PhD, Organizational Psychology
I work with people in leadership positions to improve their impact and effectiveness, sharpen their goals and refine their approaches to accomplishing them.
What type of coaching do you offer and to whom?
I offer executive and leadership coaching to individuals and also serve as an external advisor to leaders, teams, boards of directors and organizations seeking assistance with specific change projects. I help people in leadership positions address workplace challenges and opportunities, large and small. Most of the people with whom I work know what they would like to accomplish, but are looking for guidance about how to proceed and assure success.
Why did you get into coaching? What motivates you?
For thirty years I was an administrator at a large public university in an institutional problem-solving role. A colleague asked me if I could help his wife, an executive director of a hospice, who was having problems with her board chair. I agreed and after meeting with the two of them for three sessions, the problem was resolved. Afterward, she wanted to continue meeting me one-on-one on a regular basis and my coaching practice was launched. She continued as a client on and off for 25 years and referred me to several others who also became clients. I am motivated to help people address both challenges and opportunities in their work lives and find this work rewarding on several levels.
What differentiates you from other coaches?
I’m an organizational psychologist who has been engaged in organizational change issues for more than three decades. Consequently I bring a systems change perspective, a behavioral orientation, and an approach that aims to increase the leadership impact and effectiveness of my clients.
What values are important to you when working with clients?
My key values are listening, confidentiality, integrity and the importance of bringing an external perspective to bear on the issues clients want to address. As I explain to clients, we function as a team to bring about the results desired by them.
What do you do for fun?
I like to exercise outdoors two or three times a week with friends to re-energize — cycling, xc skiing, hiking and boating. I have a large vegetable and herb garden, preserve and store much of the resulting harvest, and enjoy cooking and entertaining.