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© Linda Shaffer-Vanaria 2018

Coaching Services  Linda can provide to you

Linda’s goal is to empower leaders to face the breadth of challenges of today’s volatile world with courage, ingenuity, and strategic focus.  From coaching over a thousand leaders throughout a breadth of global organizations such as Royal Dutch Shell, ABB, Life Technologies, Acumen International Australia and The Defense Logistics Agency, Linda has found that there is an increasing need and hunger for precise approaches to strategic thinking and decisive action. Linda champions her clients in bridging their operational day-to-day environment to  one of strategic mindset, so that they are aligned and acting upon the most impactful priorities possible.  She has extensive experience working with leaders in helping them evolve best practices to optimize their performance for competing priorities, complexities, and uncertainties.  

 

Linda's Coaching Philosophy

Linda's Coaching Approach

Coaching is foremost to meet leaders in their present space and deeply listen. This sets the premise of trust and opens the dialogue to understand their core challenges and opportunities.  Linda focuses on building the leader’s confidence to make strategic and transforming changes for themselves and their greater organization. This is manifested by connecting the dots between each leader's capabilities and circumstances, thus broadening  their overall awareness. As such, Linda's coaching style is compassionate, while sometimes tough, but always championing. 

Linda’s approach starts with exploring the real challenges a leader is facing and his or her personal view of their own work, leadership style, and desired future.  Linda lookis through three lenses in the process; specifically, that of the individual leader, the strategic needs of the organization, and both  the common and best practices of the respective industry at large.  This sets the foundation for discussions of meaningful, high leverage development.  Linda views the coaching process as a multi-dimensional opportunity for each leader and organization to realize just-in-time development and cultural enhancement as well as to build strong awareness and practices.  Ultimately, Linda  facilitates her clients in strategic learning and champions their challenges to success, such that on their own and for their entire careers,  learning opportunities will flourish.  

Large Scale Coaching Initiatives

Leader Development Coaching

Linda has been the lead coach for large scale organizational coaching projects of over 4,000 leaders, delivering  measurable results.  She  personally has mentored program managers in in establishing such  initiatives to fruition, employing a small and effective team of vested coaches throughout each various organization.  Large scale coaching is best accomplished virtually, enabling  the global reach, scheduling flexibility, consistency of approach, and ready access to the best professional coaching team necessary to achieve organizational transformation. 

Group coaching can be very effective in creating accountability and  learning environments tailored for a specific focus.  Building virtual teams and coaching is one of the areas where Linda is finding that there is a growing need.  With geographic dispersion of leaders and also the intensity and compression in daily schedules, this coaching works generally best with a virtual forum with visual augment, building ready access and organizational intimacy.

Group Coaching

There is an often misunderstood difference between having strategies and being strategic. When operating off a strategic plan, organizations actually are operating tactically.  Rather, organizations truly are being strategic when they are enabled readily to adapt in real time, with corporate planning serving as its strategic foundation.  Over the years, Linda has found that most planning is focused on identifying "things" that need to be completed to produce key results for the future.  What is missing here is the human dimension of becoming better thinkers and enablers.  When strategic planning includes these elements it enables momentum, strategic learning, adaption, adoption, and resiliency.

VIP Coaching 

VIP Coaching is for senior leaders who need a sounding board and  periodic access to strategic advise.  Linda can be contacted for those considering VIP coaching to explore and if appropriate, tailor such an initiative to achieve  an individual's or organization's desired results. 

Having first met at The Coaches Training Institute as her instructor, I've known and worked with Linda over many years. In a field known for its passion-pursuing, I have noted few who in that pursuit bring the level of dedication to her personal excellence as Linda. She's a devoted, learned and skilled professional executive coach with broad range and depth of experience. Linda is one of astonishing achievement herself yet while her personal story is truly fascinating and triumphant (I hope you get to hear her tell it one day), what continuously absorbs Linda is her keen and caring interest in people. She brings her creative perceptive mind with intensity and humility to those who entrust her with their personal development and the success of their enterprise. 

Truly standout is Linda's quiet integrity and understated ability, traits that draw those she meets and works with to want to learn from her and strive to excel in areas that are of significant stretch. At her core, this seems to be Linda's truest motivation: to help us recognize ourselves as great, capable, and honorable. . . and to thrill ourselves going beyond our own "edge." Linda's exceptional integrity makes her an honest champion. She has a refreshing sense of humor to boot.

Camilla Rogers

Co-Active Coach Trainer

Sacramento, California

"The time to prepare for an emergency is not when one finds oneself in its midst. In order to lead at the Edge, one must  be primed to do so."