Many doors lead to a career in coaching. You might have entered through the psychology and human development door. Or perhaps, as an HR professional you realized that one-on-one work was the most rewarding. If you came from organizational development, you might have realized that increasing leaders’ effectiveness generates far reaching changes. Maybe, as a business consultant or a former business leader, you realized that mentoring others brought you tremendous satisfaction.
My training in performance modeling and human potential initially brought me to coaching. Being raised by an entrepreneur, I have an abiding interest in what makes businesses profitable and leaders effective. I’ve continually worked on myself, discovering new ways of being fully alive, connected to others, and effective in my work. Most of my colleagues in the coaching profession have the same unquenchable thirst to live fully and be useful.
I’ve been a coach since 1979, and during that time I’ve been coached by at least a dozen different coaches. I still get coached from time to time. Here’s why: each time I’ve worked with a coach my repertoire of skills has expanded and I’ve achieved breakthroughs in my business.
I believe in our profession. For an executive, the right coach at the right time can affect that executive’s entire career as well as everyone who is touched by the decisions and actions he/she makes. The ripple effect extends beyond their enterprise to the quality of relationships in all facets of their life.
When I work with coaches I like to use methods and approaches that are new for them. That way, in addition to achieving your outcomes, you’ll expand your repertoire of effective tools.
I’m conscious of how I invest my time. I work with HR, C suite and VP level executives. I do some pro bono work. I also work with a limited number of highly experienced coaches. If you would like to schedule a session, here’s is how we can evaluate whether our work together will help you achieve your goals.
A Working Session
You can request a 75 minute working session with me on a topic of your choice: something specific and immediate that you want to accomplish. The purpose of the session is not only to move you toward your goal(s), it’s to see if our working together will be a useful resource for you.
Your session could focus on preparing for an important meeting, negotiation, or presentation. You might want to get clarity about a decision, a strategic question, a political issue, or a career direction. You could dedicate the session to improving your personal brand, your presence in the marketplace, or your strategy for attracting the right kind of clients. You may want to increase your influence and impact. Or you might want to boost your vitality, productivity, and satisfaction on the job.
The Application Process
Please keep in mind that your request doesn’t guarantee an appointment for a 75-minute session. I’m selective about the people I work with. I coach leaders who want to excel in new ways, strengthen their vitality, and enhance their enjoyment of life. Freud said the secret of life is “work and love.” If you want only the first half of that formula, I’m not the right coach for you.
If you’re interested in a detailed look at what our coaching might be like, read “Dragons at Work.” D@W is both a short novel and a fictionalized case study of coaching in action. If it appeals to you, I encourage you to apply for a session.
To get the application process started, first you will fill out a confidential questionnaire. I’ll review it, and if I think we’re a good fit for one another, my assistant will contact you to schedule a 75 minute session. If I don’t think I’m the right coach for you, my assistant will contact you to ask if you want to have a half-hour conversation dedicated to connecting you with the resources you need. There is no charge for this.
If after a full working session, you decide that one session is enough, there is also no charge. If we choose to continue our work together, that session will be included in whatever package you choose.
Also, some HR Executives use the session to determine if I’m the right coach for an executive they support. That’s an excellent use of our time, as well. If that’s how you want to use our time, let me know that in your application.