My goal is to help my clients develop the skills and insight they need to become self-sufficient, so that next time they encounter rivers they need to cross, they’ll be able to build their own rafts without my help.
When someone who’s unfamiliar with coaching asks me how I work with clients, I sometimes relate a well-know Buddhist parable about a man and his raft. The parable involves a traveler who comes to a river he has to cross to reach his destination. He builds a raft by harvesting bamboo stalks and binding them together with tree roots and vines. Then he crosses the river on his raft.
Once he reaches the other side, the traveler has to decide whether to continue his journey with or without his raft. The moral of this parable is that to continue his journey, he’ll have to leave his raft behind, since continued progress will require new knowledge, new insights, and new ways of meeting unexpected challenges that only he himself can discover.
I view the coaching work I do as a raft that my each of my clients and I build together. My goal is to help my clients develop the skills and insight they need to become self-sufficient, so that next time they encounter rivers they need to cross, they’ll be able to build their own rafts without my help.
I work with individuals who are trying to make changes in their professional or personal lives. These changes range from breaking habits that are holding them back at work to changing careers. One client might come to me because he knows he needs to become a better delegator at work or learn how to manage his own time more effectively. Another might need to overcome some anxiety around public speaking or recognizes that to be considered for future promotions, she has to develop greater executive presence. A third might be struggling to grow into a new role or a find her place in a new organization. An executive in transition might benefit from some creative thinking around how to take the next step in his career – a step that might involve charting an entirely new course in life.
My goal is to help my clients uncover new possibilities for living and working skillfully. I’m a curious student and observer of how adults learn, grow, and develop expertise. My clients bring to our work together a particular view of the world and a desire to change in a way that makes them more confident, focused, and impactful. I meet and accept them on the spot, right where they are, with an understanding of human development and an unconditional commitment to their personal and professional success.
I hope you’ll find something in these pages that sparks a moment of reflection or a flash of inspiration, something that energizes you to begin your journey forward. If so, I look forward to our conversation.