Coaching

When people engage in authentic conversations, the work environment becomes more productive and effective. Melissa helps executives develop their innate strengths in order to build better relationships, communicate more effectively, and bring purpose and meaning to their work.

 

Melissa’s areas of specialty include the following:

  • One-on-One Coaching
  • Coaching Intact Teams
  • 360-Degree Assessment Surveys
  • Developing High-Performing Teams
  • New Leader and Manager Transitions
  • Team Building
  • Individual and Organizational Branding
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Developing Emotional Intelligence

Her client engagement has included:

  • Coaching senior vice president at a high-tech firm in anticipation of promotion to a C-level position. Melissa helped the executive develop clarity of their leadership brand and integrated their strengths and values, in order to become more intentional and effective in leading a team.
  • Working with chief scientist at a high-tech firm to strengthen and build emotional intelligence and increase effectiveness working with others at the organization, which led to increased performance and improved work culture.
  • Working with eight-member executive team of a major medical facility to develop leadership and build team cohesion. Those changes then cascaded downward to the rest of the organization during a major business transition.
  • Leading a daylong workshop with a group of women executives in technology to enhance and empower leadership. The workshop developed skill sets, helped individuals grow leadership identity, and brought in a senior executive to share learnings and demonstrate leadership development.
  • Coaching the general manager of a manufacturing facility to develop leadership identity, leading to an emotionally intelligent workplace culture and new business norms. Resulting clarity and purpose among employees helped turn business around.
  • Working with six functional teams at a nationally recognized food company to break down silos that had impacted business productivity. Resulting team cohesion transformed business culture and enhanced productivity, communication, and business results by year-end.

Representative clients: Microsoft, Getty Images, Oberto Brands, Starbucks, Concur, Nordstrom, Premera Blue Cross, Univar, Masco, Intellectual Ventures, Sur La Table, Point B, REI Co-op Recreational Equipment, Weyerhaeuser, Incyte Diagnostics, Community Health Plan of Washington, Cray, Harrison Hospital, Honey Bucket, Milgard Windows and Doors, Emeritus, Fisher Communications, Drugstore.com, Westin Hotels, Nokia, Community Transit, T-Mobile

 


You have really helped me come out of my shell as a manager and develop a style that I think works really well for me.
CFOConstruction Service Company
Melissa’s examples of executives’ challenges are relevant, while her solutions are practical and realistic.
Former executive and current board member at an independent review board
A captivating book about understanding our internal barriers and how to unstick them. Melissa’s coaching helped me understand my own leadership challenges and how to overcome them. Her book, How Do You Want to Show Up?, is a great new resource for executives and their employees.
Sherri Mason
At the first of the year, Melissa and I first started talking about what success would look like for me and my team. Success looks like yesterday, how you all showed up during the meeting and how you are all jelling as a team. Thank you.
Senior Vice PresidentHealth Service Organization
There’s something for everyone in How Do You Want to Show Up? Whether you’re a seasoned executive or a young professional looking to find your voice and place in an organization, this book provides thoughtful insights and lessons that can help anyone advance their career.
Michelle Rhee
After two decades of leading teams and organizations (and despite some skepticism on my part), Melissa helped me break through and become a more effective leader. It was a very difficult but enlightening journey.
Executive at a Fortune 50 company
This must-read book teaches critical leadership skills through people stories that keep the pages turning. Readers can use this book to strengthen their self-knowledge and improve communication at work and in the rest of life.
Marshall Goldsmithinternational bestselling author and editor of thirty-five books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers
Incredibly compelling storytelling that marvelously brings each coaching case to life. Which example are you?
Brian O. UnderhillPhD, founder and CEO of CoachSource and author of Executive Coaching for Results: The Definitive Guide to Developing Organizational Leaders
Melissa’s warm, wise coaching helps clients understand their barriers to leadership. The stories and tools in her book can do the same for readers.
Marty Diklich
Whatever your leadership struggle—team dynamics, difficult conversations, advocating for yourself—this book shows how to overcome the problem by identifying and navigating your inner truths. Melissa has worked with our teams over the years and has led them through the conversations that are talked about in the book.
Ron Inman