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Bina Mathews

Bina Mathews

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Having headed teams and worked closely with the C-suite and senior management of large government corporations as well as creative agencies, I now run a Management Consultancy, through which I speak, train and coach on goal setting, action planning and effective communication at all levels, as well as leadership and team-building coaching. I am also a Certified Transformational Hypnotherapist, Pranic Healer (form of Energy Healing) and biker!

Areas of specialization: discovering your purpose and how to achieve it, goal-setting, public speaking, and clarifying outcomes and communicating compellingly.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

As a Solopreneur, it’s nice to have a supportive network of women who inspire and encourage. Although I’ve been a member only for a few months, I was really thrilled to be given the opportunity to be one of the coaches at the recent Ellevate group coaching sessions. Helping a table full of women clarify what they want from different relationships and seeing their "Aha" moment is my favorite Ellevate memory so far.

How would you define your professional mission?

My mission is to help people realize that we have one shot at this ride we call life, and we owe it to ourselves to make it really count; to touch as many lives as possible and contribute to the good and healing energy put out into the world!

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I took a decision early in my career, to experience different facets of communication for myself. And so, with a Bachelors in Women Studies, Journalism and English Literature, a Masters in English Literature and a Diploma in Advertising, I worked in advertising and PR agencies, newspapers and corporates, and heading communication teams. Through it all, the common thread was that I was mentoring and guiding people, which naturally led me to this chapter in my life, where I now do it full time as a properly trained as a Master NLP Coach and Transformational Hypnotherapist. Pranic Healing caters to my spiritual side, through energy healing and meditation.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

When people realize their goals and the purpose of a well-lived life, they automatically spread this awareness and positive energy. Long after I’m gone, I hope to leave a chain-reaction that will continue to pay it forward through the generations, of better human beings. Changing the world one person at a time!

Who are your role models?

My parents. As the Head of the Asian branches of an international NGO, my dad worked out of a home office. My mum supported him in all aspects, which meant we grew up helping teach street children how to read and write, visiting slum schools and homes and conducting classes for women at home. They showed me how we can make a positive impact with the smallest of actions, and that the more we are blessed with, the more we owe the community.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

Very strong intuition and an uncanny ability to make people spill the beans to me!! Even total strangers!

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

I resolved this by compartmentalizing my work and personal lives. When at work I try not to get any personal work done. Even my kids were taught to call me 3 times so I know its urgent and I need to call back at once. At home, I don’t do anything work related – no emails or calls entertained after work hours or during the weekend.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

As a coach, it would have to be my very first client. Abused as a child by his father, he was in denial about being traumatized, and unable to see how it was the root of all the issues he wanted resolved through coaching. Having undergone therapy and counseling, which didn’t work, he was at his wits end. Within three sessions he had a complete breakthrough and was able to forgive his father. The immediate proof was that he was completely freed of a chronic and undiagnosable headache that he had suffered from for years.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

You are a role model to your children. I actually conducted an experiment where a few of us who had daughters asked them what they’d do when they grew up. All of them said they want to be like their mums – smart, strong women who go out and do what they do best and earn their own money. So they are not judging us, they are proud of us. Let that sink in. Guilt robs you of the ability to give your best at both work and at home. Get a grip on your work-life balance, work out the absolute non-negotiables for you as a mother so your employers support you with those, and do your best in both roles. And then, just do your best, that’s all anyone can do. Don’t expect to be 100% perfect, because no one is, even when they are carrying out just one role!

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