In the current climate, there have been many challenges facing businesses across the globe and many have managed to pivot and evolve their services. We have been amazed at some of the stories of adaptation and resilience. We spoke to Lee Chambers, a psychologist and wellness consultant who is the founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing about how he has been navigating the crisis. He is currently celebrating two new clients, an individual based in Florida, and a business based in Ontario.
Lee Chambers launched Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing in December 2019, just before the landscape was about to change significantly. He is a certified psychologist and life coach, based in Preston in the north of the United Kingdom. Initially, he was delivering physical workshops to clients assisting them with understanding just how important the mental and physical health of employees is. He shows how with planning and strategy, you can make a wellness budget make a larger impact by measuring what works, and evolving it over time. His focus is on organizational cultures and changing health behaviors through shifting mindsets and making small habit changes.
When COVID hit, he acted quickly to bring his offering online. This was a challenging process but being a relatively new business it was just part of keeping moving and shaping their delivery. With an increasing social media reach, a number of guest appearances on podcasts, and a message of positivity through challenge, they have started to get the attention of international clients. It is never easy working across multiple time zones, but Lee stated that working on EST is beneficial and now he utilises two evenings a week reserved for clients on Eastern and Central. He has been energised by the proactive attitude of his North American clients and is actively looking to expand his client base on our ‘side of the pond’.
He brings experience from a number of different areas into his wellness delivery. Lee has worked in national banking, state government, and has directed a video game business he launched in 2008. Adversity has been something to overcome, as he lost the ability to walk in 2014 due to illness and had to relearn again. He holds a number of qualifications in Psychology, Sleep and Nutrition, and is a board member of Wellbeing Lancashire. He brings all his personal and industrial experience, along with his qualifications and skills, and has fused them together to create a business with the aim of impacting a million human beings worldwide.
If this wasn’t enough, he is also building an education program to deliver in schools, where he already speaks about his journey and how to overcome challenges and build skills for the future. He is also the coach of a disability soccer team, which is a cause close to his heart. Having recently sold his video game business, PhenomGames, to a conglomerate based in Denmark, he now has more resources to both expand Essentialise and continue giving back to society.
We asked Lee about what his hopes and plans were for 2021. He advised that he intends to grow Essentialise to serve clients across the globe. He also admitted he really wanted to hold a wellness conference in Miami before 2025, and that we would get free tickets, which is an offer we simply can’t refuse!
Lee Chambers leaves us with one final insight, don’t see the current situation as a threat, see it as a challenge to do things differently, how else you can use your skills and strengths, and be kind to yourself, we are all going through this together.