As you navigate the sea of coaches and organizational consultants, you are probably finding that many of them look alike. What makes 5Ten a fit for you? Background, experience and credentials are important and you can scroll down to see these. However, as the 5Ten founder, I’d like to share a bit about who I am.
Prior to establishing 5Ten as a coaching and consulting business, I was a leader in the corporate world for more than eighteen years. I developed and managed many high-performance teams who delivered remarkable results while having a lot of fun in the process. And I mentored, trained and coached direct reports who became entrepreneurs, managers and executives themselves.
In addition to the more enjoyable side of leading, I have also met the challenge of leading units tasked with taking on more work with less staff and dwindling resources, and managed through a merger and reorganization when nothing was stable and emotions ran high. I’ve delivered bad news, had tough conversations and navigated challenging personalities and resistant cultural forces.
Since forming 5Ten in 2003, I have had the privilege of sharing what I learned as a leader (and still learn) directly to organizations and the people who lead them. I am also the immediate Past Director for the Leadership Coaching Certificate Program at Georgetown University, where I have been teaching others for 15+ years how to coach and develop leaders in organizations. I have been designated a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (since 2005) and a Certified Somatic Coach by the Strozzi Institute.
I’ve been coached. I’ve been consulted to. I’ve attended leadership development classes and cohort programs. I’ve faced consultants who presented beautifully produced binders and a power point deck with solutions that did not reflect a true understanding of our particular dynamics or needs. I’ve been on the receiving end of the experts who didn’t listen deeply to what we were saying and not saying. I’ve participated in “off the shelf” training classes that were interesting but missed the mark in applicability or failed to include ways to “stick” the learning.
These experiences have helped me keep it real as your coach, consultant or trainer. I make sure the work we do is relevant to your organization’s needs. I listen. I ask questions. I brainstorm with you. I propose solutions that align with your culture and needs. I keep it simple and real. I won’t come in thinking I know it all and I know better than you. Nor will I blur the lines between the various hats I might wear: consultant, mentor, leader, educator, coach.
Because of my hearty laugh, people often tell me they are aware of my presence long before I appear. If we work together, we will have fun. We will enjoy the experience. Yes, leadership is serious business. You have a lot of responsibility and need to deliver results and meet your organization’s goals. I am also results oriented, yet I believe we can still find time to lighten up and enjoy the moment as we tackle the tasks. Shared laughter creates energy and connection. It spurs creativity, problem solving and resilience. It’s also good for your health!
There are times when a consulting project or coaching engagement is best supported by additional members of the 5Ten team. We draw from our extensive network of diverse, experienced leadership practitioners, consultants and ICF credentialed coaches. In this way, we can easily flex to meet your specific needs.