Welcome to the Recovering Leader, designed to help you achieve your goals as a leader by sharing with you what works for others with similar questions and challenges.
Here you'll find 700 posts spanning practical experiences over a dozen years of my work coaching other c-level and emerging leaders, which followed a 20-year career as a financial services executive, and my coach training at Georgetown.
I live in San Francisco. My family and I returned here in 2013 after several years in Southern California. I originally moved to the Bay Area in 1995. Before that, I had lived in Boston, DC, and NYC. I grew up in Rochester, NY and went to prep school in Michigan.
Professionally, I’ve been in the business world since 1986. I know it sounds cliché that I started in the mail room (of a bank outside of Boston). That was shortly after ending a brief and, I will admit, not-too-promising career in the performing arts. With a broken foot (a stage injury) in a cast, I made my way to the mail room at BayBank / Waltham at age 24, because, in my literal-mindedness, “banks have money, and I’m broke.”
My first decade took me from there to teller to mutual fund telephone representative to project manager to PriceWaterhouse consulting to Charles Schwab—there I joined as a VP in projects. Nine years later I left Schwab, having made it to COO of a division. While everyone called me “brave” (i.e., “Crazy”) to jump ship from the big title, spot at the table, and happy paycheck, I knew I needed to follow a path with heart.
Working with my coach at that point, I then went back to school (Georgetown University) and got certified as a Leadership Coach (in 2003), and have since been an executive coach, mostly with Goodstone Group, LLC.
While I very much miss being “a leader” at times, I love my work, mainly when I see proof my coaching is making a difference for clients – in their careers/lives, and those of the people they lead.
My clients are leaders, managers, and executive teams, and engagements range from upgrading results, CEO succession and promotion readiness, exec team development, new role / new org transition, to fine tuning leadership. I coach clients in biotechnology and pharma, defense, energy, enterprise and personal technology, entertainment, executive search, financial services, food, foundations, government, healthcare, health plans, health systems and hospitals, hospitality/travel, insurance, law, manufacturing, medical devices and technology, nonprofit, private equity, professional services, real estate, retail, telecom, utilities, VC, et al. My clients are in the US, Australia, Africa, Canada, China, EMEA, and Malaysia.