Many of the leaders I work with are highly accomplished in their careers, or have seen a good deal of traction with their businesses. However, at a certain point, like I did, they realize that they're often alone and don't really have a dedicated sounding board without a biased agenda. Coaching really helped me move beyond many of my limited beliefs and improved my performance across my life and business. That's why I love to coach - it's my passion to help others discover the next level.
A good coach creates a sacred space where anything in the way of progress can be explored and moved past. Coaching can help you have a much higher chance of accomplishing your goals, and my clients generally have more fun in the process.
If this type of honest partnership appeals to you, here are some of the common traits I have found to be really helpful in my clients who have gotten the most out of working together. The results? Jobs have been saved and created. Sales quotas met for the first time. Hearts changed. Marriages improved. Drama reduced. Innovation unlocked. Peace of mind experienced. Delegation mastered. Dream jobs created. Stress reduced. Cultures improved. And many other graceful transformations...
You don't have to be perfect, of course, but the following qualities should resonate as ways of being you already embody to a degree, or would like to improve, for us to develop a super-productive relationship:
Before we formally work together, I require my clients to read this book: How to Get the Most Out of Coaching, by my current mentor and masterful executive coach, Karen Davis. I wish I had this book before starting my journey of being coached, and will help you prep yourself to get the most leverage from your investment in coaching.
Because I can only go deep with a limited number of clients at a time, you and I will likely do a trial period or an "intensive" retreat to make sure we have great chemistry before we jump into working together for a year or more. I will be looking for your commitment to change, and how deeply you desire growth for yourself. This devotion to yourself can help you to ultimately create a healthier ecosystem for the projects and people you care about because you will show up more balanced and responsive instead of reactive.
In service of that vision, my clients agree to be punctual, action-oriented between sessions, follow up on what they say, do the homework we agree to, and never cancel or reschedule sessions last-minute unless it's a true emergency. We communicate honestly and create clean agreements about how we work together. They see the benefit and start to also do this with their employees and clients, too. They become more reliable in their lives, both to themselves and others, and in more control of their time instead of running frantically and constantly being stressed. They create a more peaceful environment for their families and teams in the process by remembering how it's natural for us to be more peaceful. We will show up together consistently in a balanced way, and we will have REAL conversations about everything and anything that you need to clear. It's not therapy, or trying to fix you or the past, it's amplifying your talent and using the past and present experience to create forward. We build momentum. We get really creative together. It's an amazing journey.
In addition to regular video calls, we might even do a magical and transformational retreat in nature (a "vision quest") if you want to go really deep. I live in a peaceful, quaint and traditional Black Forest village in Germany surrounded by mountains and endless forest trails. I also lead occasional retreats and programs in Colorado. I also create custom outdoor adventures, travel experiences and team workshops combination with coaching. I work with people from all over the world.
To receive the most out of your investment in coaching, your devotion to the coaching process (which is really the creative process, with you as the creative subject) naturally becomes the highest priority in your world. You will likely see it is a direct investment in your self, and learning to bring your best self forward in all circumstances. As a result of who you are being, visible changes start to naturally occur in the way you show up, and the outcomes you then create in your life, relationships and business.
If the tone of this call to adventure appeals to you, then let's start a conversation.
You are a thinker and a creator. We all are. And we all use this creative intelligence to accomplish amazing things in the world. But as humans, we also use this same creative force to invent self-limiting illusions that clutter our inherent sense of peace and wellbeing. Together we will go deep into exploring the principles powering our life experience, and help free you up to enjoy the natural highs and lows of being human - but with less fear. You probably don't need more to do. You might just need to new perspective and a fresh look at where the leverage is hidden.
There are plenty of coaches and self help techniques out there. I've explored many. Most focus on "how to fix you" or start from an assumption that something is wrong with you. Then the goal is to suppress or replace hard to control behaviors, which is often not the root of what's holding you stuck. Instead, we will look to discover understand the process of the human psychological experience, which then helps you get to the root of problems with more clarity. When you better understand where your experience is coming from, you will naturally find the answers to "how do I..." and "what do I do next..." without massive effort, self-flogging, discipline, behavioral or will-power based interventions. Creativity is a natural outcome.
In a simple conversation with Justin he was able to shine a clear light on my core motivations, and help me to become increasingly aware of them. He listened carefully, and guided me to realize a simple, powerful insight into what is a powerful and fundamentally good motivation that drives me. Justin then helped me to see that in fact, I was meeting this need -- on daily basis, but just not telling myself that I was. This enabled me to re-frame much of my day at work and at home, which created a profound shift, and delivered a deepening sense of calm. From this more relaxed mindset, I was able to approach my commitments with greater ease, feel more centered, and connect with new opportunities that had been literally sitting right in front of me.
I began working with Justin at a transformative point in my life and career, as I was working on launching a new consulting business and balancing life with a new baby. Through our coaching sessions, I gained a deeper understanding into how our mind works, which has been transformative in every aspect of my life. This has allowed me to shift my perspective and explore life and business with a peaceful, curiosity that has resulted in more clarity and wisdom.
For those looking for practical applications, I have been able to make business decisions more confidently, work and prioritize more efficiently, deepen relationships, and create space for the things that I enjoy in life.
Working with Justin has been helpful and encouraging. It’s like counseling meets a present day Guru whom understands all the challenges for young entrepreneurs and business professionals. He has helped me rethink certain patterns and offers small tips along with challenging my thinking which has helped tremendously. Justin also knows much of this stuff first hand from other experts and has great supplemental material to support the mentoring sessions. The environment feels very safe and natural along with the ability to meet outside or go on a hike which is much better in my opinion for opening up and not feeling stuck in an office setting!”
I have very much enjoyed the opportunity of working with Justin, his guidance helps bring clarity and a clear path forward both in personal and business facets. I appreciate him and his work greatly!
Through dedicated study and practice, Justin has refined his innate and authentic ability to deeply listen, feel and interpret, then express his perspective with profoundly skilled insights. He's helped me better access a deeper sense of my self. From this grounded, spacious, ever-present and accessible state of mind, I find my actions are more intentional, impactful, and even fun. I can better reframe daunting challenges to feel like my valuable opportunities, and better recognize small understandings as my path toward wisdom. I find talking with Justin not only helpful, but also fascinating and a true joy.
Within 30 seconds of meeting Justin, one gets the sense that he cares deeply about you and wants to understand who you are, as a person. Immediately there’s a warm space of compassion created where a talented coach like Justin puts you at ease and his skillful listening leads to open conversation and a clear mind where whatever is really in your way can surface and insights into options flourish. In working with Justin, I have found a calm place from which to respond effectively to whatever troubles might come into my day. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for a fresh perspective on life.