“I have studied constantly in my life, yet most of my studies have been via distance education (before it was even popular). I love learning. There is always so much to learn and share,” says Sue. Since then, she has studied through FENS and the Neuroscience School for Advanced Studies and read as much as she can from the research.
Sue is currently the CEO and Founder of the Langley Group and Academic Director (and co-owner) of the Langley Group Institute. Langley Group started in 2002, and its journey, as well as Langley Group Institute, is about inspiring and equipping individuals, teams, and organizations to be the best they can be. The team is now the consultant to the consultants, with many business owners, consultants, and internal L&D consultants coming to them to get certified in their programs and psychometrics.
Sue’s professional journey started as a lorry driver in Europe. She then spent a year travelling around the world, then moved into travel where she had roles as Sales Manager, General Manager, Operations Manager. Finally, she started her own business, which she absolutely loves.
Of Challenges and Finding Motivation
Sue believes that everyone faces challenges, and hers have been no more or less than others. Whenever adversity hits, she focuses on what she teaches – how do we pull towards the positive? How do we leverage what we are great at and do more of it? Following the same principle, Langley Group has never focused on trying to ‘compete’ or beat others in their field. The Group has its niche – the team is very good at it and remains focused on that. Thankfully others now recognize them for their expertise.
To counter challenges, one needs self-belief, hard work, persistence, and lots of motivation. Sue draws her motivation from all the people she works with. Her team motivates her, and so does every person who comes on the leadership programs, Langley’s certification programs, the 10653NAT Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, and her Learn with Sue membership community.
She says, “Each person I meet and the ripple effect they have based on what they learn motivates me every single day to make a bigger difference.”
Bending the Gender Rules
Challenges, feels Sue are gender-neutral. Every person faces challenges. As soon as one categorizes oneself by age or gender and then buys into the ‘rules’ of that category, one can find them holding themselves back. “I was a lorry driver in Europe at 18 years old. I didn’t see myself any different from others, and it didn’t stop me from doing a great job.
I have always done the best job I can and tried to show up as the best version of myself in every role I have had, so maybe I haven’t noticed challenges that others would see. I have been busy ‘getting on with it,” explains Sue.