Practices

Our lives are a collection of practices. What are you practicing today? Do those practices serve you? the world?  Below you’ll find a number of practices and downloads that can assist you in looking at your current practices, developing new ones.

From our perspective, it’s all about practice. We are what we practice.  In fact, how we live our daily lives, how we live out our values & beliefs, what actions we choose to take at any given moment all depend upon what we’ve been practicing.

Knowing just what we’re practicing allows us to pro-actively choose  and thus bring about opportunities for freedom in the way we lead our lives.

The following practices are for you to begin to look at just what you’re practicing and to actively choose the practices you’d like to be in inside of your life. We’ll update these periodically so be sure to check back.

 

Reading that Inspires

We’re lovers of all things written, especially as it relates to transformational learning and change.You’ll see what we’ve been reading lately that we’ve found useful, enlightening, or inspiring.

Video & Audio

We love films & videos, podcasts & audio recordings. Using various forms of media aids & expands our learning in powerful ways.

Assessments

Creating new outcomes takes awareness and the commitment to build on strengths and close identified gaps.  Assessments provide a current snapshot that allows you to see where you are in your development, to build self awareness, to gain baseline data and measure growth, and create action plans that align with your organizational goals.

We use a blended approach to embodied learning that includes assessments, practices & training, and coaching to forward change and create sustainable results.

 

Effectiveness Institute Behavior Style  

Understanding Behavior Styles can provide a strong foundation for building more effective communications, reducing tension and developing more productive work relationships.

Each Behavior Style, or style combination,  has unique strengths and blindspots; no  one style is “best.” Comparing and contrasting Behavior Styles  can create more effective communication and interaction between the different styles. This tool measures the strengths and challenges of four primary Behavior Styles: Controller, Stabilizer, Analyzer, Persuader.

Behavior style shows up in the way you talk, gesture, choose words, make decisions, solve problems, face challenges and interact with others in consistent patterns. Discovering your behavior style is the first step in building stronger relationships, both at work and at home.

Focus Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI)

The FEBI provides insight into one’s preferences around four  patterns – Driver, Organizer, Collaborator and Visionary.  Patterns are determined by measuring nervous-system functions observed in movement, thoughts, feelings and everyday work behaviors.   From the FEBI, you will learn:

  • A deeper way to understand yourself, the people you work with, your significant relationships, clients and customers.
  • An integrated mind-body view into your own use of the four patterns, comprising a whole and balanced leader.
  • An individually designed way to further develop as an integrated leader.
  • A powerful way of reading the energy of teams and organizations.

Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI)

The Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI) is a scientifically-validated and reliable 360 tool designed to assess the emotional and social competencies of individuals in organizations. It is based on the seminal work of Dr. Richard Boyatzis and Dr. Daniel Goleman, and builds on the HayGroup’s 35 years of competency research. The model includes 18 emotional competencies organized into four clusters: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management.

  • Self-Awareness concerns knowing one’s internal states, preferences, resources, and intuitions.
  • Self-Management refers to managing ones’ internal states, impulses, and resources.
  • Social Awareness refers to how people handle relationships and awareness of others’ feelings, needs, and concerns.
  • Relationship Management concerns the skill or adeptness at inducing desirable responses in others.

The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP)

TLCP is the only competency-based 360 assessment to simultaneously measure two primary leadership domains – Creative Competencies and Reactive Tendencies—that draw on beliefs and assumptions the underlie the leadership behaviors.

The Leadership Circle Profile is designed to measure leadership behavior at multiple stages of adult development consistent with the groundbreaking research of Kegan, Gilligan, Cook-Grueter, Beck, Wilber, and others.

It’s the only leadership assessment tool linking an executive’s leadership competencies to core beliefs that govern behavior.  The Leadership Circle Profile instantly reveals key opportunities for development with its rich theoretical underpinnings providing a pathway to transformation.

A Mindful Course

Below you’ll find the all the documents and files you’ll need when you sign up for A Mindful Course™.  And, I’d recommend the Mindfulness App as a useful tool on your mindfulness path.

FAQs

Why did you become an executive & leadership coach?

The honest answer is that I’ve learned so much from having had one (four to be exact) over the years) that it’s hard to believe where my professional life would be today without one!  That said, with my background as a psychologist, interested in learning and performance, and with my training in mindfulness, which is all about awareness, adaptability and resilience, becoming a coach was as natural as breathing.

What are your qualifications to coach me or my team?

I coached employees at all levels for more than 10 years before starting Q4 Consulting, Inc. back in 2002. I hold a PsyD in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional and have an extensive professional background in organizational systems work and development. I’ve also had the good fortune to train with great coaching teachers. To that end, I’m  certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West, and as a Master Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute. I’ve trained at the Center for Mindfulness at U Mass Medical School, and am certified as a mindfulness practitioner through the Center for Mindfulness at UC San Diego.

When working with clients, I’m certified to use a number of professional assessments including The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP), Emotional Competence (EQ), Focused Energy Balance Indicator (FEBI), Lominger’s Talent Suite.

Who are your ideal clients?

I work with leaders who are ready to up their game of leadership and building a lasting leadership legacy.  I challenge leaders to first engage themselves in the work of transformation, and then to communicate their vision with impact and clarity to others. As a result, they improve their personal effectiveness, resilience, and work satisfaction, while creating greater engagement and productivity within their work teams.

In our work, leaders and their team members uplevel their awareness, mindsets, strategies and skills to take leadership and team collaboration and performance from functional to excellent.

Who do you work best with?

I work best with clients who are committed to success and are willing to do what it takes to learn (which typically includes getting uncomfortable, making mistakes and perhaps even failing at something), are committed to long-term growth and change, and understand the value of investing in themselves and their teams.

 

Hard-working, responsible, and successful people who want to up their game in life, while having fun and learning will benefit most for our work together.

 

 

 

Who do you NOT work well with?

Since coaching takes time, dedication, and a commitment to action, those looking for quick fixes, or who aren’t willing to get into the thick of the learning process typically aren’t a good fit.

How do you work? What can I expect?

Working with clients, consider me all in—in to you becoming your best self, in to you developing that new skill, taking that new risk, living into a better version of yourself as a leader, whatever your role.

I use an embodied learning approach as the starting point.  Working in this way promotes catalytic shifts in awareness, mindset and the skills needed to be successful.

Since I work with only a few clients at a time, you can look for a lot of personalized attention and challenge (even a push when needed) that will result in clarity, accountability, and celebration.

We’ll start with a complimentary Discovery Call to make sure we’re the right match for one another, and go from there. Learn more about Core Presence Coaching Offers.

 

Can I just sign up for one session with you?

Nope—Change takes time. Since your current thoughts and emotions, behavior patterns and habits didn’t form overnight, neither will your new, intentional ones.

That said, sign up for a Discovery call so I can learn more about your concerns. What I can say is that I’m 100 % all in for those I do work with, and would certainly bring that commitment to working with you

How does a coach differ from a therapist, counselor or other type of helping professional?

Unlike therapists or counselors, where the focus is often on diagnosing a problem with the professional’s expertise and then solving it, or healing the past, working with a coach is a generative experience where the focus is on co-creating new outcomes: skills, opportunities, futures.

If you imagine a cross between a hard-driving sports coach, a strategic thinking partner, a good old-fashioned and trusted friend, you’ll find an effective coach–one who will work you hard.

As your coach, I’ll ask powerful questions that have you look inside yourself for answers. I’ll challenge you, and “hold” you to your vision for yourself.  I’ll give you practices to stretch towards your future, and opportunities to develop the skills, strategies, and mindsets to fulfill on what’s most important to you.

 

As a psychologist, do you still see therapy clients?

Having spent much of my career working with trauma, families and couples, yes, I still keep a few select hours open for clinical clients who also receive my best attention and challenge.

Why do I need you? Can’t I just do this on my own?

Often if you’re into the DIY approach, you’ll end up feeling isolated, frustrated and stuck. Besides, if you could shift (your perspective, attitude, skills, etc) on your own why haven’t you already?

All of us can benefit from alternative perspectives since they sharpen our awareness, and open possibilities. Top athletes rely on their coaches to bring out their strengths, improve on their weaknesses, and push their best performance. The same is true in life and work.

I’m super busy and overwhelmed these days. How much time will it take before I get results?

Busy-ness is not only common today, but often paraded around as a badge of honor. It’s not.

Being busy can deplete all your energies, those you really need to make a difference. Learning to pause will help, and here I’ll be your biggest supporter. Yet, truth be told, your own level of your engagement and commitment will drive how fast you see results.

I’ve never invested in myself like this before. How can I justify this expense?

It’s difficult at times to believe that we’re worth the investment of this kind of focus and attention, scary even. Yet, I know first-hand how helpful it’s been to have someone at my back, and holding me to my own commitments. Going it alone simply prolongs the process of moving towards developing the skills and tapping into your aspirations for the future.  And, consider this, what’s the cost to you if you don’t work with a coach?

I’m not quite ready to get started, is there a way to sample your work?

Sure! I’d love for you to sign up for my bi-monthly e-newsletter! You can also download my FREE e-book, The Leadership Pause: Cultivating Your Life’s Potential.

I still have a few questions for you. Can I talk with you on the phone?

Absolutely! Set up a complimentary Discovery Call with me so we can talk about your concerns in more detail and I can answer any questions you have.