I am a certified executive coach and President of Shift Works Strategic Inc. a company focused on using the practice of coaching to enhance the performance and success of lawyers. I am also the founder and publisher of the law blog “Attorney With A Life.”
My coaching practice is entirely focused on lawyers. I work with clients in Canada from coast-to-coast, and also with clients from the United States and Australia. I am retained both by individual lawyers and by law firms. My work is focused on helping lawyers thrive not just survive in their chosen profession.
My particular strengths as a coach are business development (growing client relationships, originating new clients); practice management (practices for maximizing energy and efficiency, organization, timekeeping); and leadership (leadership is an action not a position and appropriate for all lawyers regardless of seniority). Having worked with a wide group of clients from every area of practice I have developed a deep understanding of the national and international legal marketplace that my clients often find helpful for me to draw upon.
I received my Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University in 2004. I chose Royal Roads specifically because of the rigor of its program and because its graduates are required to pass an audited coaching session with senior coaches as judges at the conclusion of the course. The program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation which is the official international governing body of the profession.
Prior to becoming a coach I worked for over a decade as a legal marketing and business development professional in-house for law firms of all sizes and scope, beginning with an international law firm in the Beijing, New York and Washington D.C. offices, followed by a national Canadian firm and a large litigation firm. I am a recognized expert in legal marketing and business development and am frequently asked to write for U.S. and Canadian legal journals and present to professional associations and private law firms.
I am a member of the International Coaching Federation. I am a former board member with West Coast LEAF. I am a Past-President of both the LMA Vancouver Chapter and the Pacifica Family Addictions Foundation, a non-profit society. I have a B.A. from McGill University, and hold an Executive Coaching Certification (CEC) from Royal Roads University. I conducted graduate studies in Communications and East Asian Studies at McGill University and the Beijing Film Academy.