Executive Coaching

Elevate your career

Imagine what you could accomplish if your strengths were more evident and your best ideas reached the right people.

I can help you elevate your career. Working one-on-one through both personal phone calls and email, we can increase both your impact as well as the recognition that your work brings you.

Over a three to twelve month period, I will help you increase your authority, sharpen your communications skills, and implement a more effective career strategy.

Everyone benefits from having a strong advocate in his or her corner. I will bring my communications and strategic expertise to bear behind your goals, giving you an edge as well as my highly proactive support. 

My executive coaching approach...

Time and again, I tell others about Carol Dweck's superb book, Mindset, in which she explains that people with a growth mindset tend to outperform those with a fixed mindset. That is, if you think your abilities are fixed, you won't do as well as people who believe that with enough effort, they can expand their capabilities.

Dweck's work is so powerful because it demonstrates that one fundamental shift in mindset can change the path of your career and life. This shift is easy to understand, easy to communicate and - for many people - relatively easy to accomplish, once they understand the potential benefits.

University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor Angela Duckworth studies grit, which she defines as "the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals." Her research has demonstrated that grit predicts success in a number of endeavors. For clarity's sake, I have eliminated Duckworth's scholarly references from the following text from her site:

Grit predicts surviving the arduous first summer of training at West Point and reaching the final rounds of the National Spelling Bee, retention in the U.S. Special Forces, retention and performance among novice teachers and sales agents, and graduation from Chicago public high schools, over and beyond domain-relevant talent measures such as IQ, SAT or standardized achievement test scores, and physical fitness.

Listening to Duckworth speak, a light bulb lit up in my head. What if you could use a growth mindset to become more gritty? Would that be a killer career strategy?

There's reason to believe this is true. I found this passage in Duckworth's research statement:

It is now well-established that traits change across the life course (Roberts & Mroczek, 2008). So, while there is enough stability to traits to sensibly describe one individual as grittier than another, it is also true that children and adults change their habitual patterns of interacting with the world as they accumulate additional life experience.

In other words, your level of grit is not fixed. She explains further:

Individuals who believe that frustration and confusion mean they should quit what they are doing may be taught that these emotions are common during the learning process. Likewise, individuals who believe that mistakes are to be avoided at all costs may be taught that the most effective form of practice (deliberate practice – see research by Anders Ericsson) entails tackling challenges beyond one’s current skill level.

Growth + Grit is already a powerful recipe for a stellar career, but while I am citing insightful author/professors, let me throw in one more "G" for you to consider. Adam Grant, also at UPenn, pointed out in Give and Take that some of the most successful professionals in the world are givers; they are primarily focused on the needs of others.

To include a personal perspective, my social media strategy revolves around one simple principle: help others. You don't give because you want something back, but by being a giver you end up benefiting enormously. 

All three of these three traits are all within your grasp. I will help you leverage them to advance your career and improve the overall quality of your life.

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