Coaching for Leadership & Collaborative Excellence
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Leadership and Executive Coaching

Coaching programs are available for individual leaders, business partners, and leadership teams.

Coaching is no longer simply or primarily an inquiry about how to “get ahead” or acquire new skill. It is an opportunity to explore deeper personal values and patterns of being. For many, it is the one professional context where they are invited to speak candidly about what is not seen and cannot be measured. You benefit from improved communication, productive use of creative tension and conflict, and enhanced individual and team performance and wellbeing. Coaching is a conversation for awakening to and inhabiting qualities of self that will allow greater aliveness, meaningful productivity and joy.
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Growth by Design

Bridging Lives provides customized programs for leaders, business partners and teams to facilitate sustainable growth and conscious change.

Together, we focus on more than skill development and coordination. Change efforts succeed when the people involved upgrade their inner "operating system" to be able to embody the kind of leadership that can create the envisioned culture.

Your people cultivate change that evolves authentically from the inside out. You reduce waste, frustration and dissonance. You increase creative productivity, trust and collaborative resonance. You create and reinforce a culture of leadership and strategically-focused engagement.

  • Individual leaders choose coaching to overcome internal and external barriers to professional advancement, collaborate more effectively with others and accelerate their professional growth. A challenge now may be to claim your voice, value and authentic presence as a leader. As you embody the next version of you, move yourself and others in a new orientation to leadership, creative possibility and growth.
  • Business partners choose coaching to resolve conflicts, re-align for strategic growth and to realize their creative vision. With better understanding of their behavior and choices in different situations, partners learn to adapt and “dance” together and realize the synergy that brought you together in the first place.
  • Leadership teams choose coaching to develop greater accountability and collaboration among leaders while deliberately growing their team and organizational culture. The secret to a great team is your ability to build strong, authentic business relationships based on trust, candor and transparency. In connection with a larger change initiative or critical group and collaboration dynamics, we can address individual challenges and opportunities as an interrelated, essential part of a larger process.

Strategic Planning & Engagement

What becomes possible when your whole team can develop and own a meaningful strategy together? Values-driven enterprise succeeds when your leaders and teams coordinate with positive, adaptive solutions to accomplish your business plan, while having fun doing it. I design and guide strategic planning and strategic engagement processes to ensure your team aligns for genuine commitment to your strategic direction. You co-create a dynamic process for building capacity and communicating effectively to achieve your goals.

Offsite / Retreat Design & Facilitation

How can you better fulfill the purpose of your next offsite or retreat? Together with you, I design meetings to achieve specific objectives within an interactive learning environment. With my facilitation, your team can open playfully to new ways of perceiving and thinking about who you work together to accomplish your objectives. Group events are an opportunity to clear out what no longer serves and redirect your energy for align, powerful progress. Event follow-up is designed to reinforce key learnings, agreements and accountability for resonant action.

Focused Learning: Communication, Conflict, Trust and Collaboration

You are building the capacity of individuals learning and working together to create a better future. With each collaborative learning opportunity your key players get better at playing a game worth playing, achieving goals worth playing for and becoming better people as you go. With each new constellation of players and each new level of complexity and challenge, we spiral back to expand and deepen our range with core competencies. I customize my programs for focused learning to meet your specific needs. Current programs include: Conversational Alchemy, Lead in Trust, Resilient & Resonance Leadership, etc.
Beata is fantastic, she gets right to the heart of the matter, helps me clearly see and define the issues and identify a path forward. On multiple occasions, her insights into human motivation and behavior have been instrumental in communicating effectively and influencing several members of senior management.
M. O’Donovan, Senior Director - Regulatory, Biomarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Beata engages you as a whole person - body, mind, soul, spirit - to help you discover your core strengths and reveal your highest aspirations. Her integrative style teaches you the techniques and the tools you need to be fully present in your career and in your life. Working with Beata is a path to unlocking your next level vision and then building a plan to realize it.
Karen Mangia, VP, Customer & Market Insights, SaleForce
The partnering approach and deep insights Beata brought to our team were invaluable as we ventured though a combined strategic planning and leadership development effort over two-plus years. Recognizing the need for us to think and work differently, Beata was able to create "constructive tension" for individual members of our leadership team as well as for the larger team. She helped us discover how to work together much more effectively.
M. Tatro, former Director of Energy Security Programs,Sandia National Laboratories; now CEO, Reineke Construction, Inc.
Beata is a great, personable coach with tremendous intuition, creativity and an orientation for results--but more importantly: an orientation for making sure the results are actually aligned with what her clients TRULY want (which sometimes isn't the same as they initially think they want). Beata coached me (and later also my business partner) during a period where my company grew from being a single contractor through becoming an international partnership to a corporation with 10 to 12 employees in 3 countries with sales of over $ 1.5 million. She not only coached me from a business perspective but held me as a complete person (which in my case included my spiritual aspirations and crises) and helped me to weather the storms of a "bad" economy as well as eventually selling my business (while it was having its best year yet) and transitioning to a new area of work with the financial security I received from the sale. Beata incorporates many different methods into her coaching practice, which highly increases the value of her sessions. I really enjoy working with Beata and recommend her to anyone who is dealing with the responsibility of running their own business or who is holding or aspiring to a leadership role in any area of life.
M. Bohunovsky, former CEO, Modula4, Inc.
I worked with Beata when I was a new, first-time CEO, in an extremely technical industry (lasers for manufacturing--you can count the female CEOs on one hand). While I had the pull of customers in Japan and a technical team in Silicon Valley, even some early angel investors, I also had a lot of doubts. Beata helped me develop an awareness of my unique leadership style, accept its validity, recognize its value to others, and get comfortable so that I could engage in crucial conversations with C-suite executives and investors. Developing this confidence was crucial to raising institutional financing in the wake of the Lehman Brothers collapse in January of 2009, and to engaging multi-billion dollar market-leaders in building multiple start-ups (two have now exited). Coaching with Beata was a self-defining and excellent choice, and I am reminded of it often as I now raise my son to be confident and true to his core values.
L. Smoliar, PhD; Serial Entrepreneur; CEO, Peppertree Engineering, Inc.
Beata is a gifted individual and team coach. Her deep knowledge across multiple fields allows her to approach business challenges in a holistic and inspiring way. Infusing humor, wisdom and positive energy into her practice, she supports me and my team to consider new, more sustainable ways of accomplishing our objectives. I always feel more relaxed and empowered after an individual or group meeting that she facilitates and we count on her as a key resource for our department.
A. Waterhouse, VP, Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Beata is an outstanding professional that has been a great resource throughout our strategic planning and engagement journey. She brings her extensive experience and understanding of organizational communications, complexity and diversity to help guide and influence leaders and stimulate dialog that enables and guides the process of defining and moving toward a desired future. As a leadership coach, her intelligence and personal style of working with me to challenge me to think “outside the box”, challenge barriers and to address my own encumbrances to achieve change is quite provoking, stimulating and delightful.
A. Nanco, Manager, Military and Energy Systems Analysis, Sandia National Laboratories

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First, our mental model of the way the world works must shift from images of a clockwork, machinelike universe that is fixed and determined, to the model of a universe that is open, dynamic, interconnected, and full of living qualities. ... Once we see this fundamentally open quality of the universe, it immediately opens us up to the potential for change; we see that the future is not fixed, and we shift from resignation to a sense of possibility. We are creating the future every moment.
Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, by Joseph Jaworski
Challenge, overwhelm and confusion are frequent operating conditions in today's world and the default psychological defense in these circumstances is denial. It is an automatic response, protective of the psyche and its need for stability. But denial is not a learning stance - and unless we can get beyond it the deeper resources we all possess are never called into play. Hence the fundamental importance of the so-called 'double task:' to be able to act and reflect one one's actions at the same time.
Dancing at the Edge: Competence, Culture and Organization in the 21st Century, by Maureen O'Hara & Graham Leicester
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