1. What brought you to coaching?
I started in coaching because I had a coach – a fantastic experience with Barb Miller, my coach when I was the VP of HR at Courage Center. It was one of the most transformational professional development experiences of my career. That led me to the Hudson Institute in 2006 to become a coach, bring it back to my organization, and then go out on my own in 2007.
2. Tell us about your coaching practice.(Niche, ideal client, etc.)
I utilize the sciences of positive psychology and executive coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations be more engaged, effective and productive. I am adjunct faculty with the St. Thomas Executive Coaching Certificate program and hold a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania where I had the privilege of studying under Marty Seligman, Angela Duckworth, Adam Grant, Ed Diener, George Vaillant, and many other amazing researchers. My clients are those that are attracted to my background in positive psychology – they want to experience greater wellbeing while becoming more effective leaders. They also want to bring more optimism, vitality and success to their organizations.
3. What do you love about your coaching work?
Being with a client is an immense privilege – to be in that space of trust, partnership, and encouragement as they craft their path through life. I also enjoy being with young coaches and experienced coaches to explore more effective ways to serve clients.
4. Tell us about the coaching tools, books, podcasts, etc. that you follow that helps you to stay informed.
I utilize original research from the field of Positive psychology - the study of human strengths and well-being. I listen to a number of podcasts and leverage information from the International Positive Psychology Association. It is with this information and my MAPP training that I changed my approach to gathering feedback for my clients and the Shift Positive 360® was born; a unique way of gathering and giving feedback that is more constructive and enjoyable. I launched a certification in the Shift Positive 360® and we have 95 certified coaches using this method to create constructive feedback in client organizations and grow their coaching practices. I continue to learn from them in our very active community of coaches.
5. How has ICF-MN helped you as a coach?
I was involved with ICF-MN way back when it was Minnesota Coaches Association. I’m coming back to ICF-MN because it gives the opportunity to connect with this strong community of coaches. As an independent coach, it can be easy to get focused on my own work, yet from research we know that developing and nurturing relationships is essential to flourishing. So, I look forward to meeting more of you at upcoming gatherings.
6.How can folks connect with you?
Check out www.shiftpositive360.com, www.shorebirdcoaching.com or reach out to me on LinkedIn. I’d be happy to connect.