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Julie Jessup

My background

I have 25 years of experience in strategic international human resources. After two decades of senior positions in multi-national companies, I became a leadership coach and consultant.


After five years at Digital Equipment Corporation in the design and implementation of development programs for consultants and senior executives, I became the V.P. of Executive Resource Planning at Givaudan, a leading flavours and fragrances company. In this world-wide position I was responsible for executive recruitment, succession planning, training and development and internal communications. I then created the position of Human Resources Director Europe for NMS Communications. I worked in sales for IBM before going into human resources.


I am committed to working with both corporate clients and the non-profit sector. In France I worked with the association Passerelles et Compétences matching professional volunteers to specific projects in non-profit associations. Today, I work with selected social entrepreneurs to help them to increase their impact on their target populations.


American and French, I coach in both languages. I have an MBA from INSEAD, a coaching accreditation from Ashridge Business School (where I received a very rare ‘distinction’ for my work), and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego (Magna Cum Laude).


Code of Ethics and Conduct

I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Conduct published by Ashridge Business School.

My own articles

Aren’t You Curious? (2014) read
How leaders have used curiosity as a tool to manage conflict and build presence.

What Will it Take to Attract and Motivate the Best of Generation Y? (2013) read
As the talent market tightens, the ability to attract and motivate this generation becomes increasingly important. What are the keys to getting this right?

Staying positive in this economic outlook? (2012) read
For businesses to survive in today's economic climate, positive feedback has become a 'must'. Neuroscience research offers a compelling case as to why seeing the good side, and talking about it, matters to business.

Further reading

In my work I use a wide base theory. All of the books below have influenced my work in some way.

Belbin, Meredith R. (2010). Management Teams: Why they succeed or fail. (Third Edition) Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.

Berne, E. (1975). What do You Say After You Say Hello? Corgi Ed. London: Corgi Books

Bridges, W. (2003). Managing Transitions. (Second Edition) Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press

Brooks, D. (2011). The Social Animal London: Short Books

De Haan, E. and Burger, Y (2004). Coaching with Colleagues: an action guide for one-to-one learning. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Dotlich, D., Cairo, P. and Rhinesmith, S. (2006). Head, Heart & Guts: How the World's Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Egan, G. (2009). The Skilled Helper: A Problem Management and Opportunity Development Approach to Helping. (International Edition) Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning

Fredrickson, B. (2011). Positivity: Groundbreaking Research to Release Your Inner Optimist and Thrive Oxford: Oneworld Publications

Gounelle, L. (2008). L’Homme Qui Voulait Etre Heureux Paris: Editions Anne Carrière

Hawkins, P. (2011). Leadership Team Coaching: Developing collective transformational leadership London: Kogan Page Limited

Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R (2006). Supervision in the Helping Professions. (3rd Edition) Maidenhead: Open University Press, McGraw-Hill Education

Heron, J. (2001). Helping the Client. (5th Edition) London: Sage Publications

Joyce, P. and Sills, C. (2010). Skills in Gestalt Counselling and Psychotherapy. (2nd Edition) London: Sage Publications

Kegan,R. and Lahey, L (2000). ow the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Kline, N. (1999). Time to Think: listening to ignite the human mind London: Cassell Illustrated

Lamy, F. and Moral, M. (2011). Les Outils de Coach: Bien les choisir, bien les organiser Paris: InterEditions

Linehan, M. (2005). From Chaos to Freedom Skills Training Video [DVD] Seattle, WA: Behavioral Tech LLC

O’Neill, M.-B (2000). Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart: a systems approach to engaging leaders with their challenges San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Robinson, K. and Aronica, L. (2009). Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything London: Allen Lane

Rock, D. and Page, L. (2009). Coaching with the Brain in Mind: Foundations for Practice Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons

Rodenburg, P. (2008). Second Circle: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Seidman, D. (2007). How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything. (Expanded Edition) Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons

Stern, P. and Schoettl, J.-M (2008). La Boîte à Outils du Management Paris: Dunod

Torbert, B. and Associates (2003). Action Inquiry San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Watzlawick, P., Weakland, J. and Frisch, R. (1974). Change: Principles of Problem Formulation and Problem Resolution New York, NY: Norton

West, L. and Milan, M. (2001). The Reflecting Glass – Professional Coaching for Leadership Development Basingstoke: Palgrave