Executive Coaching for Startup Founders and Leaders

What we’ve learned so far…

“Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion” – bell hooks

Here are a few things we’ve learned from facilitating our course: The ADHD Primer For Leadership

  • The importance of safety – people were able to take their preverbal masks off and be themselves. So many with ADHD have to put on their masks to work within a neurotypical world. It’s amazing thing to watch those masks get set aside.
  • The value of being understood – To be in a space where people “get” you is foreign for many ADHD leaders and an experience everyone should have. We heard “I feel seen” a lot. Knowing you’re not alone opens the door to empathy, understanding, and shared resilience, transforming isolation into a shared journey of strength and growth.
  • The power of connection – When people “get” you, you’re able to connect on a unique and powerful level. This was such a moving piece of the experience we’re now providing a space where leaders who took our course can meet and keep the connection and discussion going.
  • Breaks at the right time are necessary for holding focus – Our breaks were timed perfectly and no one wanted to leave when time was up! We’ve since extended the class time a little so we can get through all the material and not feel rushed. It is a long block of time but attendees felt like it went by fast.

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The Surprising Benefits of Leadership Coaching in Tough Economic Times

In the face of tough economic times, businesses are constantly seeking ways to adapt and remain resilient. The global economy, recession, and job market instability have highlighted the importance of strong leadership and strategic decision-making. One solution is leadership coaching, a powerful tool for unlocking success and driving positive change. With the right guidance, leaders can navigate economic challenges and emerge stronger on the other side. In this post we’ll explore the surprising benefits of leadership coaching and how it can help organizations thrive during financial uncertainty.

Enhancing Decision-Making Skills

One of the most significant benefits of leadership coaching is the development of decision-making skills. Coaches help leaders understand the consequences of their choices, reduce blind spots and assist them in identifying the most effective solutions for their organization. By addressing cognitive biases and promoting analytical thinking, coaching empowers leaders to make informed decisions that can improve the organization's overall performance in challenging economic times.

Building Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

Emotional intelligence is a key attribute for leaders, especially during tough economic times when stress levels are high. Leadership coaching helps individuals develop empathy, self-awareness, and emotional regulation. These skills enable leaders to manage their own emotions, foster positive relationships with their team, and effectively navigate difficult situations. Ultimately, emotional intelligence contributes to a more resilient organization that can weather economic storms.

Encouraging Innovation and Adaptability

Innovation and adaptability are crucial in a rapidly changing business landscape. Leadership coaching cultivates a mindset that embraces change and encourages creativity, helping organizations stay ahead of the competition. Coaches work with leaders to identify opportunities for growth and develop strategies to capitalize on them. By fostering a culture of innovation, organizations can better adapt to the challenges of tough economic times and uncover new paths to success.

Strengthening Team Dynamics and Engagement

A strong, cohesive team is essential for success in any business environment, but it becomes even more critical during economic downturns. Leadership coaching helps leaders develop effective communication skills, foster collaboration, and build trust within their team. By creating a positive work environment and ensuring team members feel valued and supported, leaders can boost employee engagement and productivity, leading to better organizational performance.

Promoting Long-Term Growth and Sustainability

Investing in leadership coaching during tough economic times demonstrates a commitment to long-term growth and sustainability. Coaches help leaders develop strategic plans that align with their organization's mission and values, creating a strong foundation for future success. As leaders become more adept at navigating challenges and seizing opportunities, their organizations will be better positioned to achieve sustainable growth, even in the face of economic adversity.


Leadership coaching is a valuable investment in any business environment, but its importance becomes even more pronounced during tough economic times. By enhancing decision-making skills, building emotional intelligence, encouraging innovation, strengthening team dynamics, and promoting long-term growth, leadership coaching can unlock success and help organizations weather the storm of economic uncertainty. Don't wait for the storm to pass; embrace the opportunity to grow stronger and more resilient with the support of an experienced leadership coach.

At, we understand the importance of strong leadership and are dedicated to helping organizations navigate these uncertain times. We’ll work closely with you to develop customized strategies that align with your organization's mission and values, fostering innovation, adaptability, and growth. Get in touch with Virginia or Casey to arrange a call and determine if we're the right fit for your coaching needs. We look forward to working with you!

Mastering Your Emotions and Reactions

It's easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment, allowing our emotions to dictate our reactions. However, learning to create space between these two components can lead to improved decision-making, better relationships, and greater mental well-being. In this article, we'll explore the importance of putting space between emotions and reactions, tips to help in various situations, and how coaching can facilitate reflection and awareness.

The Importance of Space

Emotions are natural and inevitable human responses, but they can also be overwhelming and lead to impulsive reactions that we may later regret. By creating space between emotions and reactions, we give ourselves time to reflect on our feelings, understand the situation, and choose an appropriate response. This space can help us avoid acting out of anger, fear, or frustration and instead, respond in a way that aligns with our values and long-term goals.

Tips for Creating Space in the Moment

  1. Pause and breathe: When you feel an intense emotion, take a moment to pause and breathe deeply. This simple technique can help you regain focus and create space for reflection.

  2. Label your emotions: Identifying and naming your emotions can help you distance yourself from them, making it easier to recognize their influence on your reactions.

  3. Practice mindfulness: Engage in mindfulness exercises, such as meditation or grounding techniques, to help you stay present and create space between your emotions and reactions.

  4. Reframe the situation: Try to look at the situation from a different perspective, which can help you develop a more balanced and rational response.

  5. Set boundaries: Know your limits and establish personal boundaries to protect yourself from being overwhelmed by emotions and reacting impulsively.

  6. Seek support: Reach out to friends, family, or a professional for guidance, as talking through your emotions can help create space between your feelings and your reactions.

The Role of Coaching

Coaching can play a significant role in helping you create space between your emotions and reactions. Here are a few of the benefits of cultivating your own coaching relationship:

  1. Provide a safe space: Coaching offers a non-judgmental and supportive environment where you can openly express your emotions and explore your reactions.

  2. Enhance self-awareness: Coaching can help you identify your emotional triggers, strengths, and weaknesses, allowing you to develop a deeper understanding of how your emotions influence your reactions.

  3. Offer guidance and tools: Coaching can teach you effective strategies to create space between your emotions and reactions, such as cognitive reframing, stress management, and communication techniques.

  4. Encourage reflection: Coaching can help you examine the consequences of your actions, enhancing your hindsight and foresight, enabling you to learn from your experiences and make better choices in the future.

  5. Foster accountability: Coaching can help you set realistic goals and develop strategies for self-accountability, encouraging personal growth and long-term change in ways authentic to your internal drive. This moves accountability out of the fear based realm into the realm of unlimited possibilities.

Creating space between your emotions and reactions is essential for personal growth, healthy relationships, and overall well-being. By practicing the tips outlined in this article and considering the support of a coach, you can enhance your ability to navigate challenging situations with grace and self-awareness. In doing so, you'll be better equipped to make thoughtful decisions that align with your values and goals, fostering a more balanced and fulfilling life.

If you’d like to learn more about what your own coaching journey could look like, reach out to Virginia or Casey.

What to Do When You're Not Feeling Inspired

Creativity is a fundamental component of human nature. It allows us to solve problems, express ourselves, and innovate. It is also a vital factor in professional success. Many careers require a high degree of creativity, and companies often seek out employees who can bring fresh ideas to the table.

However, there are times when we might find ourselves lacking in inspiration or struggling to come up with new ideas. This can be frustrating, especially when creativity is expected of us at work. So, what can we do when we're not feeling very creative?

  1. Take a break

Sometimes, the best thing to do when you're feeling stuck is to step away from the problem. Take a walk, listen to music, or engage in a different activity that you enjoy. This break can help to clear your mind and allow for fresh inspiration to emerge.

Research has found that walking activates the DMN, the Default Mode Network of your brain, leading to increased connectivity between brain regions and the generation of new ideas. When a person walks, their mind is free to wander, and they can engage in internal thought without the distractions of the external environment. This mental state is conducive to creative thinking, as it allows for the generation of new and innovative ideas.

So, rather than pushing through to force creativity, taking a break and a walk may lead to a breakthrough moment when you least expect it.

  1. Seek out inspiration

Surrounding yourself with sources of inspiration can help to spark your creativity. Look for inspiration in books, movies, art, or other creative outlets. Seek out new experiences and try new things to expand your horizons and gain fresh perspectives.

What assumptions or hidden limitations may be holding you back from trying a new direction or considering a new source of inspiration?

  1. Collaborate with others

Collaboration can be a powerful tool for creativity. Working with others can provide new ideas, feedback, and insights. Brainstorming sessions or collaborative projects can help to generate new ideas and inspire creativity.

So often we get trapped in our own mind and collaboration is a way to get our thoughts out in the open and consider a new perspective which can be cathartic to all involved.

  1. Embrace limitations

Sometimes, limitations can be a source of creativity. Embrace the limitations of a project or task and use them as a challenge to find innovative solutions. Constraints can force you to think outside the box and come up with new ideas.

Sometimes too many options, too many possible directions can cause us to lock up creatively. It’s a bit counterintuitive but limitations are pieces of the puzzle you don’t have to debate or decide, allowing you to focus your creative energy.

  1. Practice creativity

Like any skill, creativity requires practice. Make time for creative activities outside of work, such as writing, drawing, or playing music. This can help to develop your creative muscles and make it easier to tap into your creativity when it's needed at work.

Creativity is an essential component of success in many fields. When we're not feeling very creative, there are several things we can do to spark our inspiration, including taking a break, seeking out inspiration, collaborating with others, embracing limitations, and practicing creativity. By incorporating these strategies into our work routine, we can harness our creative drive and achieve our professional goals.

What things are you holding on to that are preventing your growth? What are you trying to control that can’t be controlled? What mistakes do you keep revisiting?

A new year is full of new beginnings, promises to ourselves and others. This year I’m letting go of my old career in engineering to continue my growth and service to you as a coach. Letting go of my previous career has allowed me to see things from a different perspective and I hope to be the lens to allow you to see things in a new light.

So often our pathway to growth and fulfillment is blocked by our own desires to shape reality into the vision in our head. We end up trying to control people and situations that our very much out of our control while ignoring things we can control.

In 2023 I challenge you to look at your own situation and question what is really in your control and what might be behind this need to control.

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More about me: About Casey

- Casey

With very little fanfare, I've been coaching a small number of founders since January of 2020.


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