Put your life and work in balance, and design the future you desire.
Build a ladder between where you are and where you want to be.
Within this beautiful life we often make the mistake of separating our personal passions from our professional experiences. The bridge over that chasm is creative heart. And learning how to harness that and connect with it in others is an art.
In my work as a coach, I take the leaders I work with through a process that deeply explores where they are beginning, what problems they are facing, and what sort of future they want to develop by reducing the creative tension between where they are and where they can be.
I help elevate good leaders to greatness by looking closely their creative story, the situation they are in, and the distance between their behavioral nature and their goals and the variables they face every day at work with their teams, organizations, and at home and in their personal lives. We work together on closing the gap of cognitive dissonance and building measurable plans to help them achieve personal leadership growth and to cascade mentorship with creative management on their teams. I help them use their innate creativity to work on mindfulness and emotional awareness to escalate their acumen as leaders and help them become better authors of thoughtful and productive business strategies and plans.
Now I use this system to help others, taking leaders in a state of growth through the exact same process I used. For each segment I have outlined references from well-known researchers, psychologists, and business strategists whose work underscores what we’re talking about.
Using a variety of behavioral assessments and tools, we look at these details subjectively and empirically, and together we map out their strengths, their challenges, and the ways they can use these things to produce advanced thoughtful leadership in a change-oriented environment and to back a structured plan for disruption.
Let’s get started.
Here are ways we can work together.
STAGE 1: THE QUICK FIX
When my clients need to jump start their creativity, quickly analyze emotional intelligence, or support a big change, this is a good option. We begin with a start state business analysis, do a 360 review of you in your work environment, and do a 4 session debrief to catalyze your creative transformation, outlining the ways it balances with your work and your life.
STAGE 2: COACHING
When I meet someone who need consistent support in the form of a monthly call and individualized plan for implementation of personal leadership using creative heart. We start with the elements from The Quick Fix and then for 12-18 months I become your personal coach, co-creating and honing your process and transforming you into a creative professional with a masterful ability to pivot and a keen eye on improvements to the bottom line. Each session we will focus on a different subtopic of advanced leadership and at the end of the 12 months you have new acumen, clarity, and a strategy for yourself and your team.
STAGE 3: REST and RETREAT
For my coaching clients, I offer limited annual retreats. These involve two full days of individual work and two full days of group work with interactive workshops on issues like innovation, change management, diversity, global team communication, and emotional intelligence and leave you with templates to share with your team and a tight-knit community of fellow creative leaders. These retreats are exclusive, limited in size, and are first-come-first served. Dates and details for 2019 are TBD.
Here are some answers to questions I am asked most frequently about my coaching.
Q: WHAT MAKES CREATIVE HEART SUCH AN IMPORTANT SKILL FOR LEADERS?
A: Creativity and emotional intelligence inform our ability to put novel solutions together during times of crisis, and to operate our best while letting other members of our team do the same, leading to better delegation and a safer, healthier team experience. Recent studies by psychologists, behaviorists, major corporations, and federal organizations show that managers who are more creative and emotionally aware are more highly functioning in their ability to lead and their ability to support a team, and that teams with safe psychology create better ROI for the companies they work for.
Q: WHY DO I NEED A COACH TO HELP WITH THAT?
A: Most leaders haven’t had the opportunity to nurture their creativity personally or professionally. Often, it’s a skill that’s buried deep beneath layers of judgement and societal pressure and it’s harder to uncover and recover than most skills.
Without practice using creative heart, a majority of our modern leadership struggles with the idea of applying innovation to practical use and leveraging innate creativity as the driver for positive, healthy organizational and personal change.
Q: WHAT KIND OF OUTCOMES SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER I HAVE BEEN THROUGH YOUR COACHING?
A: After someone goes through a coaching program they start to uncover truths about their innate nature – behaviorally, cognitively, motivationally, and creatively. They will also have new practical acumen for planning, developing strategies, and better managing, coaching, and developing employees. With this new information they can exercise practical emotional intelligence in their relationships with others and can be better advocates for themselves, explaining to others how they work and what they need.
It takes some time to move people from rusty to ready, but once they learn these skills they can be practiced on everything from personal leadership to cascading mentorship on teams. Departmental and organizational strategic approaches will naturally shift with the sea-change for individual leaders and team members.
Q: HOW IS YOUR COACHING DIFFERENT FROM THERAPY?
A: Coaching isn’t therapy and it doesn’t take the place of therapy, though it does come with complete confidentiality like therapy. The thing that coaching has in common with therapy is that it is a focused time and space to work on yourself, your thinking, your listening, and your pursuit of new thinking and a healthier way of processing.
If I ever believe you need help from a clinical therapist, I will make a referral and make sure you get the additional support you need.
Q: WILL MY COMPANY SUPPORT YOUR COACHING? HOW WILL IT BENEFIT ME AT WORK IF I HAVE TO PAY FOR IT MYSELF?
A: Often, organizations will make an investment in leaders with high potential, or in leaders who need to fill a leadership role above what they are prepared for. In many cases, an organization will see the technical potential in a leader and understand they need help with soft skills, development, and management techniques. I follow the American Psychological Association’s recommendations for privacy on the behavioral assessments I do with my clients.
If you end up deciding to invest in coaching yourself, I recommend my Quick Fix program to give you a taste without a huge financial investment and that will also qualify you for the mailing list that connects to my executive retreats. If you decide you need more, I offer coaching engagements of 12-18 months for fundamental behavioral change.