I have walked in your shoes! I have been a Software Engineer and manager. I know the challenges in the high-paced corporate culture and having a work-life balance.
Here are some scenarios when people come to me for coaching:
“I have been asked to show more executive presence. I have a hard time expressing my opinion confidently during a meeting, especially to those seniors in the ranks.”
“I have been asked to be more approachable. I think very fast; others can’t keep up. I get frustrated with them.”
“My team is not performing well. I end up doing most of the work. I am exhausted.”
“I have been doing well in my life. I worked hard and succeeded. I wish I had more time during the day to do everything up to my satisfaction.”
“I no longer enjoy my current role. I don’t know what else I can do. I am in a big dilemma.”
I’ve been working with Sharmin for several months and am very pleased with the coaching relationship we’ve had. I did not know what to expect with leadership coaching, but Sharmin helped guide me through the formal and informal process to explore my personal-professional self. We cleared many milestones–as I’ve moved across the country and also changed jobs while working together. I asked Sharmin recently what were her goals as a coach, and she said “to make sure the person is confident and comfortable in their own skin” –and after working with Sharmin, I am!
I met Sharmin when I was seeking a business coach after being promoted to a high role in my company. As a woman and as an employee without the depth of knowledge and experience of others in the industry, I was feeling intimidated, anxious, and had low confidence in owning my new role. However, my boss saw what I didn’t see in myself and encouraged me to get a business coach. I met with a couple of coaches, but when I met Sharmin I immediately felt a great connection. She pushed me right away in the first session to work through not just the surface level feelings of ‘overwhelm’ that I was having, but to look further into myself to the root cause of those feelings. She helped me dig into my thought process and how those thoughts led to my feelings and actions or inactions. Sometimes hitting on uncomfortable feelings, Sharmin created a safe space to explore my thoughts and didn’t push her own agenda. It was always a focus on what I wanted to work on and what I felt like would help me move forward. She was also very flexible with scheduling to make sure we could space out our time for maximum benefit. The tools and conversations we had helped me build confidence that was just lying under the surface. Even though I fall backward sometimes into my imposter syndrome or negative feelings, I try to remember the conversations and tools we explored, and those backslide don’t become too hard to redirect. I would definitely recommend Sharmin as a business coach with a holistic approach. Her calm presence and ability to uncover root causes would help anyone looking to make changes personally and professionally.
The past six months working with Sharmin has been an eye-opener for me, as I have found my inner self and learned about what I feel internally can impact others around me. This has translated directly towards my professional life and how I conduct myself at work. My manager has told me on several occasions now about the positive changes she is observing. I have been more thoughtful in my approach while making sure I am doing the right by the organization. Read More…