I came to the field of Executive Coaching out of a need to achieve success in my own career. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. Degree in Computer Science with a focus on business.
Three years after entering the workforce as a consultant, I came to the first of many career crossroads. I was faced with the choice of continuing on with a purely technical career track or transition to a management- focused track. I chose the latter. Soon after charting my new course, I quickly found myself in new situations that required me to:
Prioritize work activities to achieve the most efficient outcome
Effectively manage the onslaught of emails, special requests, and meetings
Adapt communication styles based on my audience
Mentor junior team members
Assess, write, and deliver performance/salary feedback
I found little solace in the guidance I received from my peers, which was, “You’ll just have to pick it up as fast as you can”. You see, everyone was working at the same frenzied pace and there was no structured curriculum for new leaders, leaving me responsible for gaining the skills I needed to achieve the expected results.
The crucible of experience can be intense, and while I made my share of mistakes along the way, I was certain that there had to be a better way to manage all that was expected and still have the resources to focus on strategic initiatives too.
I started scouring the Internet for any guidance for new leaders and thankfully I found three resources that provided a foundation for my new management career including:
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz
The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield
These three books have spawned a 13-year burgeoning passion for helping others acquire leadership skills and understand the organizational systems in which they participate.
My experience includes 15 years of management consulting with many Fortune 1000 companies and assisting them in achieving:
Defining Business Strategy (Customer Experience)
CreatingOrganizational Structure and Design (IT & Customer Service)