Jonathan

DSC_0261Since I was young, I’ve always asked lots of questions and loved philosophy.  Throughout the Peace Corps, graduate school (in nonprofit management), and a career with the Federal government, I’ve stayed curious and still enjoy asking and pondering the big questions – thus my passion for coaching – both as a client and a coach!

My first exposure to coaching was as a client of two different coaches, one locally with my organization in Colorado and another long-distance via phone from North Carolina.  Experiencing the power of confidential coaching in the workplace and coaches who cared about my professional and personal success was so meaningful to me that I decided to become a coach myself!  I have been trained through a program approved by the International Coach Federation and currently volunteer as an internal organizational leadership coach for my agency.  For the past two years, I have been working with clients in our leadership development program, providing one-on-one, confidential coaching.

My role as a coach is both Socratic, in terms of asking lots of questions to prompt discovery of personal values and goals, and existential, in the sense that I challenge the client to exercise individual freedom and responsibility for designing and taking action.  That is such a key to coaching, something that distinguishes it from a conversation with a friend – there are accountability and forward movement.  For example, if I am debriefing a client on a 360 feedback assessment, we reflect on the feedback – which has inherent value in gauging one’s self-perception in light of the perceptions of others – and we choose one or two or three key actions to go out and try in the real world.

I enjoy coaching a variety of leaders from the executive to the individual just beginning a career to the seasoned professional ready for a change.  In addition to organizational leadership coaching, I have years of experience in men’s group work and provide personal coaching for both men and women motivated to make authentic life changes.  Please contact me. I look forward to both supporting and challenging you in your professional and personal goals.

“You help managers from the inside out. In other words, you have helped me see my strengths and how to put words into action. Sometimes in work, we run across challenges that require us to dig deep and take a leap of faith in our abilities. You helped inspire me to action. You helped me jump in and use my strengths for the betterment of the organization. You take the time to really know the person you are coaching.  Therefore, you are better able to nudge the person in the right direction. I know I am a better leader from knowing you. You pushed me to be even better…stronger.”

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