I had limited success with coaching prior to working with Prof. Straughan. My prior coaching engagements had been too rigid in format or too narrow in scope which led to limited personal and professional growth. This all changed when I began working with Prof. Straughan. He deftly adjusted his approach to draw out better and more ambitious goals than I myself had created for our time together and has helped me update and evolve those goals as professional conditions and personal circumstances have changed. In other words, he helps me ‘grow the pie’ – finding adjacencies or framings that take our joint explorations (and learnings) and apply them to new challenges in and out of the office. More than anything, Prof. Straughan creates a comfortable environment for open dialogue, frank conversation, and space for vulnerability – to combine that with his careful reflection, demonstrated understanding, and tremendously valuable advice, makes for a unique combination.

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