Dianne Jacobs is the founding principal of The Talent Advisors and her focus is guiding and informing organisations, executives, partners and directors.

Like you, she wants people to succeed.

With a strong commercial and action-oriented approach, Dianne draws on a background that includes twelve years with investment bank Goldman Sachs JBWere, where she was an equity partner. Having been on senior executive teams – and a sounding board to CEOs and their direct reports – she has a real understanding of high-impact talent, how they think, achieve success and which actions take performance and careers to the next level.

Dianne is skilled at helping executives prepare for the next-level of leadership, to take stock of that new role, to jump-start change by coaching change agents, to avoid new leader transition pitfalls, to rethink their managerial leadership. She also guides executives wanting to be more competitive in the promotion stakes or to be more astute when navigating the corporate landscape. Executives or new directors seek her out to help them be better positioned when transitioning to non-executive director.

In particular, Dianne brings to her work the acumen and insight gained from complex and demanding environments. Her expertise has been honed from involvement in all stages of the organisational life-cycle including merger, joint ventures and restructures – from the pre-transaction to the post-integration stages.

Her style is flexible, matching the way others learn. She is a confidential thought partner and the people she works with feel “listened to and more confident.” Empathy creates and maintains the relationship, which leads to discussions that uncover what is really happening, to being open to alternate perspectives, to learn and to change. Dianne utilises action learning, adaptive leadership, self-directed learning, situational leadership and mentoring circles.

More effective role-transitions, successful promotion nominations, reduced derailment risks, greater business outcomes, non-executive director board readiness, board or senior executive appointments, meaningful board skills matrix, improved performance ratings or 360° feedback and shifts in leader impact are typical outcomes from working with her.

Dianne’s relationships are collaborative. Based on trust, this mutual connection fosters a joint commitment to both agreed outcomes and the value of the alliance.

Clients are from diverse sectors: aviation, banking, beverages, building materials, consultant engineering, education, financial services, government, hospitals, health insurance, investment management, investment banking, insurance, legal, logistics, media, oil & energy, professional services, private equity, sports marketing and resources.

As seen by these testimonials Dianne successfully assists individuals aiming for board roles or corporate director-level positions.

Well-regarded coaching or mentoring panels such as Melbourne Business School, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Governance Institute of Australia have included her on their panels.

By the way, she can be quite ‘social,’ tweeting about leadership, blogging or discussing tactics for aspiring board directors on LinkedIn.

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