Mary Jensen doesn’t mince words. Before she joined TCI in December 2014 and created a six figure business, the then-corporate finance high flier was a “psycho bitch,” she says. “I was a dictator.”
“I liked it my way and I liked to control things. I didn’t know how to be happy. I was angry and frustrated and exhausted. I truly believed there was no other way to do it. And I believed to earn more money you just had to work harder.”
But Mary’s work in mergers and acquisitions meant she needed to learn human behaviour skills. Flicking through Facebook one day, she saw an ad for TCI. She said yes. And at age 45, Mary stepped into the personal development field for the first time via a Foundations of Coaching Success training with Joe Pane.
Nearly six years on, the Melbourne high performance executive coach is a “completely different person” who has fun every day and a booming C Suite leadership business M Power Services that last year made a tick under $850,000.
How did she do it? Courage, letting go of ideas which didn’t work and the “Disruptive Leadership training” at TCI, “which has absolutely changed how I do leadership from within.”
But initially Mary was looking to make money, not inspire:
“I was definitely thinking I could make more money in coaching than in my finance career. And I have, but not because I learned how to make money, but because I learned how to think differently.
“I learned how to be different. A lot of people who have known me for a long time speak about me as two people. I even refer to myself as two separate people. I used to be far away from who I am today.”
Mary now works between 20 and 25 hours a week and has a life with flexibility and freedom: “It’s absolutely fantastic. My daughter says I get paid an obscene amount to have breakfasts and lunches and talk to people.
"The best part is the helping people."