For all inquiries please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
I help organizations, leaders and high achievers to have a 360° Success.
I believe the best way to do that is with Self-Leadership, in work and life.
That means to help individuals and groups to have a balanced Success, in all areas of their lives, at the same time.
As a speaker I have, for the last few years, given from 25 – 60 presentations and lectures a year, in icelandic and english, in Iceland and other countries.
- Some of the events I have spoken at and organizations I have given presentations for are
- Disrupt HR London, UK. Held in London, UK, in March 2018
- Inform Slovakia, at a conference called New Visions in HR 2015, held in Bratislava, Slovakia
- International Finance and Leasing Association, event held in Geneva Switzerland.
- Flora, Association of HR Managers in Iceland
- Central Bank of Iceland
- GlaxoSmithKline in Iceland
- Actavis Group (Pharmaceutical Company)
- Reykjavík Metropolitan Police
- City of Reykjavik
- Síminn TeleCom
- and many many more
The number of presentations and lectures I have given are in the hundreds for all kinds of organizations, and for thousands of individuals. My largest audience so far was about 300 people.
Most of my presentations are on how to have 360° Success, so that the organizations and the individuals that work there can Succeed together. Also on how to be somebody´s “Best manager I´ve ever had”.
I have a 18 years management experience, currently holding a VP position – but with a strong need to give more, and work with people in a different way than I can do in that position.
I also have a MBA degree, with concentration in Human Resources, and B.Ed
Because of this strong need and interest of helping people grow, I decided to create a new path for me, to take along my current job. A path where I could use my education, my experience in life and my passion for working with people and to see them grow, in life and work, and be successful in what they do.
I am a published author, a speaker, a coach and a business consultant and through these ways I work with people to find their power and use it for more happiness and success, both in their work or life.
I have an ACC certification from ICF (International Coaching Federation) which means that I am internationally certified as a coach.
I also have an certification for using SDS – Self-Directed Search, Interest Inventory.
I am a member of FKA – Association of Women Business Leaders in Iceland and Women Speakers Association, global community reaching women in over 120 countries on 6 continents.
For the past 15 years I have been gathering all kinds of knowledge for my work and for my personal growth and development.
I have attended all kinds of courses, workshops and conferences on management, human resources and personal growth.
My book “Rekindling Your Spark – Strategy for Better Self-Leadership” can be found on Amazon.
My services, for organizations, various groups and individuals, are of three kinds:
1. Speaking, lectures, workshops and online products and programs
2. Business Consulting, with main focus on human resources and general management
3. Coaching, for individuals and groups
For more information about my services please look at appropriate tabs here on the site.
Interviews and talks
April 2018: Podcast – interview with me on various HR topics and future of work (in English)
December 2017: TV interview on Kastljos, on #metoo (in Icelandic)
November 2017: Radio interview on Bylgjan, on #metoo and sexual harassment in the workplace (in Icelandic)
September 2017: Radio/TV interview, on workplace wellbeing (in Icelandic)
November 2015: Talk on a radio afternoon program, at Rás 2, on changes in the labor market (in Icelandic).
November 9, 2015: Talk on a radio morning show, at Bylgjan, on changes in the labor market (Icelandic)
January 2014: Talk on a radio morning show, at Bylgjan, where I and a colleague talk about The Coaching Day 2014 (in Icelandic).
September 2013: Talk on a radio morning show, at Bylgjan, where I talk about living in fear, or in your heart (in Icelandic).
July 2013: Talk on a radio morning show, at Bylgjan, on coaching as a powerful tool (in Icelandic).
July 15, 2013: Talk on a radio morning show, at Bylgjan, on coaching (in Icelandic).
January 2013: Talk on a radio afternoon show, at Rás 2, where talked about coaching and more (in Icelandic).
Published interviews with me in English
April 2013, Andrea Hiltbrunner, Interview on me and my business
March 2013, Runa Magnus, Interview on my business
Published articles, translations and interviews in several newspapers and magazines (in icelandic)
February 2017, Fréttablaðið – Markaðurinn, February 1, Árangursrík vinnustaðarmenning (Article on Workplace Culture)
November 2016, Fréttablaðið – Markaðurinn, November 16, Mannlegi áratugurinn í stjórnun (Article on The Human Decade in Management)
July 2016, Frjáls verslun – 4.-5. tbl., Núna er launþegamarkaður (Article on now being the time of employees in the labor market)
June 2016, Fréttablaðið – Markaðurinn, June 22, Ný tegund vinnusambanda (New kinds of employment and work contracts)
March 2016, Frjáls verslun – 2. tbl., Ert þú nokkuð einn af froskunum fimm? (Article on turning decisions into actions)
January 2016, Frjáls verslun – 1. tbl., Farðu út fyrir þægindaramman (Article on growing and developing as a leader by leaving the comfort zone)
December 2015, Fréttablaðið – Markaðurinn, Dec. 15, Góðar spurningar – fyrir frábær áramótaheit (Great questions for great New Year´s Resolutions)
November 2015, Frjáls verslun – 10. tbl., Veist þú það sem allir eiga að vita? (Article on employee turnover)
October 2015, Frjáls verslun – 8./9. tbl., Að eiga ekki í föstu vinnusambandi (Article on the future of the labor market)
September 2015, Frjáls verslun – 7. tbl., Endurgjöf til vaxtar (Article on growing with good feedback)
August 2015, Fréttablaðið, viðskiptahluti – August 26, issue 18, Vinnustaðarmenning (Workplace Culture)
June 2015, Frjáls verslun – 5. tbl., Myndir þú ráða þig í vinnu? (Article on looking in the mirror as a manager and ask if you would hire yourself)
May 2015, Fréttablaðið, viðskiptahluti – May 20, issue 117, Þín viðhorf – tvöföld áhrif (Double effect of your attitude)
May 2015, Frjáls verslun – 4. tbl., Hvernig stjórnandi viltu vera? (Article on what kind of manager you want to be)
March 2015, Frjáls verslun – 2. tbl., Stjórnendur stígi upp úr skurðinum (Article about managers accomplishing more, doing more by stop doing something all the time)
February 2015, Frjáls verslun – 1. tbl., Hverjar eru áskoranir þínar sem stjórnandi? (Article about management challenges and being fit as a manager)
December 2014, Frjáls verslun – 11. tbl., Fjórar gerðir yfirmanna (Article about performance vs. attitude and different kinds of managers)
October 2014, Frjáls verslun – 8./9. tbl., 360° Stjórnandi (Article about being a 360° leader)
September 2014, Frjáls verslun – 7. tbl., 10 spurningar til að fá þau svör sem þú þarft (Article on 10 questions you need to ask to get the answers you need)
July 2014, Frjáls verslun – 5. tbl., Velgengni á öllum sviðum (Article on 360° Success, in work and life)
May 2014, Frjáls verslun – 4. tbl., Ertu að staðna? (Article on if you are falling behind in your career and development)
April 2014, Fréttablaðið, viðskiptahluti – April 2, Stjórnendavandamál (Management problems)
December 2013, Frjáls verslun – 11. tbl., Stjórnandi, leiðtogi eða bara bestu aðferðir (Manger, leader or just best practices)
October 2013, Frjáls verslun – 10. tbl., Hver er virkni starfsfólks á þínum vinnustað? (Article on Employee Engagement)
September 2013, Frjáls verslun – 7. tbl., Markþjálfun sem hjálpartæki fyrir stjórnendur (Coaching as a tool for managers)
September 2013, Vísir, Hamingjuhádegi í Ráðhúsinu með Hamingjuhúsinu (Happiness-lunches with The House of Happiness)
June 2013, Frjáls verslun – 5. tbl., Frammistöðustjórnun með hjartanu (Article on Performance Management with the Heart)
May 2013, Frjáls verslun – 4. tbl., Hvernig þú átt að klifra metorðastigann í vinnunni (Article on how to climb the corporate ladder)
April 2013, Frjáls verslun – 3. tbl., Þegar besti sérfræðingurinn er gerður að stjórnanda (Article on what happens when the best employees are turned into mangers)
March 2013, Frjáls verslun – 2. tbl., Að verða betri stjórnandi með góðri endurgjöf (Article on becoming a better manager with better feedback)
February 2013, Frjals verslun – 1. tbl, Skemmtilegra og þægilegra starf – án þess að skipta um starf (e. Having more nice and fun job – without changing job)
December 2012, Frjáls verslun – 11. tbl, Kúnstin að útdeila verkefnum (e. The art of delegating)
November 2012, Frjáls verslun – 10. tbl., Tímastjórnun eða orkustjórnun? (e. Time Management or Energy Management)
October 2012, Frjáls verslun – 8.-9. tbl., Ert þú starfið þitt? (Are You Your Job?)
October 2012, Gestablogg hjá Ásbrú (e. guest-blog)
September 2012, Frjáls verslun – 7. tbl., Ráðlagður dagskammtur: 2 x 10 mínútur á dag (e. Recommended daily dosage: 2×10 minutes a day)
August 2012, Fréttatíminn, August 24, Interview on Training and Coaching, published with the title “Finndu þínar eigin leiðir” (e. Find your own ways)
August 2012, Morgunblaðið – Business Section, August 23rd, Interview on employee morale and coaching, published with the title “Nú er tíminn til að brýna kutann” (e. “Now it´s time to sharpen your knife”)
July 2012, Frjáls verslun – 5. tbl., Article: Ráðlagður dagskammtur: 2 x 10 mínútur á dag (e. Recommended daily dose to improve your life)
Sept. 2004, Frjáls verslun, Article: Ert þú páfugl í landi mörgæsa? (e. Are you a peacock in the land of penguins?)
Nov. 2003, Frjáls verslun, Article Stjórnun fólks á mismunandi aldri (e. Managing different generations)
Sept. 2003, Frjáls verslun, Article FISH-hugmyndafræðin (i.e. FISH ideology)
Feb. 2003, Viðskiptablaðið, Article: Gildisaukandi starfsfólk (e. Value adding employees)
Nov. 2002, Frjáls verslun, Article Starfsmannastjórnun næstu árin (e. HR Management in nearest future)
Jan. 2002, Viðskiptablaðið, Article: Fjölmenning á vinnustöðum (e. Diversity in the workplace)
Oct. 2001, Vísbending, Article: Arðsemi starfsmannamála (e. ROI in Human Resources)
Oct. 2001, Viðskiptablaðið, Article: Starfsmannamál þegar komið er niður úr uppsveiflu (e. HR when coming down from economic high)
Sept. 2001, Frjáls verslun, Article: Skorkort starfsmannamála (e. HR Scorecard, written with Mr. Hafsteinn Bragason)
May 2001, Vísbending, Article: Starfsþróun (e. Training and Development)
April 2001, Viðskiptablaðið, Article: Starfsgreining (e. Job Analysis)
April 2001, Morgunblaðið, Article: Hýsing starfsmannamála (e. Outsourcing of HR, written with Mr. Hafsteinn Bragason)
Nov. 2000, Frjáls verslun, Article: 360° Endurgjöf (e. 360° Feedback)
August 2000, Viðskiptablaðið, Article: Starfsþróun (e. Training and Development)
Interview with me on my work
How long have you been a speaker and how did you become expert in coaching and inspiration?
I have been doing a lot of inspirational work in my career for the last 15 years or so and I probably have been doing a lot of coaching over the years, in my various management positions and teaching, without knowing it was coaching or having any formal training or certification on my coaching.
In the year of 2010 I took my first workshop in Coaching. In the beginning of 2012 I went for a coaching program at Reykjavik University and CoachU. As of spring of 2013 I´m internationally certified as an ACC Executive Coach.
I have shared stories, given examples, encouraged and used inspiration very much in my management roles over the years. Then in the last 10 years or so I have been doing a lot of reading, researching, speaking and more on Positive Psychology and that´s how inspiration has become one of my specialties.
Who are your clients?
My clients are actually of two kinds.
Firstly; Organizations that hire me for inspirational speaking, management training or to coach their managers.
Secondly; Individuals that come to me for private coaching, attend my courses or buy my online programs and products.
Most of my clients in my private coaching are about 35-55 years of age. Most of them have college or university degrees. A lot of them also have high profile jobs or own their own companies. Almost all of them have that in common that they feel they either can do better, or need more balance with their various roles and challenges in work and life.
By doing better I mean that they know they are capable of more, of having more fulfillment, happiness and success (however they define that for themselves), all at the same time.
What kind of personalities do you work best with?
I work best with people that are willing to do what it takes to have a 360° Success, more fulfilling and rewarding life, both in their work and life. People that are willing to turn their decisions into actions are my kind of people. Positive view on life and eagerness to make the most of it, in every way, is also something that I prefer with my customers.
How do you work? What can I expect?
In my speaking I love lighting a spark with my audiences, help them wake up to their highest potentials and their lives, to their strengths and talents, and find ways to have Success in all areas of their lives.
In my coaching I love supporting and challenging my customers, all of them are capable of doing better than they believe when they come to me. In my coaching, even though I can be demanding of my people, it is very much allowed to laugh and have fun – as long as result is the focus.
What return can I expect on my investment (ROI) if I decide to work with you?
It varies a lot how my customers calculate their ROI from working with me.
Some organizations have increased the income in their businesses, improved the quality of their decision making, improved the energy management of their employees, improved cooperation between departments and individuals and more.
Some individuals have gotten promotions faster than they expected, some have landed their dream jobs, some got the courage to leave their jobs and some calculate their ROI based on having more fulfillment, happiness, confidence and success in general in their lives.
Can I sign up for just one session in private coaching with you?
No. I don´t take on new customers for less than 3 months. Coaching is not a quick fix.
How is coaching different from consulting or what psychologist do?
Consultants and psychologist give you answers, plans, action-steps etc. to your challenges, coaches do not.
Why will you not give me the answers or advice on my challenges?
Because I believe you know better than me what is best for you. If I would give you answers they would be based on my experiences, not yours. I believe you have all your answers and I can help you find them and work with them, for your success.
Why should I work with a coach?
There are many reasons actually. But in today´s environment you are probably dealing with all kinds of challenges, disturbance, connections and more so it may be hard for you to stay focused and get out of life what you want, whether in your private or professional life.
In my speaking to various groups of different size I have gotten great review. I´m inspirational, good with lighting a spark with people and helping them turn decisions into actions.
Having a coach is like having an ally on your journey, someone that supports you, encourages you to be your best, gives you new perspective on what you are dealing with, pushes you when you need that and celebrates with you when things go well.
Why should I work with you?
If you need inspiration for your group then I´m a speaker you should look into, especially if you want your group to hear about topics such as Self-leadership, Heart Based Leadership, Energy Management and more.
I´m also a challenging coach, so if you want to do your best to be your best then I am very good at pushing people to become, and do everything they are capable of. There doesn´t have to be anything wrong to get a coach – just that you want to use your talents, options and opportunities better and find ways around possible obstacles and to be all that you are capable of being, both in your private and professional life.
Does this really work?
Attending inspirational presentations from time to time is necessary, like taking a bath regularly! Some of them remind you of things you already know and push you to use your talents better. Other teach you something new.
Regarding coaching, it does work but the results vary between clients, mainly due to difference in how much people are willing to do or how well they are using the coaching relationship.
What results can I expect?
If you are willing to do what is needed, in order to get the results you are looking for, then you will get those results. For some this may be putting more decisions into actions, better work-life balance, clearer focus on where you want to go with the challenges you are dealing with etc.
Why do I need you? Can´t I just do this on my own?
How well has it worked for you until now, to find your way to your 360° success? Are you getting the results you know you are capable of? If you know you can do better – having a coach might help.
Can I contact other clients you´ve worked with?
You can read testimonials on my coaching and my work on my website, http://herdispala.com/testimonials/ if you feel you need more please contact me at email@example.com
I´ve never invested in me and my people like this before. How can I justify this expense?
I sometimes quote Einstein and say “If you keep on doing what you have always done, at the best you will get the same as you have always got”. So if you want something more out of what you are doing, as a leader and as a person, then it is the same with you as everything else. If you want to grow or develop yourself and your team, you have to invest in that growth to be able to expect the interests you are looking for.
If I´m not quite ready to get started, is there a way to sample your work?
Yes, you can go to my website and sign up for my free Self-Assessment and my weekly eZine where I talk my work, my life and share my monthly thoughts with you. That should give you some ideas on how I work.