Experiences, Background and Perspective

Since 2001 I have been coaching independent professionals and small business owners. Capable, dedicated and professional, they are nonetheless contending with some kind of challenge, whether it is being an Introvert in an Extrovert's world, managing their life around an ongoing health issue and/or simultaneously raising children while building a business.

Many think they need to do more. I say no, less! I encourage my clients to shed their “should do” thinking so they can hone in on what will actually work for them. It’s such a joy to watch when it turns around.

My first coaching clients were professionals who wanted to transition out of the corporate world. The coaching worked so well, they decided to stay at their jobs! Then I noticed something interesting; more and more inquiries came from independent business owners who were having trouble getting traction in their business. They were passionate about their work but they were not natural business people. When I decided to "come out" about my illness and wrote Business from Bed, a book about how to get back in the saddle after a serious health setback, some of my clients admitted having to deal with this, too.

If you’re looking for someone who understands the challenges of balancing your business life while dealing your personal … situation, Joan is the person whose wise counsel you need. Not only does she understand, she communicates hope and success.
— Terri Williams, Coach

The Life Event that Shaped my Perspective

When I was in my mid-30's I went from being a healthy woman on the rise in a job I adored, to a sick woman who, within 7 months, was demoted because I could no longer effectively juggle my 3 roles at work. (Bookstore manager, training manager and acting district manager).

In my case, it took several years of trial and error, since I was also dealing with serious on-and-off flares associated with Crohn's Disease (in remission for 12 years!). But I persisted and eventually recovered the same sense of purpose and joy I felt as a training manager; through coaching, teaching and writing. During that time, I realized just how over-the-top crazy the working world is when it comes to expectations around productivity. Sure, a healthy person can keep up...but for how long?

I HAD to figure out how to earn a good living, doing work I love in a way that supports my well-being. It has meant breaking with the traditional rules of business to find my own pathway to success. Whatever your motivating circumstance, this is what I offer you.

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