Executive Family Coaching

I love working with executive families because I understand first-hand the stresses and strains that families experience during start-ups, mergers, IPOs, financial boom or bust, and heavy deadlines. The pressure can feel unbearable and it is hard to talk to others about the ups and downs of executive and C-suite life. I offer listening, hope, tools and resources to make your life easier.

During the two decades I lived in Washington, DC, I felt alone a lot of the time, as a stay-at-home mother and the partner of an executive. Most of my Mom friends were not married to executives or they were in the C-suite themselves, working their way up the corporate ladder. A lot of the time I felt separate, even though on the face of it, I was keeping our family together, gracefully apologizing for my husband's frequent absences, and attending Embassy parties or hosting big social events.

executive family coachingI understand that as the partner of an executive leader, there can be the recurring feeling of abandonment, the frustration of missed dinners and broken promises, the loneliness of making all the decisions on your own while your partner is working late, and of having to explain yet again to the children just why there is an empty place at the table. With the tension and solitude comes an erosion of trust as yet another hope is sacrificed at the altar of work in a world where the office is a higher priority than home, family and love.
For the children, the world is a mystery of uncertainty and conflict where each child senses tension but doesn’t understand the cause. All too often, the children assume that the tension they feel must be their fault.
From time to time, the parents unite and then a previously stable single parent world is filled with confusion. Trust is hard to build when so often the longed-for trip is canceled, the family meal is filled with anger or simply doesn’t happen.
Each child deals with the instinctive wish to feel the love of family in a different way: One child may withdraw in the hope of pulling in the absentee parent, while an older sibling might act out with drugs, sex or alcohol. The children may abandon the family of origin by staying for long periods of time with friends, or by finding a replacement family in the neighborhood. All this is an effort to get the attention they crave.

Things could be so different…

My husband, James, and I have spent 32 years navigating the challenges of being an executive family. During this demanding and humbling journey we have discovered much about ourselves and developed the patience, mindset and tools necessary to successfully navigate marriage, family, ambition and contribution. We have, at times, even found a bit of grace and certainly a great deal of joy. I am available to work with you as a life coach, or you can benefit from both my husband's and my combined experience and partnership.

James--a CEO, terrorism expert, author, loving husband and father--brings the gift of seeing the inner workings of business and the internal self. Adept at managing the cut-throat, high-pressure landscapes in the office, and possessing the courage required to face vulnerabilities at work and at home, James engages with the whole person and environment. He motivates leaders to excel and also to build personal relationships. James provides valuable insights and guidance to help executives navigate internal and external conflicts with ease and compassion.

As a professional certified coach and facilitator, I bring my wisdom to coaching executive partners and families in a different way. No matter your situation–with extended family nearby or not, with children present or not–I offer deep listening so that you can hear your own longings and desires in a trusting environment. I can also provide a broad range of tools and resources guaranteed to create greater awareness and values-based action. I can genuinely offer empathy because I intimately know the struggles and joys related to keeping the family together under pressure. I help you create a unique, flexible structure that will sustain and support you and your loved ones.

What I/we offer is quite different from anything else out there. We can create a customized coaching plan for your business, relationship, and family, so that you can have a sense of where you are going. We support you with ideas, humor, experience and knowledge. We save you time and frustration by supporting you as you create a strong foundation for a happy family and life.

How can I/we support you so that you and your family thrive, stable and happy as you successfully navigate the daily pressures of executive life?

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