"I can't imagine where I would be without Sharon as my coach! She possesses the wit, insight, and "kick-me-in-the-butt" attitude that I need but does it with a tender and gentle spirit.
She has instilled within me a strength and willingness to take some brave and bold steps that have taken my business in some exciting directions, which I might have otherwise passed up. She totally rocks!"
President, Chesapeake Resume Writing Service
"Sharon is a very talented, insightful and powerful coach. She has a unique ability to patiently help you uncover your deepest desires and then achieve the tangible results to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Her energy, commitment and effectiveness have enabled me to create my ideal life. Throughout our time together she actively listened, pushed me beyond my comfort zone and led me to envision my future. Serendipitous experiences began unfolding the moment I began working with Sharon, and by the time our work concluded, I had a defined road map for starting my own business. That business has continued to grow, in large part due to my work with Sharon. I am grateful for her keen insight, laser focus, brilliant strategy and continued support."
Parent eSource.com and Socially Active.com
“When we started [our coaching work 12 years ago], I was getting ready to be the junior partner in a new financial planning firm, and I thought Sharon could help me speed up my professional development. After four years of coaching, I elected to start my own firm, and I used my coach every step of the way, from conception to design to implementation. She helped interview job candidates and was instrumental in the design of the new firm. [Sharon] has always been a sounding board for me...She has helped our firm grow from a startup to a top firm within our independent broker-dealer in under a decade...When a challenge or opportunity presents itself, she is the first call I make...In my mind, whether in business, athletics or academics, the top performers always have a coach."
Brotman Financial Group, as quoted in Investment Advisor Magazine, November 2011 issue.
Words can't describe how much I have appreciated your patience, your listening ear and your strength you have shared with me. You came into my life when things were not clear, and gave me direction that I was unsure of. You made me realize that I must choose a path that best puts peace into my heart. I have moved ahead as we discussed and I am on a path that is allowing me to see the visions I have wanted to view for many years. My attention to detail is sharpened and my wisdom is guiding me to new adventures. I have taken up my passion in painting and expressing my heart in ways I haven't in a long time. I am happy, relaxed and laughing again.
I hear your voice often and when I am feeling unsure I just think of the conversations we have shared and take your advice and forge ahead. Life is sweet and I thank you for showing me it again; you have truly made my world bright and I will never forget how you have changed my spirit at a time it was very much needed. Your words of wisdom and your soothing voice warmed me like no other. I have taken the time to smell the roses and am living life again.
Even though Sharon was recommended to me by my closest confidant, I was reluctant to work with a career coach. What could she possibly do for me that I couldn't do for myself or read in a book? As I quickly learned, a lot!
I started working with Sharon just as I was looking to end one career and start another — in a new city — during the worst economy any of us has seen! It was a long and often difficult journey, but having someone who kept me focused, held me accountable for my actions and encouraged me to listen to my own heart and mind during the transition paid off in spades. Six months into the journey I was offered three jobs in one day and accepted one that could not have been a better fit for me personally and professionally. Thank you Sharon!
Director of Business Developement
Sharon is a
person of high intelligence and integrity who is deeply committed to
helping others understand and reach their potential through her
coaching practice. She has that unique talent possessed by the best
coaches of being able to affirm the client while at the same time
encouraging the client to understand the need for self-change. A
leader trying to drive change must have a high level of
self-awareness, the willingness to change personally, the ability to
communicate effectively with employees, and skill in coaching direct
reports who have difficulty with change. Sharon coached me in all
these areas as well as many others. She helped me see that I had the
ability to be a successful change leader and guided me in figuring
out how to accomplish my objectives.
Catholic Charities of Maryland
association has proven to be the best thing I have done for myself
and my business this entire year.fiscally and professionally my best
year ever. I unreservedly know that working with Sharon Keys Seal
as a coach is the best step that one can take on a business and
personal level. I know that her professional skills and integrity
will challenge anyone to be the best they can be.
Motyka & Company Marketing Research
I have personally
benefited from Sharon's coaching. She is steady and calm - perfect
for someone like me - and very quickly hit the core of the issue.
She brings great compassion to her work as well as much experience
and technical skill..I value the generous and wise person she is..I
know her skill, her integrity, and her generosity make her one of
the best coaches I have known.
Alicia Rodriguez, M.A., P.C.C.
Sophia Associates, Inc.
Coaching Concepts has been instrumental to the growth
of my financial planning firm, and Sharon Seal has been incredibly
effective with me and with my staff. Our work together began when
the firm was only an idea, and we have progressed from a start-up to
a profitable and growing concern in far less time than we
anticipated. Sharon moderates our quarterly team meetings and
retreats for team building and visioning exercises, and she assists
in our annual planning summit when we build our plan for the
following year. I can attribute a meaningful percentage of our
growth to Sharon's work with my employees, and recognize that my
professional growth is an offshoot of heightened self-awareness
created by ongoing coaching.
Eric Brotman, CFP, CLU, MSFS
Brotman Financial Group, Inc.
The growth I have
realized and the skills I have obtained under [Sharon's] tutelage
are immeasurable and will continue to serve me in whatever venture I
undertake. The breadth of her knowledge base and the depth of her
insight are incredible. I "found" myself this year, and working
with Sharon has made a major difference in my life. Truly a
Dr. Robert Blake
Chief Medical Officer
Hospital for Sick Children
coaching abilities have had a positive impact for me personally and
professionally. She has helped me transform the way I work -
becoming more organized, giving the kind of thoughtful intention
that I want to give to important areas of my life, and setting and
achieving goals that were just glimmers of ideas six months ago.
This year my company has redesigned its website, developed a
specific niche market and will continue to work with Sharon to
develop specific goals and increase billings in that market.
Insight 180 Strategic Marketing and Design
Sharon Seal facilitated the chapter's first-ever leadership retreat for board members, committee chairs, and CEO. All participants were impressed with our focus, and the amount of work we accomplished in the course of eight hours with Sharon "at the controls". Weeks before the retreat, Sharon worked with key leaders to get us to articulate clear objectives and forge an agenda that positioned us to attain our real desired outcomes. Sharon encouraged input from each participant, group collaboration, open communication, and a healthy interchange of ideas. The participants came away with not only a solid work product, but also a greater understanding of one another, our organization, and the challenges and opportunities we face.
I would not hesitate to recommend Sharon to serve as facilitator for future meetings or retreats.
F. Michael (Mike) Curley, ChFC
Executive Director and CEO
Financial Planning Association of Maryland, Inc.
Sharon really is
a coach in the truest sense of the word. She gets me to focus on
the goal, learn from my mistakes, and do those things that will make
me and my company stronger, faster, better. Since working with
Sharon, I am wiser and even have a better understanding of my own
company. My professional self-esteem has increased and allowed me
to become a more confident leader with a clear vision for taking my
company to the next level of success. Sharon has helped me to set
priorities, be more organized, measure results, and be accountable
for my actions. Sharon motivates me to do the work that is
necessary to be my best.
ME-r, CCP-I, -II/PM, & -D
MegaHertz Media Integration, Inc.
enabled me to operate in my business from intention - by asking
myself, "What do I want from this?" I had naturally assumed that I
was working for what I wanted, but Sharon's highly effective
approach allowed me to see that I was actually working against
myself too much of the time..Working from intention has a lot to do
with my increased focus. [Sharon] has helped me to eliminate
distractions that interfered with my purpose and goals. I benefited
from Sharon's exceptional intuition during this process. She
displayed an uncanny ability to know exactly when to push, when to
ease up, and when to let me make that decision...Sharon's ethics and
professionalism are beyond reproach.she never asked me to meet any
standard to which she did not hold herself. Sharon has been the
perfect coach for me..
Ann Kirby, M.A.
Sharon has been
instrumental in the significant growth of my business over the past
few years. By helping me focus on clearly defined goals - goals
that are truly important to me rather than artificial corporate
goals - I have become much more satisfied and successful. Sharon
takes the time and has the personal interest in supporting,
cajoling, and celebrating with me on my personal path to success.
Brett Goodrich, MDRT
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Sharon, I'm on a more fulfilling life path that will maximize my
skills and allow me to handle my vulnerabilities more comfortably..I
don't know anyone who does anything like what she does. She is
wonderful, caring, genuine, practical, intuitive, and wise.Sharon
has helped me change my life.
Dr. Anne Stoline
Perry Point VA Medical Center
positions I have held in Maryland have afforded me the opportunity
to develop traditional leadership abilities and to be viewed by my
colleagues as a leader in the field of child maltreatment. Yet,
Sharon has challenged me to broaden my definition of "leadership".
Being a leader means being a catalyst for change: individual change,
organizational change, communal change. A person who helps others
to realize their potential, as Sharon does so well, is indeed a
leader. Sharon serves as a role model for me in being a catalyst
for change at multiple levels. Sharon Seal is gifted in encouraging
me (and many others) to take a dream, an idea, a concept, and to do
something about it. Sharon's coaching makes me want to be a better
person and a better servant of children, our most precious resource.
Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute
As a manager.I
have made significant strides in my managerial abilities as a result
of working with Sharon Seal. Sharon assisted me in acquiring the
skills I need to work with a variety of people and she gave me
concrete tools to use in my everyday interactions. Positive
coaching strategies and flexibility are two of Sharon's greatest
strengths. I really appreciate her sensitivity and ability to give
gentle, constructive criticism.
Intensive Care Unit Manager
You are worth
your weight in gold.
Strength In Numbers, Inc.
I was thinking
today about how talented you are as a personal coach and how blessed
I am to have found you when I did. Somehow you intuit just the
right way to respond to where I am. Your guidance and support is
invaluable to me.
Catholic Charities of Maryland
Thank you for
your patience with me, for your encouragement and soft constructive
critiques. You are a truly amazing woman with depth beyond first
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