For most of the 80s she was an officer in the British Army. She had many roles, one of which was helping to pilot women’s place in the infantry. She also got to serve with the UN and believes she may have been the first woman in a Spearhead Battalion. She does love a challenge!
For most of the 90s, Jane was a board director of a small/medium enterprise. As part of that executive team, she helped to turn a £1m loss into a £1.2m profit within 12 months. This provided the platform for the sale of the company to a large publishing house.
She followed that position with one of raising venture capital for the acquisition of a competitor before joining an organization to start up their European multimedia business. This smaller UK team outperformed the US team by almost 100 percent.
Sales management got a bit boring. Hungry for another challenge, Jane joined the board of a small company and helped them turn their sales from less than £100k to £1m in 12 months. It was here that she was able to design a blended learning solution and help establish the business for further acquisitions.
For the next ten years, Jane worked with a guru of leadership development—Ken Blanchard. Her clients included everything from hairdressers to miners. Some companies operated in the UK, others across three continents; some were small startups and others huge monopolies. It was here that she was able to really understand the secret sauce of great leadership and how it can strengthen an organization. Much of Jane’s success had been based on a combination of natural instinct and the leadership skills she learned from the Army and her co-directors.
Recently, Jane researched and coauthored a book entitled Collaboration Begins with You: Be a Silo Buster with Ken Blanchard and Eunice Parisi-Carew, to be released October 12, 2015. In this new chapter of her professional life, Jane wants to help small/medium sized enterprises flourish by leveraging their most expensive asset—their people.