End of an era

A heartfelt thank you to each of you who have been mentors, 

supported my efforts and/or trusted me as your executive coach.

Because of you, mine has been a successful and joyous career.

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Last night I said farewell to my last executive coaching client. No more collaborative problem solving, messaging revision and sharing of insights. I will no longer rejoice in the triumphs and growth of technology executives, nor peel that precious onion to help them see what they really need and that they are not just solving problems or working on projects, but working with people.

Gone are those mutually shared successes as I guide an ambitious director into a VP slot, or, miraculously, a CEO position. And no longer will I remediate the pain and disruption of clients recovering from prolonged job search through my, sometimes painful, but dependably successful, guidance. No more repositioning thinking on how to address the Board or reminders that when they are negotiating, they are negotiating with people with whom they will work and that winning it all is sometimes losing, in the end.

Over the past several decades of supporting the tech community I have learned much, made more than a few friends, and always, even when it was difficult, enjoyed being what one outstanding and long time CEO client called me, his women behind the curtain.

I am proud to leave my career as an executive coach knowing I made a profound difference in companies and, more importantly, in many people’s lives. That I taught clients life lessons and that they, in turn, will teach those lessons to others is my legacy. Clients have learned to write a job description that becomes a contract for success, how to interview candidates and how to fire folks who just don’t fit.

Many former clients will begin their days and sometimes their family meals with, “Please share what you are proud of today.” And every former client will begin projects and presentations by first defining their objectives and the desired outcomes. Through their careers, they will list accomplishments and not opinions on their resumes. And many will have learned to stop talking so much!

Executive Coaching for Technology Executives

Is this you? Your role as executive comes with challenges you have not yet faced or previously faced, but not well. You could use confidential support for problem-solving. Or you confess you don’t have the roadmap to be the leader you want to become. You need a confidential sounding board.

Welcome to your online executive coaching resource. You will find answers to many questions on leadership, solutions to significant problems and discussions of trends and topics only executives face.

You are invited to comment, submit questions and participate in discussions. Need more support? Contact me to see if executive coaching is a match for your needs. We can create a personal program to get you where you want to be. Contact me: [rfa.desert@gmail.com]

Perhaps it is time to change employers and you realize the job search landscape has changed and you are uncertain you know the right path. It is clear to you most of the advice offered is written by people who have never hired executives or been one. Worse, it is geared for people much younger in their career. Here’s a job search primer to get you started. 

Are you ready to change jobs and find the challenge daunting, even mystifying? My specialty is tackling the hardest job search challenges to reduce them to manageable hurdles you can overcome. I teach life skills you will use throughout your career.

  • Is moving from Director to VP difficult?
  • Are there quick job changes that make your resume less appealing?
  • Are you over fifty-five and feel you are passed over for younger candidates?
  • Are your job search skills out of date? 

97% of my clients reached their career goal within six months when they follow my advice for job search. Contact me to discuss your particular challenges to see if coaching makes sense for you. Check out my About Page to learn why you can trust me as a resource for your career decisions.

 

 

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