“Karen opened my eyes to a different approach.”
At first I was hesitant to try coaching. Karen spent time getting to know me and what I did, and she did a few assessments. We identified an opportunity for me to improve my presentation skills, specifically my body language and inflection and being prepared to take and anticipate questions. In my company culture, people often try to prove how busy they are, and presentations had become an opportunity for one-upmanship. Karen opened my eyes to a different approach.
She reminded me that when you feel passionate about a topic, speaking comes easily to you — and I’m passionate about my work. Now, when I speak to large groups, I share stories with them, instead of just a bunch of numbers and repeating the same things I just said a month ago. Karen makes you feel like nothing’s wrong with you, and coaching is only going to help you. If you get the opportunity to work with a coach, don’t hesitate. Take advantage of your company investing in you.
“. . . working with Karen has given me the skills to take my career
to the next level.”
I met Karen while she worked with our department to help us improve our internal communications, processes and focus. I appreciated her ability to cut straight to the heart of issues. As a senior manager, I realized that I needed some help and mentoring with skills that seemed to come so easily to Karen. She was upbeat, accommodating to my schedule and understood my needs. Karen agreed to be my personal coach and I have benefitted from our work together immensely. At issue was my need to get more production from my team and to develop a clear path forward with my career. I also needed to improve my relationship with my supervisor as I was feeling under appreciated for my work.
Karen and I developed a plan and I immersed myself in her program. I was challenged by the work and was quickly rewarded by immediate positive results from my staff. My newly developed skills permitted me to better connect with he team and to support them to improve their effectiveness and production. The enefit of my work with Karen was that it permitted a focus on my own needs and kills, in a private way, and allowed me to achieve a deeper insight into professional areas that would have otherwise remained unknown to me.
“I’m very confident when I speak to higher-level executives now.”
I received a promotion in April, and as part of the promotion my boss negotiated some coaching hours with Karen. To be honest, I was hesitant. In my former employment, coaching was used when they were trying to walk you out the door. And I was a little confused: I just got a promotion, but now I need coaching? But when I first met Karen face to face, I grasped it.
The Great Workplaces associate coaching program helped us engage and retain our best people and is a great recruiting “tool”.
“During our Leaders Circle…multiple individuals mentioned how transformative your coaching has been. One individual said it has been spiritually renewing, another said that your delegation checklist has been transformative, another said it has encouraged her to ask big important questions, including whether it’s time for changes that she is seeking in her career/life, and another said she would recommend your coaching to anyone.”
“Karen is a gifted coach who helped me to tap into my strengths and find a pathway forward to be successful in a new role. Our first encounter put me at ease. Karen was intentional about getting to know me and she asked the right questions to determine if we were a good fit for each other. I knew immediately that Karen was the right coach based on where I was on my professional journey and her coaching style. During our coaching relationship, Karen identified opportunities for me to lead and influence in my new role. We spent time developing a strategic plan to help guide my organization forward in the work that I am leading for them. Karen also helped me to get “unstuck” when I encountered barriers and challenges in my role. We spent a lot of time focusing on how to capitalize on my strengths and explored strategies for adapting my style and approach to be more effective in my work. During our time together, Karen approached every discussion with compassionate curiosity, and she often served as a sounding board to help me think through challenges.”
“During our last coaching session, Karen went the extra mile to share nuggets of wisdom based on lessons learned from her career. The wisdom that she imparted was invaluable and I reflect on her words often to help me in my career. I would highly recommend Karen as a coach! You won’t regret it!”