Corporate Case Studies – Saberlock
Saberlock* brought me in to coach several middle-managers at their company. The heavy emphasis on sales within the organization created a competitive, yet reactive work culture. For Saberlock to be prepared for the exponential growth they expected in one of their key departments, several of their middle-managers needed to develop their skills in the areas of people management, planning and goal setting. During the first session, I debriefed each employee on the results of the skills assessment they had taken. The results of the self-assessment helped each employee to focus on two to three skills they needed to further develop to be successful in their role. Most of these areas synced nicely with what management had already recognized and expressed as needing development, and confirmed to each employee what was critical to improve upon.
Because of the coaching sessions that followed, each employee articulated progress in developing new habits related to their skill areas. Employees expressed willingness to take training into their own hands, sometimes reading recommended books that would help their skill development. In the end, Saberlock management found the experience very valuable for their company, and desires to put another group of employees through the coaching.
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Individual Case Studies – Derek
When Derek* first started working with me in 2013, he was hoping to relocate from Maryland to New York City. While working on a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Derek had become interested in Data Science. I connected him with a company in New York City and coached him through each phase of the interview process, and he landed the job. In the following few years, Derek’s salary surpassed six figures.
Derek came to me in 2017, unhappy with a newer role he had taken due to the culture at the organization. I assessed Derek’s transferable skills and provided him with exercises to discover his career preferences. As we discussed Derek’s results, we confirmed that his analytical skills were exceptional and these skills well-supported his interest in Data Science and machine learning. While this confirmed that Derek had found a correct position fit, further coaching revealed unmet strong preferences regarding his ideal work environment. Derek felt it was important for him to work with a world-class team of engineers, whether at the Fortune 100 companies he had been applying to or the startups that also piqued his interest. With his work experience, Derek believed that he could command a higher salary than he was making.
Understanding his needs and preferences gave Derek the confidence to pursue a new job. After one of our coaching sessions, Derek received a job offer with a Data Science team that had just started up within a larger organization, giving the new team a “startup feel” while boasting the resources of a larger corporation. Both aspects intrigued Derek. Another appealing aspect of the offer was that the startup team had just attracted an engineer from Facebook, reassuring Derek that he would get to work alongside and learn from world-class talent. Derek accepted the job, acquired a significant pay raise, and moved to an environment that would help him grow in his chosen career trajectory.
* Name of individual changed