Based in the UK, Distinctions Executive Coaching is the executive coaching practice of Joanna Bown. Joanna is an integral corporate coach with over sixteen years’ experience. She is MCC accredited through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and has conducted over 2,500 hours of professional coaching.

Live the Questions Now

I want to beg you as much as I can to be patient
Toward all that’s unsolved in your heart,
And to learn to love the questions themselves.
Like locked rooms,
Or like books that are written in a foreign tongue.

Do not seek the answers that cannot be given you,
Because you would not be able to live them,
And the point is to live everything.

Live the questions now,
Perhaps you will then, gradually,
Without noticing it,
Live along some distant day
Into the answer.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Who we are

The Practice

Distinctions provides executive coaching services to individuals and teams at senior management and board level. For the individual the focus is often on personal career development, leadership, and specific work-related challenges. For organisations, the benefits are improved executive retention, as well as increased commitment, creativity, and quality of communication from the executive in question.

“We create measurable outcomes linked to the client’s business objectives and organisational goals”

About Me

My approach integrates a number of different styles and techniques, including Integral Coaching, Leadership Development, Somatic Intelligence, Systemic Constellations for Business, and the Enneagram.

Prior to becoming a corporate coach, I worked in investment banking with Citigroup, South Africa, for the most part as a Senior VP, overseeing multinational clients across a number of varied vertical industry sectors. I also managed the international business segment for CEEMEA from Brussels and London, covering 16 industries across 38 countries. My experience in international business and banking structures has proved an indispensable platform for relating to and understanding the variation of challenges facing my clients.

My Approach

As a coach, my core motivation is to help clients identify real meaning and purpose in their roles, given the speed and pressures of their external working environments. I do this by enabling the client to shift their perspective – creating self-awareness through mindfulness, building a resilient, grounded inner self, and helping them develop a new understanding of their patterns. In doing so, I aim to unearth latent potential, and help them learn how they go about using that potential to achieve their desired goals.

I also look at how the client represents him/herself, their life, habits, relationships, body awareness, and self-care, as well as the amount of attention and energy that is available for change.

Recent Example Coaching Assignments:

  • Coach to a Regional CEO, managing 54 regional countries in the Telecoms & Communications industry. COACHING FOCUS: Regional Leadership development; growing the business internationally.
  • Coach to an executive Director of a global bank. COACHING FOCUS: leadership development and growing a regional cash management business strategy. Process resulted in a successful strategy implementation and a career promotion.

Coaching Industry Sector Experience:

  • Corporate Banking
  • Finance & Audit
  • Mining
  •  IT
  • Telecommunications
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Retail
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • NGOs

Professional Coaching Affiliations/Accreditations:

  • MCC certified Integral Coach through USA-based New Ventures West and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business’ Centre for Coaching, including Six Mastery Modules
  • Master Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation with over 2,500 hours of coaching
  • Enneagram practitioner, MBTI Level 1 & Hogan assessments practitioner
  • Level 1, 2 and Retreat training of Wendy Palmer’s Leadership Embodiment Somatic work
  • Systemic Constellations for Business Coaching with System Alive (Europe) – basic and advanced training