Individual Coaching

Are you happy being you? Are you navigating unfamiliar territory? What gets in the way between you and success? Long held beliefs? The opinions of others? Motivation? Skill? Fear?

  • Are you starting or growing a business and dealing with the emotional roller coaster?

  • Are you honoring what you bring to the table and what others bring to the table?

  • Are you learning and growing in your ability to build a great team?

  • Are you managing your own transformation from founder to CEO?

  • Is there emotional baggage from the past that gets in the way between you and your best self?

Mastery is about action and changing behavior. I will ask the questions that inspire, energize, and inform your behavior.

Think of me as your thinking and accountability partner. Think of me as a teacher. I will share tools, strategies, and processes that have contributed to the success of others.

You talk. I listen. Together we create your life. Are you willing to dig deep, deeper, and deeper still? My coaching is not for the faint of heart.

Entrepreneur Coaching

Starting a company is not for the faint of heart. 

Starting a company is not for the faint of heart.  It takes guts, spirit, persistence, resourcefulness, curiosity, and creativity. And that’s just the personal qualities.  Entrepreneurs are risk takers by nature and tend to have good rejection strength.   But rejection strength is not enough.  Starting a business requires that one takes on multiple roles.  Juggling multiple roles is stressful.  Taking on roles that don’t fit your competency or your passion increases the stress. What is your stress management style?  Who makes up your support group?  Who reminds you of your guts, spirit, persistence, resourcefulness, curiosity, creativity and ability to tolerate risk?   

What does neuroscience tell us about how to communicate to facilitate collaboration and cooperation?   How does one go about influencing others?  There are hard conversations to master.  How does one fire someone respectfully?  What about when this person is a loyal friend?  How does one give and receive feedback?  How does one say “No” gracefully?  How does one deal with conflict?  Are empathy and kindness really essential in business?  We will help you understand business psychology so you can confidently answer these questions.  

Mental health is a competitive advantage.

Entrepreneurs have higher rates of depression and anxiety than executives in established businesses.  One of the main reasons is the need to “fake it til you make it.”   Raising capital for a business requires optimism, confidence and a healthy dose of bravado, along with a good business plan.  Impression management takes a toll when the internal world of the entrepreneur is in conflict with the image that he or she projects.  The doubts and fears can cascade into a torrent of depression and anxiety.  Risk takers and bravado experts have difficulty expressing vulnerability and pain.   Hidden emotions are toxic.  With thirty years in the mental health field, Dr. Finney can help you understand you understand and manage your emotions and stay on top of your game.   

Executive Coaching

Self-awareness and authenticity are foundational building blocks of great leaders. Mastery and peak performance in any endeavor require great coaching.  We may use assessment tools to develop your self-awareness; and assess the differences between the way we view ourselves and the way we are perceived in the world.

Authentic leaders establish genuine and credible connections with customers and teams. Imagine the impact that sincere empathy and genuine interest in opposing viewpoints could have on achieving common ground and collaboration. The higher position one achieves in an organization, the more interpersonal skills become paramount. 

Often business leaders ascend to a leadership role and then either fail out or become unhappy. Often people with great technical skills are promoted into a management role that may or may not be a great fit for them. Again, we can assess where you light up the world and set a plan for you to get to the sweet spot where your competency, your passion, and your personality overlap.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is coaching the same as therapy?

No. Therapy assumes symptoms and a diagnosis. It often focuses on the past. Coaching is a future goal oriented process.

How long does it take?

There is no “right” timeline for success. While many clients engage me for six months as a starting point, this will be tailored to a shorter or longer-term goal.

How we would work together?

You and I decide together what is the best course of action for you. We might start with an assessment instrument. Or we might not. Some people come to my office. Others appreciate the convenience of working together over the phone or Skype.