Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Helping untangle the knots that keep you from moving forward - whether you are a business owner facing the difficult decisions related to succession, an executive manager dealing with organizational change or an individual facing or desiring life changes that may seem overwhelming.
You can't separate business decisions from your personal life, just as you can't separate your personal self from your work self. If you find yourself feeling frustrated or unable to move yourself forward, the co-active approach will help you get to the core of what is holding you back from having the life that you desire.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The Co-Active approach balances self-awareness, a keen agility with relationships, and courageous action to create an environment where individuals can be deeply fulfilled, connected to others and successful in what matters most.
The CO in Co-Active suggests relationship, connection, intimacy and collaboration. Thus, the coach is curious, listens deeply, hears nuance, holds space for others, intuits and nurtures.
The ACTIVE in Co-Active stands for power, direction, action and manifestation. So, the coach is courageous, has clarity and conviction, takes charge and achieves goals.
The transformation happens in the synergy between CO and ACTIVE action that arises from presence, deep relationship and context; Â…and presence that is channeled into dynamic action and contribution. Balancing and blending these energies allows us to move out of an either-or paradigm into a yes-and paradigm.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have a rare combination of experiences - coaching actors through improvisational training for 25 years; running my own business since I was 24; working in the business environment of succession planning with financial planners, attorneys, CPA, and other business transition professionals for 20 years; and then as a certified life coach and personalities styles trainer. This wide array of experiences allows me to move between the creative, analytic and strategic very easily. I have a niche expertise in working with professional advisors who are going through change within their practices.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Participating in the process of discovery, helping my clients create the change in their lives that they dream of.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Mosaic FBC Coaching is an experience of personal and professional development unlike other kinds of coaching. Based on the Co-Active approach, it begins by holding the coachee as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and completely capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges they face. My job is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity a client already possesses, rather than instruct or advise. I use use an array of proprietary tools that have been proven as the gold standard over the past 20 years of the coaching profession.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I think true coaches are born, not trained. It is a calling, not a vocation. Coaching is either intrinsically in your bones or it's not. It's who you are and what you do, whether you are being paid or not. It's just your way of being.
I have always been a coach - starting as an acting coach, a breakthrough coach, a succession coach and finally a life coach. I started out doing my graduate work in Directing/Acting, specializing in improvisational theatre. I have always been curious about finding ways of being with and living in change. Improv seemed like a great venue to experiment with change. I spent 25 years coaching actors, teaching them how to discover the creative flow within and with each other. This led to coaching breakthrough weekends with artists and then executives to identify where individuals get stuck, debunking disempowering beliefs and creating actionable steps for achieving their goals. It was a very powerful training process. I have leading this kind of work since 1978.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Lately quite a few of my clients are working on changing jobs or careers. What is exciting is to see that ALL of them are achieving their goals - landing new jobs either in the same professional track, or on the one they always dreamed to be doing.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, absolutely. I continue to attend conferences, workshops and summits on leadership, coaching and earning CEU's through CTI & ICF to maintain my credential.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. What is my perspective about how we experience life?
Just because you are surrounded by an ocean of disbelief does not mean you have to believe in the dreamworld of negativity, fear and loss. Open your true eyes and see the world as your heart knows it is: full of love, abundance, joy and laughter!