FAQs

What can a personal strategist offer?


Our actions and emotional states are often dictated by beliefs that we harbor. Working with me entails focused one-to-one sessions where we meticulously examine your beliefs surrounding an issue and then work through them in order to build out more sensible life plans. Shaping beliefs and creating increasingly elegant plans is often an antidote to hopelessness, feeling overwhelmed etc., which improves how you move through life.

Unlike regular life coaching, we address your blocks mechanistically – not via a mindset or ideology. I also don't simply drop gems of wisdom like CEO coaches. The mechanistic approach to shaping your beliefs means that we want to understand your belief system and decision-making structure with the utmost precision so that we can craft a solution uniquely suited for you. Rather than copy/pasting other solutions or advice, what you take from these sessions will likely be higher yielding because it is tailored for you.




What's a first session like?


You can see a live demonstration here. Following the free intake call where we familiarize ourselves, as a general pattern, I allow for 15 - 20 minutes in the beginning for you to describe the situation in your own words with minimal interruption from me beyond periodic questions. It's quite important for me to hear you describe your relationship to the challenge and the load-bearing assumptions therein. These verbal cues are crucial for me as I build and adjust mental models of the situation. I tend to ask further clarifying questions in order to continue adjusting my models according to your context. At around the one-hour mark, I tend to have a sufficiently detailed understanding to populate potential shallow, medium and deep interventions aimed at making your plans and future actions more elegant. After I present these options, we then discuss how sensible the options seem to you and how enthusiastic you would be to pursue them moving forward.




How much does your coaching cost?


I maintain a sliding scale to account for my clients' personal and financial circumstances. The range is typically between $100 and $250




Is coaching the same thing as therapy?


No. While we may work through emotional issues associated with the relevant challenges you're facing, my coaching should not be mistaken for therapy or the advice of a doctor. Please seek a professionally licensed therapist where necessary.




How long is a typical session?


Most sessions last between one and a half and two hours depending on the subject matter, but there is pretty wide variance here. Sessions can be be as short as one hour, typically in circumstances where I'm quite familiar with the client and the issue area.




How can I get started?


You can write me via the contact form. If you're ready to meet me in order to determine whether we're a good fit, feel free to schedule a free intake call. These calls typically last 20-30 minutes.




Who would benefit most from this type of coaching?


This method of personal strategizing would be most valuable for anyone currently struggling with:
• Interpersonal tensions between co-founders or among a management team • Interpreting patterns and blocks (e.g. discerning reasons for aversion, gaps in self understanding, recognition of psychological and behavioral patterns) • Adjusting in situations of increasing complexity (e.g. job promotion, work/life balance clashes, relationship entanglements) • Approaching uncertainty in transition (e.g. starting new business/field of work, life circumstance shifts) • Building skill development (e.g. public speaking, productivity, interpersonal ability) • Feeling capped in terms of their growth potential (e.g. growth, opportunities) • Sustaining motivation and clarity (e.g. current situation lacks meaning, personal goals, articulated principles and values)
See Client Stories for specific examples




What are co-founder sessions?


Beyond intuitive logic that co-founders ought to work well together, top VC firms, statistical analyses, and academic research widely stress the realness of interpersonal tensions being a primary cause of upper management failure. The demands of being a co-founder require bringing more of yourself to the table than a professional persona. As with other high-intensity, multi-year relationship commitments, harmony and longevity between co-founders is not just about filtering and selection. Nearly all co-founder matching efforts miss these simple realities: – Deep-rooted incompatibilities between you and your co-founder will always exist. – New and unprecedented situations will pop up that are beyond your emotional competence. – Incompatibilities and emotional competence matter more as the stakes rise.
Co-founder sessions are about not leaving these realities to chance. My one-to-one and group sessions raise the reflective self-awareness of you and your team, proactively surfacing and working through interpersonal issues that could arise. The goal is to fortify an increasingly healthy and robust co-founder relationship.