The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching is not about changing or fixing you. It’s not therapy or treatment; nor is it counseling or consulting. It’s not about giving you the answers or making your decisions, and it certainly won’t help you with your backswing (although with some of us, it couldn’t hurt).
Coaching creates a partnership that is goal and results oriented. It is about deepening self-awareness then leveraging this self-awareness to improve skill development and usage. Improved skills transform into successful relationships, competence and well being, which result in more efficient decision making, the key to enhanced performance and operational results.
Coaching is great, when it works. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if coaching is right for you?
You don’t need to have a challenge to work with a coach, but you do need to have a goal. Whether striving to be a more effective leader, looking for ways to better fulfill organizational goals and objectives or achieving greater balance between work and home life, coaching provides the tools.
1. An initial strategy session, no charge. No matter how “good things look”, there has to be a good match between the person and Linda. We need to be able to develop a solid working relationship to determine if we are a match.
2. Create a clear picture of NOW. I believe it's critical to know your values, mission and vision so you can authentically make decisions. Often, data from others is included in the picture of now. This is done via interviews, instruments, observation or a combination of the three methods. The key is for the individual to have a clear perspective of reality.
3. Create a clear picture of SUCCESS. Define specific goals and the measures of success for the goals. Where are we going and how will we know when we the goals are reached need to be clearly defined? This includes being very clear on whom else will be involved. Key people in their organization – boss, staff and peers being involved increase the likelihood of sustainable change.
4. Closure, evaluation, and next steps. There is a structured process to bring the coaching to an end, an evaluation for learning for both of us, and the creation of next steps for the person to continue the new practices and learnings.
My coaching style is compassionate, challenging and practical.
I care deeply about my clients. I want my coaching sessions to be a "safe harbor" for people to catch their breath and put their guard down to explore and plan what needs to happen next.
I also will challenge people. I want each client to be all that they can, and I'm willing to challenge people to step out of their comfort zone to become more. I'm also willing to hold people accountable. It's easy to use the excuse, I'm busy. Yes, and if you want to change, you must change.
Finally, I'm practical. If you've read about my experience, I get the demands, volume, and unrelenting pace of workplaces. You want coaching to make sense and provide tools and ideas that you can use right now. I love a good theory or framework as much as the other, but not when I have deadlines hanging over me. My clients always think the same way.
In addition to coaching individual leaders, I am an adjunct leadership coach at the Center for Creative Leadership. I am part of an elite group that works as an assessor and coach for the people within the Federal Government who are considering Senior Executive Service positions. For ten years I had various leadership roles in the internationally award winning Leadership Ascent Programs.
I've held senior human resource and organizational development positions at Veritas software, Lucent Technologies, Octel Communications and CIBA-Geigy.
My clients have included public and private, government and family owned organizations in the US, Canada, Europe, India and China.
While attending Iowa State University I earned a bachelor’s degree in science majoring in psychology. I then earned her Master’s of Science in organization development from Pepperdine University. I am also a Business Certified Coach.