Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Are you a Transitioning Leader?

One thing you know for sure is that it is time to make some changes. The motivation may be coming from within or it may be in response to external factors. Either way, you are considering making a transition to a new role, new organization, different sector or to entrepreneurship.

What options are calling to you? What possibilities or opportunities excite you? What is your authentic essence and does it align with your future vision? What kind of culture would be a good fit? What is your sweet spot and what strengths, gifts and talents can you leverage?

What do you need to get done and wrap up so that you can effectively transition out of your current role? How can you prepare for your next role and ensure that it will be energizing, rewarding and fulfilling?

Are you ready to make a revitalizing transition to a new opportunity that could have you flourishing and feeling soul-satisfied again?

Does This Sound Like You?

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“Without a doubt, it is time for me to make a career change. I am burned out. I want to do more of what I love and less of those things that drain my energy.

I want to find or create a new leadership role that will leverage my strengths and more clearly align with my passions and interests. And it has got to be rewarding.

I want to explore my ideas, evaluate interesting options and make it happen… but where do I start?”

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“I’ve been thinking about making the leap from corporate to nonprofit. I really feel called to make a difference in the lives of others and to make a significant contribution to the world.

I’ve got a lot of leadership strengths and expertise that I can bring to the table. And I am passionate about a number of causes.

So how do I get from here to there without having to start over?”

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“While I’ve been successful as a leader and done very well in my career…I am beginning to think that I am ready to make some really big changes. 

I have had this dream for a long time and an idea for a business that would really make my heart sing. It is a bit different from what I’ve been doing but I know that I’ve got the leadership skills, strengths, business savvy and passion to make it happen. I just need to trust that and then figure out a plan for making it happen!”

When You Are Ready to Transition

You know it. That feeling in your gut that says it is time to make a change. Sometimes we get to proactively decide when it is time to make a career change. And other times, change happens and forces us to make a transition to something new.

Consider engaging Susan as your Mindfulness Advocate, Strategic Coach and Creative Think Partner. She’s walked a similar journey and can be an empowering and inspiring ally to have by your side.

We’ll look at your transition through three lenses so you can: 1) get clear on what you want your next chapter to look like and feel like; 2) get ready to leave your old role in good shape and hand off responsibilities to your successor; and 3) get prepared for your new gig in a way that sets you up for success and empowers you to hit the ground running.

Benefits for Tranistioning Leaders

When you engage Susan as your Strategic Coach and Creative Think Partner, you’ll experience many benefits including:

  • gaining clarity on your motivations for making a change
  • focusing your vision around what matters most to you
  • identifying your best-fit options from a field of possibilities
  • finding or creating congruent and energizing opportunities
  • enhancing your personal brand and leveraging your network
  • renewing and sustaining your personal energy
  • redefining success in your own terms
  • transitioning critical projects to the right resources
  • developing an effective plan and vision for your new role

What We’ll Focus On Together

Let’s create a transition that will be energizing and rewarding for you and that will empower you to flourish and feel soul-satisfied again! Susan will utilize a holistic and integrated approach in her Strategic Coaching and Creative Think Partnering work with you. At the heart of our work, will be your intention to get clear on the changes you want to make and to effectively navigate your transition. At the same time, Susan will help you with your professional development so that you can enhance your personal brand and leverage your network. She will also work closely with you on your personal development so that you are able to focus on what really matters to you, create practices to renew and sustain your energy and make empowering shifts that support your desire to flourish and feel soul-satisfied in your work, career and life. Here’s what we can focus on together:

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Your Work…
Business Development

First, let’s focus on the business of you by exploring possibilities, identifying your best-fit options, and creating a compelling action plan that gets you to where you want to be. We’ll wrap up business tasks and projects that need to be completed so you can smoothly transition out of your current role. Then, we’ll shift attention to your new gig and think through its challenges, opportunities and onboarding strategies.

Where do you want to go next and what do you want to be doing? What ideas do you have regarding transitioning out of your current role? What are possibilities and ideas for your next chapter?

Let’s creatively brainstorm on where you want to go, how you want to get there and what you need to do to prepare to take on and let go.

What is your ideal vision for your career transition? What’s your plan for making it happen? What plans need to be in place before you can leave your current job and make the leap to a new role?

Let’s work through a creative and strategic visioning and planning process, that will inspire you to take action and make your desired transitions happen.

What branding and marketing strategies will you implement as you look for or create your new career opportunity? What marketing and branding strategies and plans will you use in your new role?

Let’s spend some time thinking through branding and marketing approaches and designing authentic strategies that will move your vision forward.

Who are the stakeholders and audiences you need to communicate with in your current and new role? What are the key messages to be shared? How will you distill and convey their essence?

Let’s make sure your communication approach and messaging strategies are authentic, congruent with your strategy and tailored to meet audience needs.

What plans, processes and resources do you need to put in place to ensure your organization will thrive after you leave? What will be the needs, opportunities and challenges of your new organization?

Let’s get your organization ready to move forward and sustain without you. And let’s identify what your organizational game plan will be for your new role.

What do you need to do get your existing team ready for your transition and the resulting changes? What’s your plan for embracing, managing and leading change in your next role?

Let’s figure out your strategy and plans for successfully navigating change and effectively leading teams in a business climate of constant change.

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Your Career…
Professional Development

It will be important to take stock and gain clarity on your accomplishments, expertise, gifts, talents, strengths and leadership style. Let’s get you clear on your unique value proposition and integrate it into your personal brand. We’ll identify the connectors, allies, advocates and champions in your network and create strategies for engaging their support. Let’s examine your learning edges and opportunities for growth.

What is the state of your personal brand? Is your brand authentic and reflective of your leadership style? How can you enhance your career stewardship assets (e.g. resume)?

Let’s review your personal brand and online presence to ensure that there is congruency with who you are and what you want to be doing next.

Who are your key allies, champions, advocates and connectors and how are you engaging them? What are you doing to share your unique value proposition with your network?

Let’s look at how you can effectively harness the power of your professional network to make your desired career transition become a reality.

What capacities do you need to enhance so you can effectively tackle your new role? What learning and unlearning might benefit you as you embark on your transition?

Let’s further develop your leadership competencies and mastery so you can effectively envision, launch, grow, lead and sustain your next chapter.

What is the state of your professional relationships? Which ones need strengthening? What messages do you need to convey to your professional stakeholders? What’s your strategy?

Let’s design strategies for improving communication on your teams and with colleagues and getting effective messages delivered to your network.

What could you do to slow down the ‘crazy busy’ and make your career transition a priority? What could you do to refocus your time management skills in support of your intentions?

Let’s figure out an energizing and authentic action plan for getting you organized so you can manage your time and energy more efficiently.

What does your comfort level with technology say about you? Are you on the cutting edge or behind the times? How can you leverage technology to empower your career and your brand?

Let’s get you techmobilized so you can more effectively leverage technology to get organized, enhance creativity and reduce overload and overwhelm.

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Your Life…
Personal Development

You’ll want to approach your career transition process from a place of being grounded and centered. It will be essential to nurture yourself, revitalize your spirit and renew your personal energy for the journey ahead. Let’s gain clarity on your authentic essence, your passions and what makes you come alive. We’ll work together to help you identify what matters most to you and let those things guide your conscious choices.

Who are you at your very core? What is your authentic essence? How do you want to show up in your career now and in the future? How do you want to feel in your work and in your life?

Let’s spend some time distilling your essence so you have clarity on what makes your soul sing and how you can leverage your essence in all you do.

What is your creative genius? What are your unique gifts, talents, passions and strengths? How do you inspire and engage your creativity? When do you dim your authentic light or let it shine?

Let’s identify your creative genius and find ways you can leverage and share your unique gifts, talents and strengths so you can consistently shine brightly.

What matters most to you and how are you integrating that awareness into your work, career and life? What are your overarching priorities and how do they inform what you want to do next?

Let’s figure out what really matters to you and then set priorities that are in harmony with your vision for the next chapter of your work, career and life.

How have you been measuring your career success to date? What could be possible if you redefined success for yourself and created new ways of assessing your contributions?

Let’s empower you to redefine success in your own terms and create meaningful and values-aligned ways to measure and celebrate it.

What needs to shift for you to feel empowered to make your transition happen? What do you need to let go of that isn’t serving you? What do you want to take on that will energize you?

Let’s figure out what shifts you want to make that will support your transition to flourishing and feeling more soulsatisfied in your work, career and life.

What stresses you out and gets you feeling overwhelmed and overloaded? Do you know what gives you energy and drains it? What are you doing to manage your stress? Is it working?

Let’s get creative about what you’ll do to revitalize, manage and sustain your spirit and energy as you move forward with your desired career transition.

Optional Services for Transitioning Leaders

Consider having Susan create for you one of her signature “Synthesis Documents” that will distill the essence of your vision, strategies, approaches and/or plans. You can also turn to Susan for help in jumpstarting your key projects by having her create for you a custom framework, matrix and/or template. Many clients often ask Susan to review and offer feedback on key business and career stewardship deliverables including their:

  • messaging hierarchies and personal value proposition
  • PAR (Problem/Project, Action, Result) Statements
  • resume, bio, salary history and cover letters
  • social media presence including LinkedIn Profile
  • professional branding site and/or blog
  • interview prep documents
  • meeting agendas, presentations and pitches
  • succession plan for current role
  • 90-120 day action plans and strategic plans for new role
Susan has helped me clarify my values and align it with my vision for my future. She is incredibly organized, bright, tenacious and creative. I cannot say enough about her talents and I highly recommend her to anyone that is thinking about making a change in their life. She helps clarify and articulate your goals with laser focus. As a result of working with Susan I have gone back to graduate school and have created my dream vision for my future. It is an extreme pleasure to work with Susan. I am thrilled with her as a coach and a person. Sign on with her immediately and she will thoughtfully and skillfully lead you through the change you want to be in the world.
Catherine, Seattle, WA
Susan is an outstanding “think partner”. I hired her when I was about to leave my executive job and expected help in managing my transition to entrepreneur. I certainly received magnificent help in this arena. What I didn’t expect was her use of rituals to help me enhance “being” after years of focus on “doing”. Susan helped me to define what I want my day-to-day life to be like, well beyond my business. She kept leading me back to my stated intention, i.e. to engage with initiatives that feed my soul rather than just bring in cash, fill time or volunteer. I now have the gift of time, focus and peace – which were lacking in my previously frenetic life. Thank you!
Kellie Garrett, Speaker ~ Coach ~ Strategist, Canada
Perhaps where Susan has helped me the most is in the act of remembering. As Susan knows, I am really busy and have many roles to manage. As I get into my 40s I am finding that it is all too easy for me to book a project and move on to the next item, and in the process forget some of the really important points of connection or insights that tie all of the work I do – that we do – together. In this way, Susan is my mirror, my memory, and my encouraging mentor. I am better with Susan by my side.
Kerry Kozlowski, Bellevue, WA
I have worked with Susan periodically over the course of the past few years including the time period when I was working abroad. Susan has helped me to reflect on my own skills, identify what I find fulfilling, and recognize career opportunities that will work for me. Susan has been great about helping me put all the pieces together. I leave conversations with Susan feeling empowered and better enabled to move my career forward. Susan also helps me to think about my whole self and not just my work self, which has been important to my career planning. A big thank you to Susan!
Kellie L., New York, NY
Susan is an inspiration in that she is an example of purpose and authenticity in her daily life. She has coached me through the roller coaster of my career, always with a keen sense of where I am and need to be guided personally. She offers so much more than experience and skill – she does, in fact, bring the gifts of intuition and humanity to her work, and I’m sure to all those she touches. It’s an honor to know and to work with such an exceptional person.
Barbara Rice, President, B. Rice Consulting

Are you a Transitioning Leader who is ready to wholeheartedly flourish and feel soul-satisfied in your work, career and life? Contact Susan today to learn how she can help get you there!