My stint in Silicon Valley included roles as individual contributor and management during a time when anything was possible. When I ventured to Seattle, I was thrilled to participate in the technology roller coaster and created a role that capitalized on both my tech experience and education in counseling, psychology, and technology: I started a boutique recruiting firm that specialized in high-tech placements.
Rigel Executive Search is born: I was the only high tech-experienced recruiter in Seattle at that time and was invited to work directly with founders, investors and hiring managers to build their companies, teams, and dreams. We evaluated and discussed whom to hire in a confidential and open format. I taught many executives how to write a job description, how to read a resume and how to screen candidates and conduct an interview. To say I had the inside scoop on why and how people are hired is an understatement. I also served on the hiring team of a Fortune 100 company who honored me for over a decade as the only recruiter to work directly with the executives as they built their departments.
Job Search Coaching, a necessity. When the tech sector took a dive, my clients came to me asking if I would teach them how to find a job. Those execs had never had to look for a job nor had they invested any thought in career planning or personal branding. My coaching practice was born. It took a bit of trial and error and all I use today for job search coaching is field tested. Job search coaching clients who follow my advice typically reach their goal well within the contract period of six months.
Executive Coaching, the natural evolution. New executives were not always up to the task and again, asked for my support. Executive coaching clients leverage what I learned working directly with investors, Board Members and other successful senior executives. Beyond creating a business that helped to build companies, I served as a startup company Board Member, Mentor to struggling execs and advisor to Seattle companies. The problem-solving techniques I offer have not only helped managers become leaders, those leaders pass my advice and process
Beyond creating a business that helped to build companies, I served as a startup company Board Member, Mentor to struggling execs and advisor to Seattle companies. The problem-solving techniques I offer have not only helped managers become leaders, those leaders pass my advice and process to their employees. I am proud to influence in such a positive way.
Many of my Executive Coaching clients get promotions quickly and often receive accolades from the Board. When I help clients prepare presentations, they receive praise for the succinct and on-point delivery and respect for the listener’s time. Succession planning, morale building, and employee retention are often topics clients ask for support to master. In fact, many clients, as a sub-text, rely on my critical ear to help them improve messaging and branding.
I guide executives through managing those pesky HR issues. What can be harder than firing someone who isn’t pulling their weight? Or reorganizing/downsizing a team? No one is born a people manager. It takes a sounding board, new insights and often, new processes, to get a team committed to the mission of the group/company. Once that is done, many HR issues go away.
Current executive coaching clients include former job search clients who want to hit the ground running in their new role, managers who want to be recognized as leaders, Directors who want to be Vice President and first-time CEOs who need that woman behind the curtain support. My tough love style works because it is to the point, takes into consideration the style and goals of the client and relies heavily on my ability to listen to both the words and unspoken agenda.
I love my work. I enjoy seeing people succeed. I welcome the problem-solving and triumph with my clients as they achieve success beyond their expectations. Is it your turn? Contact me to see if coaching is right for you.