The Open Channel

Is it time for a Change of Gear?

Are you contemplating a new direction? If you’re ready to think about change you may be ready for GearChange.

Drawing on their own experience of switching between employed and self-employed roles and re-launching themselves in new directions, Janet Dean and Steve Loraine have developed a programme of support for people who are embarking on major life and career change.

What is GearChange?

GearChange offers support to individuals embarking on career and life change through a menu of tailored products, including:

  • One to one Coaching, either face to face, telephone or Skype
  • Mentoring, practical advice, access to knowledge and networks
  • Action Learning support and shared experience through small groups

When might I need GearChange?

Only you will know when you will need GearChange, but many people find it useful in the following situations:

  • When looking for your next career move
  • When looking to change career, sector or employer
  • When facing redundancy
  • When taking early retirement
  • When starting up a business
  • When turning a passion or hobby into a business or employment

Our approach will be to support you to identify and build on your current strengths and to use them to help you find and secure success in your new venture or chosen path.

GearChange offers the chance to share your challenges with people who have been on the same journey. You may only need to meet us a few times, but we believe we can help you to:

  • Identify your key strengths
  • Work out what you really want to do
  • Make a practical plan to change direction
  • Take your first steps on the road to your new life

Our Stories – Knowledge and Experience We Can Share

GearChange is a service which The Open Channel founders Steve Loraine and Janet Dean have created based on their own experiences. Many people approach Steve and Janet for coaching at times of change, so we know this is a real need. Our concept for GearChange is to offer more than coaching, by also giving you access to practical help, advice and support to help you make choices about your future.

Who are we?

Janet Dean and Steve Loraine founded The Open Channel in 2011. It brings together experts in public policy and service improvement, leadership and change agents and coach/mentors to offer coaching, mentoring, action learning and group facilitation to people and organisations facing change.


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Steve LoraineSteve Loraine

Steve works with passion and conviction to help organisations improve their visions, performance and outcomes, using leading edge appreciative and strengths-based approaches to involve employees and customers in shaping great services.

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Janet DeanJanet Dean

Janet draws on deep knowledge to generate fresh ideas and suggest ways to solve problems. She believes we can achieve more by sharing ideas and working out solutions together. Janet values individuals for who they are, and build on strengths to get the best out of people and organisations.

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