You’ve done the hard work. You’ve shattered the glass ceiling. You’ve reached the top of your profession.
So…when does it start getting easier?
Remember way back when you were first starting out? You probably couldn’t imagine ending up where you are today. But through struggle and sacrifice (and more than a few 60-hour days), you made it.
You’re on top. You’re the boss. You’re a leader.
And suddenly you realize…maybe success isn’t exactly what you thought it would be.
Not that you’re complaining. You’re thankful to be where you are and grateful to anyone and everyone who helped you get there. And even more, you’re proud of yourself — of everything you’ve learned and accomplished and sacrificed along the way to get where you are today.
You deserve it.
But sometimes you still can’t help thinking…
“When do I get to the fun part?”
That’s the dirty little secret about making it to the top. Before you even have time to catch your breath, or adjust to the altitude, or take in the view, another, bigger mountain or problems that need solving and questions that need answering pops up right in front of you.
So now, instead of worrying about impressing the boss, or landing that client, it’s:
• Will my company continue to succeed, or will something happen that will mean I lose everything and end up back at Square One?
• Do I come across as polished and professional as I think I do, or does the world see something else?
• Is there any relief from the endless stream of “people problems” with employees, vendors and contractors?
• Can I trust the other leaders on my team to support me and my vision?
• Do I really have what it takes to be a leader?
And when you manage to think about something other than work, it’s:
• Is the time and energy I put into my business hurting my kids?
• Will I ever meet a man who will respect my success and still take care of me?
• After decades spent eating, sleeping, breathing and living my business, am I ever going to have time for me?
If that sounds like you, you’re not alone.
Leading a successful business is a great accomplishment. But it’s not so great if it depends on you to the point where it would fall apart if you ever got sick or, heaven forbid, took some time for yourself.
They key is to know how to teach your people to do what you need them to do, inspire them to care as much as you do about your product or service, and trust them to carry out your vision – freeing you to create a lasting legacy in your market…and in the world.
But who can you turn for help when you’re the person who’s supposed to have all the answers?
That’s where I come in.
I’m Debora McLaughlin, author of The Renegade Leader: 9 Success Strategies Driven Leaders Use to Ignite People, Performance & Profits and the upcoming Running in High Heels.
I’ve spent 25 years in the business world, both as a top-performing sales executive and as an ICF Professional Certified Coach. I’ve worked with Fortune 500 firms and private businesses, nonprofits and individual leaders from companies including Bankers Trust, Arthur D. Little, Southern New Hampshire Hospital, Boston Scientific, State Street Bank, Home Land Security, Krupp Companies, Thomson and Thomson, Grinnell Corporation, Acumen Advisors, EG&G, Easter Seals, United Way and Great NH Restaurants.
However, my experience and understanding goes a little deeper than that of a typical business coach. I’m also a Board Certified Psychologist with special training in neuroscience. So my work isn’t just about providing motivational tips or a defined set of “steps to success” to help people get from Point A to Point B.
I help my clients understand what motivates both their people and their own behavior, and discover the answers to questions they don’t even know they have.
Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with male and female leaders from all walks of life. And the more time I’ve spent with women leaders, the more I’ve become convinced that that’s where the real challenges are. With all their success, women still lack the age-old support systems the Old Boy Network provides.
Today’s woman leader wants to create a business that isn’t just successful, but distinct. She wants to be at the top of her industry and gain the respect and recognition she deserves for her accomplishments – not just so she can benefit, but for the benefit of everyone who depends on her, from her employees to her kids and family.
At the same time, she’s tired of “going it alone,” and longs for the support of like-minded peers that she can network with, commiserate with and share stories and ideas – in a nurturing and non-competitive environment.
Providing that support, and creating that network, has become my mission.
So woman leaders can reach the next level in their career…their relationships…their lives.
This is not a one-size-fits-all coaching program. This is customized coaching designed to help you become the leader you were meant to be, stand out in the New Economy…and live the life you want to live.
I don’t believe in simply providing information and sending you out to “make it happen.” I believe transformational leadership happens when real training is combined with coaching – so you can get answers to your “How do I use this stuff in the real world?” questions.
I serve as a sort of “human compass,” asking questions designed to help you get to the heart of the matter, and developing solutions geared specifically toward the unique challenges you face and the goals you want to reach. I can help you lead your company to success, where you can grow, expand and dominate your market. But that’s only the beginning:
I can help you create the systems and discover the solutions that allow your company to run – and thrive – without you having to be there all the time, including:
• Discovering the best tools to effectively manage your people, so you can concentrate on running your company without having to personally deal with employees and contractors.
• Entering your own “professional lane,” where you can meet with businesses, do the sales, penetrate new markets and do all the things you love – and find someone you can trust to handle spreadsheets and financials and help you decide what to do next.
• Finding the right way to get your personal brand out there, so you can be properly recognized for the successful leader you are.
I also provide the sounding board, expert advice and motivational support you need to deal with the issues of trust, control and fear that so many woman leaders face.
The result? You can finally emerge as the influential, impactful, transformational leader you were born to be — and leave your lasting mark on the world.
“Every CEO needs a recipe for success. The Renegade Leader Coaching and Consulting Group provides the key ingredients which, combined with passion and drive, create the spark to ignite high performance in any individual or organization.”
-Tom Boucher, CEO
“The Renegade Leader offers driven leaders the key strategies to accelerate business results, gain peak performance from each employee, and create a culture fueled with vibrating energy.”
-Melissa Evans, CEO The Broshe Group
I don’t need to tell you woman leaders face challenges their male counterparts don’t.
We know that the business world is no longer exclusively a man’s world. From Oprah Winfrey to Hillary Clinton, from Sheryl Sandberg to New York Times Editor Jill Abramson, we’ve seen women rising to the top in just about every arena.
However, that alone doesn’t mean the playing field is suddenly level – since the field was basically built by men, over hundreds of years. So from issues of commanding respect and making a name for themselves to finding work-life balance, women leaders are finding that when it comes to finding the answers they need, there still aren’t a lot of places to go.
The last thing you want to do is reveal your weaknesses or fears or the fact that you don’t have all the answers to the people you’re supposed to be leading. And you’re probably not any more comfortable turning to your peers, since they might exploit any information you share for their own gain.
I can help you bridge that gap – providing an outsider’s perspective from someone who understands your world, but is not a part of it. I can give you the safety and confidentiality you need to dig deep; to go to those places you aren’t always comfortable visiting, to get past the unflappable façade you create for the rest of the world and reveal what really scares you, what you really need, what you most desire.
More importantly, I can help you find the answers – even if you aren’t exactly sure about the questions.
I offer a range of ways to connect, to question, to explore the possibilities.
Whatever your personal goals are, I work with you one on one to help you focus on the areas where you want to grow and change and take real action to make it happen. Whether your goal is to make sure you are seen, heard, and become a greater influencer in your market, or to achieve a better level (or any level!) of work-life balance, I’ll guide you toward the results you want and show you how to achieve them. I can do this over a series of one-on-one sessions, or over the course of a VIP Day where we laser-focus attention on your desired outcomes.
Clients who benefit best from our services are executives, business owners and other renegade leaders. If you take your leadership to heart, think expansively and want a greater vision for yourself and your organization and are willing to accept no excuses when it comes to overcoming barriers, we will be a good fit. If you desire to be an active, influential leader, are growth and achievement oriented and have the courage to make decisions for the best interest of your organization, then you are our ideal client.
Virtual Leadership Community
I’m incredibly excited to offer this unique opportunity for leaders around the world to gather in a safe, supportive environment where we work together to find solutions and raise the bar.
The heart of the program is a proven leadership curriculum designed to help you build trust with your people and create a more positive, effective workplace. In addition, members will receive a professional leadership assessment and participate in active live group coaching calls and hot-seat mastermind calls.
Women Making Strides Mastermind
Finally, a Mastermind group dedicated exclusively to women who lead. These live and in-person sessions offer a change to network with your peers, swap strategies, commiserate, and join forces to elevate the playing field for women everywhere.
Blueprint to Business Success
Business is about bottom line results, that is why we also offer business solutions to help you take the lead in your industry, to attract customers, market share and positively affect the bottom line.
Women’s Leadership Boot Camp
Launching this summer, this five-week, virtual course will provide the nuts and bolts of “what you need to know any why” when it comes to being a transformational leader.
Leadership is the pivotal point of all results no matter what type of business you are in. To get started, Turbo Charge your Leader by downloading, as our gift to you, the free report at the top of the page.
If you are ready to lead with ease, work with less stress and gain more results take the first step in turbo charging your leadership, learn the key strategies for success. Get it here:
In other words, you don’t need to keep waiting for “the fun part” – it starts whenever you’re ready.
• Ready to love coming to work every day, and truly enjoy the culture and community you’ve created.
• Ready to build a team that will follow you example, share your vision and serve your clients or customers with the same passion and integrity you have for your business.
• Ready to be seen as an innovative, respected force in your industry who takes the lead and creates change.
• Ready to take on the big boys and win – and gain media exposure for your accomplishments.
• Ready to eventually sell your company so you can travel or devote yourself to the things you love.
• Ready to finally find a way to “have it all” – a great reputation, optimal health and fitness and a passionate relationship that champions you.
I’ve helped other woman leaders get there. And I can do the same for you.
“I consider Debora valuable. She’s one of the team. Every person and leader has their weaknesses and you need someone to help you fill in the gaps. Over time those gaps will change. Three years ago, it was marketing, then dealing with employees and now on the leadership side we have more leaders and we need to hold people accountable. It evolves over time. There’s always going to be something you need help with.”
June Jewell, CEO
“By comparison to the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of people you meet in life, few can provide motivation and direction toward a “can do” attitude like Debora McLaughlin. She has such a unique gift coupled with the education to understand any situation; deliver clearly through honest and straightforward communication the result of a seemingly perfect process toward a solution. Her genuine engagement and ability to connect demonstrates the love and passion for her work. Undoubtedly, a path for success follows Debora’s influence.”
Mark Ferrier, Manager
With the right guidance, I’m confident that you can find answers to your questions, build trust in your people, and become a transformational leader who changes the game.
If you’re ready to be that leader, I’m ready to help you get there.
I look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today.
Ps. Don’t forget to get your report, sometimes taking the first step is the hardest but taking some action is better than sitting in the discomfort of knowing there might be a better way, that you can lead without the stress and drama of leadership, that you can get the results that you dream about and that yes, you don’t have to do it all alone.