Get to know your Coach – May Bleeker-Phelan


May is an assessment and development specialist with a focus on talent management. Her key area of expertise is in utilising psychometric assessments to facilitate personal insight for individuals at management and executive level. She has more than 12 years’ experience as an assessment practitioner working with companies ranging from SMEs to large multinational organisations.

Black Isle Group - May Bleeker-Phelan


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Trust your own perceptions.


Which book changed your life?

Not a book, but more a series of events and shifts in perception. Several books were helpful along the way. Here are a few that were interesting:
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle (about being present),
Power vs Force – David R Hawkins (about levels of consciousness),
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image – Leonard Shlain (about the profound impact it has on cultures to shift from oral traditions to linear, alphabet-based forms of communication; and how the very structure of our language influences our thinking/world view and behaviour).

I could go on and on and on…!


Give one characteristic that you feel every leader should have?

Humility. Understanding your true place in the world in relation to others makes for a more effective person and the best leaders.


What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

Left permanent employment to start my own business. Moving to a different continent runs a close second. The risk was in shifting trust from an external source to an internal one. This process repeated itself many times over in different forms until I got the message (see my ‘best advice answer). This is what changed my life.


What is the most meaningful part of your job?

Connecting with the person sitting opposite me.