Sue Lewis

Cranfield School of Management

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Sue Lewis

Visiting Programme Tutor,
Cranfield School of Management

Sue lewis


 Increasing Personal Power

What are you an expert in?
Finding creative ways to explore and address issues at work.
Using my psychotherapy expertise in a business context to work in a deep and long-lasting way.
Creating unusual-looking things using a variety of materials and methods.

What is it you are currently thinking about/care about in the world of work?
How can we make the world of work more meaningful on a personal level?
How can business be effective and ethical?
How can we connect what really matters in the world of work?
How can we stop getting in our own way?

What would you like to see change in organisations?
For failure to be seen as an essential part of the path to creativity and effectiveness; for organisations to become more human.

What is special about Praxis?
We are a group of people unusually dedicated to being ourselves and telling the truth as we see it, to help others be themselves and work to become more effective.

Why does the programme you teach at Praxis matter in business?
Organisations would be better places to work if people were able to bring more of themselves. Praxis programmes help them to do that.

How would you describe your teaching style?
Facilitative, creative, deep, textured.

Education and Qualifications
BA Psychology, University of Wales, Cardiff, 1980
Diploma in HR, Polytechnic of Central London, 1986
Diploma in Facilitation, University of Surrey, 1994
Diploma Counselling, Birmingham Counselling Centre, 1996
MSc Psychotherapy, Metanoia, University of Middlesex, 2001
Chartered Member Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, 1986
Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, 1994
Accredited psychotherapist, UK Council for Psychotherapy, 2001

Work Experience

1980-1992: British Telecom
At the corporate headquarters: designing and running assessment and development centres.
Initiating strategic training directions and programmes.
At the London offices: Management Trainer, initiating and delivering management development programmes.
Head of District Personnel Development, with a 5,000-customer base, covering management and technical training, succession planning, team building and coaching programmes.
For BT's worldwide networks: internal consultancy and facilitation, coaching and counselling.
1992-current: Freelance Facilitator, Trainer, Coach and Therapist
I am an independent trainer/facilitator and coach/therapist, with 24 years of personnel experience in the areas of management training and development, psychological assessment, consultancy, one-to-one counselling and coaching. I am particularly interested in helping people see themselves more clearly, including their unwitting contributions to the problems they are trying to solve. I work to help individuals and teams take decisions more clearly, and become, therefore, more effective. I especially enjoy working directly with individuals and small teams who wish to change.
I am very interested in working with individuals to develop leadership characteristics and qualities. We all have them within us, but sometimes we stop them being expressed.
I have worked for a large variety of organisational clients throughout Europe in the public and private sectors.
I have helped individuals and teams to develop their learning objectives.
I first encountered the work done by Praxis at Cranfield 20 years ago. I was captured by its integrity and by its imaginative application of pragmatic management tools to the workplace. I have been involved with the Centaur model since 1986.

Creative work - painting and textiles; tennis; researching local coffee shops.

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