Can you relate to these stories?
Some clients can't afford to go public with their success
stories. After all, not everyone wants her boss to know she's
thinking of a career change! Your decision to consult me is personal
and confidential within the limits of the law. These stories come
from real people -- details changed or full names omitted. You'll
find signed testimonials on my home page, coaching page and
And some former clients can't allow themselves to be listed, but
are available as email and telephone references.
should I move myself and my career?"
Problem: "I came to
Cathy with one main goal: to put together a list of
places where I would love to live and to start to prepare to move there.
Success: "I was amazed.
Within a very short time I had not only
completed my relocation goal, but I was starting on an important long
term goal. Long term goals always seemed so far away and nebulous to
me. It felt so good to know what I could be doing toward this long term
goal now and be excited about it.
"I also am well on my way toward living a life that truly
reflects me overall." -- Sue S., Chicago
is going away"
Problem: At fifty-two,
"Lance" realized his twenty-year job would end
soon. He might have six months, a year, perhaps two years. He felt
extremely stressed by the uncertainty and the low morale that had
spread through his Fortune 100 company division. When he called, his
question was, "Should I just walk away and pursue my dream?"
Success: Lance began to
explore creative ways to use his job as a
vehicle to move forward. We came up with a time management plan so he
could explore a business opportunity while remaining on the payroll.
Most important, Lance had a sounding board. He learned he could
walk away from the negativity that was permeating his workplace.
Cheers: After our very
first consultation, Lance emailed to say, "I
can't believe what happened. I feel like a great weight has been lifted
and I'm happier than I've been in months."
Redirecting a high profile career
"My job disappeared
and nobody will hire me"
"Ursula," a corporate vice president for community relations,
was known all over her large midwestern city. She was a frequent guest
on radio and television programs and occasionally contributed a column
to the local metropolitan daily. When her company was purchased and she
was fired, the story made headlines in the business press and even
garnered television coverage.
really wanted another corporate job with benefits and
an office. But she soon realized she was too well-known and too
controversial to get hired. Her resumes were returned with a note: "Why
would you want to work for us?"
resisted exploring freelance options, but after we
broke down the process to bite-size pieces, she agreed to try. After a
few hesitant steps, she began to attract clients - including some of
the executives who didn't want to hire her.
Cheers: Six months
after we first talked, Ursula sent me a copy of the
press release she wrote to announce her company's official opening.
"Did I take the
Problem #1: "Kyle," a
senior sales representative, initially hired me
to serve as his secret weapon during a job hunt. Unlike many job
seekers, he had offers for interviews and eventually for positions. His
challenge involved deciding where and how to interview and how to
manage the offers and counter-offers. He also had to learn how to deal
Success #1: Kyle landed
a great job, but...
Problem #2: Two weeks
into his new job, Kyle began to think he had made
a huge mistake. He wondered if he was being set up to fail. His boss
had redesigned his territory and his responsibilities. Kyle was ready
to jump ship and give back his sign-on bonus.
Success #2: Kyle
needed an objective sounding board so he could
maintain a positive image among his new colleagues. We came up with a
plan: Kyle would play detective in his new company and also find ways
to keep his options open, in case his worst fears proved to be true.
Follow-up: After three
months, Kyle had negotiated some changes in his
new job. And he was working on a long-term "get more marketable"
"Need to make a
life-changing decision right away"
up a successful financial services business.
She was getting a little bored when a phone call came out of the blue:
an offer to buy out her company at a very atttractive price.
Problem: Nancy was
ready to jump. But she wondered what she would do
afterward. She had fantasized about working in the arts but hadn't
really investigated. She would have plenty of money, but would need a
new career to maintain her expensive lifestyle as a single parent in an
urban area. She was scared.
Success: After a
single Power Hour, Nancy realized she really wanted to
leave her business. We created a plan so Nancy wouldn't wake up the day
after the business was sold, wondering, "What now?"
taking several months for a major career change"
Problem: "I worked
with Cathy for several months. During that time my
life was in a state of transition. I have been offered jobs
internationally and have had to decide what is the best move for me --
or whether to start my own business. My thoughts, hopes and dreams were
all constantly changing because I really did not know what I wanted to
Process: "Cathy has
been so supportive and understanding through all
this from being an objective outsider, to being a great sounding board.
I have learned new insights into myself along the way, and her great
follow up call summaries provided a concrete list of things to work on
for the coming week so I could get clear on what I wanted to achieve.
"I must have driven her mad with all the emails I have sent her
requesting feedback on pieces I was writing for my website. Her
feedback was always concise and straight to the point. She helped me
make my writing have much more impact. She gave invaluable feedback and
got me to write from my heart and the results were so much better.
"Having an academic background myself I also respected her integrity,
depth of knowledge and wisdom gained from years experience. She pointed
out words in my language that were not supporting what I wanted to do
which I was not even aware of using. She challenged me to set deadlines
but also encouraged me to have fun and take more time out which I very
Success: "I have now
decided to pursue a long dream of starting my own
business and just beginning with defining the market, my website, and
all that I can offer.
Cheers: "Thanks Cathy
for all you help, guidance and support."
A.Q., Melbourne, Australia
"You seem to have a great sense of keying in on what is important." --
Ellen F., Fort Lauderdale. FL.
"You've helped me get a lot more focused." -- Carolyn M., San Francisco
Bay Area, CA.
Next: Now that you've seen what happens when I work with clients,
here's my bio and background story.