Oak Tree Leadership Coaching

Oak Tree offers the following types of coaching:

  • Executive/C-Suite
  • New Leaders – assimilating into a new organization or a new role
  • Emerging Leaders – Those moving from “doing” to “leading”
  • Small Group Coaching – Co-hort coaching for wide impact and skill development

Virginia’s coaching is about increasing performance and effectiveness. It’s is a rigorous process of mindset and behavior work, carefully examining the everyday actions and interactions her clients take, while supporting a deeper inquiry into their underlying beliefs, thoughts, challenges and aspirations. Her coaching focuses holistically on increasing self-awareness, changing mindsets and frameworks for action, and fostering sustainable behavioral shifts by putting equal emphasis on the polarities of “being” and “doing.”  Her work is informed by theories ranging from neuroscience, systems theory, philosophy, psychology, and Somatics. Her clients transform into leaders who have the capacity to respond to the quickly changing business landscape with a grounded sense of purpose, focus, and effectiveness.

“By staying present and aware of what is happening
the leader can do less and achieve more”

– The Tao of Leadership

What’s it like to work with Virginia?

Virginia asks her clients to involve all aspects their lives. She coaches the whole person, not just the person who shows up at the office.

Her methods include deep listening, teaching and the use of practices that help her clients embody change. Her clients are able to move into a more reflective state so they have the capacity to respond to life’s circumstances with dignity and effectiveness.

When working with Virginia, clients engage in self-observation and exploration, forging a path forward to create possibility, effectiveness and focus.

 “A tree with strong roots can withstand the most violent of storms, but the tree
with no roots can’t grow roots as the storm approaches on the horizon.”

His Holiness the Dali Lama

Engaging in practice is an essential ingredient to change.

Practice creates awareness. Awareness leads to being present. When we are present, we have a stronger capacity to choose where to direct our attention and what action to take. The more choice we have, the more power we have in our lives. The result:  we are able to break free of the habits that have held us in unproductive and ineffective behaviors.

Virginia uses the art of “practice” in two ways. She teaches practices that are “on the mat” and can be employed in the moment when her clients are faced with a circumstance that could throw them off their balance. And, she teaches practices that are “off the mat”. This second type of practice gives her clients the embodied capacity and level of competence to meet life’s circumstances as they arise and allow transformation to occur at the deepest of levels.

“Under pressure we do not rise to our expectations; we fall to the level of our practice.”
– Bruce Lee

A Case for Coaching:
Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

Chapter I
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in… it’s a habit… but,
my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V
I walk down another street.

– Portia Nelson 

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