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A Supporter’s Story (inspired by a Lord)

Inspired as I was last month by David’s guest blog – a Lord’s Story, I decided to write a Supporters Story (or at least some of it anyway, as us Supporters always have a lot to say!)

To Create or Support?

I remember when I first discovered I was a Supporter profile after taking the Wealth Dynamics test – our sister company – back in 2006 (before Talent Dynamics was even a twinkle in my eye!) I was disappointed… Yes, I wanted to be a Creator! I thought they had all the fun. Of course that was before I understood Flow or anything much about the profiles at all in fact.

At the time, I was running my then new management development training company, trying to be a Creator. I was trying to create new and innovative trainings and programmes for an abundance of clients who had heard about how forward thinking my content was…

I’m not sure who I was trying to fool the most. Myself or my clients. Most of my ‘original ideas’ had come from my experiences working in a highly creative training team at Marks and Spencer during the 5 years previous.

Supporters are great at taking things that are innovative, that already work, to new markets.

As I started to get to grips with the Supporter profile. I saw more and more of who I was and who I wasn’t. I could see that I was running out of ‘original ideas’ for my clients who, by now, had high expectations of the creative content, that I was struggling to keep up with offering to them. In fact, I found the whole creative process really challenging.

It could take me a full week to design a one day programme and I still wasn’t happy with it and yet I could meet with a potential client and in the space of 30 minutes they were asking me to work with them… That work was so much more fun for me too!

Supporting the Supporter…

So the first thing I did was find a mentor, who could help me understand my profile. (My now good friend) Daniel Priestley who I had just met, was perfect for that role.

Did I mention how Supporters just love to talk about and promote other people?

He shared some strategies with me as a Supporter that I could try. He suggested I attend Roger James Hamilton’s Wealth Dynamics Weekend. This was a pivotal weekend in my life that explained so much! Little did I know that 4 years later Roger and I would be business partners in Talent Dynamics (that can be another story for another day).

One of the strategies included finding a Creator in my industry who loved Creating but didn’t enjoy meeting the clients, networking and selling (all the bits as a Supporter, I just love).

This was brilliant!

A Supporter’s Team

Now I had a Creator who was able to quickly and easily create the amazing programmes I was promising the clients.  I also found a Trader who did a brilliant job at delivering the programmes over and over to the larger clients (Traders are great when they can learn content that they can deliver over again with grace).

That was the first time I experienced Flow consciously.  Business was booming and my team were having lots of fun and feeling valued!

Looking back I can see there were other times in my life I had experienced Flow but I hadn’t realised it was something you could create and that there was an easy strategy to making it happen.

I also was able to see the times when I was so far out of Flow, struggling to get a result and feeling like a failure. They were just times when I was focusing my energies at tasks that were the opposite of my natural profile.

Like the time when I was an assistant HR Manager in my early twenties. That role was all about the numbers, productivity, efficiencies, measures and adhering to policies. How I got through that role looking back now I do not know!

Even today, I’m still not good with the numbers. I can do them and I do them but even basic arithmetic in my head I find challenging.  I have a calculator on every desk and an Accumulator that does the numbers for me in my team!

I couldn’t understand how one of my colleagues was so good with the numbers and the details and she remembered every last policy in that massive HR manual… (of course she was an Accumulator)


Today I get to co-create Flow with my team. We know how to do it and can quickly and easily measure who is most in and out of Flow and take actions accordingly. I get to line manage the team, which I love to do as a Supporter, to see them grow and reach their potential.

I get to connect with the 200 TD Consultants globally and Support them in finding their flow, whilst building the community. I meet amazing people to build partnerships with and I get invited to lots of parties…

Those that enjoyed David’s blog last month will be pleased to know, we have persuaded him to do some more guest blogs from a Lord’s perspective!

Are you a Supporter?  Do you work with any Supporters (or suspect you do)?  What’s your view?


Female Leadership of 21st century: 22.8. Webinar with Bea Benkova & Michelle Clarke

In fact the role of female energy is shifting. The understanding the 21st century Female Leadership, helps you to sustain long term results and competitiveness of your organization.

McKinsey & Co. research shows that women’s development programs appear to have a strong impact on results and are often under the radar.

But the question is, what is the fundamental impact on the existence and performance of organizations & businesses and society?

On Thursday 22nd August at 8.30am, I’m excited to be having a conversation with globally recognised ambassador and coach of Extraordinary Women Bea Benkova about ‘Female Leadership generating trust and flow’.

Bea, the founder of Global Institute for Extraordinary Women, stands behind the success and transformation of many women around the world. For a number of years she has been helping women on five continents to find inspiration, discover their talents, realise their dreams and fulfil their purpose.

Get all the information and register here

On this exclusive call I’ll be having a conversation with Bea about where we are at as humanity and why ‘NOW’ is the time to understand the female element, how is female leadership and the impact on organizations & businesses.

Click the link below to register your place on this free online interview

I look forward to seeing you there!


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Recording of interview with Richard Barrett – Values driven Organisations

Richard Barrett, one of this years Trust Conference speakers shared on the webinar how Values Driven organisations are the most successful organisations on the planet!

Click here to access the recording.

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The Blackpool Gazette article on the Trust Conference

Michelle has been interviewed by the Blackpool Gazette on Trust, Flow and the Trust Conference, take a read of the article by clicking here.

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The Trust Conference – 5 weeks to go!

We’ve been getting a LOT of emails from people asking us various questions about the upcoming Trust Conference so I thought I’d share some of the most common ones with you…

Q: What exactly is the Trust Conference?

A: Good question!

The Trust Conference is a one day conference, designed to help Business Leaders to explore the meaning and measure of Trust. It draws together people who wish to understand and improve their levels of Trust in business, and ultimately use Trust as a tool to improve bottom-line profits.

Q: When/where is it?

A: Tuesday 10th September 2013, 8am-6pm, Kensington Great Hall, Central London.

Q: Why should I attend?

A: At this event, not only will you be learning from some of the world’s leading authorities on Trust in organisations, you’ll leave with specific actions that you can implement in your business or organisation immediately to both measure and increase levels of Trust, as quickly as possible.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • How to use Trust to create and sustain high performing teams who love coming to work
  • How to turn Trust from a soft idea into a hard business measure.
  • How it can accelerate business performance
  • How to use Trust to create and sustain high performing teams who love coming to work.
  • Case studies of the effects of a lack of Trust in organisations and markets.
  • Examples of businesses that are using the concept to achieve phenomenal success.

Read more and register your place here.

Q: Is the conference just for corporates?

A: Absolutely not. The Trust Conference offers a unique combination of speakers, including high-flying executives and very successful business owners, so you’ll be sure to get a well-rounded learning experience, regardless of whether you are a small business owner, or part of a much larger organisation.

Q: Is it just for small business owners?

A: Refer to previous answer!

Q: How much are the tickets?

A: We have three different levels of admission. General, VIP Silver, and VIP Gold. Unfortunately, the VIP Gold tickets are now sold out, but you can see the latest ticket prices for General and VIP Silver here.

As a trusted friend of ours already, you can access a £50 discount off a General Admission ticket when you book by entering the code TDSpecialMC 

The Trust Conference 

I hope that answers any questions you may have about the TRUST Conference.

If you still have questions before you register your place, please visit, where you will find a comprehensive breakdown of the entire conference, including who is speaking, what topics they will be covering, as well as instructions on how to purchase your ticket.

PLEASE NOTE: Over 550 people have already secured their place, and seating at the venue is limited, so please register your place today to avoid missing out.







Hi (Name),


As you’ve probably heard by now, tickets for The TRUST Conference 2013 are selling out FAST!


Here is where you can get all the details and secure your seat:


When you attend, you’ll be learning from some of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of TRUST in organisations, and for small businesses, including: Stephen M R Covey, Daniel Priestley, Roger James Hamilton, Helen Irwin, Mike Southon, Shaa Wasmund, Paul Dunn, and Sue Swanborough.


Go here for all the details:




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