GLWS An intelligent, insightful wellbeing solution

A wellbeing tool with a foundation in organisational psychology

GLWS is built upon robust, evidence–based research and over 50 years combined professional experience in organisational psychology, wellbeing, leadership development, executive coaching and capability design initiatives.

It was created by EEK & SENSE, a long–term partnership between psychologists Audrey McGibbon and Karen Gillespie. 

While working with corporate leaders and professional service firms as far back as 2008, Audrey and Karen began noticing that leaders were experiencing persistent threats to their wellbeing. Worse, this was having a knock-on effect, negatively affecting their teams’ and their organisations’ performance and productivity.

Drawing upon their extensive experience in senior executive roles with  one of the foremost global psychometric test designers and publishers in the world, and further study into wellbeing and wellness, they designed a new, sophisticated wellbeing tool – the GLWS. 

Karen and Audrey could see the emerging trend for wellbeing becoming a mainstream leadership growth area. And they knew that by developing a measure to help leaders and teams identify wellbeing priorities and take actionable steps to improve them and maximise performance they would help fill an important gap in the leadership development space. 

And so GLWS was born. 

That was back in 2015 and since that time, the GLWS has grown from being a single solution to address a specific unmet need for individual executives, to a range of sophisticated and customisable individual, team and organisational wellbeing options which can address multiple pain points at multiple levels across organisations. 

GLWS was built upon robust, evidence–based research and over 50 years combined professional experience in organisational psychology, leadership development, executive coaching and capability design initiatives.

It was created by EEK & SENSE, a long–term partnership between psychologists Audrey McGibbon and Karen Gillespie. 

While working with corporate leaders and professional service firms, Audrey and Karen began noticing that leaders were experiencing persistent threats to their wellbeing. Worse, this was having a knock-on effect, negatively affecting their teams’ and their organisations’ performance and productivity.

Drawing upon their extensive experience in senior executive roles with  one of the foremost psychometric test designers and publishers in the world, and further study into wellbeing and wellness, they designed a new, sophisticated wellbeing tool – the GLWS.  

Karen and Audrey could see the emerging trend for wellbeing becoming a mainstream leadership growth area. And they knew that by developing a measure to help leaders and teams identify wellbeing priorities and take actionable steps to improve them and maximise performance they would help fill an important gap in the leadership development space. 

And so GLWS was born. 

That was back in 2015 and since that time, the GLWS has grown from being a single solution to address a specific unmet need for individual executives, to a range of sophisticated and customisable individual, team and organisational wellbeing options which can address multiple pain points at multiple levels across organisations.. 

Audrey McGibbon

Co-Founder GLWS, CEO Eek & Sense

Audrey wishes she knew at 30 what she now knows at 50+. The link between wellbeing, success, strong and sustained performance, sense of fulfilment, life satisfaction and happiness seems so obvious now – but it has taken a lifetime of experiences and 30 years as a psychologist to truly get her head around it.

With the GLWS, Audrey has become an accidental researcher, entrepreneur and technologist. While it was never in her plans to do so, her expertise in psychometrics, organisational psychology, coaching and leadership development have converged as a natural evolution. GLWS provides Audrey with a strong sense of purpose and inspiration, and has enabled her to bring her talents for gently challenging clients’ self-awareness, judgement, and behaviours to reach more leaders than she would ever have imagined possible.

 In her personal life, Audrey is deeply compassionate and understanding of how messy life can be, and that we often have to look hard for the positives, dig deep to nurture key relationships and stay focussed on self-care.

A psychologist since 1990, she was Managing Director of SHL Australia Pty Ltd, a role that gave her first hand insights into the stresses and strains of life as a senior executive and the impact of leaders’ behaviours on a team’s wellbeing. Since setting up EEK in 2001, Audrey has coached 500+ senior executives on an individual and team basis. She and Karen worked closely together for many years (pre-dating GLWS by a decade), and have enjoyed a strength of partnership that is a rare and beautiful thing!

Audrey has an MA (Hons) in Psychology and Business and an MSc in Psychotherapy Studies, focussing on the factors that drive wellbeing for senior executives. She is a Registered Psychologist in Australia, as well as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a member of the Division of Occupational Psychology and Psychotherapy Sections of the BPS.

Contact Audrey McGibbon
audrey@glwswellbeing.com
+ 61 (0) 438 100 023
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Karen Gillespie

Co-Founder

Karen and Audrey have enjoyed a long friendship and working partnership from the days they each arrived in Australia from the UK. Believe it or not, they both grew up in Scotland, only 30 kms apart and attended the University of Edinburgh to study Psychology at the same time. Karen went on to specialise with a Masters in Occupational Psychology and then kicked off her consulting career by working for two consulting firms in the UK before joining Audrey’s management team at SHL in Sydney.

Following two spells of maternity leave, Karen sought the flexibility of being self-employed and set up her own boutique consultancy (Sense Organisational Psychology) working with leaders and organisations across a range of sectors. This period also included taking time out to raise her two kids and move to a small acreage north of Sydney. Karen reconnected with academia in 2010 undertaking a post grad in Wellness, and began talking to Audrey about how they could best support leaders with their wellbeing. From little things, big things grow…

A few years on and the GLWS is being used globally by several hundred accredited coaches and organisations, reaching thousands of leaders. Not a bad effort from a few conversations!

Yet, all good things come to an end, and Karen has been drawn to the opportunity to indulge her own wellbeing doing the things many of us put off – travelling to see the parts of the world she hasn’t been to yet and exploring community based volunteering focused on the natural environment. She remains in close contact with all things GLWS and sits on the GLWS Advisory Board so she can still nag Audrey on occasions!

Contact Karen Gillespie
  admin@glwswellbeing.com
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Eileen Brennan

Client Services Director

Eileen has vast experience supporting senior executives at Managing Director/Board level across multiple sectors, including banking, consulting and construction.

She has worked “behind the scenes” with Audrey and Karen for over 15 years and clients rave about how she’s super-efficient, reliable, accurate, flexible, accommodating and really easy to work with.

Eileen keeps the GLWS home fires burning, on all fronts. She is chief cook and bottle washer, overseeing everything from our IT strategy and networks, event management, accreditation workshops, e-learning program and the biggie – our GLWS bureau-service.

She does all of our worrying about the details of everything, and is always ahead of the game before we even know there’s a problem.

Every business needs an Eileen, and we are so lucky to have her hold the EEK & SENSE fort.

When she’s not switched onto all things GLWS, and in between juggling family commitments, she does occasionally switch off with the help of yoga, walking and catching up with friends.

Contact Eileen
  eileen@glwswellbeing.com
  +61 (0) 414 870 499
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Marisa Bosotti

Principal Consultant

Marisa’s background in organisational psychology combined with many years in relationship building roles makes her ideally suited to helping our clients, ensuring they have awareness and access to everything they need to achieve their goals with GLWS.

For many clients, Marisa is their first port of call to discuss their needs and interest in GLWS. From there, Marisa is a star at working out next steps, whether that’s booking into an accreditation workshop, more information and case-studies or referral to one of our partner organisations.

There’s never a dull moment in Marisa’s life, as in addition to GLWS she is also primary caregiver to 3 young children and a heavily committed partner, not to mention running the odd marathon and running the school P&C.

Another relationship that has stood the test of time, Marisa goes back a long way with Audrey and Karen, first working together in 1998!

Marisa has a BPsych (Hons), in Industrial & Organisational Psychology.

Contact Marisa
  marisa@glwswellbeing.com
 +61 (0) 410 883 585
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Margo Kan

Projects and Client Services Operations Manager

Margo is our chief systems troubleshooter and all round “Jill-of-all-trades”.  She works closely with Eileen “behind the scenes” to ensure that all aspects of GLWS are seamlessly delivered, vigilant of new ways to streamline and improve efficiency in systems and operations.  Margo is passionate about providing an exceptional client experience. She draws on over 20 years of experience working in dynamic, fast-paced, deadline-driven environments within roles including instructional design, training and facilitation, OHS, recruitment, systems administration, and advertising.

Margo holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Management), Graduate Diploma in Communications, Graduate Certificate in IT, Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Outside of GLWS, her skills and experience are further utilised and broadened through strategy workshop reporting and training Primary School Ethics teachers. When not in work mode, Margo juggles family commitments (and the joys of raising two teenagers!) and school volunteering with her studies.  She maintains her sanity with meditation, yoga, martial arts and catching up with friends.

Contact Margo
 margo@glwswellbeing.com
 +61 (0) 421 083 663
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See the GLWS in action now with a suite of sample reports

If you are a leader, or a coach working with leaders, you can find out how the GLWS works in practice by reviewing our suite of reports. Sign up here to get instant access.

"I have really valued EEK & SENSE’s approach of working closely with their accredited partners to ensure great outcomes for clients. I would recommend the GLWS accreditation to any coach who wants to build their skills, expand their service offering, and enhance the wellbeing and performance of their clients."

Andi Pert – Facilitator & Executive Coach, Life NRG

"After considerable market research I chose the GLWS program as it was definitely a unique offering that stood out from other diagnostic tools. Completing the GLWS accreditation allowed me to expand my qualifications and provided me with a tool that would add considerable value to my business offering. The online accreditation process was a fantastic experience and Karen and the team were great throughout. Very excited to be on board!"

Melinda Fell, Talent & Coaching Consultant, MFC Consulting

"Individual leaders have experienced a highly personalised intervention, aimed at supporting them to take personal responsibility for making positive changes to enhance their wellbeing. As an organisation, I feel we are now well placed to create targeted wellbeing interventions to address the needs, giving us a better return on investment than simply applying a wellbeing ‘band aid’."

Sean Carroll, GM of People, Culture and Innovation, Australia Post

"GLWS was an important eye-opener, a pointed and timely prompt to make some changes I knew I needed to make….and I feel so much better for it now. Nearly 6 months have passed, and I am still reaping the benefits at a personal level and I can see the positive changes happening across my whole team."

Jen Delves, Head of People Services, QANTAS

"We are witnessing a huge increase in the need and demand for executive wellness. More and more my clients and I are discussing how they spend their time and energy and the difficulties they are experiencing with integrating personal, family and work commitments. The GLWS is invaluable."

Dr Órla NicDomhnaill, CEO, Thrive Advisory

"What has been so powerful for the participants is how tangible the outcomes are. The GLWS allows you to fast-track the coaching conversation and immediately identify which aspects of wellbeing need attention. The conversation very quickly becomes about brainstorming actions that will improve overall wellbeing. It’s such a positive and empowering tool."

Lauren Jauncey, (former) Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Australia Post

"The GLWS accreditation workshop was extremely valuable. I learned about the GLWS model and reports in-depth, and through case studies and the experience of Karen and Audrey, gained great ideas for handling more challenging wellbeing concerns. All in all, the day was informative, practical and very enjoyable. Thank you."

Caoimhe Richmond, Capability Consulting

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