Personal Life Coaching, Life Design Coaching and Success Coaching for Creating What Matters - With Whatever Life Throws You!
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one."- George Bernard Shaw
As well as writing my Simply Success Newsletter and my Create What Matters Most blog, and writing articles for sites such as HubPages, I'm the author of these books and ebooks:
Simplicity and Success: Creating the Life You Long For [Trafford 2003],
Emotional Mastery: Manage Your Moods, and Create What Matters Most — With Whatever Life Gives You [Ebook, 2006],
Creating Sustainable Success: The Problems with Problem Solving and What We Can Learn From Them About Creating Simplicity, Success and Sustainability. [Ebook, 2006]
THRIVE! Creating What Matters In Challenging Times & Beyond [Ebook, 2012]
The ABC's of Emotional Mastery [Ebook, 2013]
Personal Life Coaching and Success Coaching Background
I have been a personal life coach, success coach and business coach since the early 80's. I practiced in Canmore, Alberta; Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, BC; Salt Spring Island, BC; and now live by the sea in Victoria, BC.
I currently do almost all of my coaching via phone, Internet and Skype. I've worked with clients on 6 1/2 continents (India being a sub-continent, i.e. the 1/2).
Early in my career, I realized that insight alone did not lead to results. So I added follow-up personal coaching to my workshops and training to help participants better apply the skills and principles I taught. Doing so had a spectacular effect on clients' results. And on me!
I took on my first coaching client in 1986, when I helped Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to summit Mount Everest, make a career transition. When she returned from Everest, I coached Sharon through the process of reinventing herself as an inspiring and sought-after motivational speaker.
For 9 years, I taught and coached individuals, couples, entrepreneurs, and executives through Robert Fritz's Technologies for Creating program.
Although most of my clients are ordinary folks like you and I, many are independent professionals, coaches, lawyers, veterinarians, writers, artists, craftspeople, small and home-based business owners, Internet entrepreneurs, and others who are tired of seeking the elusive "life/work balance" and want to integrate their life and work into a simple yet successful whole.
I also coach coaches. I developed a Personal Life Coach Training Program for Peer Resources in Victoria, BC, Canada's premier coaching and mentoring group. I trained life coaches from across Canada and the US.
And, as part of my coaching practice I've helped numerous coaches set up and implement their own Self-Directed Coach Training Program. It's an excellent alternative to expensive institutional training.
Executive Coaching, Business Coaching, Organizational Consulting
I started and ran two consulting companies — Uncommon Sense and Summit Strategies delivering training to executives and managers in a wide range of companies and organizations.
Trainer, Speaker, Workshop Leader, Retreat Facilitator
I have consulted, coached, designed programs for, or facilitated training for such businesses and organizations as: ALCAN, Motorola, Advanced Gravis Technologies, Ciba-Geigy, Scotia-McLeod, Control Data Institute, Pemberton Securities, Touche Ross, Vantage Securities, BC Central Credit Union, Esso, Texaco, PetroCan, Jade Simulations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Banff Centre for the Arts, The Open Learning Agency of BC, Alberta Forestry, BC Environment, BC Forestry, BC School Trustees Association, Malaspina College, Mount Royal College, MacMillan College, BC Health Administrators, Calgary Board of Education, Mission School Board, Calgary YMCA, Canadian Camping Association, Canada World Youth, Outward Bound, BC, Outward Bound, NC, Sierra Club, BC, and numerous other schools, organizations and associations.
For more info on my Business Coaching and Executive Coaching, please check out my Executive Coaching page.
Executive and Professional Challenge Programs
I helped establish the Banff School of the Environment and was a Faculty member in the Environmental Decision-Making for Managers program.
I was the first Executive Director of The Yamnuska Mountain School, and turned the school from a money-losing YMCA program into a successful, money-making Mountain Skills and Leadership school. It continues as Yamnuska Mountain Adventures in Canmore, Alberta.
I developed an Executive Seminars Program for One Step Beyond Worldwide, and ran executive and management retreats in the Canadian Rockies.
I was Senior Trainer for the Institute of Earth Education, and contributed briefing notes for Earth Education: A New Beginning by Steve Van Matre.
I was a Consulting Associate of the Action Studies Institute, a think-tank in Calagary, Alberta, developing purpose-driven skills for business, education and communities.
I was an Advanced Instructor for Technologies for Creating, Inc. and Innovation Associates. I contributed briefing notes to Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline Handbook.
I was the first Canadian to be certified to administer the Response Profile by Paul Stoltz, author of Adversity Quotient.
Resilience and Empowerment Programs
I designed vision-driven resilience and empowerment programs for the Calgary Board of Education, the YMCA, the John Howard Society, Outward Bound, and the Alberta Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission.
An ex-high schoolteacher, I assisted in the design and development of Pooh House School, the Alternative High School, and the Inglewood-Ramsey Pre-school in Calgary, Alberta.
I believe the fundamental premise of successful prevention is the ability to "show them something better."
I also believe that, as well as teaching people to fish (metaphorically speaking), it is critical to teach them the generic creating and life design skills they'll need to create and sustain a vision driven life when fish stocks dry up or die.