Executive Coaching Clients
Debra is a senior manager at a professional services firm with two boys under age five. She was dealing with the loss of a loved one and struggling to manage work and family when a colleague accused her of being distracted by personal issues. Debra wasn’t sure she could cope with the stress and stay in her job.
Through coaching, Debra evaluated her priorities. She started to advocate for her own needs, at home and at work. Plus, realizing she was missing some professional opportunities, Debra got more assertive about speaking up and taking action to improve business processes.
By the end of her coaching sessions, Debra indicated that she had been “transformed” by the experience, adding, “I have become more confident and feel more secure than ever about my future, both personally and professionally.”
Jody described herself as “stuck with no idea where to turn.” She had an eight-month-old at home and was feeling so burned out that she was rethinking her decision to return to work. She was giving 110% in her job as a new manager in a professional services firm, but had received feedback that she wasn’t setting a good example for her staff by being so clearly overwhelmed.
Each week, I helped Jody identify specific action steps she could take to address her needs. After a few sessions, Jody began applying these same skills with her team. She saw that many of her colleagues were operating in crisis mode, doing little to anticipate and avoid setbacks at work. Jody got proactive and worked with her team to improve communication and workflow.
By the end of the program, Jody was more committed to her role and felt empowered to inspire and engage her team. Plus, she was eating better, exercising, and spending quality time with family.
Cathy was an accomplished professional in an all-male division of a prestigious law firm. She had a 10-week-old son, and was feeling a high level of anxiety about returning to work. She was determined to be an engaged mom, but not at the expense of her career.
Cathy worried that asking for any special considerations at work (especially, taking time to pump for her son) would damage her career prospects. She thought she’d been intellectually prepared for the transition, but suddenly she was questioning what was possible.
Rachael helped her regain her confidence. After two sessions, Cathy was able to outline a clear re-entry plan that conveyed her commitment to her firm and allowed her to focus on work that played to her strengths.
After a third session, Cathy hit her stride. She decided she wanted to pursue partnership and become the only woman on her department’s senior leadership team. She has since composed a business case for advancement and has crafted a clear action plan for her path to partnership.
Working motherhood became more challenging after Andrea had her third child. Even though she held a senior role in a professional services firm and had a long tenure there, Andrea wondered whether it was time to look for a less demanding position. As the family breadwinner, she knew that was a risky move, but she wasn’t sure she could survive the busy season the way she had in the past.
Rachael helped her identify ways to become more strategic, instead of reactive. Andrea established a plan for managing busy season, and created weekly rituals to anticipate the challenges ahead and better delegate tasks to her team.
By the end of her coaching experience, Andrea had decided to stay with the firm and was making the case for partnership. She said, "I am so glad to have had the support to move through this stressful period. Now I can think about my next career choice based on what I really want for myself."