My role in my current work and volunteering is to provide executive coaching, perform client interviews, offer seminar support, and work group facilitation. Visit my LinkedIn profile for more details.
I have a goal-oriented, hands-on coaching style. I bring to my work an insightful, thoughtful, straightforward, and genuine approach, and work to facilitate remarkable and lasting change in my clients. I love working with people, and am touched and honored by those who are willing to share their lives with me.
An executive coach is not a psychiatrist or psychologist, but someone who will help improve your personal and/or professional life, by offering support and encouragement, while suggesting new ways to achieve your goals. A coach is more of a partner than anything else. It is a support system with one goal in mind: Improving the quality of your professional and personal life.
Coaching is effective for those in business who can say, “I want to get over there, but I’m not sure how to do it.” Over time, it is not unusual for those in leadership positions, to plateau in critical interpersonal and leadership skills. Even if they have had an outstanding track record, they may not have gained the full interpersonal proficiency required of managers. One of my favorite quotes is by Abraham Maslow: “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” It is not enough to have a clear purpose or directives, you have to be open to feedback and be willing to create positive change. Coaching can provide that straightforward, immediate and useful feedback to help you on your way.
As a coach, one of the biggest benefits I can provide my clients, is honest and constructive feedback that is not tied to the organization, their friends, or co-workers. I am there to support them, and where they want to go. It is difficult in business and in our personal life to find, and be able to be in conversations with, someone who will speak the truth directly and with compassionate support.
Many experts agree that coaching can be very effective during times of change. That includes promotions, new assignments and other new challenges that may be coming at you all the time. While you may feel confident in taking on new things, you may realize that having an independent and honest sounding board can help you achieve a new level of performance. You recognize that succeeding in a new role requires skills that you have not needed to rely on in the past.
Coaching is not just for taking on new assignments. It can also play a role in energizing you and the system you are a part of. Coaches can help executives “develop new ways to attack old problems,” says Vicky Gordon, CEO of the Gordon Group coaching practice in Chicago. “When efforts to change yourself, your team, or your company have failed—you are frustrated or burned out—a coach can be the outside expert to help you get to the root cause and make fundamental changes.”
As a mediator, I assist opposing parties in mutually resolving disagreements. I use various techniques to open or improve dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. The most common issues that can be resolved peacefully and satisfactorily through mediation include neighbor disputes, business disputes, eldercare issues, prenuptial agreements, divorce, parenting plan/custody, child support, and spousal support/alimony. Any issue that causes disagreement between two people can be addressed successfully through mediation. I am a firm believer that through enhanced dialogue, parties can reach optimal outcomes, even in difficult situations.
As a certified interviewer and facilitator, I do executive coaching, perform client interviews, offer seminar support, work on problem solving, circle training, and offer strategies for settling disputes and managing decisions, in order to resolve conflicts, repair harm, and create major improvements in performance and the group’s ability to move forward in positive and productive ways.
I also provide facilitation, workshops, training, and presentations in Peacekeeping Circles, a framework to build relationships and to address conflict within a community. Circles have proven to be one of the most effective tools to assist individuals, students, groups of any kind, court systems, and businesses to navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace, and the successful resolution of conflicts. Circles offer space for productive and authentic conversations, repairing harm, creating change, achieving consensus, transformation, and conscious governance.
As a corporate psychologist, I provided training, coaching, facilitation, and consultation to management and employees on the following topics: Resiliency, Supportive Tools for Leaders, Depression, Anxiety, Building Supportive Relationships at Work and at Home, Mental Resiliency – How To Change Your Mind and Your Life, Navigating the Human Side of Organizational Change, and Responding to Life’s Disruptions – Resiliency for the Tough Times. I also provided assessment and referral to employees for personal and professional services, coordinated care plans with outside professionals, and attended weekly consultation meetings.
As a private practice clinician, I provided diagnostic evaluation and psychological treatment to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples; consulted to managed care organizations and third party payers; conducted diagnostic interviews and interpreted psychometric testing; provided on-going consultation to appropriate school counselors and teachers, regarding evaluation and treatment of children. I counseled adults and children in a wide variety of settings and formats, including families, couples, groups, and individuals.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world… The future depends on what we do in the present… As human beings, our greatness lies, not so much in being able to remake the world, as in being able to remake ourselves.”
– Mahatma Gandhi