What I Do…
Combined with over a decade of running a range of my own businesses, primarily online, I also have extensive management consulting experience both with one of the world’s largest consulting companies (Accenture), as well as start-up experience at a smaller boutique consulting company.
As an Intuitive Strategist and Operational Troubleshooter, this is a snapshot of what I excel at doing…
- Encouraging folk to look at what they’re doing through more strategic eyes and from the perspective of ‘business OWNER’ i.e. someone who works ON their business, versus someone who works IN their business.
- Creating high level strategic plans which put core values at the heart of a company and how it operates.
- Identifying the sometimes subtle and well-hidden symptoms which mask structural, cultural or other progress-blocking issues within a business, and suggesting ways to overcome these.
- Helping folk find better (read: more effective, more efficient, more cost effective, smarter ) ways of doing something, whether this is people-based, process-based, technical or operational (or a combination).
Who I Am…
That’s a very good question and one I’m still figuring out after quite a life-changing year in the run up to my 40th birthday in 2017 – I divorced my teenage sweetheart, started a relationship with a woman, began to explore my adoption, made huge changes to my business, and dyed my hair for the first time ever – which had me pondering: Who Am I?
The journey of self discovery is – as I’m sure you know – an ongoing work in progress but at the moment, this is what I know about myself…
- I’m Lea (pronounced Lee-UH NOT Lee), although the name my birth mother gave me was Jovy.
- I’m Filipina, was born in HK and adopted by English parents from birth (who were given just 7 days to prepare for my arrival!).
- I LOVE food and I most definitely live to eat. I eat mostly organic food, though I am partial to the odd gourmet burger and fries.
- My favourite colour is a deep teal (hence the colour of this website!).
- I left management consulting to re-train as a holistic health coach after my Mum died unexpectedly in 2003.
- I married my teenage sweetheart who I met when I was 17. After 22 years together we separated fairly amicably in 2016 (though the amicable is more up and down at times!).
- I have two gorgeous children, Mali and Samson. But motherhood is definitely NOT the be-all and end-all for me.
- I’m now in a same-sex relationship with one of my best friends. And I absolutely believe most women are more sexually fluid than we dare to admit 😉
- My core values are freedom, integrity, excellence and empowerment.
- I’m ridiculously logical, intuitive, spiritual and highly creative – but not in the artistic sense (I can’t draw to save my life).
- If you’re into Myers Briggs, I’m an INFJ. If you’re into the Fascinate system, I’m the Victor. If you’re into Human Design, I’m a Manifestor.
- I’m 5 feet and 1.5 inches – the 0.5 is very important. If you’re also this short petite, you’ll know.
- I have a very British accent but also speak a bit of German, French, Spanish and Italian.
- If I had to share 4 nuggets of wisdom on my deathbed, this is what I’d say:
- If you have a choice, be kind. You always have a choice.
- You can’t control anyone or anything else, or what they do. You can control how you respond to anything.
- Protect your boundaries (energetic, spiritual, physical, emotional), especially around energy vampires. It’s ok to say no.
- Trust yourself. You are ok, just as you are.
During my time as an entrepreneur and business owner, I’ve:
- Created a global movement, which garnered international media interest and caught the attention of big brands such as Dell.
- Written, self-published and sold a number of ebooks; the first back in 2007 before everyone was doing it.
- Organised and hosted the first (and second) ever national UK conference for illustrators.
- Coached, mentored and consulted for hundreds of business owners online.
- Run numerous businesses including a health & fitness coaching business, a web design & development business, professional blogging (i.e. I was paid to blog), freelance writing, technology consulting, strategic business consulting.
- Been listed in Forbes magazine’s Thirty Women Entrepreneurs To Follow on Twitter.
- Been featured in national and international press. You can some of these mentions below…
In The Press & Media…
I have been interviewed, featured and mentioned in a number of global media outlets over the past few years, including:
- Financial Times ~ Nomads of the working world.
- BBC Click ~ Technology allows digital nomads to work anywhere.
- BBC Fast:Track ~ Best Of The Web.
- The Guardian, Careers, UK ~ Work’s a beach: meet the digital nomads making the world their office.
- The Guardian, Travel, UK ~ The escapees travelling the world while working online.
- The Guardian, Life & Style, UK ~ This column will change your life: 9-to-5 or free and easy?
- La Repubblica, Italy ~ Tienila d’occhio: Lea Woodward and Bauman, un mondo senza regole: “senza la solidarietà, la libertà è un’illusione”.
- China Trends magazine, China ~ See the article here.
- Cosmopolitan magazine, Italy & Sweden ~ See the Swedish article here.
- The Sydney Morning Herald & The Daily Telegraph, Australia
I’ve been featured, interviewed, listed or profiled in many online media outlets:
- I wrote about juggling motherhood and nomadic entrepreneurship here on Forbes.
- I wrote about how to launch a website with a fanfare (vs. deafening silence!) here on Forbes.
- I wrote about going from consulting to entrepreneurship in Time.
- I was interviewed about being a domain name addict (!) for Fast Company.
- I was interviewed about location independence on Mixergy.
- I was featured as one of Forbes’ Thirty Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.
- I shared a tip for balancing entrepreneurship & parenthood on Inc.
I’ve also been featured in a number of books including:
- Escape from Cubicle Nation by Pamela Slim
- Screw Work, Let’s Play by John S. Williams
- The 9-to-5 Cure by Kristin Cardinale
- She Takes on the World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose by Natalie MacNeil
- Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell
I have spoken – virtually and in person – to audiences globally including:
- At the Freshmen Seminar, American College of Management and Technology, Dubrovnik on “The skills that open up doors & opportunities in today’s world”.
- At Hult International Business School, Dubai campus for the “Pocket MBA for Women Who Aspire to Lead” Program.
- Numerous online podcasts and interviews with fellow digital entrepreneurs.
What Others Say About Working With Me…
I was referred to Lea’s VA business (Rescue Desk) by a colleague, at a time where I needed help but wasn’t sure if my business was at quite that level to justify paying for it – a classic chicken and egg situation. I knew I had to just do it – I’d already thought about it for way too long. So I signed up and then came across Lea’s Mastery Days which sounded like exactly what I needed. As a business mentor to others, I needed to walk my talk and find a mentor myself.
But again I hesitated…until one day, I knew needed some outside help to structure all the BIG things that I wanted to do in my business. I felt my angels shout at me to contact Lea, so I did. All I can say was that it was the best money I ever spent!
Lea listened to my dream and my vision. She understood me completely. She knew EXACTLY what needed to be done so we set to work writing it all down in formats and structures that seemed to make it all very simple.
We ended the day and I had a whole new business in place. It was incredible, and so too is Lea. She really helped me see the light of what was possible, she lifted a weight from my shoulders and helped me start a whole new path in 1 day. She is my earth angel!
After my Mastery Day, I had the most wonderful afternoon – I took the kids to the playground and to the café for a treat – I actually switched off and felt I deserved the break. This is what I want to do every day. I cannot express the gratitude for all your help and wisdom.
If you have any doubts about investing in working with Lea, all I can say is what is the cost of not doing it? You will spend longer trying to figure this stuff out on your own and possibly not get it all done.
Lea has a wealth of experience that can really help you and direct you and your business. I can highly recommend Lea. Go for it!Martha F
During my 2.5 years of self employment, I’d never invested in a business mentor. I guess I liked the idea of doing well without any assistance (that’s the control freak in me)!
Although my business was doing quite well in certain areas, I had definitely got myself stuck in a rut. No matter how much I tried, I seemed to be always working in my business and rarely on my business. I was frustrated and needed help!
To be honest, in the hours before I met Lea I was a little apprehensive about how much we could achieve in the time I had booked with her. However, after leaving Lea I was pretty much heel-clicking my way down the street with excitement!
I had learned so much from her. I came away with loads of ideas I could implement and a clear vision of how to move forward. I also felt really positive and at ease about everything. I think that has something to do with Lea’s energy and positivity.Naomi Carson
I’ve worked with Lea in the past and always come back because I know there will more be “aha!” moments with her, and it’s been no different this time round.
Lea’s ability to ask the right questions that really push you, whilst still offering support and encouragement is fantastic, and it’s great to be doing so with a group of people who are also working on their personal growth and development.
Although the themes covered are deliberately challenging and go quite deep, elements such as the chat group and video get-togethers makes it really easy to talk about what you’re experiencing and going through in a friendly, natural way.
Being a part of this group epitomises everything I love about working with Lea – it’s like having the friend who isn’t afraid to ask the difficult questions because she know’s it’s best for you in the long-term, but is there supporting you all the way (and inviting you over for pizza to talk about it)!Joanna Fallon
This offering has been a complete game changer for me. Having a group of women to bounce off ideas and thoughts is an amazing resource to have.
Being able to share things from my life to hear the perspective of others is an experience I cannot recommend enough. It’s like talking to your rubber duck in the shower but the duck asks intelligent questions and might even share a pizza with you – virtually that is.
If you are looking for inspiration, if you need a group of intelligent people that have your back without judging you (though they might tease you at times, because, well, they like you!), if you want to get unstuck, then this is for you.Valentina Thörner