Henna’s goal of helping others to become stronger leaders is evident in her executive coaching. Her intuitive nature helps her quickly get right to the heart of what development is needed for each person while working to enhance existing skills and talents, and enriching their global mindset. She has successfully coached members of my team, producing immediate and long-term results
Henna was a great coach to one of my high performing executives. She quickly developed a sense for how to relate to this individual and where the high impact learning edges were. Together Henna and my executive accomplished a great deal. I would not hesitate to call Henna again. She was great!
W.E. “Chris” Lowe, President Coca-Cola North America
Henna helps C-level executives like myself be more effective and productive leaders by getting us to tap into our strengths and directing that self-realization to all facets of our professional and personal lives. In living to our full potential as well rounded individuals we then can bring out the best in our teams. I will recommend Henna without reservation given the very concrete and specific results I have witnessed and experienced.
JuE Wong – President, Elizabeth Arden
Henna – I wanted follow up with you on the progress and growth I continue to see in the leader you coached on my team. Over that past several months she has continued to “Let Go” of the things that held her back and embrace her “Authentic” self. It is one thing to have coaching and see initial improvement. It is another to see it as a seed that continues to grow. I appreciate all you have done to help her in becoming a stronger leader.
Gary Suter – SVP Purchasing, AMC Theatres
I started working with Henna when I became President of a company in need of a turnaround. In my first few weeks, business issues had to be addressed first and foremost and goals had to be prioritized. Henna was able to help me understand which goals more urgently needed to be addressed. She also gave me a sense of “permission” to work on other more personal areas even in the midst of the first 90 days of a new job and to realize how working on those areas could be, and would be, beneficial to my productivity in the new role. As a result of our coaching together I was able to be fully energized to manage the multiple competing priorities I was working on and be both productive and balanced through this first 90 days.
Henna brings several strengths to the coaching sessions:
- She is an experienced business executive who understands what it takes to drive a business and what it takes to lead a team
- She has a calming effect, which makes one open up and freely share thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere
- Her listening and questioning skills are especially strong. Her life experiences, both professionally and personally, add tremendous depth and credibility to her work.
President of Food Company
I started my sessions with Henna more than a year ago. The reason why I started coaching is that I got promoted at work and for the first time I had to manage a sales team and recruit people. I wanted someone to give me direction, to coach me on how to become a good leader as I had experienced a lot of average managers and did not want to repeat this with my team. I knew no one in the organisation will have the time to coach me and I was scared I would fail.
I thought coaching was going to be more about techniques on how to manage situations, people, etc. I did not expect to learn so much about myself as I did. I did not expect to learn that the best way to lead a team is to be your authentic self and that I would go on a self -discovery journey. Every session with Henna was an awakening and left me reflecting for weeks. We worked with an agenda, I usually prepared a sheet with the objectives for the session and wrote what success looked like to me at the end of the session.
I was surprised on how quickly Henna picked up on things we discussed and how she helped me unveil the real issue. I learned how to see things through different perspectives, how to understand the assumptions we make that might condition our interactions with others (without us realizing this), how to have real and authentic conversations, how to solve conflict, how to motivate, how to create a team culture where everyone engages. And we did all of this and more while having a lot of fun!
Before coaching I was not comfortable with who I was. I thought that in the corporate world you need to be ruthless, tough, confident, take what you want and play a lot of politics. This was definetely not who I was. So I thought I had no chance and that I would fail. To my surprise coaching opened up a new world. I suddenly felt comfortable with being my authentic self and adapting to situations and challenges when I had to. The result was that my team was the top performer of the year, they were very successful and therefore so was I. Nothing seemed a struggle for us as a team, we created this culture where every downfall became an opportunity.We got a lot of praise and I received the highest performance rating you could get – not only in terms of performance but also in terms of the values I demonstrated while achieving targets. And that was something very important to me because respect, caring, helping others to grow and love are part of my personal brand (something else I discovered with Henna).
So yes I have learned a lot and will continue my journey. I encourage everyone to embark on a self-discovery and authentic self trip, you will not be disappointed. What does success looks like to me? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace. (Paulo Coelho).
Magdalena Lezama – International Manager – HSBC Bank – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Henna has not only transformed my career as my Executive Coach but the insight and skills she teaches has added significant value to my personal life as well. Her business acumen and global experience as a business executive enables her to quickly understand the full leadership opportunities that are in all of us. She does an excellent job of teaching through reflective and insightful questions so that each conversation you walk away feeling like a new paradigm of thinking has been opened, leading to stronger growth in Executive Leadership.
Strong collaboration with Henna will ensure that you have the Executive skills to lead yourself, your division or your company to its full potential.
Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President Strategic Partnership Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company
Working with Henna on my personal brand was a journey that gave me much more than I could possibly have imagined. The process of creating my Brand:YouTM was powerful. It served as the catalyst for a broader understanding of who I am, what I offer and where I want to go. As a result, I have acquired the following:
• A new found appreciation of my uniqueness and a confidence in the value I bring forth;
• An understanding the career path that feels right for me and the energizers I need to be all that I can be;
• A competitive advantage in approaching my current position and pursuing next steps with great intentionality.
I am firmly planted, and that feels great!
The other day I chatted with the guy next to me on the plane and found I had the perfect opportunity to test my brand. He was traveling to Boston for an afternoon business meeting. That led us to the typical “what do you do?” conversation. When I told him my ‘story’, his response gave me positive feedback regarding my value. He said “where were you 2 years ago? We really could have used you.” He went on to explain why. That conversation was timely and certainly gave a boost to my confidence!
When the conversation ended and we returned to our on plane activities, I took my gratitude journal out of my carry on and wrote the following: I am grateful for Henna who is treasured for the inspiration and facilitation required to help me answer the important question of “who am I?”
In my experience, Henna offers a unique approach to executive coaching and leadership development. Authenticity is not a buzz word or sales pitch. It goes to the heart of how she works and what she brings out in others. Whether speaking at a large event or coaching one on one, I have seen Henna lead people on a journey of self-discovery that can translate into greater engagement and effectiveness. A week after she presented at a Women’s Leadership Development event, people are still reflecting on and talking about what she shared.
Kris Oswold, Vice President, Global Business Services, UPS
I came to Henna knowing that a career move was called for but still at the stage of struggling to translate intuitive thoughts into a targeted action plan. Henna walked me through a number of exercises that substantively helped me hone what I was looking for. I now feel that I have an organized search strategy which will allow me to methodically and thoroughly explore my options and determine what my next move will be. It has been an enlightening and exciting experience.
LauraLee Gentry, VP Global Talent Management & Learning, CSM Global