“Kim is the most stellar coach I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She was able to cut to the core and help me develop myself as a leader and as a person.”
– Cindy Eggleton, Chief Strategy Officer, Detroit Rescue Mission, Detroit Michigan
You are unique, so don’t settle for a coach with a prescribed coaching program. When it comes to leadership coaching, one size does not fit all. We all have different strengths, motivators, needs, values, beliefs, challenges, dreams, and development opportunities. My first job as your coach is to get to know and understand you so that together we can design a coaching program that will best meet your unique needs.
“Kim pushes me to grow and holds me accountable to myself, which in turn allows me the freedom to better handle those situations that I have previously felt were out of my control. I’m learning to trust and to be vulnerable more to allow people in. With Kim, we work on deeper core issues that get to the root of who you are and why you make the decisions that you do so you can work on making yourself a better person. Even when I am super busy, I never want to miss my coaching appointment for this is something special that I do just for me.”
Lisa Holman, Associate Director for Program Management and Operations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA
Evidence Based Coaching Framework
I use an evidence-based framework for coaching. Evidence-based coaching draws upon theories and frameworks from the behavioral and social sciences, organizational change and development, human development, cognitive and behavioral psychology, adult learning and education, and business. I have work experience and post-graduate education in most of these areas.
A distinct advantage of the evidence-based framework is its adaptability to the unique needs of the individual being coached and the objective of the coaching engagement. Rather than being a prescriptive linear approach, relevant coaching models and methods can be employed in the right situation with the right individual at the right time.
“Kim coached me during a time when I felt frustrated with a variety of career setbacks and obstacles. She helped me manage the emotional response that I had to the situation, and the coaching conversations gave me more confidence in what I needed to say about myself during my job search. I appreciated Kim’s structured process and tools, and I’ve now reached the goal I set for myself when I began working with her.”
Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta GA
There is no typical coaching engagement, but I generally work with clients every other week for a minimum of three months. We work by phone and/or in person.
I use an iterative 4-step process of assessing, goal setting, planning, and taking action. Regardless of what the presenting issue is, the first step is always the same: gathering information about you and your situation. I use a variety of online assessments, questionnaires, and other tools because the more we both know and understand about who you are, how you operate, and what is going on right now, the better.
The second step is defining the goal for coaching. As we work together, we keep that overall goal in mind and assess progress toward it as the coaching engagement continues.
The third step is planning the actions that you will take between each coaching session to move you closer to your goal. This plan will evolve over time because as you move on to the fourth step of taking action, you’ll discover what works well and what doesn’t work. I encourage my clients to stretch beyond their comfort zone and try on new behaviors and mindsets. I call it “adventurous experimentation.” When you are experimenting, you expect some failures as well as some successes; it is all part of the learning process.
When guiding you seamlessly through this 4-step process, I support and challenge you in equal measure — all within the container of a confidential coaching relationship.
My clients are smart and resourceful. They don’t need me to rescue or fix them. What they do need is an advocate, a thinking partner, a mirror, and someone to hold them accountable.
“Kim is a very warm, collaborative and thoughtful coach. She excelled at getting me to look through a different lens at issues more than once during our time together. Kim kept me moving forward on my goals and I made great progress during our coaching. I went from feeling overwhelmed by my business to completing 4 major milestones in just a few months.”
Jill Soth, ACC, Art of Choice
Benefits of Coaching
There is considerable anecdotal evidence that coaching ‘works.’ Coaching has the potential to:
- Enhance performance, productivity, decision making, and confidence
- Improve relationships with professional colleagues
- Increase accountability for goal achievement
- Improve leadership skills and executive presence
- Identify and address ‘blind spots’ or habits that are creating obstacles to optimal performance
- Reduce stress and anxiety in times of uncertainty and change
Unlike a one-time training event, the coaching framework helps you integrate and apply learning in real time in real work situations.