There isn't an instruction manual for great leadership, but there are key ingredients.
The best leaders...
have their own style that activates high performance in their teams.
are reflective about their own strengths and blindspots.
are continuous learners.
harness the individuality of their team members
I knew that I wanted teams to follow me. I knew that I had stress behaviors that didn't always serve me as a leader. I knew that I needed to use my strengths and address my blind spots.
I spent 25+ years coaching individuals and leaders around managing careers, leading people, solving problems. My time in HR and organizational leadership have exposed me to best practices and different ways of working.
My StandOut profile is a perfect description of where I find passion in my work...advising leaders on their journey and co-creating solutions for themselves, their teams, and their workplaces.
My HR and coaching certifications have given me the background to best support you.
- GPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
- International Coaching Federation (ICF) - Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
- Certified Practitioner for the AIIR Consulting Team Effectiveness Survey
- Certified Practitioner for the Global Leadership Assessment (GL360)
"I had always wanted to start engaging in an Executive Coaching program. However, I always had a reason to pull back. Whether it be timing, not the right fit, or "I just don't need it right now" I always had the likely excuse. Through working with Melissa I learned how to discover "my best self" for my high performing team. She helped me understand what I was doing for me vs what I could be doing to become the best version of what our team could be. Especially during a tough year like 2020, I felt that my time with Melissa helped me identify when I was stuck, helped me quickly find ways that works for me to get unstuck, and finally helped me navigate tough industry/ organizational pressures to become the version of me that I would be proud of as a leader.I highly recommend Melissa as a coach and really believe in her approach to take your teams, organizations, and careers to the next level!" - HO
"What I love the most about my sessions with Melissa is how she motivates me to be a better self, to feel this energy that I need to empower and support others. From the first session I felt this confidence that I was missing that Yes, I can! I can lead my team and I can coach the leaders in my organizations so they can support and lead people in their teams. Melissa is a wonderful coach who always has the best questions to unleash your true potential. She helped me make the transition into thinking more deeply about a role I already had when my style and methods were impacted sometime too much by my experience as an individual contributor. Melissa challenged me to develop new ways of leading people. She engaged with me to discuss my business in depth and guided me to a point where I was more comfortable and able to think about how to share my thoughts and strategies with my peers, my leaders, and my employees." - OI
"Coaching sessions with Melissa have been some of my favorite work mornings! The session was with another colleague. Melissa created space to be authentic and has helped me find ways to be a better version of myself both professionally and personally. She helped build an unexpected warm relationship with my colleague, which was an added bonus. Melissa is your person if you are seeking to make improvements in your professional life!" - SA
“Melissa’s coaching has been very helpful in guiding me to establish my brand and to articulate my unique value proposition to leadership. ” - NM
"I had the pleasure to participate in coaching sessions with Melissa and one other team member. We joke that the sessions are almost like therapy! She was amazing at asking questions that trigger us to think on a deeper level and challenge ourselves. She guided the conversations to not give us solutions but help us identify action plans to achieve our desired solution. It has been a really eye opening and fulfilling experience that has helped me grow and also become a better manager and team member." - RS
"You have been extremely helpful. The techniques which you provided me with have been extremely useful. Your ability to help me turn the mirror on myself and truly understand some of the reasons I have been successful/unsuccessful, feel insecure/secure and a multitude of other issues has proven invaluable. I have found that meeting with you to discuss my career aspirations and approach has changed the way in which I comport myself and approach my business life... Thank-you!" - JB