Meet Doug Montgomery – Executive Coach, Scientist and Breadmaker
Doug Montgomery started out as a Ph.D research scientist and spent 28 years at GlaxoSmithKline. Having progressed through project and people manager roles, leading leaders and projects globally, he changed career to become a coach and share his expertise performing and leading in challenging, fast-moving environments. We wanted to ask Doug to share a little about himself and the experience he can bring to his coaching sessions.
1. What is your passion?
Maintaining my own life balance is my passion. I specialise in supporting the development of leaders and coaches so they can also find their own.
2. What service do you offer Transition Peak?
I offer individual and group coaching to those career or life transitions and workshops for retirees and leavers wanting to change career or lifestyle.
3. What do clients say about you?
My clients say that I am very good at challenging their thinking and assumptions, in a supportive and non-judgemental way.
4. What trends are interesting you at the moment?
I am curious about how much companies are talking about their impact on climate change and how they can contribute to reducing global warming to less than a 2 degree increase. I don’t think companies think of the ecosystem (human and non-human) and environment as stakeholders.
5. What are your greatest achievements?
In the 1980s, I cloned genes from HIV (AIDS virus) and designed an assay for new anti-HIV drugs when there were no effective drugs available. Later, I transitioned from research scientist to leader of people, and then changed career completely to become an executive coach. I am proudest of the example I have set and encouragement I have given to others thinking about changing career.
6. What is something not many people know about you?
I am a passionate golfer, make my own bread by hand and own a beautiful Montgomery tartan kilt.
7. What is the best advice you have received?
Trust that whatever happens at work – you will be able to deal with it.
Work with others from an adult to adult mind set, even if they are behaving like a child or a parent.
8. What book have you read that really helped you?
The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey.
The Knight in Rusty Armour, by Robert Fisher.
All My Friends are Superheros, by Andrew Kaufman
9. Please let us know your top career transition tip.
Follow your passion and energy. Ask yourself, ‘what would you want to do even if you were not being paid for it?’
To learn more about Doug Montgomery Executive Coach and the other experts we partner with, visit our ‘coaches and experts‘ page.