Continuing to serve

Former Military Resettlement of the Year Winner continues reaping the rewards.

Steve Gaskell successfully transitioned from the services to civvy street through franchising; he has been a franchise partner with ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business coaching franchise, for seven years.

The 52-year-old left his army career hoping to spend more quality time with his family. Joining the army in 1985; 22 years later he was Regimental Sergeant Major of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, ending his career as a commissioned captain. Before leaving the army Steve carried out 18 months of extensive research into what to do and kept coming back to ActionCOACH. 

I left in August 2013 and began training with ActionCOACH in September. I had done some really cool courses in the military – attempting SAS selection was by far the hardest, most challenging and best. ActionCOACH training came a close second – it was life changing!

Steve firmly believes that ex-military personnel are highly qualified for life outside the services, “I bring all my military experience to my business and all former service people have transferable skills. From logistics to human resources, systemisation to team building, equality and diversity to health and safety. It is these skills combined with the ActionCOACH system that has allowed me to deliver my services, daily, to my growing client base.”

As COVID-19 hit the UK, Steve continued to serve his community. His ability to remain calm in a pressured situation was a lifeline for his clients, and others, who took part in the hours of gifted coaching session he offered.

In times like these we need to take action. Before lockdown, I began crisis planning with business owners, followed by 90-day planning, a daily kick-start Zoom call and a WhatsApp support group. With 130 people initially registered to take part, the advice shared between us was just what was needed to keep morale up. All my clients have avoided redundancies; some have had to recruit because of record growth. To be able to help secure the jobs and economic security of staff and their families was yet another reward from the years of abundance I’ve experienced as an Action Coach

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