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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Apr 2, 2020


Mia O’Gorman is in the business of people. Fulfilled people.


As an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant, she has spent nearly her entire career empowering leaders. Find out today what steps she had to take in developing herself, before she could fully embrace her passion.


After pouring effort and endless hours into work at the start of her career, Mia started to notice a shift in her values. As she took on more responsibilities and roles, she found herself venturing further and further away from what excited her. Taking a trying leap of faith, she ventured out into freelancing, betting it all on her desire for freedom and growth.


Today, she sits down to share what she’s learned personally and professionally about the development of leaders. With her wealth of experience, Mia offers insights on transitioning employees and leaders of all levels. Listen in to find out how you can be sure your career is aligning with your values and passions.


Key Takeaways:

  • How Leadership Consultant and Coach, Mia O’Gorman, built a career from her passion.
  • How coaching helps all levels of leadership.
  • In what ways your values might influence your own career.


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Episode Timeline:

  • [00:03] Intro
  • [00:41] Meet Mia Gorman
  • [03:09] Her HR start and career journey
  • [07:34] How to identify your passion
  • [09:55] Living in alignment with values
  • [11:37] Changing to pursue freedom and growth
  • [14:41] The challenges and rewards of change
  • [16:07] How coaching has changed in the last few years
  • [17:50] The whole person and starting small
  • [21:20] How she helps others to connect with their values
  • [23:46] Differences in leadership across levels
  • [25:41] Mid to senior-level transitioning leader challenges
  • [31:03] Recommendations for middle managers
  • [34:05] What great leadership looks like to Mia Gorman
  • [35:21] Contacting Mia
  • [36:32] Outro


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Standout Quotes:

  • “For so many years I'd kind of kept going, doing the 'right' thing. Agreeing to take on those different job roles, responsibilities that took me away from what I was really passionate about. That built a career, that built an income, that served the organizations I was employed by and I'd always put that sense of responsibility ahead of freedom and growth.” -Mia O'Gorman [13:21]
  • “If I'm leading myself, what's the small change I can make? and if I'm doing that well then I start to have earned respect and the capacity to lead other people.” -Mia O’Gorman [20:58]
  • “People don't dare, necessarily, to open up about what's on their minds, what may be their concerns... to have someone who's holding up the mirror and then expresses it is really important and brings us to a completely different level of awareness." Cathleen Merkel [28:58]



Find | Cathleen Merkel


On Instagram: @CathleenMerkel

On Facebook: @CathleenMerkelCoaching


Find | Mia O’Gorman


On Linkedin: @Mia O'Gorman

On Twitter: @coachingwithmia



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About Cathleen:  


As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but flat-out Women in Corporate create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success.  

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps people turn their careers around so that they start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the Mondays to come.  

Her proven 6-step "Legend Framework" helps Leaders go from feeling lost, lacking confidence and clarity about their career to owning their next career step, feeling at ease with themselves and others, excited about their future and able to tackle any obstacle that may get in their way. At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised and clear about their future.  

She works with action takers who really want to make an impact on the world around them - people who are driven by purpose. If you are a female high-achiever and you are ready to take your career to the next level whilst fully enjoying your personal life, then get in touch!  

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a leader herself, she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development projects within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations. These are exactly the experiences that made her choose to help leaders across the world step out of the “daily hamster wheel” and into a life of purpose, inspiration and courage to live a life on their own terms.  


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About Mia O’Gorman 

Mia is an executive coach, coaching supervisor, leadership development consultant and life coach. She has 20 years of experience in leadership development and talent management roles. Joining the automotive industry in HR (still called personnel in 1998!), Mia later worked in the finance and energy sectors before transitioning to external consultancy in 2006. Here she worked in outdoor experiential development in the English Lake District, spent years with global organizational psychology firm SHL and then 6 years developing leaders through Emotional Intelligence with JCA. She has been freelancing since 2017, launching her own business Coaching with Mia alongside a portfolio of collaborative projects. Mia has designed, coached and facilitated transformational programmes for organisations including Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Centrica, Deloitte, JLL, Hogan Lovells, McKinsey, Spirax Sarco and Thames Water.


She provides coaching for Directors, senior leaders and emerging leaders, designs and facilitates leadership programmes, teaches coaching skills and supervises other coaches in their professional development. 


Mia holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Business & Executive Coaching, a Diploma in Coaching Supervision and is a Professional Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Additional credentials include a certificate in NLP Coaching, a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management, BA Hons English Literature and Cultural Studies, and, accreditations for several psychometric tools to work with ability, personality and Emotional Intelligence.  


Mia lives in Cheltenham, UK with her partner Rob, enjoying the town-and-country lifestyle of the Cotswolds, good food, great wine, travel, running and hiking.