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Lee Sears

 


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Lee co-founded Bridge in 1987. He started his career as a sports coach, developing a specialism in peak performance coaching.  Before reading Law at Christ’s College, Cambridge, Lee spent three years as a Metropolitan police officer during which time he set up a coaching programme for members of gangs in Brixton.

Whilst at Christ’s, Lee founded two developmental charities looking at education and personal development. Focus ran developmental holidays for children with self-esteem problems and adults with learning or physical disabilities. The pioneering work was highly successful and laid the foundations for the establishment of a charity called Link Africa, looking at the learning processes and teaching methods in Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa.

He specialises in supporting senior leaders through major organisational change/mergers, fundamental culture change, and innovation led market breakthroughs.  He also works with individuals to develop their personal leadership capacity.   For example at PepsiCo UK Lee worked extensively with the Executive Committee in the role of change consultant to help rethink the business in light of changing market conditions - creating a business unit focused structure, a more innovative mindset and different ways of working to support this.

Lee is currently leading a change management and leadership development project undertaken with The Innovation Unit’s Next Practice programme, developing a bespoke approach to supporting the leadership of radical innovation within the education community.

Lee draws from an eclectic mix of methods informed by Gestalt, Psychosynthesis, Rational Emotive Therapy, TA, NLP and Barber’s work on Holistic Personal Education.   He completed a Masters in Change Agency at the University of Surrey in 2001.

Lee recently published his first book, “Why Work is Weird”, which explores the way in which organisational cultures impact on their effectiveness.

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