NICE TO MEET YOU!
I’m Julie, the Corporate Yogi and creator of the Inner Design Method™.
I’ve been called many things over the years - a corporate shrink, a mentor, a sage, and my personal favourite – a self-discovery Jedi. At the end of the day, the label doesn’t matter, just call me when you’re ready to change your life.
By all external standards, my clients have very successful lives and careers. They’ve played by the rules, ticked all the boxes and climbed the corporate ladder. Yet on the inside, they feel unfulfilled and empty. And that’s why they come to me.
I help people who have everything,
yet feel nothing
The Harsh Truth - Is this you?
I know that deep down inside many of my clients feel disappointment. At their core is an emptiness and constant feeling that they’re not enough, amplified by fear they never will be. They’re working to a state of near exhaustion to maintain their status and lifestyle. And not because all the stuff makes them happy but because they’re scared and stuck and well, everyone else is doing it. They feel out of control and afraid that beneath the layers of their projected identity and power, they don’t have a clue who they actually are. Or worse, they do and realize it’s someone they’re not proud of.
The Key to Fulfillment is Authenticity
The biggest mistake we make in work and life is that we’re scared to be authentic and invest time in knowing who we are. But over years of personal coaching and professional development, I know this is the ONLY guaranteed path to feeling alive and truly successful.
To get where we are, many of us worked exceptionally hard and created an alternate-reality version of ourselves to fit the expectations of other people. This becomes a flawless, intensely productive and profoundly logical persona we project. Aided by social media, we step into this constructed version of ourselves stripping away our interesting and unique characteristics – the very qualities that actually allow others to feel connected to us.
It’s risky and takes real courage to cast off the corporate armour and show up to work as the real you. And here we have a big problem. Most people aren’t able to be authentic because they don’t know themselves and don’t have a clue what they really want. This disconnect is why I don’t centre my coaching on productivity. I don’t care about metrics, job titles, empire-building, how many cars you have or the vacation property you’ll buy with this year’s bonus. You’re established and you’re highly accomplished at work, I get it. But if those things don’t make you happy then you’re not truly successful.
To lend you a bit of comfort, you’re far from alone in your confusion and suffering. It’s real. It’s incapacitating. And it’s attacking high-profile professionals just like you all around the world. Why else would we see a mental health crisis and an epidemic of addiction? This is why I often say, I help people who have everything yet feel nothing.
The Inner Design Method™
To help you understand WHO you really are and WHAT you truly want, I’ve created a powerful, intensive method that uses personal development and reflection tools to unlock deep levels of awareness and personal connection. With this grounded self-awareness, you’ll feel empowered, build more authentic relationships and feel more fulfilled in all aspects of your life.
Each client receives a personalized Inner Design Canvas™, which we’ll use on your coaching journey. Plus, the system supports goal setting for the rest of your life.
Here are some reflection tools used in this method:
✓ Core Values System and Purpose Statement
✓ Life Design Process (Reflect, Future and Present)
✓ Relationship Design Tools
✓ Change Design Tools (Reflection, Future and Present)
✓ Belief Design Process (Belief Mapping and Belief Laddering)
✓ Identify Key Saboteurs and their Core Messages
✓ Trust Model and Team Theory
✓ Growth Mindset Model (Comfort Zone, Edge Behaviours and Growth)
✓ Leadership Legacy and Philosophy
I’m not your typical coach
Although I’m trained and certified in various methods of individual and team coaching, I don’t consider myself a typical coach. When I started, I had a more traditional coaching style but over the years my practice has evolved to address the biggest needs of my clients. Often, they show up asking to change what is basically a surface-level trait. And I can tell they truly need something else.
Most coaches focus on productivity. They’re dedicated to metrics and making you smarter, faster and stronger. I don’t blame them for this because many companies ask coaches to improve team efficiency so they can get more done or to provide tools and models so their managers act like great leaders. It’s only natural that many coaches package these promises and deliver what it says on the tin. But there’s a fundamental flaw with this approach. It ignores the big problem faced by most overachievers and type-A professionals. Because they’ve been hyper focused on performance and over indexed on goals and metrics, they’ve spent little to no time exploring or discovering themselves. Consequently, at some point in their career, many professionals will have a crisis of fulfillment. For some it happens 10 or 15 years in, for others it’s closer to retirement. After striving for an optimal level of success, the anticipated happiness never arrived leaving them disappointed.
I believe that Monday mornings should be more exciting than Friday afternoons. I love pushing my clients out of their comfort zone and empowering them to create a culture their employees actually brag about. I love working with “big picture” thinkers who are passionate about personal growth and hungry to make a lasting impact in this world. My clients thrive on my “tough love” coaching approach and ability to combine business and personal growth. I help leaders remove the biggest obstacles blocking their success and understand that their career won’t grow until they do.
Here are a few things I do differently than most other coaches:
- My bullshit detector is finely tuned to recognize shiny-object syndrome as a distraction from doing the hard work. At the start of the engagement, I clearly set goals and hold clients accountable.
- The biggest complaint I hear is that other coaches showed up too passive like Mr. Rogers, “What do you want to coach on today?” My coaching is quite directive in nature and I drive the discussion 90% of the time. Clients decide what they want and I hold responsibility for the path to get them there.
- I remember most, if not all, of our conversations. It’s uncanny and perhaps a little creepy. I often remind clients of things they said years ago in a first session, and it blows their mind.
- I incorporate 25+ years of business experience into my work. Trust me, I’ve seen it all – mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, mass firings, recessions, IPOs, addiction, affairs, bullying and even suicide. There is nothing you can bring me that will make me flinch or bat an eye.
- I’ve developed a proprietary series of personal development tools called the Inner Design Method™ that will deepen your learning and foster a relationship with yourself you didn’t even know you were missing
We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.
When I started working with Mark, he was 33 and had just made partner at his firm... Click to read more
When I started working with Mark, he was 33 and had just made partner at his firm. This promotion was a massive milestone he’d been working toward for years and he expected that it would come with a sense of pride, accomplishment and more respect at work. But now he was haunted by the question, “When will enough, be enough?”
Mark had an expectation that his external success would bring internal fulfillment. Wrong. The higher he rose the more responsibility and stress he seemed to take on and the less time he had to do the things he loved with the people who mattered most. Married with three kids, he owned a gorgeous house and vacation property. Yet after the announcement, he was left with this empty feeling of, “What now?” His marriage was strained and he and his wife were on the brink of divorce. Mark thought making partner would solve their problems. Instead, it seemed to make them worse and drive them further apart.
I had Mark deep dive into a series of introspective exercises and tools. This was uncomfortable work he’d never done before. He’d spent his entire life and career acquiring external knowledge. His “ah ha” moment came when he realized he’d dedicated his whole life learning about everything around him and didn’t have a clue who he truly was or what he wanted.
We identified his core values, leadership legacy, dreams and he learned how to identify his feelings and have courageous conversations. Using the Life Design tool, we also envisioned his future. We unearthed a secret dream of starting his own business.
Completely transformed, Mark now feels more in control of his life. Because he has a strong sense of self-awareness, all his relationships have shifted. People at work constantly ask what he’s changed in his diet and lifestyle. Little do they know coaching, not keto, was at the heart of his transformation. He has a better relationship with his wife that feels more loving and less like a business arrangement. They now prioritize spending time together as a family and share dreams of the future. He realized that his day job is ultimately not fulfilling, however it’s necessary to support his family. So, he kept the job but with two friends has started a microbrewery. Mark is a new man who has never felt more alive.
As a self-professed workaholic, Jane intended to focus on her personal life...Click to read more
As a self-professed workaholic, Jane intended to focus on her personal life as soon as she was “caught up at work.” At 28, she was working at a rapidly-growing software company and loved her work. A control freak, she saw herself as a fixer, like Olivia Pope on Scandal, and was constantly focused on proving herself in her male-dominated workplace. She had no time for hobbies and her fiancé kept nudging her to start planning their wedding.
Sure, deep down she did want to marry him and have a family, but this wasn’t the right time. These were her prime years to accelerate her career and after all, why rush? Her company even had a program to freeze your eggs, which meant she could buy herself an extra 10 years and ensure she was established in her career before having children. She didn’t want the guys at work to consider her soft. She just needed to get through the next big project to feel in control enough to tend to her own needs. But Jane felt pulled in so many different directions that she constantly felt burned out.
Jane loved her work but needed to accept that her entire sense of self was tied to her identity at work and delivering results. She also had a lot of people-pleasing tendencies, which are addictive and hard to let go of. This is common for people who grew up in an environment where they were rewarded for winning.
My approach was to teach Jane to recognize her patterns and unravel them then develop a clear identity and rebuild the relationship with herself.
After flipping the script, Jane now prioritizes self-care and personal goals and is amazed how free she now feels. Work is still very important, but with this new set of priorities, she doesn’t give all her time and energy to it. She has recognized that being a control freak or labelled Type-A isn’t a badge of honour or tool for effective leadership. And though she doesn’t always like it, she has learned how to ask for, and accept, help from others. She’s currently learning to set boundaries with colleagues and, to her fiancé’s excitement, has hired a wedding planner allowing them to move full speed toward their future.
After three years of advocating, Karim was finally promoted...Click to read more
After three years of advocating, Karim was finally promoted to manage his team. At first, he was thrilled, but after only six weeks he was overwhelmed and felt like he was failing. Overseeing his old role plus the new meetings and additional obligations in his calendar left him feeling like he was sinking in quicksand. He was faced with the realization many first-time managers experience – managing people is freaking hard. His team didn’t respect his authority and had started resenting him. None were working at capacity and one called in sick more often than she was at work. They also stopped inviting him for afterwork drinks on Thursdays. He had promised nothing would change and he’d still be fun Karim, not the “boss man” assuming they could still be buddies. The problem was, everything had changed. And he was in denial.
Becoming a first-time manager can be overwhelming and his company was too small to offer much support for his new role. Firstly, Karim had to do some work on Relationship Design with his team. We started by redefining his colleague relationships and he had conversations about how they would work together and set boundaries. After we worked on his personal brand and leadership legacy, he started to change the way he looked at this management opportunity. Recognizing he had to act like a leader, not just wear the title, led to regular one-on-one meetings with team members and helping them develop their own personal and career plans. He also incorporated monthly development exercises into team meetings to build values, trust, core strengths and goal setting. And lastly, I helped him recognize that not letting go of his old role was keeping him from completely embracing his new duties.
After backfilling his old role, Karim’s amazed how much time he has to perform his new leadership responsibilities. He has a new vision for the team, which he shares regularly, and they now have metrics they work against. And to boost morale, a low performer was offboarded. He is more confident and knows building trust is an ongoing exercise. His team is now more engaged and working effectively. Feeling like he’s out of the quicksand, he sees how these simple adjustments are impacting the team and their performance.
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