Coaching has been described as the art of purposeful conversation.
According to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), coaching is defined as:
“…partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential… Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.”
Background and Experience
For several decades, I worked with leaders in corporations and other organizations to improve their leadership skills. The focus of these conversations were about stakeholder relationships and “getting people on board”, but really they were about the subtle nuances and dynamics of relationships, and the thoughts, beliefs and life skills of the leader.
The projects we were engaged with were enterprise wide and not always the most popular program, and leaders were challenged to develop and hold a new vision, create alignment and motivate people to want to engage and support this new vision. It challenged leaders in ways that they never thought possible.
As both an executive and management consultant, I got to witness how stress and uncertainty brings out the best in people and the worst in people. I learned a lot about human nature, and I began to recognize many “patterns” of relationships, inter-personal as well as intra-personal elements.
I continued my own education and development at the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching program; I took a six year in depth study with the Brennan School of Healing Science. These patterns I recognized over the years were not only validated but I also learned about them with more breadth and depth, along with skills to assist the client on a deeper level. I am now certified as a Brennan Integration Practitioner. I have also continued my professional development in the Hakomi training programs (2 year comprehensive program and advanced training).
I bring this varied background and deep experience to each session.
If you would like to hear an example of how one life was deeply changed, see Testimonial: A Changed Life