Recently I had the privilege to lead a Birdfeeder for Vistage Master Chair, Artie Issac’s Continuing Learning Webinar Series. We had a lively conversation about all things pivoting with some great questions posed by Artie. Here’s a link if you want to watch a 5-minute excerpt or view the full webinar.
"As a founder recently exiting my business, I found myself at a crossroads of decisions on what to do next. Elisa's pragmatic approach of reflection and constructive discussions helped guide me through the process and helped me understand how to think about my next steps. Her pointed yet open-ended questions allowed me to explore my options, and her insights greatly aided in how I could take action on them."
"I am a big fan of the phrase, “you can be both a work in progress and a masterpiece all at the same time.” These are words to live by because they hold at once the power of learning and growing and the power of affirming, recognizing, and believing the strength that already exists within. For as long as I’ve known you, you have given me the gift of this tension, and as a result, not only am I stronger for it, but I can fly."
"When an entrepreneur makes the decision to exit their business, they are embarking on two journeys: leaving their business, hopefully in great hands, and entering the next chapter(s) of their life. Navigating through all of the details filled with financial and emotional decisions can be tough to get through. For me, having Elisa, an executive life coach with experience helping CEOs through this process, made the whole process rewarding and relatively stress-free. I am very grateful for all her insights and ability in allowing me to discover and execute what was best for me."
"As an entrepreneur, I have felt the need to constantly project an image of confidence and passion around my businesses. The reality is that, like everyone else, we have our ups and downs and do not have many people to help us work through and dissect the challenges so that we can continue to grow. Elisa is that person for me. As a trusted advisor, she has helped to challenge my beliefs, create awareness of the real issues, and assisted in defining the path forward."
"Few individuals have the ability to so powerfully impact your professional and personal growth like Elisa Spain. Working with her has transformed me in countless ways. I advanced from sales manager to division president and now spend far more time working on the strategy, growth, and development of my business, and far less time working on what's perceived as the "urgent" issues. I highly recommend Elisa Spain to any business leader who is looking to break through to new levels of success, both personally and professionally."
I connected with Elisa as I transitioned my role as a lawyer and business owner. Given her background, Elisa was able to share invaluable advice, help me move my ideas to action, and act as a sounding board as I embarked on new and critical decisions and strategies for both my career and our business.
Elisa was always flexible as we worked in (and out of) her traditional course materials to address those areas most critical to my transition. Her impact was evident, as those around me noticed and commented upon my ability to focus my decision-making and propel our organization forward. I am certainly thankful for Elisa’s impact on my career. I can confirm from experience that she has much guidance to offer others going through a significant career or personal transition.
"Career transitions are tough, particularly when you haven't had to look for a job in your entire adult life. Working with Elisa and her You Pivot program helped me work my transition in a holistic way, guiding me through an evaluation of my personal and professional goals, desires, and objectives. The result was clarity about what I wanted personally, how my professional life would help me get there, and how to articulate my story concisely and clearly as I transitioned to a new role."
"As I've moved to the next stage of my career, Elisa has been a key source of advice and support - knowing when to push me and when to listen so that I get the results I want. I strongly recommend Elisa to CEOs who want to take themselves and their organizations to another level."
I am an executive life coach. Throughout my life, I have followed my commitment to excellence. Building on my own professional and personal experience, my coaching approach has evolved from executive coaching to coaching executives in living their full lives.
YOU PIVOT™ PROGRAM
Careers like software require updates to keep them fresh. Just as with software, Version 1.0, while it works, is just the beginning. There comes a time when even the current version requires an update, when it is time for a pivot.
For me, the people who become intentional about version changes are the successful ones.
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