Working with Jana stands out as a true gift of my professional experience working with teams. She helped me notice the blind-spots and choice-points impacting my leadership -- and did so from a place of true compassion, curiosity, flexibility, lightness, and humor. To have such a professional and easeful coaching experience, even as we worked through times of group conflict and contention around difficult issues, including diversity, is a rare and remarkable thing. So much learning, to work with Jana!" --Alexa Miller, Founder, Arts Practica
Jana’s work with me has been transformative. One unusual mastery she brings to coaching is her ability to help me see my own impact and then build skills that are better aligned with my true intentions.
The most powerful example is regarding my interactions with women in a business setting. Without ever assuming I had negative intentions, Jana was able to point out that the language I thought was appropriate and respectful actually appeared dismissive of the accomplishments and skills women in the group brought to our team. When I reacted with mild defensiveness, Jana helped me step back to examine the impact I was having and clarify my intentions and goals.
I wanted to build increased, productive engagement and foster an environment of creativity and cohesiveness. Instead, I was alienating half the team. As a result of her coaching, her patient insight, and her commitment to me, I’ve been able to transform my interactions with women. I see with more clarity the impact I have and the way I show up in different contexts. I’ve been able to recruit more terrific women to my team and have them feel as full participants in a culture they know values who they are and what they have to offer." --T. Charles Murphy, Serial Entrepreneur and Board Member, CT Mental Health Center Foundation at Yale School of Medicine
Perceptive, insightful and compassionate, Jana has the capacity to swiftly connect to your reality, however culturally distant your backgrounds may be. Most importantly, she helps you pinpoint the key elements of your obstacles and sheds light on where to focus your attention. With insight and adaptability, she will “hold your hand” as you reflect on a call for change and explore ways to tackle those challenges." --Rodrigo Belloube, CEO, Munich Re Group, Brazil subsidiary
Until meeting you, Jana, I had not felt the need to seek any coaching, as I get too busy, and it’s not been one of my priorities. You most definitely changed this for me. You helped me see I wasn’t alone in my battles -- that many executives feel the same pressures -- and that expressing myself is like a cleansing of the mind. Undoubtedly, it’s very hard to make changes about my personality, but I want to, and your strategies have worked a treat; in a short period of time I’m seeing the benefits. I cannot thank you enough. Meeting you has been one of the best things in my leadership journey." --Anthony Cavanagh, CEO, Ganbina
Learning with Jana (and her team) is a profound and powerful experience. In part, this is because she creates safety by modeling and setting norms that allow people to share honestly without fear. Jana is one of the most skillful facilitators I know." --Tish Robinson, PhD, Faculty, Hitotsubashi University of Business
At Jana's workshop, I got to practice and receive rapid feedback on the skills I most care about. I learned to communicate in a more relatable way that reaches people and helps them feel heard, and I've been more confident in all important conversations at work. I had one shortly after the training that would have made me extremely nervous in the past and instead became the most productive and long overdue conversation I've ever had with that individual. I also developed a much better understanding of psychological safety and how to create it. One of the most valuable weekends I've ever had.” --Alexander Murmann, Engineering Director