I started working with K2 in 2009, when I was lucky enough to be a member of a team chosen within AXA to take part in the Elite Team programme.
The programme was a real eye-opener for all of us – the things we learnt are still talked about to this day – and our team went on to be one of the top performing teams across the whole of the business. All the coaches I have worked with have been inspirational and admirable; the people are one of the highlights.
K2 does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. The coaches open your eyes to what you are capable of, and you simply learn how to use your strengths to help you perform at your best. It makes you feel valued and I got a great deal of satisfaction out of my job as a result. I learnt to be confident in my own abilities and play to my strengths.
In the Elite Team programme, the whole team started thinking team first, me second. As a result, our team’s performance has grown, and with that our confidence. We continually challenged ourselves to see just how good we could be, and we kept surprising ourselves at how great we had become. And then we’d go and do better still! We stopped competing with the other teams and concentrated on being the best we could be. It took away a lot of the cynicism and frustrations, and we focused on what was in our control and didn’t let the other things get in our way. We all started having fun, and I am really proud and honoured to have worked with K2.
Everything you learn from them can be used in real life. It changes you for the better! Accepting that some things are outside your control is something I think about a lot. It makes you generally a lot less stressed and happier with life, and, because the coaches were such an inspiration, I really challenged myself to be positive and accept that life is what I make it.
After working with them, I approached work with a lot more confidence and with the view of ‘how can I do this to the best of my ability’. We changed how we did things to make them work for us. We didn’t wait for management to tell us what to do, we started proposing new ideas and asking if we could try new things. Luckily, management were supportive of this move and that is what made the biggest difference – they have to be brave enough to let their teams try new things. You have to make changes to get change and we quickly learnt that trying out new ideas wasn’t to be feared.
Working with the coaches was definitely the best thing about the whole K2 experience – I have a huge respect for them, they are such an inspiration. All their knowledge and experience was backed up by real-life examples. They have a way of explaining things that appeal and translate into what we do. They are charismatic and lovely to listen too. No coaching sessions were ever boring. They challenged you, made it different, and shared interesting facts and stories. It’s unlike any ‘training’ I’ve had before and probably ever will. To be associated with them is a great honour and I truly feel very lucky to have met them.
In addition to the work I did with the Elite Team programme, I was also able to coach alongside K2 delivering the Elite Team sessions to other teams across the business. This was my role as a performance coach. It was amazing how they had the confidence in a number of us enough and put in so much time and effort to help us be great coaches. I certainly got a lot from being a performance coach, and can see the difference I helped make to other teams.