My entrepreneurial spirit provides the rhythm for my heart beat; it is my purpose.
In 2009, I became a coach to help women reach their career goals, and my clients thrived, surpassing those goals to become high-achieving women changing the trajectory of their careers. From making major career decisions to facing fears, my methods make an impact on career growth and success.
I changed the trajectory of my career and opened a coaching practice once I realized that others would benefit from my hard-won lessons. Women learned from my examples and gained the means to take intentional action, operate with courage, tap into resources, navigate through change, focus on priorities, and manage with executive presence. My beliefs in inquiry, innovation, service, and continuous improvement lay the groundwork for personal growth and development, and I created a system that could be replicated to coach other women.
It’s All Negotiable
If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. The biggest lesson that propelled my belief in negotiation came when I accepted my first promotion with conditions. Before I took the advancement, I asked to bring select pieces of my previous role with me, pieces that instinctively, I knew would have future value—and they did; they shaped my future more than the promotion itself. Without that risk to ask, without negotiating, and without believing in my instinct, my career would be in a very different place, far off trajectory. I guide others to hone their instincts and leverage the power of negotiation.
Seek to Understand
Look before you leap is an adage that doubles as sage business advice. When I discovered a compensation inequity early in my career, my desire to challenge it warred with my confidence about rocking the boat. But the circumstances warranted action: inadvertently, I had learned that my male counterpart was being compensated significantly more for the same work. Before charging to my manager with accusations, I followed my belief in inquiry: always lead with a question. First, I asked, “Was it true?” With my manager’s confirmation of the truth, I followed with another question to ask for help understanding the reason for the difference. Within the week, I received a 40% increase to match my counterpart. The outcome was validating and worthwhile, and all as a result of following the practice to make inquiry before acting.
The one constant thing in life is Change. The sooner we accept that life will not stay the same, the better we can handle pivoting directions. Becoming a mom changed my life, but my experience returning to work after maternity leave solidified the importance of my belief in the ability to manage change within my career. I returned to work only to discover that my employer had not protected my job. My role had been greatly reduced. Change had happened in my absence, and I was faced with an utterly different work world. Rather than wait for things to change back or get better, I focused on creating a solution for myself. It took one year and one month, but I spearheaded a win/win innovation during a time when resistance to new business practices was high. My experience became a template for helping other women innovate and run toward instead of away from Change.
The Sum Of The Parts
We are all the sum of our past experiences, and my own have taught me the importance and value of coaching. As others modeled leadership for me, guiding and coaching me, and as I weathered these and other life experiences, so I gained the knowledge that enables me to impart wisdom to other women who want success.
If you are facing a major career change, tired of hitting the glass ceiling, or ready to make a change but have no idea how, schedule a free 30 minute Career Health Check with me now. It’s time to gather all of your parts and discover the value to which they add up.