I first met Michelle at a Women's Leadership Conference. I have been pondering what's important for me at work and how to grow as a leader within my current organization. During the conference, Michelle demonstrated her charts on life-decision making. Those of us from consulting easily identified with her tools and connected with her directly. Lucky for me, Michelle had availability and we began working together.
Halfway through our sessions, we encountered a few surprises. Fortunately, Michelle was able to adapt quickly. First, I was approached by a tech "start-up" that took me by surprise. Using my initial goals as guidance, Michelle helped me evaluate staying at a large "stable" company vs. moving to a fast-paced "young" company. Secondly, life threw me another curveball as I discovered I was pregnant. Michelle once again had to re-adjust and navigated me through a set of decisions based on my initials goals.
I cannot be more grateful to have met Michelle at the time that I did and have her guide me through these important career and life changes. Her process-oriented style, diagrams and tools helped me to understand myself and my goals in order to make the right decisions towards a satisfying life and career. Thank you Michelle! - Meg Y., Healthcare Lead and Implementation Consultant
Michelle Florendo is an incredible coach! After a 20-yr career that had some incredible peaks but was now in the doldrums, she helped me rediscover my passion for work and now I’m genuinely in my dream job, with my dream company.
Throughout our coaching engagement, Michelle helped me make sense of which aspects of my career stimulated me, how I like to work and the environment I need to be in to succeed - which is something I had tried to identify myself over the previous two years, unsuccessfully. Looking at my career motivations and detractions, together we were able to define eight specific elements that defined my personal values. Those values were represented as quantitative KPI’s, which I used to assess three job offers, looking at company, environment and role.
With Michelle’s help, I took the job that aligned closest to my personal values, which in turn has rekindled the passion I had in my earlier career, and I now am back on the road to success - for which I honestly cannot thank her enough." - Phil D., VP Innovation at Brain Corp
Michelle's organized and thoughtful approach enabled me to break a seemingly overwhelming task into one that had incremental and achievable steps. She was very diligent and mindful about the process, understood how it's unique to each individual and was able to draw helpful parallels with others that she had consulted to advance my progress. Additionally, she is well connected across a variety of industries which further helped in building my network and achieving results. - Allison G., Senior Director, Consulting and Management Services
When I lost my job, I felt untethered from my sense of purpose, direction, and my sense of self. I spoke to a friend who had recently gone through something similar, and he recommended that I get in touch with Michelle.
My work with Michelle has changed my life. I was in a serious rut, one that I wasn’t aware of, that predated my termination and was causing serious problems in my relationships, both personal and professional and even with myself. Michelle developed a personalized program that helped me to identify the things that were important to me. She worked with me to determine what it was that I wanted out of life (it was surprising to discover that I didn't actually know) and how to make that a reality right now. She took a holistic approach to helping me figure out what in my life was working and what wasn’t. Most importantly, she taught me how to take the reins myself, so that by the end of our time working together I had a set of tools that have helped me to navigate difficult times and hard decisions with a confidence and decisiveness that I didn’t have before.
I felt empowered by Michelle’s techniques. She helped me realize that I wasn’t bound by my habits, that I had the ability to make changes in my life, to give myself permission to do the things I want to do. She helped me break free of the restrictions I felt bound by, both external and internal. After working with Michelle, I feel like I'm in control of my life again, and I know that whatever comes my way and whatever I decide to do, for the rest of my life, I have the power to be the author of my own story."
- Adam Mack, Film Editor/Producer, Los Angeles
I met Michelle through a networking session one Saturday and her approach to career management resonated with me. I knew it was time to make a change in my job, but I wasn’t sure how to go about making that change. I assumed I would need to make an enormous change.
I signed up with Michelle and she gave me a framework to start to build my plan. First, she helped me to understand that instead of making one huge change, I could make a series of smaller changes. She helped me to look deeper into what would be a good fit for me (some soul searching). Then, she gave me very practical, specific next steps.
I’m happy to say I made a small change and now have a new job doing the kind of work I love with a great group of people with a great purpose! I also have a better plan for continuing to shape my career (even without a big change in the future) so that my job works for me as much as I work for it! Thank you Michelle! - Sue, IT Consultant