Leadership Coaching Testimonials
“My coaching partnership with Derek was an instrumental experience that helped me deepen my change management and leadership coaching practice. Working with Derek helped me remove self-imposed limitations and gain clarity about my desired personal and professional aspirations.”
C.G., Lead Consultant for Culture, Change and Engagement, Healthcare Provider, Detroit, MI
“During 2011 I was pursuing my certification as an Executive Coach and had the privilege to work with Derek Lauber as my coach to help me learn how my coaching technique was currently effective and what would help shape me into an even more effective coach. Derek was a key contributor to my success in completing the program and successfully achieving my certification. I deeply appreciate the value his coaching created for me.
Derek facilitated my self discovery in areas of competence and those where I sought to strengthen my ability to personally excel and help my client. There are three domains of learning, cognitive, body and heart or emotion. I felt most comfortable in the cognitive and to be really effective I needed to go to the heart and explore emotion as well as feel more present and aware of the body. The hardest space for me to connect with my clients was in the emotional domain and Derek was highly effective at helping me explore and express my own beliefs, feelings and aspirations. This helped me achieve a comfort with exploring and achieving a balance in all domains with my clients. Derek’s coaching accelerated results for my clients when I incorporated these learning’s into my practice.
Derek is a superb coach and highly effective in helping clients better understand themselves and learn and grow to their full potential. I have the utmost confidence in Derek and find him to be highly principled and a person of integrity. I highly recommend Derek as a coach. He is a gift to anyone wishing to explore, learn and improve their life and possibilities.”
T.K., Executive Coach for a Healthcare Company, Grand Rapids, MI
“Derek’s coaching has had a profound effect on my life. When confronted with challenges in my personal and professional life, his guidance has helped me figure it all out. He is laid back, compassionate, and always gives you his undivided attention. He is receptive to new ideas, no matter what your situation maybe. I would not be as happy, motivated, and focused without having sought his coaching.”
J.M., DBA, Electronic Trading Firm, Chicago, IL
“I hired Derek in the summer and fall of 2011. I was struggling with “vision” and becoming the leader, I want to be. I also wanted to portray that envisioned leadership at my workplace of the previous ten years, which was a small company where I felt pigeonholed. The result of the pigeonholed perception was frustration, not listening as well as I could/should, and being negative in my thoughts and attitude at times.
Derek helped me break down these issues and work through them, one by one. Derek created a calm, safe environment at the beginning of each session. This always facilitated our work during the session and created focus for the topics at hand, and the “burden” of the day was released quickly. I was a different person at the end of our sessions vs. the beginning of those same sessions from a focus, active listening and attitude standpoint.
Derek helped me realize that the issues with which I was struggling were in my control and a choice because they related to my thoughts. He gave me tools to deal with negative thoughts when they arose, and assisted in helping me re-frame going forward. The result of the coaching is that I project a consistent positive, polished image of myself in a business setting, and people react in a positive way to that energy. I have also become a better listener and more patient. I think about what the other person is saying, not what I might say next. I am thinking more in the moment than two hours, three days or four weeks from now. I am much more positive in both my thoughts and dealings with others. These are the leadership qualities I thought I was lacking, and the coaching has facilitated my becoming a more refined leader.
I highly recommend engaging Derek as a leadership coach. He will get to the root of issues quickly, and help you break through the barriers impeding your progress, so you may achieve your goals.”
Senior Business Analyst, Biotech Company, IL
“Having been coached by Derek, I can honestly tell you that he really knows how to bring out everything good that you’re capable of. Derek has a way with words that can only be described as honest. If you have a chance to work or meet with Derek, take full advantage of it because there aren’t many people that can do for you what he can.”
Gonzales, S., Engineer, Electronic Trading Firm, Chicago, IL
“Over the past few months of working with Derek, he has really helped me to re-examine my life and figure out what my core values are. Once we determined my core values, he helped me figure out how to get past the daily distractions and focus on the critical tasks that I need to complete in order to be successful professionally and personally.
What I really loved about Derek’s coaching technique was that he was a great listener that would listen intently on how I was feeling about a particular topic. Then, he would circle back and confirm what he heard from me. This process was great because it made me realize that many of the weaknesses I thought I had, were not actually weaknesses anymore. I also appreciated how he would call me out on something if I wasn’t being firm in taking the appropriate action to change a behavior. This tactic has made me realize the power my own words have over my actions.
I really enjoyed my time working with Derek and would not hesitate for a second to recommend his services to other professionals that are in need of coaching.”
Bill C., Chicago, IL
“Derek and I have been working together for almost 4 months and I cannot begin to explain how valuable his coaching is. He is a phenomenal listener and furthermore has an outstanding memory. Derek’s ability to not only ask questions, but ask the right questions really helped me realize my strong points and how to tackle my weaknesses. In several instances he has helped me realize the solution to a problem based on his assessment of my previous actions.
My personal and professional goals have never been clearer, and the path to attain my ‘perfect picture’ has never been more apparent. Derek’s coaching and his technique has stuck with me, helping me achieve the successes I wish to realize.
Derek is a firm believer in his clients his repertoire of candid and direct questions will further help you tackle small, yet critical tasks, while still focusing on macro ambitions. I profoundly recommend his coaching to anyone looking to gain focus and attain help in accomplishing their goals.”
Inderpal S., San Francisco, CA
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