Working with Carolyn was an experience that I will always look upon as transformational. She listened intently, and helped me identify the challenges I was facing at the time. The difference maker was that she knew how to help me address them in a methodical way, and explained the tools for a career change. My coaching experience with Carolyn came at the right time in my career - we set our goals early on in the process and kept them in our sights as we engaged on a number of issues that surfaced in our sessions. You can read some of this stuff in books, but Carolyn can help you put it to practice. If you are ready to put in the required effort, I can assure you that working with Carolyn will produce the results that you are looking for.
Kevin White, Principal, South Island Distance Education School (SIDES) Victoria, BC
It was wonderful working with Carolyn - lots of fun and more productive than I could have imagined. I especially valued how Carolyn used visualization and 'homework' to practice skills. I started coaching wanting to work on one particularly difficult situation in my workplace, related to performance review; with Carolyn's help the outcome was better than expected! I was then encouraged to look at other goals. I feel really excited and grateful for the skills Carolyn imparted. She helped me recognize my leadership potential, while at the same time reminding me to keep a better work/life balance.
Dr. J. Turner, Pediatrician, Edmonton
Carolyn’s voice has become a beacon of guidance in my decision making processes - I can often hear her asking “Who do you want to be right now, Maureen?” Carolyn wasn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, and always pulled me back to the important matters when I was distracted by drama. She showed genuine care and concern for my wellbeing, and supported my health in both my personal and professional worlds. Carolyn’s ability to highlight my personal strengths and suggest supports in areas I was struggling empowered me to take risks and tackle challenges that I didn’t feel I could face alone.
Through Carolyn’s coaching I have gained a better sense of who I am, and the skills and gifts I bring to my team. My increased confidence and clarity has had positive influence on my management style and allowed me to be a better leader in our work place. Our agency has benefitted from the dramatically increased productivity of my team, healthier working relationships, and job satisfaction rates. My work life has become increasingly enjoyable as I now have the tools to accomplish all that I set out to do! Carolyn helped me in identifying who I want to be in this world, and supported me in developing the tools to be that person in the most adverse of situations.
Maureen Elworthy, Youthspace.ca Manager
NEED2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support, Victoria, BC
Carolyn has a real gift for listening, and really hears what I am saying (even if I don't!). She is curious, insightful and forward thinking. I work in an area where I don't have people with whom I can share confidentially; Carolyn fills that void and helps me to get "unstuck" in some rather sticky situations. My investment in her as a coach has been well worth it and I look forward to continuing on as she helps me reach my goals and create even greater ones to come.
Sheri Wakefield, International Education
School District 64, Gulf Islands, BC
Carolyn helped me clarify my own thinking, and had insights that allowed me to better understand why things were happening as they were...I appreciated the chance to speak to someone who was supportive, but not entangled in the decisions that I was making.
Program Director and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta
Carolyn is a thoughtful, empathetic and challenging coach. She listens carefully to what is said and for what is not said. She challenges me to think outside my usual patterns of thought and to question my own assumptions about my motivation and skills. My personal goals are better aligned with those of my organization because Carolyn has been relentless in her focus on both. Together we have grown my professional capacity.
Mark Davidson, Deputy Superintendent, Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
Working with Carolyn has sharpened my self-awareness, my focus and my practices to be more effective and successful. She created a safe, non-judgmental and thoughtful space for me to process my thinking and articulate my ideas. The challenging and insightful questions Carolyn posed spurred me into creating and implementing action plans that have moved my work forward with intention. I have become a huge supporter of leadership coaching because of my personal coaching experience with Carolyn.
Joanne Bergos, Supervisor, Leadership Development, Edmonton Public Schools
When I started working with Carolyn my expectation was to be working with her on what I thought were average career challenges. What ended up occurring, much to my delight and surprise, was getting to the root cause of those average challenges and doing what I would call real work on real issues. Never in those sessions did I feel like Carolyn was telling me what to do and how; she always had a knack for getting me to realize what the next step was and what I was going to do to achieve it. Today my outlook on my core challenges is positive - I know what they are and I am making progress to overcoming them. I hope to work with Carolyn in the future and would highly recommend her to other people who would benefit from a fantastic coach.
Vince Stamile, Senior Corporate Trainer, Kal Tire
Through coaching Carolyn was able to find and restore the confidence I knew I had, but hadn't believed in for some time. Gaining the confidence that "I CAN" instead of "I might be able to if..." has also changed the way I think about different situations. I jump at opportunities instead of shying away, and am learning to challenge and push myself in whatever I find myself doing...She instilled the confidence that I needed and pointed it out to me each time we talked. Carolyn would stop me as I was talking to point out what she was hearing, and constantly encouraged and pushed me into a different frame of mind and way of thinking. She pointed out the strengths she could see that I had and helped me to work on the weaknesses that were getting in the way of my success. I think the most value to me was the building of confidence, and a new way of thinking and speaking.
Mike G., Sales Manager, Saskatoon