I live with a few basic assumptions about leadership:
- Great leaders create what matters most because of a strong set of internal assumptions that drives their behavior.
- Great leaders tend to be competent in 5 areas: they achieve results, they are aware of how systems work, they are authentic, they are self aware, and they relate well to other people.
- When we seek to comply with others, protect ourselves, or overcontrol situations, we are missing huge opportunities to lead.
- What you focus on is what you create.
- Leaders grow other leaders.
While there have been lots of ways I’ve learned over the years, here’s my formal training:
B.A. English 1981
Yale School of Management:
M.B.A. Organizational Behavior 1988
Coaches Training Institute (CTI) :
(CTI is the oldest, largest, and most highly respected coach training institute in the world.)
-Trained and certified as a “Certified Professional Co-Active Coach” (C.P.C.C.) 2007 http://www.thecoaches.com/certification.html
-Completed the CTI Leadership Program 2008
Center for Right Relationship (CRR):
(CRR is the worldwide leader in relationship systems intelligence.)
-Trained in Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching 2008
The Leadership Circle
-Certified to administer the The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP) and the Leadership Culture Survey (TLCS), the two most highly validated and respected 360 assessments on the market. 2009
Lots of different work experiences have influenced my coaching. After graduating from Amherst College in 1981, I taught English at Northfield Mount Hermon School, and conducted research about women and work at the research institute, Catalyst, in New York City. After returning to school to get an MBA at Yale in 1988, I worked as an internal organizational effectiveness manager and human resource development manager at Cummins Engine Company and G.E. Capital for six years. I then set up my own organizational consulting practice, and consulted for a dozen years to elementary schools, principals, and educational change organizations throughout Connecticut on leadership, organizational change, and school improvement issues. Along the way, I also provided career coaching and counseling to students at the Yale School of Management Career Development Office.
In 2006, I began a journey to augment the coaching, advising, and consulting I had done for many years by getting extensive professional coach training (see My Education and Training). In the years since, I have been coaching highly educated leaders and teams in corporations, universities, consulting firms, and nonprofits. While most of the time I contract directly with organizations, I also coach executives in corporations and organizations through the Coaches Training Institute. I also provide leadership development seminars as well as leadership and career coaching to PhD students in the Advanced Graduate Leadership Program at the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition, I serve as a Distinguished Fellow at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead School of Management. With my colleagues at the Fowler Center, we are writing a book The Flourishing Enterprise to be published in early 2014 by Stanford University Press on how reflective practices can increase our sense of connectedness to ourselves and others, and in so doing, contribute to flourishing teams, organizations, and larger systems.
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