Coaching is a powerful tool for successful executives and high-potential team members: No matter how self-aware we are, we often can’t see a true reflection without a mirror – and as an executive, fewer and fewer people are willing to speak truth to power. As you face life and leadership dilemmas, people around you often have “skin in the game” and may want to bring their own opinions, judgments, and ideas of what’s best into the mix.
Coaching offers a safe, neutral, and inviting space in which to hear yourself think. You also benefit from a thought partner who teams with you to surface your best thinking around challenges and an accountability partner in executing on your vision and aspirations.
My work with leaders and teams is informed by my business and communications background (including C-suite and other executive experience), extensive and ongoing coach training, and experience working with leaders and teams in Fortune 500 companies, public sector, and nonprofit organizations.
Mental Fitness is the X-factor in performance & happiness.
You work hard to be there for others and to juggle all the various demands on your time, energy, and attention. You read books and take workshops to learn and grow.
And yet you may be struggling to keep it all together and continue to put those learnings into practice. Stress may be impacting your relationships – at work and at home. Showing up at your best has never been more important or more challenging.
Within 6-8 weeks of mental fitness training, you should be able to see the results in MRI imaging:
PQ (your Positive Intelligence Quotient) is the measure of your mental fitness. It’s a predictor of how happy you are and how well you perform relative to your potential.
Learn more about this powerful program developed by Stanford lecturer and CEO Coach Shirzad Chamine and the Positive Intelligence team.
The EQ-i 2.0® is one of the first scientifically validated and widely used Emotional Intelligence tools in the world. Based on more than 20 years of research worldwide, the EQ-i 2.0 examines an individual’s social and emotional strengths and weaknesses. The tool uncovers life and workplace performance in 15 key areas of emotional skill that have been proven to contribute to proficiency in complex business activities such as conflict resolution and planning.
The Team Diagnostic Survey™ (TDS) is the world’s #1 team-effectiveness instrument, developed by renowned Harvard scholar-practitioners Drs. Richard Hackman and Ruth Wageman. The online survey assesses teams on the six conditions of team effectiveness that predict up to 80% of a team’s ultimate success.
The resulting 27-page report helps teams and team leaders zero in on the levers that lead teams to becoming exceptional.
Other tools available to you and your team include the Energy Leadership Index (ELI) assessment, which is a powerful tool for assessing your energy and engagement levels in your work and life. And as a Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) certified coach, I have access to the tools developed by the late Judith Glaser, one of the top coaches in the world.
I have a strong respect for and dedication to providing evidence-based practices that integrate cognitive, emotional, and somatic intelligences. Neuroscience has highlighted and continues to demonstrate the power of meditation and body-based practices such as yoga in developing new behavioral options and thought patterns.
This isn’t just something I study, it’s something I actively practice on a daily basis. I am qualified to teach the eight-week, evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and am a certified Kripalu yoga instructor. I maintain a daily meditation practice and daily yoga practice and put these learnings to work in my coaching practice.
Mindfulness can be thought of as Jon Kabat-Zinn frames it: “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment” – and I like to add “and with self-compassion,” as suggested by Kristen Neff’s research at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
Since it was developed in 1979, more than 25,000 people have completed the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training. It has been shown to help people:
The 8-week MBSR program provides a systematic training in a variety of mindfulness practices, including yoga and body awareness training and explorations of patterns of thinking, feeling, communication, and action through individual reflection and group discussion. The core formal mindfulness practices taught during the course include a body scan, sitting meditation focused on breath (or other anchored) awareness, mindful and very gentle hatha yoga, and sitting meditation that expands to include choiceless awareness.