My Practice Involves Drawing on the Most Important Elements of Quality Coaching & Consulting:
- Listen in an extraordinary way, with both head and heart.
- Ask compelling questions, provoke new thinking.
- Capture insights that feed fresh ideas and strategies.
- Shed light on new possibilities and perspectives.
- Help draw out the client’s innate intuition and inspiration.
- Keep momentum going to move closer to the goal.
- Offer candor, ask for feedback and make sure trust is holding.
- Challenge, cheer on and champion.
- Measure progress and build in accountability along the way.
On a Personal Note...
"I aspire to make the most of each and every chapter of my life. I often start my day with meditation and Tai Chi practice. My favorite days include elements that feed my heart, head, body and soul. This often means a rich combination of... playing with my grandsons in Portland, OR, coaching clients, painting, reading, facilitating a team meeting, walking, enjoying a movie and dinner with my husband Paul, talking with my son Rick, gardening, taking a class, writing, travel –exploring new cities, planning for a special meeting or master planning session, getting together with friends and family, reading. And more…
"I also enjoy offering pro bono coaching services to a limited number of non-profit leaders each year. And, I am very proud of being a volunteer (as well as founder) of a thriving and nationally recognized non-profit organization serving over 1,200 at-risk girls annually - PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc. I also serve in a leadership capacity on several community boards and committees."
– COLLEEN FITZGERALD
More About My Professional Experiences
My professional portfolio is rather expansive. I’ve been sharpening my tools, including myself, for over thirty years. My expanded resume includes: senior director of a manufacturing company; director of a governmental agency; multi-year coach/consultant to two major health care systems; multi-year executive coach at Marquette University and business owner.
Three of my “how to” articles for leaders and managers have been published by Journal Communications. I’ve also authored 30 “Coach to Go” newsletters distributed to leaders and managers to help build their coaching skills as they build a coaching culture. I've taught an MBA course on leadership at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
I was selected by the Bertelsmann Foundation (a branch of a global media conglomerate based in Gutersloh, Germany) to facilitate a three-year project with an international network of philanthropists and foundation directors. Our charge was developing and distributing a comprehensive report on ways community foundations can lead communities and help create civil societies.
I'm also a Senior Leader Coach with Right Management, a division of Manpower Group - “Business and Talent Aligned.”
I’ve completed an intensive, three-year coaching education and training program through the Center for Authentic Leadership (Atlanta, GA). I've completed numerous coaching courses through the credentialed Mentor-Coach organization (Bethesda, MD) and am a member of the Association for Psychological Type and the International Coaching Federation.
I’m an honors graduate of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and have completed MA coursework in adult education and social sciences.
"One of my greatest joys is helping others succeed. Another is to learn and grow. My profession is all about being the best resource possible to others who also lean toward growth, development, being their best. That’s why I seek out leaders to work with, as both collaborators and clients.
I am all in with my clients. And as they draw on their talents in new and invigorating ways, we find solutions, create opportunities, apply new self-awareness, achieve goals, take on new challenges, and celebrate successes."
– COLLEEN FITZGERALD