How I decided to try Heroic Leadership Coaching
A business leader shares how she decided to invest in her DRALA program
Andrea has asked me to write a few lines to you describing the process I went through in making the decision to participate in this programme. I am happy to do so.
My position as a VP of an educational post secondary institution was eliminated just before Christmas. Looking back, it was a blessing in disguise. While I did not seek to leave the university, my job had become very challenging with routine 10-hour days and frequent weekend work. I was completely exhausted and had lost any semblance of balance in my life. The job I had once loved and enjoyed and demanded the best of me, also robbed me of the characteristics of me that I liked – my ability to establish and nurture relationships; develop and lead healthy teams; lean on a supportive boss and peer team, and experience joy. It took everything I had just to keep up with the workload.
I knew that I wanted to explore a different way of being a leader. My modus operandi had been to rely on my left brain, surveying the problem, developing a strategic plan and assigning roles to my team and measuring the results. Important but not everything. This approach I came to understand was limited because of the person I am. I feel deeply, and find great joy in supporting others to learn and grow and develop their capabilities. I value balance in my life and could see how it was absent in my own experience and must therefore be absent in the lives of my staff through my example and from what I observed.
Yet, I was very reluctant to take the leap into Andrea’s process. It seemed too fluffy and I could not see the results clearly. Actually, in hindsight (I am halfway through) I realized that I could not envision the results (or the new, expanded me) because I couldn’t imagine what it would look like. At the end of the day, I decided to trust Andrea and the DRALA process that she had developed, based on her own sincerity and confidence and the success of others. For me, the style I had employed for an entire career (more masculine), was clearly no longer working for me and wearing me out.
The DRALA process has been an experiential one for me and very hands on. It has not been book knowledge that I have absorbed but something deep inside of me has been awakened and I am learning to articulate it. I like myself better. My particular intention was to expand my leadership style so I could be more authentic and be in a position to bring much more to the table. My fear was that it would be hard to talk about the process and be taken seriously by my peers. Instead, I have discovered that as I have begun to share, the response has been very positive and affirming.
I am currently devising a communication to my professional contacts, those people waiting to hear from me as I begin networking, letting them know how much I appreciate our relationship, what I am busy with (professional development investing in self in order to be able to bring more to the table), and that I will be in touch with them again when that process is finished.
My ongoing motivation is derived from the success I am experiencing. It looks like a person who is ever more confident in her voice which reflects more authentically who she is. It is a softer, more expanded person, a person I would want to work with and be in relationship with.
I could go on, however, I think I’ve gone on too long already. There’s an expression I have used many times in my own facilitation work that goes something like this: if you want the same results, keep trying the same methods. If you want different results, try something different.
Best of luck to you. I hope I have been helpful.
E. Z., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Why I invest money in Heroic Leadership Coaching
The coaching sessions were upbeat, structured, respectful and spiritual in a way that was new to me. I enjoyed the sessions very much. As a result of the coaching, I have new intent and goals in writing that I’m able to focus on and review every day. I shared my experience with my friends and they are excited, happy for me and support my journey. In sharing, I became closer to my friends, we learned about each other and we learned different ways to experience one another.
Andrea’s coaching helped me clarify my intentions for a love relationship. Her respectful guidance established a safe environment that allowed me to feel comfortable articulating my heart’s deepest desires and define my intention in writing. I feel more confident in my ability to make choices to support my intention. I am going out more often and I am more confident exploring relationships and social outings.
Over the years I have sought different relationships yet each one was the same. I worked with various counselors and yet never felt satisfied. The relationship work I did with Andrea was inspiring, insightful and motivating. The principles are repeatable and easy to apply. While easy, I have to commit my time and energy to achieve my relationship goals and be focused on the future.
Susan was able to dig deep in her Chakra Soul Art Intensive to let go of perfectionism that was holding her back. She is now going full steam ahead in developing new on-line course content!
Susan Gregory owns her own business sharing business-focused productivity and creativity tools through fun and dynamic facilitation and training (http://susangregory.ca). Toronto
Mette’s Chakra Soul Art Intensive guided her to step into her power and start running her business at a whole new level!
Mette Johansen, Creative director for Mette Designs, a company employing Neo-Feng Shui to design workspaces for companies such as Mozilla and Wattpad (http://mettedesigns.com). Toronto & Copenhagen
Nadia was able to step away from her busy corporate position and envision what would truly fulfil her… starting a small charitable organization with some very unique values.
Nadia Heyd, Founding a small charitable organization. Toronto, Onatario
How Heroic Leadership Coaching changed my life and business
Corporate Coaching with co-leaders of a team within a major Canadian bank
We had a problem being able to feel we deserved our success. Communication is key to our working well in our partnership. We were caught up in being too busy which led to our not communicating with each other and lacking awareness.
Since we started getting coaching with Andrea our income has increased 25 – 30%. I am happy and enjoying life. My relationship with Murray and my other relationships are healthy. It feels great to know I can support people. I realize I can be a leader, and I feel empowered in that. Andrea is warm, kind, strong, direct, honest, reliable, trust worthy and spiritual.
J. Gavin Clark, Wealth Advisor
I was having trouble with communication and being able to feel open. I had trouble hearing and being heard by my business partner, Gavin. I felt guilty about having and doing what I wanted in our work. We needed support.
Since working with Andrea I am more accepting of who I am and more accepting of my business partner. My level of trust in Gavin has changed so much! I feel more love. I am working better with clients, and our income has increased 25 – 30%. Andrea is grounded and spiritual, which is a combination that is so needed in the business and corporate world.
Murray J. Newman, Wealth Advisor
You can experience heroic success too! It simply begins with a conversation.
I value good conversations. In a confidential phone call, I invite you to share about what you are seeking. Then I offer professional suggestions for how I can help you achieve what you want. There is no obligation. The conversation is a meeting place to explore if this is a good fit for you. Heroic Leadership Coaching is an investment in yourself, an amazing retirement, and all the people in your life. If you have sincere interest, then we will find a program that best suits your needs. If this interests you, contact me and request a coaching exploration conversation.