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 Individualized Support for Key People

A professional coach enhances the way an individual thinks, works and succeeds. It’s like a booster rocket to help them communicate with greater effectiveness and be more emotionally intelligent with those around them. A typical outcome is improved workplace relationships as they become aware of their impact on others and understand their share of the responsibility. For supervisors and managers, it affords the chance to learn how to lead rather than direct. Throughout the process, the coachee has the opportunity to move beyond self-perceived limits and gain fresh perspectives as they identify specific actions and new learnings. Better people make better organizations. Everyone should have a coach!

“The partners of RingSide Hospitality Group have always been aware of the importance of providing our executive team members with the tools they need to be successful. We sought coaching assistance from In-Accord when it became apparent that one of our executive team members lacked the communication and leadership skills necessary to reach their potential but had everything else needed to be successful in their role. It was a decision that was well worth the investment. Shortly after the team member began their coaching sessions, they were able to find their voice among the executive team and make a more positive impact on the employees they oversee. In closing, I’d like to restate my strong support for In-Accord NW. I am confident that they will meet your expectations and help you to continue to find success within your staff.”
Jan Peterson, Owner Ringside Hospitality Group

A Private Conflict Guide

People are often disoriented during complex interpersonal conflict. A conflict coach can help an individual understand how to manage the dispute. The process provides an opportunity to consider different perspectives and potential responses to the situation. For example, the coachee can strategize different resolution options and deciding if and how to engage with the other person. It also equips the coachee with insights and skills to make better choices in their own interest, as well as that of the organization they serve. Coaching improves the ability to work through conflicts for a specific dispute, as well as providing an opportunity for personal growth to handle future conflicts.

Kathleen Spike, Senior Coach, MCC

Kathleen Spike began her focus in coaching in 1995 and works mostly with business owners, executives and professional individuals. She was one of the first graduates of The Coach’s Training Institute of San Francisco, Ca. in 1995 and holds their Certified Professional and Personal Coach certificate. The International Coach Foundation recognized Kathleen’s proficiency as a coach in 1998 and awarded her its highest designation as a Master Certified Coach, which she still retains. Kathleen co-founded the Northwest Coaches Association/ICF Coaching Chapter, Portland, Oregon chapter in 1998 and served as one of its first presidents. She holds a BA in Business Management and Communication and, prior to beginning her coaching work, she operated a successful business for 26 years.

Kathleen’s straightforward, no-nonsense – yet full of wisdom – approach to business management and leadership communication benefits her clients, spurring high levels of growth and enhanced results. Kathleen is an Organizational Brokered Coach with The Coach’s Training Institute, where she coaches at Nike, Airbnb and other multinational companies. Her certifications in The Leadership Circle assessments, Enneagram, NLP and hypnotherapy all enrich the experiences of her clients.

Mike Curtis, Senior Coach, ACC

 Mike Curtis believes there is no greater motivation than what someone designs for themselves. He motivates and inspires his clients with objectivity and a focus on accountability. He excels at working with each person he coaches to define and leverage their unique abilities. He enables clients to explore their talents, achieve their goals and raise their performance.  

Mike is the executive coach of choice by leaders of many organizations and has guided their development in many functions, strategies, collaborations and results. He has coached leaders in a wide variety of industries, including government agencies, automotive industry, tech companies, manufacturing and Human Resources. He is certified in Personal Coaching Styles Inventory (PCSI) and uses this assessment with clients to help them recognize how they interact with others and how to identify changes to be most effective in their growth. Mike has successfully coached leaders at companies such as Automatic Data Processing, CDK Global, Bonneville Power Administration, The Department of Interior, Wacom and others.

He served for 28 years at ADP, a fortune 200 company where he held multiple leadership roles. As National Technical Support Manager, and then as National Training Manager, Mike developed and implemented training and mentoring programs that were used nationally to reduce training time and increase productivity. He also successfully assisted in the design and rollout of ADP’s national internal coaching program.

Mike serves on the leadership team of the local Chapter of the International Coach Federation and is an ICF Global member. He is a credentialed coach through the International Coach Federation. He received a BA from Concordia University Magna Cum Laude and a certificate in coaching through Corporate Coach U.

In his free time, Mike like to competitively race sailboats on the Columbia River, enjoys cooking and fishing

Suzy Driver, Senior Coach

Suzy Driver, an In-Accord-associated coach, is a life-long learner, observer, and spiritual seeker who brings diverse talents, interests, and skills to the work she engages in with her clients. Uniquely qualified with a background as an expert negotiator, facilitator, mediator, and lawyer, she is also grounded in the practice of coaching those eager to grow professionally and personally.

During the past 30 years, Suzy has worked as an attorney representing Indian tribes and the federal government, negotiator and mediator resolving natural resource disputes, facilitator of personal and organizational strategic planning processes and teacher of conflict resolution.

Suzy’s current, dedicated work mirrors her transition from resolving client conflicts to encouraging clients to create a more authentic and productive worklife that reflects both present needs and future goals. This personal and professional strategic planning work is future focused—and it is this very element of executive coaching that calls upon Suzy’s strengths, interests and skills. Suzy is a master at creating opportunities for clients to explore and refine the steps they will take to cultivate both their own growth, while enhancing the organization in which they serve.