Jo Hutchinson – Lead Confidently, Live Courageously and Be a Force for Good

Jo Hutchinson
Jo HutchinsonFounder / Owner

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, it’s ourselves” Sir Ed Hillary

Visionary, EnLightened Leadership Coach and Facilitator – Jo Hutchinson

A natural leader, she had her 1st management role when she was 23 years old with profit centre responsibility for $4m.  Three years later was one of the youngest students to study and complete an MBA all while managing full time work and international travel.

With a passion for people and business, by the time she was 30, she was a Finalist for the Young Executive of the Year Award, then changed direction and moved into Financial Services where she went on to refine her leadership skills with a team of 400 and budgets in excess of $30 million. Here she achieved a Gallup Staff Engagement score of 4.74/5.00 putting her in the top 5 leaders in the business.

After 10 years in this industry, her next step was to leave the corporate world and re-kindle her passion.  She started-up her own business, learning first-hand what it takes to succeed as a solopreneur sharing her knowledge, wisdom and expertise in the field of leadership, developing high performing teams and helping people embrace change.

By The Numbers

In the last 11 years, 3 of her previous leadership team have gone on to CEO roles and 1 went on to a bigger role heading up the HR function of a large company.  “I see talent and know how to help people unlock their leadership capabilities to become our future leaders.”  She has coached women CEO’s, assisted Senior Executives present confidently to Boards and helped fast track new leaders into their roles.

Relationships are Key

Using the Gallup Strengths Finder, her primary leadership style is relationship driven.  She’s the glue that holds the team together with a unique ability to create teams that are much greater than the sum of their parts.  She’s the connector that sees the common thread across the organisation and brings people together to achieve a common purpose and shared goals.  She understands people, sees their talent and helps them see it in themselves.  Her secondary style is getting things done.

As a Coach, she brings fresh perspective to the conversation. The common thread is her ability to understand people from all walks of life, helping them to see the potential within themselves, inspiring them to claim their power to lead authentically and fulfill a greater purpose.

“Great leaders unite people to work together for the greater good.”

 

Become a Force for Good

Our vision is a world where all people prosper. We are committed to helping people to a better quality of life and are are supporting the following initiatives:

Micro-finance

Kiva – “loans that change lives”. Kiva allows you to lend to specific entrepreneurs empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.

We love these micro-loans. It makes it so easy for anyone to reach out and help someone. For as little as US$25, your donation is pooled with other like minded people from across the world. With so many different categories, you can choose who and what you want to support so it aligns with your values and what’s important to you. Once the money is repaid, you can either re-lend it which is what we do so or you can request it to be returned to you.

Our Impact

We invested US$650 into Kiva loans around 10 years ago.

As at September 2020, this US$650 has now cumulatively financed US$3,850.00 of loans.

We’ve made 136 loans across 31 countries, 10 sectors and 44 different activities. So far we’ve had 4 loans default over this time which accounted for US$83.00. This is a default rate of 2.2% which is very low.

Of course the positive impact these loans have made to women, men, their families and their communities is what this is all about. As the loans are re-paid, we continue to re-lend the money to new entrepreneurs, thus creating a sustainable fund that supports our vision of “a world where all people prosper”.

We hope that by sharing our story it inspires you to become a micro-finance lender too and unite with like minded people from all over the world who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Join here: www.kiva.org.

 

The Good Samaritan Orphanage – Egypt

This orphanage has been established for special needs children that have been abandoned by their families in Luxor.

Following a visit to Egypt in 2010, Jo was so taken with the people of Egypt that she went on to find a local orphanage to help children to a better quality of life. She wrote a book called “The Call to the Desert” as a way of raising funds to support the orphanage’s running costs and to help in expanding their school to reach more special needs children. She raised US$878 from sales of the book and donations from her clients to assist them in their projects.

She last visited them in January 2012 and was so inspired by the great progress they continue to make. They continue to tackle real everyday issues and now have underway a project to deliver food parcels to very poor villages.