In 2011 I was promoted to an executive level position responsible for leading 250 people, framing departmental focus areas and contributing to the corporate strategy. My firm enlisted Kathy, because she had successfully coached executives with our firm before, for a 6 month engagement to help me develop my leadership skills. Kathy and I embarked on a multifaceted journey focused on enhancing my self-awareness of strengths and areas to improve. After working to identify my specific areas of focus, Kathy led me through an extensive process that yielded a comprehensive plan for development. This included utilizing my peers, clients and boss as part of my plan for success.
Since my work with Kathy, I have become influential across the organization, have received feedback from people that work for me that I am viewed as their advocate, strengthened peer relationships, and built a strong team around me that offsets my areas of weakness and enhances my areas of strength. I believe that my time with Kathy shaped and accentuated who I am as a leader today.
Lori Taylor, Vice President at OppenheimerFunds Services