I am Michelle Howie…
I have worked with leaders, individuals, and organisations in a self-employed capacity since 2015. I am the sole operator of a registered NZ business, Howie Consulting Ltd, with comprehensive insurance coverage and a great track record of satisfied customers who have experienced my guidance and value-add first-hand.
– 1:1 coaching,
– small group work,
– business mentoring, and,
– bespoke consultancy services.
Add me to your project, your career transition, your team – I can make an impact and generously share all I know. As a consultant and coach, I create spaces where people can hear their own voice and speak honestly. I have the heart, capacity and skill to bring clarity and wellbeing into your personal life or work life. Tapping into who we are and relying on the stuff of which we are made is my favourite coaching angle.
I meet people where they are at. My clients can be leaders in large organisations, small social entreprises, single-person businesses, charitable groups, regional collectives and motivated individuals.
I care about great employment, decent employers, quality relationships and radical systems change in almost every domain of life.
I tend to attract people who also like to think deeply and are curious to explore.
When first working with me, you can expect me to listen deeply and ask a lot of questions. As our working relationships develops, you will hear me offer some targeted advice and wisdom. I then work hard to design the solution that suits your situation, without overlooking what’s right under your nose.
As we get used to one another over time, you’ll realise that I’ve pointed you back to yourself. You will learn less and less ‘from me’ and more and more will be revealed within yourself. I believe we have unique and untapped resources that are designed perfectly for our lives. In-sourcing is my jam.
Behind all of my work is a rock-solid knowing that we are equipped to handle life – and that from this place of knowing, life can be lived with more ease, more laughter, more creativity and lots of practical action! This outlook applies to absolutely everything and every situation. I regularly forget this knowing, because I am human. Therefore, I am also experienced in the messy, painful and confusing sides of life. It is just like that. Even rock-solid knowledge will be tested in the moment.
I am proud to be a listed practitioner with the Three Principles Global Community.
Outcomes of working with me may include:
– a sense of peace and togetherness that has eluded you for a while
– clarity and conviction on what to do next
– laughter, silliness and a letting go of the serious for a while
– leaps of connection and grace in all your relationships.
I would love to talk about working together. Drop me an email … [email protected] or call 0210 426835.
My background qualifications and certifications
– 2004…Bachelor of Arts in French, then Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in Modern Languages (brief career as a French teacher in the UK)
– 2009…Certificate in Effective Public Participation (during career in NZ local government and community development)
– 2017… Foundation Certificate in Project Management, PRINCE2 (during self-employment, to enhance consultancy and project work)
– 2020… Advanced Facilitation training, IHEART (during self-employment, to level-up and facilitate the rediscovery of wellbeing with young people and families)
– 2022/23… (coming soon) Accredited Coach in Executive and Organisational Coaching with International Coaching Federation (to enhance coaching skills)
My business credentials
Howie Consulting Ltd began life in 2008 as a landscaping company run by my husband and I. The name and Directorship was changed in 2015 when I became self-employed.
I am a listed provider in the NZ Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS).
My NZBN is 9429032905625,
I am an approved Business Mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand.
Why not read my writing?
I write to make sense of things. The things in my head and in my life.
I like to know how things work, why things are happening the way they are – and my part in all of it.
I read other people’s books, articles and poems to make sense of things too. I value the writers of this world very highly. To choose words, put them in an order and strive to communicate something of value is absolutely my favourite form of creative expression.
A good way to get to know me and my perspectives on life is through my writing. I share short fiction and non-fiction articles on this site (check out the top tabs) and I write Friday Flow on SubStack. You can browse the archives of fortnightly entries and sign up for Friday Flow to receive it directly in your inbox.
Roll call! These great organisations chose to involve me in their projects, workshops and dreams…
Lovely comments from real-life humans I have worked with…
“This was such a meaningful and powerful workshop. The insights around wellbeing gave me new tools that I will be using in my life going forward. I was able to meet & engage with people I otherwise wouldn’t have met. I left this workshop feeling incredibly full of hope.”
“My wellbeing is innate. I’ve always had it. It’s not outside me. And no-one can take it away.”
“[The workshop] gave me the tools I need whilst going through a tough time.”
Feedback from participants at Seed Waikato workshop – October 2020
“Michelle is such a strong coach and an asset to the programme.”
“Michelle was a great facilitator. She has great EQ and ran the sessions well.”
“Michelle is a great facilitator. She balances contributing and driving us to contribute ourselves really well.”
“Michelle has heaps of experience and is a great facilitator.”
“The facilitation was awesome, I loved how Michelle left it up to us but still contributed and her contribution was usually highly valued.”
“Michelle was wonderful and supportive throughout, and I was thoroughly impressed over all.”
“Michelle was fantastic, a real asset to the programme.”
“Michelle is one of those rare people whose gift of service and leadership has the potential to reshape entire communities by empowering people to see themselves through the lens of possibility rather than limitation.”
“One of Michelle’s greatest talents is her ability to listen intently, while holding space for other people to share their emotions, thoughts and feelings. She is a collaborative and empathetic leader, with a bright mind, and the ability to synthesise information extremely quickly in a very direct and practical way”
“Michelle became my coach in August 2017 when I embarked on a journey which involved beginning a business in a new health modality that is not widely known. This being my second business in the health sector I wanted to start this new business with a fresh, methodical approach. Michelle predominately offered business coaching whilst also incorporating some valuable life coaching which helped me discover more about myself and the way I wanted to operate my business. Her approach has been kind and gentle, bringing a wealth of knowledge and opening a whole new paradigm to how I viewed business and business models. She has been thoroughly supportive and encouraging through this process and both my business and personal lives have benefited from her input. As a female entrepreneur it has been a difficult path to navigate and I can see the value in having a mentor like Michelle. Drawing a comparison between beginning my first business without a mentor compared to my second, Michelle has made the process less daunting and has provided essential insight into the business world. She has also been my constant with regards to helping me maintain a positive attitude about myself and my capabilities. In moments of self-doubt Michelle has been there always to ensure I veer back on to the path of self-belief and success.”