I’m Johnny Craike,
Leadership, Coaching, Mentoring, Team dynamics, Engagement
Public and charitable sector
Realising we have the same core value that people learn best when they are having fun
``Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.``
friends always used to joke that I have done a lot of different jobs in my life. I’ve worked in a fish and chip shop, given tours in a 16th-century lead mine, worked in sales, as a decorator and in a factory- and that was all before I finished university! My early career properly started in universities, running welfare programmes for students.
I then got my big break- on the civil service graduate scheme, where I worked on cross-government strategies for eradicating child poverty and commissioning welfare services. I then spent six years as a senior manager of a housing association, focusing on staff engagement. It was there that I discovered my love for coaching and facilitation. I still remember coaching a colleague during my training and seeing them have a “lightbulb moment”.
I loved the feeling of helping someone to be their best self and decided on the spot that I wanted that to be my long-term career. Since then I have built up my business (Lightbulb Moments Coaching and Events) and have now worked with nearly 20 organisations- delivering 121 and group coaching, away days and training programmes. I’ve met some amazing people and worked on some fascinating projects including developing a number of leadership and mentoring programmes, cultural change and turning pretty much everything I possibly can into a game.
I met Akin and AKD at an exhibition and was bowled over by them. Their mantra is that people learn best when they are having fun- which is so close to my core values. I bring interaction, creativity and a sense of wonder into everything I do. After more than five years of delivering coaching and facilitation I know it was the right decision- there is still no better feeling than helping someone to have a lightbulb moment.