A new client remarked that he never considered working with a coach until a friend told him of his success working with one. I have the impression it might not occur to people that coaching is an option when you are looking for guidance and support or, even the development of a specific skill, like time management. I thought it would be a good idea to write a piece about what my coaching can do for you.
To avoid hounding you with a sales pitch, I thought instead to tell you a bit about the circumstances under which I chose to become a coach and about my approach to coaching. I think this will help to highlight what my coaching can do for you.
Of course, if you want to know what clients are saying about me, click here.
When considering a career as a coach six years ago, my three children were on the brink of moving out and on, I was exhausted and grief- stricken from an intense year taking care of my dying parents and my 20-year consulting career, as an instructional designer, trainer, facilitator and project manager was over. I was done.
No longer defined by my roles of daughter, hands-on mother and consultant and borne out of my desire for something new as well as my ambition to help and support people going through difficult times, I embarked on a certification program to become a coach.
My consulting work had exposed me to different work cultures, people and industries (e.g., pharmaceutical, telecommunication, railway, human rights education and health care research) where I had to quickly learn about the nature of the business, the service or product being sold and their markets and customers.
As an instructional designer, my work focused on developing large-scale training programs to address performance problems. This brought me into contact with subject-matter experts giving me a close-up view of specific business problems and challenges an organization faced.
As a project manager, I worked with busy health care professionals (e.g. oncology pharmacists, oncologists and urologists) – often the best in their fields. I was most concerned with producing high quality programs and running projects smoothly: on-time and on-budget For details about my Career History, click here.
No matter how sound the training I developed or how good an instructor I was or how keen the audience might have been, I never knew in what ways people benefited from all the effort invested in their training. Once people went back to the office, did they integrate or apply what they learned to their jobs? Did anything stick? I found that people lacked support, coaching, feedback, opportunities to practice what they had learned or the chance to ask questions they might not feel comfortable discussing in a training environment.
The transition from training to coaching was natural for me. I believe we are all capable of change at any stage of life. And any change, no matter how small, has the potential for significant impact on your life.
At the heart of my approach, is a deep concern for giving people what I think they need – personal follow-up and attention to integrate and apply workable and practical solutions to their everyday and even existential problems. And, lots of chances to get it right! Change takes time.
I try to use a light-hearted, humorous, open-minded and no-nonsense approach to guide, support and help people regain their confidence, change perspective on a situation or difficult relationship, see an optimistic future, carve out a way of life that is more appealing than the status quo and learn new habits (e.g. regular exercise, better sleep routines or lose weight), new practices (e.g, relaxation exercises or meditation) or skills (e.g. time management and stress management) that can be applied to daily life.
If I were to nutshell it, I would say my coaching can help you find more zest, hope, energy and more meaning, balance and satisfaction in your work and life.
Try it, you'll like it!
My family, relationships, movement, nature, flexibility of mind, exploration of alternative perspectives & openness are central to my life.