James Fletcher
Canberra

James is an experienced executive coach, mentor, facilitator and trainer. He blends his strong technical background with his passion for working with all types of leaders and teams.

 

Areas of Expertise

 

  • Executive, group, team, career and transition coaching
  • Government and legal sectors and leadership at all levels
  • Facilitation services (incl. large scale 100+)
  • Training services (e.g. leadership skills; legal frameworks; peak productivity)
  • Mentoring services, especially for professionals in transition

 

Overview

 

James brings extensive experience as a former senior executive lawyer in public and private sectors and has managed some 30 lawyers as well as leading significant legislative initiatives. He is an experienced executive coach, mentor, facilitator and trainer.

 

James blends his strong technical background with a real passion for working with all types of leaders and teams, and he especially enjoys empowering people to realize their full potential.

 

Business Background and Experience

 

Previously, James worked as a senior executive service lawyer with the Department of Social Services and later as a Special Counsel, Public Law with a top-tier national law firm.

 

He was closely involved in major social policy legislative initiatives, like the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Gambling Reforms. He has also worked as a workplace investigator, investigating bullying and whistle-blower matters, as well as helping agencies implement cultural reform.

 

His experience in leading and managing a Branch of some 30 lawyers and his strong interest in assisting professionals to reach their full potential led him to his complete his IECL accreditation, and he loves applying this accreditation in practice.

 

Approach

 

James draws upon his warm and enthusiastic manner and his down-to-earth attitude to form trust-based and robust relationships with clients.

 

His strengths include: relationship building; authentic leadership knowledge; effective goal-setting and maximizing others" abilities. James is particularly adept at helping managers in transition (e.g. with strategies needed to reach, and be fully effective at, more senior levels) and assisting professionals (both public and private sector) with career management issues (e.g. making successful career transitions).

 

Qualifications and Memberships

 

  • Accredited Coach, Level Two and Level One, IECL
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
  • Member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
  • Member of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association
  • Volunteer with SVDP Compeer Peer Mentoring Program
  • Vice Chair, St Anthony's Primary School Board
  • Admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court, Federal Court and all Australian Supreme Courts
  • Bachelor of Law and Arts, University of Western Australia
  • Diagnostics: HBDI

 

Recent Client Engagements

 

  • Partners, Senior Associates & Associates, private sector law firms " coaching on various career management issues
  • Executive Level staff, various Commonwealth agencies " multiple engagements to provide support with staff (e.g. helping managers on temporary higher duties to be fully effective; handling difficult workplace conversations; enhancing team building skills)
  • APS staff, Commonwealth Regulatory Agency - ¬†assisting APS professionals with coaching and mentoring to build confidence; communication and strategic influencing skills
  • Commonwealth Agency " inquiry into alleged bullying and workplace culture issues " interviewing staff and recommendations for cultural reform
  • Commonwealth Revenue Agency " developing and delivering training on ¬†productivity; high performance; leadership and various legal issues