“I’ve developed a bigger vision for my work.”
Working with Jo has been the best professional development experience I’ve ever had. I feel much more confident and happy at work. Working with Jo, I’ve developed a bigger vision for my work. I can act on many more opportunities in my current job and I now better understand how to use my power for the good of the organization. I’ve become more calm and open in times of intense leadership discussions and questioning, too. I feel much more collaborative and can now model good collaboration practices for my staff as well. Overall, I am a lot more confident working with my staff, the leadership team, and our board. Thanks for all you do for me!
CFO, Alameda County Community Food Bank
“We are now able to accelerate our product launch.”
Jo conducted an excellent training and team building daylong workshop for my full leadership team. After working with Jo as my coach, I knew she would be the perfect person to hire to help my team overcome some fears around failures and collaboration that had cropped up working together to move our product launch decisively forward. Jo quickly understood the issues I was up against with my team and designed and executed the perfect day filled with learning, team-building, and productive strategizing. My team said that it was the most helpful workshop they’ve had and we are already putting her strategies into action to make tough decisions and accelerate our product launch. Given that most of the team lives overseas, I am also impressed that Jo’s material could translate so well to such a multi-cultural team.
CEO and founder at Fido Labs
“Fundamentally changed my life.”
My leadership role as CFO demanded a better way of managing my work relationships and dealing with people who don’t operate like me at work. And my emotional reactions to other people’s behavior weren’t helping me. My coaching with Jo has been transformative and fundamentally changed my life. I now understand the way I process information and interactions and can think more clearly about how to respond, allowing me to manage any situation much more effectively. I’m also more alert to my behavior and capable of stopping myself and centering before going down the wrong path or overreacting; I’m not as personally offended or affected by other’s behavior. I would definitely recommend Jo to other executives who want to increase their leadership skills and presence.
CFO at Huneeus Vitners
“I learned how to express myself in a more influential way in key conversations.”
I wanted to move beyond my comfortable technical focus to a business-oriented, strategic awareness and influence. Jo’s experiences developing leadership and communication skills in tech professionals and helping her clients solve well-defined problems resonated with me. She was an attentive listener who gave constructive feedback without being judgmental, a combination that had been hard for me to find. The time I worked with Jo ended up being among the most stressful of my career and family life but, with her guidance, I developed a set of tools to keep myself inspired and energized. I learned how to express myself in a more influential, natural way in key conversations (using a ‘signature voice’) and how to be proactive when working with difficult people. Now when co-workers ask me for my opinion, I can shift from a technical focus to a strategic/future level view in order to optimize the impact for myself and my team. I’m also managing my time better so I can fit more results into the workday. Finally, with Jo’s help, I’ve developed strategies I need to ground myself and calm down so I can think more clearly in ‘hot’ situations and develop more effective responses. Overall I feel more confident and fulfilled and I’m using the techniques I’ve learned with Jo to identify and develop new areas of expertise with my team, which could result in new business directions and new products for my company.
Senior Research Scientist at Intel Labs
“Helps you figure out how you can work better and smarter.”
When I started coaching with Jo, I felt like I was having a blockage getting stuff done, but when I started following my intuition more, I realized I’m not a lazy person. If I feel stuck, there’s a reason for it – it’s the wrong thing to be doing! Now, I delegate more things and say no to certain requests. I feel more control over how I spend my time and I feel more at peace. Even others have noticed that I’m happier. I’m taking charge of situations instead of letting them roll me over with an outcome I didn’t want or wouldn’t make me happy. Jo has a great way of bringing in an outside perspective and helping me try new ideas and problem solve. She’s seen a lot of other successful people and businesses and how they work so she’s able to gather all these insights into helping you figure out how you can work better and smarter.
CFO at Geologic Resource Partners
“She taught me how to thrive.”
I was facing one particular problem at work and I needed some tips and ideas to improve my strategies. I also really wanted a second opinion and “reality check” on how to improve the situation. Wow! I got that and so much more. As a result of working with Jo, my confidence vastly increased and I developed advanced new skills in creating sustainable solutions for myself. I’ve worked with other coaches who were more like facilitators; but what I loved about Jo was her skill, knowledge, and experience in workplace challenges. She taught me how to thrive here. Our time together was definitely worth the investment.
Director of Product Management, eBay, Inc
“I am so happy with my work and am able to take more risks.”
I hired Jo because I was at a standstill in my career – trying to figure out what I like to do, what I was good at, and what my next steps should be. I now have a new project and it fits perfectly with what I want. Without Jo, I wouldn’t have called the organization where I’m working now and been so clear about what I wanted to do, and how I could do it in a way that I love. Jo helped me with issues such as self-doubt and fear that I didn’t even realize were holding me back. I am so happy with my work and feel like I am able to take more risks – finally! Jo is great at seeing the specific issues that prevent you from moving forward and making non-judgmental recommendations that truly get you unstuck and moving forward in your career.
Business and Marketing Strategy Consultant
“Bolder, more confident and having more fun!”
I started working with Jo because I knew I wasn’t portraying enough confidence with my co-workers and clients and I wasn’t yet poised to take on the bigger stretch leadership positions that I wanted. Working with Jo has been a fun and liberating experience. I’ve grown a lot personally and professionally through our work together that would not have been possible without her. While working with Jo I was able to see how my holding back and being timid may be limiting me from having the positive impact I would like on others and in the world. My work with Jo gave me the confidence to speak up, even when I’m not comfortable and ask great questions without assuming I should already know the answer. I’ve learned that the benefit of speaking my wisdom is usually greater than the risk or fear I’m feeling around needing to keep quiet. Now I feel bolder, more confident and I’m having more fun!
Consultant, Freed Associates