What I Believe:
Individuals and teams perform best when they are acting from their natural way of being – when their actions align with their purpose, core values, and style. Being authentic carries great power and is the best foundation for making purposeful change and creating success – and it’s a lot more enjoyable! Change that is rooted to what is inside ourselves is change that lasts. That’s why my coaching is all about supporting you in finding your own best way to succeed. Good coaching is about helping you find the way forward without answers being fed or forced upon you. Good coaching isn’t about fixing problems, it’s about helping you find the best answers for you, using your own strengths and beliefs. Awareness of our emotional intelligence can be a great source of information to help create meaningful change in our lives.
I come to coaching via the corporate world; as a start-up entrepreneur, a worldwide partner in Arthur Andersen, and as a successful general manager of multiple technology businesses ranging in size from a few million to $265 million with companies such as Sage and Intuit.
Along the way, I’ve had the good fortune to work for, and with, some of the best business leaders and coaches in the world. I have been fortunate to see the best at work up close and have learned invaluable lessons from them.
My coaching background blends these experiences with formal training and study at The Hudson Institute, a leader in coaching education since 1986.
For over 25 years, I have helped leaders improve relationships with their teams and customers. I enjoy working with executives and middle managers who are enthusiastic about making positive changes in their organizations and want to nurture a respectful environment. I support leaders in making strategic decisions and facilitate teams in real-time team action planning, leading to increased commitment and accomplishing goals, both short- and long-term.
My coaching clients gain insights from using the EQ In Action Profile, increasing awareness of their strengths and the challenges they face when they are in stressful situations. They find it to be a valuable tool for setting the stage to improve relationships both at work and in their personal lives. When combined with related conversations, it adds richness to the coaching process, providing a useful framework for learning and growth.
I bring interpersonal skills from my Licensed Clinical Social Work education (MSW from University of Washington) and work experience, including sensitivity in dealing with all types of people. I directed the Total Quality Improvement program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, completing a career at the VA before establishing a consulting firm where I coach leaders and facilitate retreats and training for large and small healthcare and government organizations. I currently hold contracts for organizational development and executive coaching with the University of Washington and Washington State University.