I sought out an executive coach during a time of uncertainty and possible transition in my career path. Juggling important priorities at home and at work was becoming stressful and I lacked direction. Karen helped me to focus my energy, prioritize my challenges, and explore new options. She encouraged me to think bigger and more creatively than I tend to on my own. Karen helped me understand how I process information and how my approach differs from my colleagues. That understanding has impacted my effectiveness in my current role, and has led me to develop a long-term plan for exploring future career options. I concluded my time working with Karen feeling much happier in my current position and more optimistic about how my career might develop in the future.
I was referred to Dr. Ostrov by my organization in an effort to hone my listening skills and personal communication style to enable me to optimize my performance in the arena of fund raising. Dr. Ostrov’s coaching built upon the positive aspects of my personality, while encouraging me to explore and utilize the opposite personality traits, such as intuition and feeling, to help me develop a more empathic style. While still a work in process, this deliberate “softening” of my personality has helped me achieve both my organizational and personal goals of successfully interacting with higher profile (and higher giving potential) individuals in a more relaxed, graceful and ultimately effective manner.
I would strongly recommend Dr. Ostrov to anyone who is looking to better understand their own personality and communication style, and how it enhances or limits one’s effectiveness in dealing with others. Dr. Ostrov will use those findings to broaden one’s skill set which will ultimately enhance behavior that can lead to improved business performance.
I decided to meet with an executive coach to improve my confidence and effectiveness in a leadership position. I wanted to communicate more effectively with management team, coworkers and direct reports.
I learned to approach a situation with an “open door” attitude to encourage effective dialogue with reports, my boss and coworkers. As a person who prefers introversion, I learned ways to bring my thoughts and concerns to the table and keep dialogue open, without alienating others or feeling alienated by them.
I felt comfortable working with Karen. She encourages and allows me to define my goals and what is important to focus on in the training rather than imposing her own ideas.
Over a two year period you worked with me to understand my management style preferences and the management style preferences of others, especially my immediate supervisor. Of particular help were the ‘scripting’ exercises when important conversations were anticipated with my supervisor or other types of personalities with which I had little patience. Those exercises were also beneficial to me when spontaneous stressed conversations would occur. I also benefited from your assistance in the clarification of my personal goals to remain in my current location rather than to relocate for a promotion with an alternate employer. I would recommend your individual executive coaching services to others.
During the past year I have moved into a senior management position and have begun to engage in a number of activities that I have had little experience with in the past. I was far less confident of my abilities to bring myself up to the level I felt I needed to be at.
With Karen’s involvement, I have acquired a framework that allows me to more easily grow professionally. Karen’s approach has been very holistic and therefore more powerful in terms of results and improved self-awareness. I feel equipped to address future developmental needs and face high profile changes within my organization.
I would recommend Karen to any person in a management or leadership position looking to expand their horizons within an organization. Karen’s unique approach of working with the whole individual would be particularly effective for persons facing significant transitions or changes in their professional lives.
I had the absolute privilege of working with Karen acting as an executive coaching resource. The things I learned! About myself, my styles, about how other people received and reacted to various types of communications and “implied” positioning. The introduction and use of frameworks for understanding and navigating the dynamics of executive relationships are worth their weight in gold.
Karen has a wonderful way of challenging perceptions about oneself and our interactions with the world. It can be humbling yet fun at the same time because when we understand the options available to us in every situation we have a good shot at optimizing each interaction.
I highly and explicitly recommend Karen if you are truly serious about improving your personal or organizational execution skills.