Why I Coach Executives
When I was 15 I got involved with Junior Achievement (JA) in Canada where under the guidance of real business people, a group of high school students formed our own company. I have often credited that experience at JA with creating the foundation of my business career. It was in JA that I first met several CEO’s who struck me as good people, dedicated to their business, and wanting to make a difference especially when it came to helping young people become future business leaders. A conversation with one of them led to me applying and getting accepted to the General Motors Institute (GMI) where I studied and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Administration and a job when I graduated with General Motors.
A few years later, I went back to graduate school and earned an MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. My first job was as a front line supervisor of about 20 unionized factory workers who were thrilled at the prospect of working for a 23-year-old graduate with no experience. I learned about people and organizations in the workplace. It taught me a lot about my own leadership approach - what did and didn’t work.
That was the foundation for a 30 year corporate career growing companies, teams, and leaders across the world and ultimately attaining the top HR job at Volvo Cars Americas, Alstom NA, and Lafarge NA.
In late 2017 I was working in what I thought was my dream job as head of HR for Volvo Cars Americas. When I thought about the future, it was not about making and selling beautiful cars it was about helping leaders develop and grow. I realized my dream job was working for myself and dedicating my work towards helping leaders be the kind of leaders they aspire to be, and to give people the kinds of leaders I was lucky enough to have at several points in my career.
I coach and advise senior executives to figure out the people puzzle in their organization. How to lead them, how to select them, how to grow them, and how to organize them. I coach leaders to better spend their own time and efforts working on the leadership challenges within their company. I know the pressures in these senior roles. I’ve been there. I’m a thought partner as a coach and a solution builder as a strategic advisor and strategy partner. I’ll help build capability in an organization to lead better, and I’ll bring helpful, scalable tools that are impactful and easy to deploy.
For over 3 decades my life was very centered around my work, career, and executive growth. I have reached a stage in my life where I am able to share, support and give back. This extends beyond my professional life and ability to financially support charities, but also into my private space.
I serve our nation’s heroes as a coach for combat injured warriors for the Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation
Recent weekend projects have included events like Oyster Reef Restoration on Botany Bay with the Nature Conservancy https://twitter.com/i/status/1126224103181037568 .
My life has been changed by my volunteer work – I strongly believe that living by your values makes you a better person. Undoubtedly this has made me a better coach.