Consulting and Policy Engagement
Consultant, Non Exec Director & Executive Coach
I help organisations and individuals to analyse and understand what's really going on, and how to get to where they want to be, particularly in relation to Government stakeholders
I help organisations who interact with Government and Parliament to get the best out of those relationships, whether it's selling work or selling ideas or creating lasting and trusting relationships.
I work with a wide range of organisations from large high tech firms to Universities to small third sector bodies.
Helping you work with and engage Government & public sector stakeholders
Strategic & corporate communications
Helping you to represent who you are and what you want to achieve; tailoring communications for public sector stakeholders
How does Government work
When you want to know how government & Whitehall work & how to speak their language
Getting impact for academia in Whitehall and Parliament
Helping you get your voice heard in Westminster
Select Committee Training
I work with executives who want to bring their whole selves to work
I help people to overcome the imposter syndrome, and be confident and assertive in the workplace.
I sit on the Board of the Institute of Osteopathy
Personal Development Training
I deliver a variety of personal development training courses, including Assertiveness for Women in the workplace, overcoming the imposter syndrome, resilience & stress management.
About Jo Clift
I have two decades of experience working at a senior level at the heart of Government, mainly in the Cabinet Office. I have worked directly with over fifteen Ministers.
I am at my best dealing with complex situations that require strategic analysis and careful handling involving multiple senior stakeholders. One of my key skills is that I am able to find a path through problems by creating excellent networks and relationships - using fine political judgement with stakeholders whilst focusing on the key deliverables.
After six years in Whitehall as a senior communications specialist, including as Press Secretary to Lord Falconer (Millennium minister), I wanted grow my expertise in change management, so I joined Deloitte Consulting for two years as a senior change consultant. This gave me a great set of change skills and valuable insight into the private sector, but I found that I missed the strategic aspect of working at the heart of Government so returned to lead the shared corporate services work across whitehall.
As government lead for Shared Corporate Services, I created a new model for sharing back office services. To do this I engaged directly with cab sec, number 10 and senior stakeholders across Whitehall and the public sector . I led and created the strategy for cross cutting shared services which is still used today and has achieved over £10million savings.
I led the ICT strategy for the Coalition Government and then set up and ran the Whitehall unit for managing the appointments to Boards of public bodies. I also led the new legislation to combine two ombudsman organisations.
I am now working as a consultant with organisations who want to engage and communicate better with government to achieve their goals.
Specialities: Understanding government and how to engage with departments to get things done. Working closely with Ministers and senior stakeholders to achieve and sustain goals. Sensitive and strategic communications.
My Courses @ Civil Service College
How to get your Voice heard in meetings
How Does Whitehall Really Work?
Being a Successful Introvert in the Workplace
Assertiveness for Women: How to build your confidence in the workplace
Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome Workshops
Sometimes it's hard to remember our own worth, skills & experience. The Imposter Syndrome is very common, but can be tackled. I only offer 16 places maximum for each workshop so that you can get individual attention and coaching as part of the workshop.
The Imposter Syndrome describes a condition where we feel that we don’t deserve the position or responsibility that we have. We find it difficult to take pride in our achievements and have the feeling that we are a ‘fraud’. It is staggering how many people suffer from the imposter syndrome.
Did you know that Meryl Streep, Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou all suffered from this condition? It can have a negative effect on your work and the way that you view yourself in the workplace. It can certainly stop talented people from progressing at work and getting the roles that they are capable of.People who suffer with Imposter Syndrome may often also suffer from some perfectionism and a fear of failure, but they often forget to think about all the things that they do achieve and all the skills and qualities that they do have.
The workshop covers….
- What is the Imposter Syndrome & how does it affect us?
- Is the imposter syndrome affecting your current role and your career path?
- The best ways to tackle the imposter syndrome
- Reminding yourself about your skillset
- How to get support on the journey
I have designed the workshop to be supportive and encouraging to those who have this type of confidence issue in the workplace. I run the sessions interactively, for example unmuting those who want to speak and using the chat box for comments and questions.
‘The best training I have done for ages’ Roberta (Global technology company)
‘Great course and presenter’ Mark (Confederation for British Industry)
‘Excellent presenter…she created a very safe and comfortable space’ Rachel (Senior Manager, Government)
Join me for online workshops from the comfort of your own home
Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome (Online 10-4)
Helping you to tackle the Imposter Syndrome and move on
Being a Successful Introvert in the Workplace
Workplaces can be challenging for introverts; I can help you to navigate this and to train others to support your preferred ways of working
Many people describe themselves as introverted, or a mixture of introvert and extravert. But many organisations, without realising it, have shaped themselves so they favour extraverts, and people who are good at putting themselves forward. It is not ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ to be an introvert or an extravert. It’s just a part of our human nature, and we need to get better at helping individuals and organisations to help get a contribution from everyone. If you have ever struggled to speak up in meetings, even though you know that you have the answers, then this is the Webinar for you.