At Crosworks Career and Talent Strategists, we have an experienced, professional team of executive, leadership and career coaches. Each has a unique background that brings well founded insights to their coaching-client relationships.
This month, we’d like you to meet Deb Mitchell, leadership and career strategist, and hear directly from Deb about her own professional journey.
Deb, what led you to become a coach?
It’s a different way to put my 30+ years experience of communications coaching and mentoring, across industries and organization size, to a more purpose-driven use. In 2017, I first made my own career transition into career coaching and then broadened that to executive and leadership coaching.
What was your last job before you started coaching?
I led the Global Communications team for Cardinal Health. Before that, I spent 20 years using my finance degree to build a career in Investor Relations with Wendy’s and L Brands, as well as in a consultancy. As you can imagine, this also gave me experience working in a number of different corporate cultures.
How would you describe your style?
I approach coaching as a partnership. In a thought-provoking way, my client and I work together to find clarity in their goals and then identify how to achieve those goals.
An individual may choose to work on a specific competency, a performance dimension or a career staller. In any case, to this partnership I bring my years of advising, my coaching skills, a rigorous process and a love of seeing others achieve their goals. Throughout the process, I ensure there is a return on investment for both the client and their organization.
What types of clients do you work with most often?
On the executive/leadership coaching side, I work with individuals from Director level into the C-Suite. I often find I’m putting my knowledge of corporate business models and finance to good use. I also work with women that find themselves stalled or stepping into new, higher level management positions.
What are some of the most impactful outcomes for a person who participates in executive coaching?
I have seen clients find Insight, awareness, confidence and forward movement.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your coaching experience?
I believe that communication is the visible indication of our leadership traits, so in my coaching partnerships communication, in some form, is usually at the heart of our work:
- I’ve helped leaders moving into new positions to intentionally rethink how they interact and communicate with their teams.
- Newly promoted managers and directors have moved from struggling with their professional presentations to confident communicators who clearly and concisely make compelling points.
- Brilliant individuals who just can’t seem to find their voice and speak up in meetings have discovered the “why” and then created practical steps forward.
It’s a joy to see individuals unlock potential and move forward with confidence and clarity.