at an early stage in the programme. Better still, we are confident that the major benefits are yet to come as we are now equipped with the tools to maximize our potential.
Thank you Josie Thomson.”
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