It's a New Year! That means...
New Business! It's interesting how we see patterns emerge in terms of how we are asked to partner with our clients. Ask us about our "speed coaching" sessions. Offered in conjunction with leadership/team off-sites, speed-coaching is a way for companies to offer their employees the opportunity to experience a 30-minute coaching session with a certified coach.Highly impactful! We have also been working with several private equity firms to help them assess potential external executive hires and align and develop their acquired talent.Designed to ensure success in on-boarding and integrating leaders and their teams! Lastly, we are being asked to, "help create a culture change." Many clients are finding themselves with one name, but several identities, as a result of merging multiple acquisitions together. Our team assessment process helps to navigate this change. Bottom line - creating a unified, consistent culture!
New Clients! We love to see our Client portfolio list grow, and 2012 provided the opportunity for us to work with many new clients. We are thrilled to expand our reach and welcome the multinationals, the small non-profits, and everyone in between, whom we are now proud to call partners.
New Team Members!
Our team keeps growing. Check out our team here
, and continue scrolling to the section below to meet three of our team members: Kelly, Shelley, and Sherry.
ReNEWed Appreciation! Thank you to our clients and partners for a fulfilling and rewarding 2012. We hope that 2013 brings you great success and happiness.
Stacy, Monique & Ellen
(Stacy L. Sollenberger, Monique A. Honaman, Ellen M. Dotts)
Rolling out GUIDE Coaching!
Imagine our excitement when one of the world's greatest executive coaches and leadership minds had this to say about our book:
"A great book! GUIDE Coaching offers a practical approach to coaching that will help leaders become better coaches! Use the GUIDE Coaching process and create a culture that engages and coaches your employees."
~ Marshall Goldsmith,
Million-selling author of the New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There.
We have had a great time rolling out "GUIDE Coaching: A Leader's Strategy for Building Alignment and Engagement." The feedback has been terrific! Our clients appreciate our practicality, especially as it relates to our GUIDE Coaching Workshop. Keep us in mind for presenting GUIDE Coaching to your group. For example, Stacy Sollenberger presented GUIDE Coaching for a Women's Affinity Group at one of our clients, and Monique Honaman presented GUIDE Coaching at a luncheon sponsored by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Want to learn more? Check out this video
where we share some of our insights on the value of GUIDE Coaching.
GUIDE Coaching provides a proven model for helping all leaders learn the subtle ways in which they can make the transition from telling people what to do, to coaching people toward more effective behaviors and ongoing change. In practice, GUIDE Coaching is a tool that helps Leaders empower others while broadening their span of influence. The GUIDE Coaching model is simple, it's pragamatic, and it's applicable!
The Coach is the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.
Getting to Know our Team
We can be quite confusing! Did you know we have Stacy and Stacie, Shelley and Shelly, and two Kelly's on our team?
Joined ISHR: Nearly 8 years ago. I met Monique for our initial 'get-to-know' lunch and brought my eight-week old daughter with me. Monique didn't miss a beat. I knew then that I would enjoy working with this team. I met the other partners and realized this no-nonsense, practical approach permeates everything they do.
Before ISHR: 8 years at Ernst & Young as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness for the SE Region leading large scale internal change initiatives related to talent retention and development.
Favorite ISHR Assignment: I love them all! OK, that's not fair. If I HAD to choose, I'd choose our Advanced Leadership Programs. I love the chance to really get to know the participants prior to the program through the pre-calls. I learn about their strengths, challenges and where they want to improve. When we meet in person at the program it's like meeting a friend - there's already a connection. Then I get to see them grow and develop over the course of the program in areas I know are critical to their success. The follow-up conversations are rewarding because I get to hear how they are transfering the learning back on the job. The participants experience incredible personal growth, build their professional network and get great feedback from their peers - something executives at this level rarely get in the office. It is a very fulfilling program.
Something about Kelly: Exercise is a must for me. With three active children and a very busy schedule, I have to carve out "me" time at least once a day. Don't get me wrong, I'm no athlete! I do "classes" at my gym, but it's a great (and very important) stress relief! I am very involved in the youth ministries at my church and really enjoy working with this age group. This year marks my 20th wedding anniversary, and my husband and I are planning a fabulous get-away!
Joined ISHR: 5 years ago! I met someone affiliated with ISHR Group and immediately connected. We learned more about each other, and after a "courtship over coffee," I joined the team! I've been working with ISHR ever since. I love when the light bulb goes on, and people gain new insights and perspectives, and they have tangible things they can do to optimize their performance. Sometimes it's just a night light and other times it's a spot light, but either way you know you've sparked their thinking that continues beyond the time you spend with them.
Before ISHR: I have over 20 years of practical business experience spanning the full breadth of sales and marketing including launching new companies, brands and products. I hired, trained and led cross functional teams of various sizes globally in the technology sector. But, I realized the thing I loved most, developing people, was the thing I did the least in my role. I made a career change and began to focus on leadership development and coaching. The rest is history!
Favorite ISHR Assignment
I love the variety, and never get bored. Each day, I wake up excited for what the day will bring. I love working one-on one in coaching and the familiarity and closeness you develop, but I also enjoy larger leadership and team sessions where you've got the interaction of a variety of different personalities. I particularly enjoy working internationally. My only regret is I never learned French. It would have helped me when I was sent to the wrong office in France and had to find my way to the right office (still arriving on time so I could lead a workshop)! I'm thankful I didn't lose my life crossing the busy roads in Bangalore, India, and that I survived Montezuma's revenge when I got sick in Tokyo after eating sushi. In spite of these adventures, I still look forward to discovering new destinations, meeting new people and making an impact!
Something about Shelley: I enjoy hiking and skiing. While I hate the cold, it's exhilarating when you are at the top of a mountain looking down at the valley below. I love cooking. Entertaining is my passion and I will try new recipes for the fun and challenge of it. The creative aspect of cooking and seeing the one dimensional page turn into something that brings people together is fulfilling. I love traveling to destinations around the globe and discovering fine wine. It's like a treasure hunt while in a new destination and learning about their culture, geography and the history of their wines. I have beautiful triplets, 2 girls and a boy, but they are of the furry Siamese cat variety. A perfect day for me is doing the work I love most and unwinding at the end of the day sipping a glass of good wine with friends and family.
Joined ISHR Group: Two years ago. I was attracted to their team of highly experienced and competent professionals who share my values and approach to developing leaders and growing businesses.
Before ISHR: Over 25 years as a human resource leader for GE where I developed a passion and devotion to guiding leaders to greater competence, commitment and confidence.
Favorite ISHR Assignment: Working with ISHR has enabled me to apply my experience to a variety of leadership teams around the world. My favorite assignment has been working with a group of early career leaders in Africa. Although their leadership challenges are similar to those in other developing countries, the stories of their leadership journey has been inspirational.
Something about Sherry: In my spare time, I am working on my master's certificate in Evidence Based Coaching at Fielding Graduate University and learning a ton about the underlying leadership theories that support leadership coaching. I also enjoy my volunteer career coaching role at the Career Transition Center of Chicago which helps folks in career transition find good jobs. Being a part of the ISHR team gives me the flexibility to spend time with my family at our favorite vacation spot -- Rosemary Beach on the Gulf Coast.
In closing, there is one more "new" thing to share with you ... actually, three new things ... er, dogs!
"A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things - a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty. " ~ John Grogan, Marley and Me, 2005
Don't these sound like some of the same traits we see in great coaches and leaders: Living each day with exuberance, seizing the moment, following your heart, staying optimistic in adversity, demonstrating selflessness and loyalty!
Meet our three newest "coaches" ...
Axel (Dotts), Oakley (Honaman), and Izzy (Sollenberger)!
(coincidentally, each joined the ISHR family in December!)
Buy It Now!
GUIDE Coaching is available for purchase directly from Amazon.com($15.95) or as an eBook for your Kindle, Nook, or iPad ($7.95)!
Business to Business Magazine presented its Top 25 Entrepreneurs Awards at a celebration in Atlanta on Thursday, November 8, 2012. The award recognizes the top entrepreneurs in the metro Atlanta area. ISHR Group was named as one of four firms recognized as "One to Watch." On hand to accept the award were Shelley Hammell and Monique Honaman.
"GUIDE Coaching: Teaching Leaders to be Better Coaches" was published inEnterprising Women magazine in December 2012.
"There is that Coaching Word Again"was published in Womenetics in August 2012.
There is that Coaching Word Again
Congratulations to Ellen Dotts for joining the Board of Directors for Girls Inc.
Girls, Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.
In the spirit of giving back (and staying healthy!), ISHR Partners ran in the Hot Chocolate 15k supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Atlanta.
Did You Know?
ISHR Group is a certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE) through theWomens Business Enterprise National Council.
Learn More ...
Click here to read a sample chapter from GUIDE Coaching on our website!
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