Business Leader to Patty in 2003: “What do you do?”
Patty: “I’m a coach.”
Business Leader: “Cool What sport?”
This conversation used to happen all the time. But in the years since, more and more business leaders have experienced executive coaching, which has become a thing. A valuable and professional thing.
Now the question business leaders regularly ask Patty is, “How do I learn to do what you do?”
That’s why in 2008 she launched the SeattleCoach Professional Training and Development Program, hosting hundreds of entrepreneurs, executives, and organizational leaders as they’ve learned to “do the craft and be the coach.”
Today, when you search “SeattleCoach” you get Pete Carroll, Coach of the Seahawks. And you get Patty.
The Essential Coaching Leader is her introduction to a way of leading that finds its evidence and examples in neuroscience, in 21st-century business effectiveness, in history, and even in good theology. It is a way of leading that is both ancient and new.
The five essentials found in The Essential Coaching Leader will help you explore and begin to practice coaching leadership in this time of relentless and historic change.
Great leaders in the 21st Century are learning a new leadership “gear.” Beyond telling, directing, fire-fighting, coming to the rescue, and reminding, the most successful people managers are learning to coach their teams, and even their customers and leaders. This Coaching for Leaders Playbook, and the program it supports, will help you to master the personal presence, the skills and behaviors, and the rewarding outcomes of leadership coaching. To the journey then!
Patty, your amazing interactions with these extraordinarily talented people was terrific—and so heartfelt to observe. [As we continue to partner together], our messaging and interactions are coming into focus and there are many topics to pursue. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
The power of coaching can be a transformational and fundamental part of leadership. What I learned through Patty Burgin at SeattleCoach is that coaching allows the person you’re working with to feel heard on a real and deep level and, through the power of questions, identify lightbulb moments that forward action in a profound way. I worked with Patty to bring coaching to a few select HR and Marketing leaders at Microsoft. These leaders then incorporated coaching into their day-to-day roles and made a significant impact on their teams and mentees. I loved hearing the positive feedback about their experience and I plan to continue the coaching philosophy and mindset at F5.
As a Leadership Coach, Patty is hands-down the most gifted person I have seen at facilitating meaningful conversations for groups. She holds people accountable to the impact they are having on others and helps them make movement as both individuals and teams. I couldn’t write a strong enough recommendation for how much I admire Patty’s skill and talent here.