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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Resources

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Book Recommendations

I read a lot of business books, and have some favorites that I refer to often that are easy reads, interesting, useful and practical. Here are a few:

book coverSWITCH: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. I love this book! It offers a simple model for change and spends most of the book sharing tons of documented examples of how people have solved problems that seemed insurmountable and achieved dramatic results. The key to successful change? Discovering that the best solutions are often right in front of us; and we need both a rational and emotional approach to be successful in their implementation. The Heath brothers have written a fun-to-read book that is loaded with remarkable stories of change that will inspire you.

book coverThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Peter Lencioni 80% of the book is a story about a woman who takes over as CEO of a struggling company and how she transformed her dysfunctional leadership team. The rest of the book explains the five dysfunctions in more detail and how to move through them. As you get to know the characters you will soon realize that you’ve probably worked with all of them at some point in your career! A great book (and starting point) for recognizing and beginning the transformation of your leadership team.

book coverA Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will rule the Future by Daniel Pink Who flourishes and who flounders in the future will be determined, in large part, by the right brain capabilities of inventiveness, empathy, joyfulness and meaning The book is a fascinating and hands-on practical exploration into the “Six Senses” – Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning – with lots of fun exercises to help you tap into your own creativity. You’ll enjoy developing and using your “whole new mind”.

book coverStrengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath Good news for all of us…People have much more potential for growth when they focus on developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies. Besides explaining the “why” behind the change in focus, there’s also a link to take a short test online to identify your strengths, and learn how to deploy them for maximum impact.

book coverBlink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell How do we make decisions? When can you trust your gut? And what exactly is your gut? A fun and fascinating read on how our brains work and the art of “thin-slicing” – how our brains filter the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables. Lots of real life examples and studies that help you understand how a person can make good decisions in the blink of an eye.