About Mind Potential
A Brief History
Chris Beale, the founding Director and Principal Psychologist at Mind Potential, is an executive coach and registered psychologist based in London, with over 20 years’ experience in corporate HR and IT. Initial work as a HR process specialist with one of the ‘Big Four’ consultancies, lead to HR management roles across top tier legal and financial institutions in London and Sydney. Subsequently Chris worked as Senior Business Analyst in investment and commercial banking institutions, specialising in global business change and transformation projects.
While continuing Senior BA work, Chris returned to university, committing himself to the extensive journey of becoming a registered psychologist. Having achieved this, he has since dedicated his time to workplace psychology where he has been involved in developing and facilitating mental health related workshops, such as resilience and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, workplace civility and interpersonal dynamics. Chris has also assisted organisations to improve psychological health and safety by identifying risk factors with recommendations for remediation.
Specific Experience of Coaching
Chris has coached individuals from a range of industries and organisational levels, from junior associates to managing partners, and across a range of business functions. Leadership coaching has typically required support with strengths and values identification, evaluation of organisational alignment to obtain greater connection and evaluation of supports and barriers to reach full potential.
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Holding a Bachelor of Psychological Science (HONS) and Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice, Chris is registered as a General Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Through registration Chris is certified in a range of psychometrics in the personality domain (NEO-PI-R, 16PF, PAI), the intelligence domain (e.g. Standford-Binet, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale), memory and cognition (e.g. Wechsler Memory Scale), psychological distress (DASS, K10) and many others. Chris is a member of the European Coaching and Mentoring Council and the Australian Psychological Society (including the Organisational Psychology Member Group).
Chris believes that the critical foundation to successful coaching is trust and collaboration, and has a client-centred, goal-oriented and solution-focused approach with an emphasis on structured progress. Chris endorses a collaborative approach to case conceptualisation to produce a coaching plan that reflects the client's unique strengths, challenges and career aspirations.
Chris has a strengths-based approach founded on the principle of ‘building what’s strong over fixing what’s wrong’ but which necessarily entails the identification of ‘blind spots’ that may represent work or interpersonal barriers; with a higher aim of increasing self-awareness. Strengths and values identification therefore forms a critical component of coaching.
As a registered psychologist, Chris is also uniquely positioned to identify and evaluate the extent to which psychological factors may represent barriers to goals, work aspirations and preferred life directions. Chris will regularly seek your input in regards to progress and the working relationship, ensuring that it continually meets your needs.
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