Let’s Learn Together

The learning curve when moving into a new leadership position is steep!

I know. I’ve been there.

I know what it’s like to wake up and jump out of bed full of passion, purpose and enthusiasm. To feel fulfilled by a dream job, and also awed by the weight of the responsibility.

I also know what it’s like when fear gets in the way, stress takes over, or dreams get interrupted.

I serve school leaders who are “in the arena.”

Leaders who recognize, and are fierce advocates for, the dignity and potential of all children.

Leaders who are urgently reinventing schools to become the creative, joyful, flexible and radically inclusive learning communities all children deserve.

Leaders who long for deep connection, involvement, belonging and meaning in their work.

Leaders who are energized by Sarah Willie-LeBreton, who upon being appointed the 12th President of Smith College (my alma mater) asserted, “the promise of education is not just the creation of knowledge, but the model of how to share it for our mutual liberation and the collective good.”

Maybe leadership isn’t quite what you expected.

Are you noticing that what once brought you joy, now feels like a burden?

Or maybe you know it could all be so much better, but you just don’t know where to start.

With my help you can find your way back to more clarity, energy, joy and passion. 

You can stay “in the arena” and lead with integrity, empathy, power and impact.

I help bold, adventurous Heads of School and school leaders make the impact they long to make

I’m a confidential, reliable, strategic thought-partner for you on this learning journey.

I help you stop spinning in circles and focus on what’s most important, not what’s most urgent.

I create a safe space for you to process challenging issues and emotions out loud, and to expand and grow.

I work with 3 types of school leaders:

  • Heads of School in their first Headship
  • School leaders in a new leadership role
  • Teachers in a new teacher-leader role

School leaders seek me out to help them with:

  • Overwhelm – stress and anxiety due to too many responsibilities, and feeling alone to create change.
  • Time management – not enough time to do the most important work (children).
  • Frustration – apprehensive about working with a Board and leading teachers and parents in such an anxious, fear-based culture, and frustrated about the slow pace of change.
  • Boundaries – caring too much without setting appropriate boundaries.
  • Relationships – navigating a new culture, developing a productive relationship with the Board chair, leading and evaluating a new team.
  • Faith in the system – frustration about being trapped in a bigger system that feels broken.
  • Redefining purpose – help rebounding, rebooting or reinventing.

Leadership changes over time.

In the beginning, there’s excitement and energy, and often difficulty prioritizing what’s most important. Sometimes imposter syndrome shows up.

A couple of years in, you might need to refocus on a strategic project or team dynamic or you might be longing to create a more sustainable approach to your job. What’s holding you back?

How do you know when it’s time to go? This is an especially complicated stage. Leaving a school with grace and dignity can be the biggest challenge of all.

I can help. You don’t have to do this alone.

How Does This Work?

I typically work with clients in the following way.

First, we schedule a complimentary session to explore what’s possible. There are no strings attached to this call. I’ll work to understand your goals and share what’s possible. Together we’ll explore your situation to see if and how I can be of service. 

We meet on Zoom or the phone (your choice) for 45 minutes every other week, or every week, depending on what’s most valuable for your situation. In between our calls you have unlimited access to my support via email.

I offer 6-, 9-, or 12-month coaching agreements, and easy online scheduling to accommodate your availability. Change takes time, and we want to make sure that what we do – your learning and growth – is sustainable.

I understand each person’s ability to pay is unique, so I offer a sliding scale rate.

I customize each relationship based on what you need.

FAQs

Jennie Winton, Founding Partner & Coach at Mission Minded (a non-profit branding agency) produced an excellent resource called “Are You Ready for a Coach? 11 Questions to Ask.” Download this free resource to get clear and succinct answers to the most commonly asked questions about coaching, including:

  • Why would I need a coach?
  • Is coaching right for me?
  • What’s the difference between consulting and coaching?
  • What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
  • Does it mean I’m not successful if I need a coach?
  • Is this life coaching or executive coaching?
  • Is coaching confidential?
  • I’m still skeptical. Can you convince me that coaching is for me?

Other Frequently Asked Questions

While we’re working together you’ll have unlimited support and availability to me via email. In between our calls we might decide on certain practices for you to experiment with, designed to help deepen your development and growth.

All of my relationships are customized to fit the needs of each person, including the length of our agreement, the frequency of our calls, and the price. Normally I work no less than six months with someone simply because change takes time and we want to make sure that what we do – your learning and growth – is sustainable. I often end up working with people for longer periods of time, not because they are broken or in desperate need of support, but because there’s more they want to learn and create in their leadership and in their lives. Our work together is an agreement, not a contract, so there’s always the option to end our relationship early. I’m committed to co-creating a relationship that serves you best.

  • I’ve “worked my way up” in independent school education. I’ve learned from all of my different job responsibilities, and enjoyed being part of several wonderfully diverse school communities.
  • I’ve stood “in the arena” many times. In fact, in all my career I’ve always “dared greatly” by taking risks to create something new, lead something new, or reimagine what’s possible for the future of schools and learning.
  • I’m a certified, accredited professional coach with over 300 hours of professional coach training.
  • In my first teaching job, I created a child-run farm and garden program!