Rather than tell you all of the wonderful ways in which we can work together, let me tell some stories. I believe that stories connect and convey meaning better than mere describing. If any of these stories connect with you, let me know - I'd love to work with you. These are the stories of some of the people I have partnered with:
Tom was an upper-level manager and was quite brilliant analytically. However, when he was placed in charge of a team, he found that he struggled to build rapport and catalyze change. His team did not seem to trust him and would dig in their feet anytime Tom tried to lead them in a certain direction. Through the coaching process, Tom came to realize that he struggled with vulnerability and would default to an authoritarian approach with very little Emotional Intelligence. While he had a high IQ, his lack of vulnerability led to less self-awareness, lower EQ, and therefore a stunted ability to use his IQ for leadership. It also resulted in the team mirroring his abruptness and having difficulty trusting him. Through our coaching relationship, Tom was able to experience a shift and create a strong relationship with his team resulting in lasting change for him and the group.
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Nancy was an HR leader for a Fortune 500 company. She was at the peak of her earning potential and her career was in full swing, when her mother was diagnosed with dementia. Her siblings lived far away and would not get involved with the hands-on care of their mother. Nancy began to have to miss work to deal with her mother's appointments and crises and began to lose control over both her career and her life. With two teenagers at home, she was burning out quickly and did not feel that her employer had a system in place to support her. So, she saw her only options as quitting or putting her mom in a skilled nursing facility. Through coaching, Nancy was able to lower her stress level and become aware of numerous other possibilities around her mom's care. She was also able to go to her employer and suggest policies and options that would allow her to keep her career and benefit the company.
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Marcus retired from his job as a school psychologist at 60 and was unsure what to do in the next phase of his life. He thought he would be playing golf and traveling, but there was a sense of feeling unfulfilled. He was glad to be retired, but also didn't feel any purpose. In our coaching relationship, Marcus came to realize that any life transition - even intentional ones - require grieving. He was able to grieve the loss of his previous role in life and then begin exploring his next one. This opened him up to enjoying this new season of life.
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Carol had a successful career as CFO of a mid-sized manufacturer. When her mom was diagnosed with COPD and Alzheimer's Disease, Carol felt the only option was to quit her job and care for her. She gave up her career, her hobbies, and most of her friends as she became engulfed in her role as caregiver. When her mom died, she was left wondering what she was supposed to do with her life. We worked together through coaching to help her identify who she was and what she wanted to do based out of that authentic self. Carol was able to find meaningful work, reconnect with friends, and find life-giving hobbies.
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These are a few of the meaningful stories that I have had the pleasure of playing a role in. I have been honored to be a part of bringing awareness to many different situations for many exceptional people because coaching works. I did not work magic. I did not give answers. I merely used a tried and true process to create a shift that led to new and more powerful outcomes.