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About Go For Growth

We don’t want to build an empire. That’s why our business model includes access to an excellent team of coaches, occupational psychologists, change and leadership consultants. We only work with accredited, experienced, professionals trained in a range of assessment, coaching, dispute resolution and development techniques.

We focus our wealth of experience and expertise to provide clients with the necessary resources to build self awareness, define and accelerate success.

Go For Growth is committed to continuous improvement. We shadow coach on significant projects, donate our time to support not for profit and charitable organisations. Around fifteen percent of our time each year is allocated to continuous professional development. On a personal note, we also allocate lots of time to our passions outside work like painting, martial arts, singing and travel.

Jeanette Cowley - MBA FCIPD MSc

Jeanette Cowley is the founding director of Go For Growth specialising in dispute resolution, helping businesses to maximise the performance of top teams, develop and retain the best talent and resolve complicated management challenges.

If you, your team or business, are embroiled in a complex issue, or you simply want space to think through what you really care about, Jeanette is a good person to contact.

Before founding Go For Growth, Jeanette was a member of the executive of a FTSE 100 business as Group HR Director responsible for around 90,000 staff worldwide.

Her previous roles include Managing Director Learning and Performance at Marsh, and Head of HR UK and EMEA Operations at American Express. Jeanette has also held significant roles with Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo), Thorn EMI and started her career in local government.

As a CEDR accredited mediator, team and leadership coach; a researcher into both how senior leaders sustain momentum and the use of art in business; and an abstract artist – Jeanette helps clients explore what they want, what they really care about and how to accelerate success: whatever success means in the moment. Jeanette often acts as a sounding board and adviser to leaders. She facilitates interactive discussions about building trust, resilience, credibility, how to lead change and negotiating when relationships matter.

With over 25 years experience working in many countries, Jeanette draws on her expertise at executive and board level for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies and client work with SMEs, charities, third sector organisations and start up businesses. Jeanette’s approach is both strategic and practical; she started her career focusing on negotiation and has significant expertise in major change and communication strategy, team alignment, mergers and acquisition issues, governance, leadership development, mediation and dispute resolution, talent and succession planning, executive, team and transition coaching.

A selection of client work includes: Smiths, Sungard, Withers LLP, London Business School, BT, RBS, Harrods, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Henley Business School, The Metanoia Institute, RWE, Guy’s, Markit, Compass, Fortnum & Mason, KPMG, JP Morgan, ED&F Man, SHELL, BAE, Consolidated PR, IWE, Viridian, AVIS and a range of SMEs, charities and in support of individual leaders.

Jeanette’s determination and strategic vision ensured that our off-site away day was a success. Jeanette helped us identify key issues even where participants were anxious about vocalising them. We emerged from the away day a stronger and more cohesive team

Meriel Schindler

Partner and Head of Employment Group Withers LLP

Go for Growth
2020-03-27T15:12:07+00:00

Partner and Head of Employment Group Withers LLP

Jeanette’s determination and strategic vision ensured that our off-site away day was a success. Jeanette helped us identify key issues even where participants were anxious about vocalising them. We emerged from the away day a stronger and more cohesive team
The alignment work my senior management team did with Jeannette provided a safe but challenging opportunity to identify what we needed to be more effective in leading the organisation through a period of significant change. We also evolved a vision statement which has been adopted by the Board and is now in use throughout the Fund.

Carole Souter

CEO The Heritage Lottery Fund

Go for Growth
2020-03-31T02:53:16+00:00

CEO The Heritage Lottery Fund

The alignment work my senior management team did with Jeannette provided a safe but challenging opportunity to identify what we needed to be more effective in leading the organisation through a period of significant change. We also evolved a vision statement which has been adopted by the Board and is now in use throughout the Fund.
"I would personally recommend Jeannette to anyone who could benefit from her challenging, pragmatic and commercial approach to leadership coaching and development".

Anne Stevens

HRD RIO Tinto

Go for Growth
2020-03-31T02:55:55+00:00

HRD RIO Tinto

"I would personally recommend Jeannette to anyone who could benefit from her challenging, pragmatic and commercial approach to leadership coaching and development".
As an employment lawyer I have worked with Jeanette in more than one way. Examples include the fact that I have referred work to her, we used her ourselves to facilitate an away-day and I have been opposite her in a negotiation when I was representing an international senior executive of the very highest calibre when she was involved in her capacity as HR Director at a FTSE 100. Jeanette is impressive in many ways and I recommend her highly. 

Elaine Aarons

Partner, Withers LLP

Go for Growth
2020-04-29T21:59:22+00:00

Partner, Withers LLP

As an employment lawyer I have worked with Jeanette in more than one way. Examples include the fact that I have referred work to her, we used her ourselves to facilitate an away-day and I have been opposite her in a negotiation when I was representing an international senior executive of the very highest calibre when she was involved in her capacity as HR Director at a FTSE 100. Jeanette is impressive in many ways and I recommend her highly. 
I have worked with Jeanette for a number of years. Her coaching can have a profound effect.  One important area for me has been recognising my artistic side need not be kept separate from my professional/intellectual side but can be  extremely powerful in business. As an individual Jeanette combines Northern grit and humour with a deep understanding of people and business.

Mel Rowlands

Group General Counsel, Smiths Plc

Go for Growth
2020-05-05T08:45:09+00:00

Group General Counsel, Smiths Plc

I have worked with Jeanette for a number of years. Her coaching can have a profound effect.  One important area for me has been recognising my artistic side need not be kept separate from my professional/intellectual side but can be  extremely powerful in business. As an individual Jeanette combines Northern grit and humour with a deep understanding of people and business.
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Most recently Jeanette has integrated her commercial work, abstract art and academic research to produce Voicing Possibilities Coaching Cards – designed for coaches, supervisors, mediators and consultants. The first edition of the VP Cards sold out. However, a second edition is now available on this site.

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