As the VP of a growing technology/manufacturing company, I am pulled in a lot of directions where everything seems to be urgent, but not always important, and it’s easy to lose sight of my personal and professional development.

The big value that Kathy brings is making me think about being an executive - unfrazzled, above the fray, distinguished - in the midst of pushing hard to get things done. She serves as my sounding board…we talk through challenges; she gives me a different perspective; holds me accountable; and most importantly she tells me the truth in a way I can hear it. I value our partnership.

Kathy has worked with our organization from top to bottom for the last several years. She has been instrumental in helping to guide and shape everything from our strategic vision to sharpening our skills as a team to perform at a higher level.

Kathy doesn’t just stand there and hold a mirror in front of you; she is a true coach who invests the time and her years of expertise to pull out the best of your potential for the greater good of the organization. I wouldn’t make a final mission-critical team decision without input from Kathy.

I have worked with Kathy for several years and her insight and expertise was invaluable to me as I transitioned into executive management. I relied quite a bit on her expertise in developing strategic plans for the organization.

I particularly value being able to bounce things off of her and how she was helps me think through issues without emotion, and then develop a strategy to effectively manage these issues. She has helped me grow both personally and professionally.

Going into coaching, I was prepared to face some hard truths about myself professionally. I had no idea how enlightening this would be for me personally also. Those two worlds are so closely linked and are now both benefiting from my time with Kathy.

From our very first meeting, I knew Kathy would be an integral force in my life. She continues to be so even after our coaching has ended, and I will be forever indebted to her.

Kathy facilitated the implementation of our organization's Leadership Development Program five years ago. Her talent and insight helped steer us in the right direction and led to the realization of a successful, long-term program that continues to produce insurmountable benefits.

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FAQs

I get a lot of questions about coaching. Here are some of them:

What formal qualifications and accreditations do you have?

I am a PCC (professional certified coach), certified through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). I have more than 2,800 hours of actual coaching experience, having coached more than 135 clients in a diverse array of businesses. I adhere to the Code of Ethics for professional coaches that can be found at www.coachfederation.org.

I have coached Fortune 500 executives and teams in a number of fields, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, broadcasting and professional sports. My work is action-oriented, dynamic, individualized and confidential. It is a focused partnership designed to raise levels of performance and productivity, as well as work/life balance.

What style of coaching do you use, and why?

My coaching style is straight talk with lightness and humor. I try to create a safe space for my clients to explore possibilities, be vulnerable, and say what they need to say. I ask the not-so-obvious questions and often offer a different perspective on situations. I’m known for my ability to help clients find language for sensitive and/or emotional conversations. I work with each person to become more self-aware, and to help them become a more effective leader in a way that aligns with their values and strengths and style, and honors their uniqueness.

What areas do you specialize in?

I specialize in working with leaders and leadership teams, particularly those who are new or evolving. I help them to better understand the challenges they are facing; help them to see possibilities and create a strategy; and to recognize and take advantage of their strengths in order to create sustainable change.

How do you monitor the individual and organizational impact of your coaching?

Goals and outcomes are set at the beginning of the coaching engagement. Goals are revisited on a regular basis to ensure they continue to be relevant and that progress is being made. When appropriate, the client and I will also meet with senior leadership to review progress against goals and to get timely feedback from them.

Please describe your business experience.

Prior to coaching, I spent 25 years in sales and sales management in television with companies as diverse as Control Data, Paramount and NBC. Most recently, I was VP of Sales for WRC-TV, the NBC-owned-and-operated television station in Washington, D.C. I have extensive experience in managing large staffs, strategic planning, and leading teams through change. I earned a Green Belt in Six Sigma through my work at GE/NBC. I also served on an advisory committee for the development of an internal national sales organization at NBC, which offered compensation and performance management recommendations.

Who is your ideal client?

I work well with professionals who are fast-paced, ready to move forward, aren't afraid to dream big, appreciate directness and have a good sense of humor.

Have more questions? E-mail me: kathy@kbyoung.net