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As an Executive Consultant, I support client needs in leadership coaching, teambuilding, change management, and organizational development.
What do you think makes Suntiva a great place to work? Why do you enjoy working for Suntiva?
Suntivans are highly collaborative and an inexhaustible well of insight. My colleagues are generous in creating time to share their experience and perspective and terrific thought-partners, working together to discover innovating ways to serve client needs.
What do you enjoy most in working with Suntiva's clients? How do we make a difference in our clients' work?
I love digging in and truly understanding a client’s desires for growth. Finding out what success looks and feels like, as well as discussing obstacles, is a conversation full of courage and possibility. I see the impact of my client work daily; whether I’m supporting office executive leadership, division directors, deputy branch chiefs, or individual contributors. The difference we make at Suntiva is how we prioritize collaborative dialogue that addresses current situational challenges, develops crucial skills enhancing productivity and engagement, or promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Do you have any tips for coaching in a virtual environment?
As a coach, it’s never been more vital to commit to active listening. Listen to your client, take notes of the actual language they use, and share what you’re hearing to clarify understanding. Listening engages empathy, creates trust, and promotes partnership.
Do you have any tips for engagement in a virtual environment?
Create space for conversations about “how it’s going.” These discussions happen well formally or informally, in one-on-one discussions, as a part of a team meeting, and even during a branch or division meeting. Introduce a specific topic and ask people to assess what’s working well, what’s falling short, and give permission to share suggestions about how to improve. Telework emphasizes aspects of teamwork that are technical, problem-solving, solution-orientation and diminishes the quality of communication, human connection and preferences, and professional satisfaction.
Can you provide one tip for working in prolonged telework?
Prioritize getting outside every day to support your total health. Sunshine boosts serotonin levels which help increase your energy and support your ability to stay calm and focused throughout the day. Be creative, getting outside for brief periods as a form of transition between parts of your day or for various lengths times as you continue to hold a challenging schedule.