I have 30+ years working for global organizations as a Human Resources Executive. I have partnered with all levels of leaders across a wide range of disciplines. I have collaborated with the Board of a Fortune 200 in the development of succession plans, partnered with SVPs to create off-shoring strategies, compensation plans, engagement strategies, diversity, inclusion and equity programs, joint ventures, to name a few. I have also played key roles in onboarding new executive-level leaders, A key learning is the appreciation for the difference that one person (regardless of title or position) can make. I have had the benefit of working for many great leaders and I have had the opportunity to continue to hone my own leadership skills. While I have created and facilitated many leadership training classes, read many leadership books, it has been in the last few years that my true leadership journey began. My new beginning emerged from the realization that the 'what' I was doing (5 steps to delegation; 8 Characteristics of a Great Leader, etc.) was not nearly as important as the impact my actions and behaviors were having on others. Real learning for me has come through developing the capacity to separate myself from my thoughts, beliefs and feelings (learning that these are things I' am experiencing, they are not who I am).
I think it is really important to learn to pause and reflect. We're taught to always be moving, to be productive, to be doing. While I'm all about moving forward and making progress I have also learned that there is great value in moving with intention. What is it that is really important about this? What really matters to me? A short pause with reflection provides great focus and clarity AND when we do move forward, the changes we make are much more sustainable when they map to our values and purpose.
My clients have consistently described my style as reflective, compassionate, supportive while driving accountability. And, a great sense of humor! Change is a lot more doable when we don't take ourselves too seriously!
Too many to list; reading is a passion. I frequently recommend Brene Brown's books - she is so real and practical. The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist, The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron, The Enneagram Guide to Waking Up by Beatrice Chestnut and Uranio Paes, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings; How to Be an Anti-Racist (Ibram X Kendi); White Fragility (Robin D'Angelo); Splendid Vile (Erik Lawson) were some that were most impactful. While I love to read, I appreciate and value that for others, reading is flat. This is okay, there are MANY other ways to learn
All those that have come before me (generations of family, friends, spiritual, societal, and business leaders) that have learned, sacrificed, experimented and shared. I am blessed to have great health, loving relationships and great freedom to express my thoughts, and to pursue what is important to me. Coaching, shining the light on the great strengths of others, helping them find the energy and self-confidence to grow, this is what is important to me. Best of luck to you on your coaching journey! Enjoy, be vulnerable, be brave, be you!
I have learned the value and ability to have unconditional love for myself. (Another way to think of this is simply learning to be your own best friend.) Through self-love and self compassion, my relationships with others have also flourished. I now accept that I am and will always be imperfect (does not mean that I am complacent, I simply no longer stress out over this). With this unconditional love comes the realization that some of the things I will try will not work - this is okay. I am no longer afraid of making mistakes, some things will work out, some won't - life and I will go on!
Working with Marian was such a great experience for me. First thing I realized, I got get clear on what I wanted to accomplish, and the coaching sessions help me to look at what stood in my way. After having repeated success, I gained the confidence I needed and realized my active participation made a difference, and that reinforced my confidence. I can truly say I achieved the goals I set for myself. That is success!
Executive Director, USA
Marian is a great coach; I would recommend her to anyone. She creates an environment that allows chaotic thoughts to be explored and streamlined into actionable items that supports the client to achieve their goals. She helped me translate our discussions into actions where I could experiment with different approaches and results. I was able to release some of my need for control and put in strategies to practice trusting myself and others. She also helped me identify a deep-seeded belief that I didn't realize was still driving some of my decisions and fears.
Christine, Transitioning Engineer – Canada
Marian's coaching style is warm, insightful, powerful, and transformational. Thought partner comes to mind. I learned the skills for greater self-awareness, and adopting powerful mindsets to leverage opportunities, overcome fears, and live fully. My vision for the future is so much brighter and clearer as a result of coaching with Marian.
Charles. Project Management, Entrepreneur - Canada
Marian's coaching skills as a self awareness and mindfulness coach came trough strongly in our sessions. Her coaching style is soft and calm. She gave the space for reflection and always took her time to reflect before making inquiry. Each coaching session had transformation on the issue brought to the issue. She has a matured personality and makes you feel at ease during the sessions.
Marian's question were very heartfelt and she tracked well with me, including pulling thoughts forward from session to session, looking for beliefs to reflect on in the moment. I I am more aware of my story and how that plays out in my decisions and how I show up in my day and my expansion of my network and community. I also started to re-wire my rituals to try to take time for myself and re-center around calming my world. I appreciate Marian's background, openness and curiosity and that approach alone will be something for me to personally carry it forward.
Marian is a skilled and compassionate coach. She is supportive but can also ask those questions that make you really have to think about your situation and reassess your thoughts/actions/motivations. Marian remembered and followed up with the actions I committed to during the previous call. I so enjoyed our conversations and left each one feeling clearer and more grounded than when I began. Marian reaffirmed for me what a really great coach can do for a client - help bring clarity, humor, and a kind eye to a client session. She did all of these things gracefully and from a place of compassion.