Blaire Palmer is a specialist Creative Thinking Partner and Executive Coach for leaders and their teams. She works with key decision makers in a wide range of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, banking, retail, business services and manufacturing.
Blaire’s focus is on helping individuals and groups generate fresh, original, exciting, workable ideas which result in effective and efficient decisions. Working 1-2-1 with senior leaders and with groups of managers and team members who want to address the challenges they face in an innovative and enduring way, Blaire guides, inspires, enables and sparks delegates in to originating the best solutions possible.
Using her training in coaching and creative thinking, drawing on her experience working with large corporates and sharing her innate creativity, energy and curiosity, Blaire ensures that time spent brainstorming, problem solving and debating is actually valuable. Typically 30%-50% of time in meetings is completely unproductive. Blaire guarantees that her 1-2-1s and group sessions get real results.
Blaire also writes and speaks about personal and professional growth. She is regularly quoted in the print and broadcast media and is a regular guest on BBC Radio. Her first book on creativity in business is due for publication in May 2007 and she is currently working on her second. She also writes a monthly column for Healthy magazine.
Formerly a BBC news producer, Blaire now combines her journalistic training with her extensive coaching and creative thinking experience giving her a supportive yet challenging style. She is a powerful motivational and inspirational force for coachees and delegates, encouraging them to think big, think differently and think better.
Whether working one-to-one or in a group, Blaire’s unique mixture of humour and lightness as well as edge mean that clients embrace the hard work and fast pace of Blaire’s sessions.
For a decade Blaire was a top news producer for the BBC. Producing the corporation’s flagship Radio 4 news programme “Today” and the classic daily magazine “Woman’s Hour”, she worked alongside some of the top presenters in the UK and helped shape the news and current affairs agenda during that period.
She has a degree in Law from the University of Warwick and is a graduate of Coach University. One of the first Professional Certified Coaches in Europe, Blaire has also served on the committee of the UK Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
Blaire is a talented musician and vocalist, performing regularly with her acoustic band at festivals and clubs. She is interested in her own personal growth and regularly attends workshops and events related to personal and professional development. Blaire also manages to find time for her family and friends and for renovating her old cottage in the West Country.