Career Transition Coaching
“My mission is to connect you with your aims, values and goals to transform, change and strengthen you professionally and personally.”
Whether you are an executive or a professional looking for a new career or striving for a promotion - being dynamic, flexible, innovative, and highly competitive are some of today’s ever-changing job requirements. Demand for better performance, productivity and leadership have never been higher. Have you evolved to meet the challenges of the new work paradigm and still able to maintain that perfect work/life balance?
Working with a professional coach, like myself, can be life changing whether you are in a leadership position or looking to grow in your career and find more balance in life. One of my primary focus, is to ensure that my clients have a safe and confidential environment to feel free to express themselves. Coaching helps to remove self-imposed limitations, brings clarity to your desired outcome, and serves as a guide in helping you make positive changes to bring out the best in yourself. What if you could get more of what you want out of your company, your career and yourself?
Who do I work with?
My career coaching services offers custom coaching packages for: new entrants to the workforce to the CEO’s who want a private advisor to explore issues in a safe space or anyone who feels puzzled in their career progression/transition.
What's the plan?
To start with, we would work on identifying your beliefs, values, motivations. Gaining clarity to your personality, working style, leadership style, and reviewing the total sum of your experience and education. As we progress further, we will work together to create your personalized career roadmap to ensure you build the inner belief and deep motivation, as well as, the skill sets to drive the success that you want.
How does my coaching work?
Face-to-face Interactive Sessions
Hold video conferences with me as if you were in person with me. Let’s meet, collaborate, and share conversations in a confidential way enabling you to discover all effective possibilities having access to me whenever and wherever you are.
Schedule your coaching sessions
The coaching sessions can be set-up to suit your own schedule and need for progression. On-going email follow-ups and additional “work assignments” are part of the coaching sessions. As a Coach, I will provide a supportive, yet disciplined presence, that will keep a client on track.
Why Choose me for coaching?
I am a professional who strives to take your skill set and mindset to the next level. My knowledge of brain science helps me understand my clients’ experiences and behavior more accurately, this in turn illuminates, how I can best support them in their change process. Each coaching session I construct is a frame for effectiveness by having my Client clarify his or her agenda to take ownership of the session. I then, carefully guide my Clients through an effective process of understanding a specific plan. The Client experiences mastery and this model is repeated until it becomes a template for the client. Professional Coaching meets the needs people and offers a new delivery system for mentorship, co-creative work, and a sense of possibility.
If you're committed to creating a more fulfilling and meaningful life, I look forward to working with you. Contact me today for a FREE CONSULTATION and start your journey toward achieving your dreams and living a life you love!
**Assessment administration will vary depending on individual client needs.
**Interviewing – Helping to prepare for interviews. Role plays are an effective way to sharpen the interview skill sets.
Career Coaching Package
Career Coaching starts with establishing your goal (s), which you set for yourself. As an example, a specific goal may relate to a performance goal, a developmental goal, a specific problem to solve, decision to make, or a goal for the career coaching session itself. For clarity of goal setting as well as for consistency, I encourage you to use the S.M.A.R.T. goal format, where the letters stand for:
Month I – Gaining Clarity of the Current Situation - A set of questions and other tools will be used to explore and gain clarity of the goal(s) you will set for yourself.
Month II - This module will include the following areas:
- Value Identification
- Overcoming hurdles
- Getting “unstuck”
- Life Balance
Month III - Exploring Current Reality - With this phase of the coaching model, you will gain awareness of your current situation. Explore what’s going on and evaluate the context and the magnitude of YOUR own current reality of your career.
Very important point to note, is that the starting point for your career development is “self-awareness”. Since self-awareness can be challenging, additional steps may be to necessary to include some or all the assessment(s)* are noted below:
- 360 Assessment*
- Holland Code RAISEC Personality test *
- Career Surveyor *
- DISC Inventory*
Your Career Goals and Career Strategy – Once you have a clear understanding of your current career situation, the coaching conversations will turn to what you can do to reach your goal(s). In other words, we will explore your options and/or create your new career strategy.
Each Month we will meet Three (3) X a month via phone or Skype, plus you will have Eight (8) e-mail coaching session support per month per Client.
Coaching & Neuroscience
As Professional Coaches, we are experts at change. Each coaching session I construct is a frame for effectiveness by having my Client clarify his or her agenda to take ownership of the session. I then, carefully guide my Clients through an effective process of understanding a specific plan. The Client experiences mastery and this model is repeated until its becomes a template for the client. Professional Coaching meets the needs people have always had and offers a new delivery system for mentorship, co-creative work, and a sense of possibility.
So why is change so difficult? Well, part of the answer to this question lies on our brains. We as coaches must understand the mind, brain and dynamics of change to help our Clients with i.e. constructing a new life mission statement, with possibility thinking, with patterns of new learning. This is why having a general knowledge of Neuroscience can be a transformational tool that we coaches can use to help people achieve a wide range of goals in the present and the future.
6 Catalysts for Change from Within
Coaching is a cooperative relationship and like, most relationships, it is more successful when each person in the relationship understands the other. My knowledge of brain science helps me understand my clients’ experiences and behavior more accurately, this in turn illuminates, how I can best support them in their change process.
Neuroscience helps us coaches develop tools and strategies that are consistent with the principles of brain functioning. This makes them easy to digest…brain-friendly, rather than brain antagonistic. Neuroscience’s easier-on-the-brain approach facilitates changes in key areas of growth and mastery including:
7 Principles of Brain-Based Psychotherapy
In 2005, researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine outlined seven principles of brain-based psychotherapy. What’s interesting is how these principles apply beyond the world of psychotherapy, Any time a person is seeking to make a lasting change, they can benefit from a coach such as myself with an understanding of neuroscience.
Therapy and coaching both focus on awareness and development issues. The key distinction is that while therapy encourages awareness of past injuries in order to foster insights and promote healing from those emotional trauma, coaching, is focused on untapped possibilities that exist in the present. With brain-based coaching, awareness becomes a catalyst to action.
- Nurture & Nature - genetics and environment have the power to change the structure and function of the brain. These brain changes, in turn, influence behavior. Each of us has a different set of genetics, environments and circumstances in our lives. These differences make each person’s brain unique. In order for the brain to be activated in a coaching environment, it must be approached in a highly individualized way.
- Experience is Transformational – An experience will either strengthen or weaken the brain’s neural connections. Additionally, throughout our life, the brain gives birth to new neurons in a process known as neurogenesis. These new neurons are associated with improved memory and neural plasticity and can be used to help people advance towards personal and professional success. Coaching builds capacity rather than dependency.
- Memories Change – Brain circuits change in response to experiences and memories change as well. Often, a negative sense of self is developed from an autobiographical memory. The key for a coach is to use brain-science to help clients:
-- a. Mine new information from old memories
-- b. Ask questions that lead to new insights
-- c. Use imagination to create new neural pathways (neurogenesis)
-- d. Reframe the past and future in a positive way
- Interconnected Processes – Memories, emotions, and feelings are interconnected, but different. Mis-identified emotions (such as mistaking sadness for anger) can have a very real negative affect on cognitive functioning and memory storage. “Understanding neurocognitive interaction allows coach and client to explore the meanings given to sensations and reactions as a way to influence decision-making.
- It’s All about Relationships – The therapeutic nature of the work between coaches and clients, as well as between psychoanalytic professionals, can actually help clients modify neural systems and enhance their emotional regulations. In a ‘safe space,’ clients may even experience positive physiological responses.
- Experience & Imagination Are the Same to Your Brain – Research shows when you imagine physical sensations such as taste, smell, and touch, it activates the same neural pathways in your brain as a real experience. Coaches can use this strategy to help clients envision a different life. The feelings and emotions that go along with that vision can be powerful enough to be catalysts for real change.
- Keep an Eye on the Unconscious – The human brain has an amazing capacity to process information without even being aware it is doing so. Unfortunately, those unconscious processes can lead to skewed perceptions. Unconscious processes have a tremendous impact on thought, feeling, and action. That’s why it is critical to ferret out any information processed unconsciously that can interfere with the coaching process.
Neuroscience is changing the way we think about human dynamics. As coaches, we can teach our clients basic, practical principles to help them reimagine their lives, become motivated, and make change.
For additional information about neuroscience, career coaching, and personal development coaching, and to schedule a consultation, just click on Contact Me.
How to Create Neuroplastic Change
1. Neuroplasticity: The ability of the brain to rewire itself as a result of experience. Neuroplastic change can occur at small scales, such as physical changes to individual neurons, or at whole-brain scales, such as cortical remapping in response to injury.
2. Brain structure and function, and experience are interactive - they influence each other - and begin in the womb. This is why every one of our brains is different, and that’s why we all have different psychological and cognitive make ups and behaviours.
STRUCTURAL PLASTICITY - BRAIN STRUCTURE CHANGES
3. London taxi drivers need to know ~25,000 streets and thousands of places of interest. As a result of this training, they have larger gray matter volume in the hippocampus than others. The hippocampus acts as a storage site for spatial information or as a processing hub for detailed navigation information.
4. If a skill is no longer practiced, there may be a decrease in grey matter volume. London taxi drivers who had been retired for about 3 years showed worsened London navigation skills and less hippocampal gray matter than currently employed taxi drivers.
5. These findings have been replicated many times using many different skills, including juggling and music training.
FUNCTIONAL PLASTICITY - THE WAY THE BRAIN FUNCTIONS CHANGES
6. Functional plasticity may occur through changes in brain activity or connections. A study on music improvisation found that skilled improvisers used their brains more efficiently - less activation in some brain regions and greater connectivity in others.
TRANSFER OF SKILLS
7. Skills learned in one context do not necessarily transfer over to other contexts. In a famous example, SF increased his digit span from ~7 to 80 digits. But when he was asked to
remember a series of letters, his span fell to 6: His strategy of chunking digits into running times did not work with consonants. He didn’t increase his memory span at all; he only increased the size of his chunks.
8. But, in aging, playing a complex video game significantly improved older adults’ cognitive abilities and short-term memory, and altered their brain waves (functional plasticity). These effects were evident even 6 months after training.
CONSTRAINTS ON NEUROPLASTICITY AND SKILL TRANSFER
9. The brain is not infinitely plastic. We are constrained by our morphology (physical traits), our cognitive abilities, our personality, and our genes.
- Practice can lead to both structural and functional brain changes in both children and adults, even into old age.
- There needs to be a goal, the learning needs to be effortful, it needs to be repeated over a period of time (the amount of time depends on the difficulty of the domain), and the brain changes may be reversed if the practice is stopped.
- The transfer of skills to other domains is not a given. Where it does transfer, it may depend on things such as interest, perseverance, amount of practice, and success and also on shared cognitive abilities such as sustained attention.
- The corollary to this is that we need to be careful about how we think habitually and the activities we engage in. Habitual thoughts will create structural and functional brain changes in the same way that learning a new skill does. And the activities we engage in on a regular basis will do the same. If we constantly allow ourselves to be distracted, our brain will organize itself to allow distractions, potentially making it difficult to focus for very long.
- There are physical, cognitive, personality, and genetic constraints on the acquisition of skill and neuroplasticity. Our brain is not infinitely plastic.
- The research linking lifestyle to cognitive and psychological health today, and to healthy aging is overwhelming.
- To maintain a flexible brain, engage in a wide variety of activities.
- How we can measure if the brain has reorganized itself is to look at whether the behaviour has changed. If a specific behaviour was acquired or changed, then we can assume that brain changes have occurred.