I’ve known Nina now for close to 8 years. During this time, she has been my boss/coach/mentor and a dear friend. I started reporting to Nina at a low juncture in my leadership journey. I was having ups and downs with my team, I wanted them to be more trustworthy with me and more confident in me leading them. Nina was aware of what I was going through at the time and was prepared to help me overcome the obstacles impacting me leading the team. Nina had a great reputation as a senior leader, so I was looking forward to learning from her and adding new skills to my tool kit. When we met the focus was about me – who am I and what do I want. I told her I wanted to be a leader and why and she helped me to be a good leader.
Nina has a passion for seeing one become his/her best self. She encouraged you to follow your dreams and put everything into it until you can go no further. I had always wanted to be a good leader, so knowing where Nina’s passion was naturally excited me because she would help me become my best self.
Each session with Nina we got deeper and deeper into me. She would always say – “when you change, people change.” Some sessions would be joyous and exciting, and some were filled with tears. Things that I locked away and hid from others, Nina was able to unlock and get me to talk about. One thing affecting me was that I was afraid to fail. The more difficult the task the more fearful I was. Nina coached me through addressing me fears while accomplishing my goals. She also provided additional resources to help guide me as well – Needless to say, I received a lot of books to read. After a while, I have found myself getting better. I started feeling better at work and my team started responding better to me – their confidence grew in me. Even Nina would say that she’s seen improvements with me and would commend me for them, but she didn’t stop there. With each passing session she would continue to help me to fine-tune areas we had identified that I needed my attention. I thoroughly looked forward to our sessions each time we met. I left my sessions inspired and empowered to be better not just as a leader of my team but in anything I needed to do. Nina has passed on some skills to me that continues to be at the foundation of what I do. I find myself saying – “Nina taught me that,” or “That’s something Nina would say.” I appreciate all that she has done for me. I would highly recommend Nina to coach/mentor anyone who is serious about being their best self. Whether you know what it is that you want but need some help getting there or you don’t know what you want and would like to figure it out – Nina can help.
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