Diane Dreizen

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Are you thinking like a "worker bee" instead of a leader?

Holly was a highly intelligent, passionate, and capable executive director of a growing non-profit. She came to coaching because she was overworked and overwhelmed; her board of directors was pressuring her on a number of issues related to growth, and without understanding fully what was going on in the “front lines”, they were demanding things that involved more work hours and effort.


Holly recognized that she was thinking more like a “worker bee” than a leader; often doing a lot of the “grunt work” herself. She was also on a short fuse and was being reactive when her staff asked her to make decisions they could make themselves.


We started with an Energy Medicine formula for immediate stress relief (grounded, centered, and calm) while I assisted her to figure out how she could change her behavior to get better results.


Next she hired a new employee, set clear and specific expectations, and delegated more work to the appropriate people. Although she was stepping out of her comfort zone, she continued to take steps to restructure the flow of office work and stopped doing the detail work herself. She was then able to spend more time on strategic thinking; which she was very good at.


At first there was resistance from the staff and the board of directors. Slowly over a couple of months, her staff began to understand her new expectations. When people asked her to make decisions that should be theirs, she turned it around and helped them to figure out how to make those decisions themselves.


As Holly’s confidence grew, she spoke with more firmness and clarity, and her board of directors showed more trust in her decisions.


She continued to set better limits for herself and within 6 months she was working less hours. She began to spend most of her time doing the planning, strategizing, setting goals, and guiding direction of growth, and communicating better with the board of directors.


Over time, each step she took helped her to feel better and enjoy her work more. Then she began to focus more on her personal life. She began to pick up on old hobbies she had long forgotten; running, biking, and kayaking. As she learned to “turn off” her mental worry about work, she was able to be more present at home and her marriage improved. By the end of a year her life was feeling balanced, her non-profit continued to grow, and she was more confident that ever in her whole life.