I live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with my husband Dan, who has 2 wonderful (all grown up) kids, Kevin and Lisa.
My first language is French (as you might already have guessed by my name) but I’ve decided to create my Coaching Blog in English, even though this will be an added challenge for me, in order to reach more people and have a more significant impact.
I refuse to let my fear of making mistakes stop me from putting my ideas out there. Since that’s what I’m encouraging my clients to do, I’ll also “feel the fear, but do it anyway!”
My personal Core Values, which guide me in the decisions that I make, are the following:
To really explain who I am today (so you get me), I guess that it’s probably best that I share with you a very painful, but defining, moment in my life. Many years ago, I lost my daughter Julie to a terrible accident, she was only 9. As you can imagine, that changed everything for me, my priorities and my outlook on life. Since that event and having no alternative than to go on with my life, I have a new found courage. I believe that this tragedy gave me the strength to do whatever it takes to make sure that I make the most out of every day. Since then, I never stayed in a situation where I felt that I was just idling. I want to make a difference in people’s life, I want to inspire them to create, have fun, take control and become their very own best version of themselves (just be the best that you can be). We only have one go at our life, and who knows when it will be taken away from us…
What brought me to where I am…
In my early 20s, after just a few months on my very first full time job, I was promoted to a Supervisor position. I was put in charge of 5 tellers, even though almost all of them were twice my age and had a lot more experience, because I was the only one with the proper Diploma for that position. My training, as a new Manager, consisted of: “Good luck, you can do this!”
The result was that I made a lot of mistakes, and I’m sure, now looking back, that I was responsible for a very badly managed team.
After that delightful experience, for the following 20 years, I learned, after many more jobs, many additional mistakes and numerous trainings, to become a very good Manager. Even more important, I developed a real passion for it.
For example, when the other Managers couldn’t wait to be done with the performance appraisals, I couldn’t wait to start with the process. When I could, I even did it twice a year…that’s when I knew I was different!!!
I realized that the people management part of my job was my very favorite thing to do…By being passionate about our Mission and Goals, I saw the difference that I could make in my employees’ daily routine and my clients’ experience. Being transparent and authentic, I was able to make my team thrive for success, for themselves and our department.
I also learned that I had a lot more power than I thought as a Manager, and that I should have taken control by creating whatever I needed to achieve the results I desired…I certainly didn’t have to wait for others to propose innovative solutions. My job as a Manager was not to be a good instructions follower…I was in charge!
Towards the end of my corporate job I was asked to coach 3 colleagues that had management difficulties…I was so happy during that period…I was so doing “exactly what I was meant to be doing” that I knew coaching was going to be part of my next adventure.
And so I trained to become a professional coach and, as predicted, I loved every minute of it. I’ve now been coaching for the last 5 years and couldn’t be happier.
With this experience, I also have now come to the realization that most Managers need help in the same few areas and so I created the quiz “How exciting is it to work for you?”, so people can easily identify which aspect of their job needs more attention. It was designed for the newly appointed Managers, and for the more experienced ones, that have decided to bring their role to the next level.
More recently, because I wanted to stay self-employed and keep doing my own stuff, I learned how to be a good Entrepreneur and interestingly enough, I have found that many of the concepts that I’ve learned, could be very helpful when you have a team to manage and clients to please.
In addition, because I had more freedom with my time, and that I was always curious about very successful people and their secrets, I did a lot of reading on personal development and really embraced some of the teachings that I’m happy to pass along to my clients.
So there it is, now you know when you read what I write, or when you choose to work with me, that you get the “wisdom” of a person that:
- Painfully learned about the importance of living your best life from a profoundly changing personal life experience,
- Successfully completed a 20 year career as a manager (Why would you have to repeat the mistakes that I made in order to succeed?),
- Definitely found her life calling by becoming a Coach for Engaged Managers,
- Happily learned about Life Success Principles and Personal Growth, and
- Surprisingly discovered that to be a great Manager, you had to have a lot of the qualities required to be a successful Entrepreneur.