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Running peer executive groups with senior executives here in the Puget Sound area continues to be a powerful source of personal fuel. Being passionate around "building community for leaders" has resulted in a vibrant, professional "tribe" and many lifelong friends. Our peer coaching sessions are provocative and we take pride in our focus on relationships, fresh and unconventional thinking, and powerful questioning. Our whole focus is on interaction and sharing!
Meet Karissa Bodnar, the youngest member of the Marketing Executive Roundtable. Karissa has an incredible future as a creative entrepreneur and as someone committed to making a difference in the world. Karissa's success story actually came about after she woke up one night several years ago with an idea of how she could use her love for mixing beauty products in her kitchen to make a living and combining it with a way to give back to the cancer community - her best friend passed away from a particularly aggressive form of cancer. After wiping out her savings account and "going for it", she now runs a successful start-up selling "beauty products with a cause" and was recently featured on the Today Show. Check it out! We are so lucky to have Karissa in our group.
Peer Group topics in 2015 have been as engaging as they have been varied. We have had deep and thoughtful conversation around building our own personal/professional brands, creating engagement, leading, being the catalysts of change and embracing disruption, and reflecting on "immutable laws and top customer demandments" (thank you John Steckler) along with some more technical topics. We will start the new year by questioning how we have been managing performance (HR Executives from Google, Zumiez, and Intellectual Ventures will be discussion catalysts for this session)
and diversity over the last thirty years and exploring new and fresh perspectives on marketing leadership.
We also continue to enjoy our Wine Socials and found a great new summer venue in Motif in downtown Seattle - check out the rooftop bar - for sunny summer days.
My individual executive coaching practice is well established and most business nowadays comes via word of mouth. Interestingly social media works well in tandem with my business model, particularly as many of us now are "friends" on Facebook and in other social media. "Out of sight = out of mind" and social media is definitely allowing all of us to stay “in sight.” Many coaching assignments are increasingly coming from former clients that are in online relationships with me. Success today is so much about developing and maintaining important connections using both traditional and non-traditional media and approaches. Plus a commitment to generosity, sharing information, and helping/supporting others keeps coming back in great and unpredictable ways.
Both the peer coaching groups and individual coaching practices challenge me to be on top of my game. Coaching assignments come from all types of industries and size organization. This past year there has been significant work with leaders in high tech but also in healthcare, retail, construction, and more. The typical client is a high performing senior executive who is prepping for a bigger job and accelerated leadership, though I also occasionally work with mid-level leaders. Presenting issues also often fall into areas of increasing awareness of self and others, expanding tool kits for competencies such as influential and coaching skills, maneuvering complex organizational/political environments, and matters of emotional intelligence. I learn from every client. Who else has a job like that? Grateful!
This year is coming to an end with some bittersweet goodbyes to several long-term clients - and a couple of new assignments. And so the new stories and journeys begin....