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Too many people are paying a high price for their career success.
They aren't enjoying their life or living their priorities.
You are satisfied with your career, but look around and realize that the rest of your life is out of balance, or even non-existent.
You come home from work and there's no leftover energy to make a healthy supper, let alone exercise or call your mother.
And "quality time" with your family means they are in the same room but looking at separate devices.
Too exhausted to exercise
Guilty that you don't spend time with family
Missing out on things that matter
Unsure of where to turn
On a treadmill - but not getting anywhere
Stressed - because you can't do it all
Yearning for a better life - but no time or energy
Valerie MacLeod Facilitator Coach Trainer
Are you successful in your career...but don't feel successful in life?
Do you want to enjoy your life, improve relationships and create time for yourself...without guilt?
Work with me to create a personalized, sure-fire way to break through barriers and open possibilities for an extraordinary life!
Start living a balanced life.
Live your life - your priorities - your way!
Get off the treadmill and experience the life you deserve!
One of my photographs of my favorite Thai beach - while getting some life balance!
My Background. I have a Bachelor of Mathematics (Co-op with a minor in Computer Science) and an MBA (with a Human Resources minor). I work well with business leaders and entreprenuers who have a background in sciences, engineering, accounting and business.
My life example. I started my journey towards better work/life balance in 1996 after my husband make a casual comment at a party. That remark caused me to rethink my job, the hours I was working and what I wanted out of my life. I published a Life Planning book, "Get Me Off the Treadmill!" based on the steps that I took to gain control over my life. I continue to work on the right mix between work, family time, hobbies, exercising and volunteering.
Systems Thinking. I knew something was missing in planning and problem solving before I learned Systems Thinking. In Systems Thinking we look at the entire situation first along with its impact on other teams, departments and clients. Then we tackle the details. I use The Systems Thinking Approach® and its application to thinking, planning, communication, career management and life planning. With Systems Thinking we'll understand the entire entity we are working with and the possible implications on other people and systems.
My coaching approach. I tailor the The Systems Thinking Approach® to Coaching for your specific needs.
Certifications. I am certified in one of the few coaching programs that looks from a systems perspective, ORSC (Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching). I'm also certified in Systems Thinking, Strategic Planning, Executing Strategic Plans, Change Management and Career Planning.
Balance of left and right sides of the brain. I enjoy using both the logical, analytical and scientific side of my brain along with the creative, conceptual and holistic part. I use both sides in my coaching and training to include multiple perspectives and reduce the possibility that we missed a solution or unanticipated development.
My experience. I have coached and taught workshops to help people work towards their correct combination of career, health, wealth, relationships, volunteering, and intellectual and spiritual growth. I am a happy entrepreneur who feels no guilt when I exercise or call my mother during traditional work hours.
My sense of humour.
I know it's difficult to lead a congruent life - work life balance seems like a paradox.
However, together we can design the right mixture that works for your life. If you are working one job and starting your own business, we'll create a blend that fits your schedule, while still including health, your family and self-care.
If you have a full-time job that's more than full-time, we'll create a combination of the important aspects of your life that starts you moving towards the life you dream of living.
If you work and go to school, there's a creative solution to help you now.
How am I sure I can help? Because I've been in all of these situations!
I'll bring my experience of working towards balance, my Systems Thinking Approach and my right/left brain balanced perspectives to the table.
You bring dreams of what you'd like your life to be like along with today's realities.
Together let's develop the mash-up, integration, aggregate, combo, mixture - whatever you want to call it - for your life now!
Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt on a combination business trip and vacation
Some coaches just hand you a playbook to learn. Val helps you choreograph your moves and decisions to match your personal style so that things flow more smoothly at work and at play.
Frances Lang, Group Lead Facility Services, EnCana Corporation
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