From an Executive with a “hunch”
to San Diego’s Leading Executive Coach
Who started helping other executives build amazing high performance teams.
-Before the top-ranked executive training company…
-before the executive coaching that drives exquisite care…
…there was a Director in Strategic Planning at a corporate office, with a hunch.
The hunch told me, people have a hard time being truly authentic in the workplace.
The lady who thought I was crazy…
There I was, Director of Strategic Planning, in the boardroom of a multi-national company, with a gut feeling that things weren’t going as well as they seem.
The company I was working with was headed for extinction, I knew it, I screamed it. The company, on the verge of extinction today, didn’t listen.
I had hired an incredible team, a team that was suffering under the weight of bureaucracy, hubris, seriousness, and inauthenticity, and for some reason I knew that I could give them something better.
So, I took it upon myself to lead my team on a team retreat. I had never been on a team retreat, I had never met a coach, but I had listened to a tape set from Tony Robbins.
I decided we were going to engage in a life changing adventure…climb Mt. San Jacinto…the hard way.
Our climb was grueling.
My goal was to climb for an hour, have transformational conversations for a few minutes, and climb again.
The trail was brutal. Our route included climbing for 5 minutes, conversing for an hour, and then climbing again.
My team struggled. My team was exhausted, yet together we transformed the others’ lives. My teammates were confused. We were asking big questions and we were challenging each others’ mindsets.
Nicole mentioned that we were discussing things her mother, her boyfriend, and her closest friends never asked? What were we doing?
I had no idea. I had never done this before. But I began to realize I wanted to spend my life creating great teams, that created this greatness through these conversations.
I had the opportunity to climb Mt. Rainier with 12 executive coaches. As I was climbing, they were asking me questions that rattled my soul.
Asking me things like…
“Are you 100% satisfied with your professional life, your romantic life, with your current level of performance?”
“Are you engaging 100% in what you are truly passionate about?”
“Are you taking enough risks, or have you created a life where you are too comfortable?”
These guys were in my face. They were confrontational. They were rigorous. I wanted them to go away.
Yet, I discovered in that moment that I must become a leadership coach.
I left Mt. Rainier a different person than when I came…
I knew that the corporate world needed conversations like these to build their strongest teams, to challenge their teammates to take greater risks, and to create relationships of trust where people are committed to each others’ professional and personal success.
The corporate world needs help learning how to really lead. They need help engaging employees, strengthening teams, and creating authentic relationships.
I left the corporate world, went to coaching school and founded the Simon Leadership Alliance. Within 18 months, I was doing what I love to do best…build strong, unbeatable teams made up of hungry, voracious, young energetic leaders.
I love the dynamics that occur in team development, and specialize in making teams stronger, more effective and more productive than when I met them..
My executive coaching produces benefits like..
Like commercial real estate brokerage team who moved from individuals earning several thousands of dollars to team leaders earning several millions of dollars in annual commissions in a company recognized by Forbes as one of America’s best employers.
A Culture of Excellence
Scientists at a national laboratory who transformed from being individual contributors to working together to achieve top notch reviews from their government sponsors.
Leading in your Industry
Like a construction company I coach who moved from last position to first position in profitability.