SHAWN EVANS, PhD
"I have worked with Shawn for 5 years - I brought him on as a coach early in my CEO tenure. It is easy to explain the massively positive impact he has had on me and our organization, but difficult to describe how he does it! He is very easy to work with, he always makes me feel like working with me is the most important thing he can be doing, he always listens and never judges, and he has a great way of coaching and teaching that makes the whole process energizing!"
DM - CEO
I always find it interesting to write about myself, but I also understand the need to at least begin to get a sense of who I am as the decision to engage a coach becomes a very interpersonal commitment. So, with that in mind, let me spend a few minutes telling you about me, my work, my philosophies around coaching, and some of the things that may be interesting.
I have been working in and with high-performing organizations for about 30 years. I am driven and passionate about helping organizations and people achieve their best results. During this time I have held senior-level leadership positions, internal consulting positions, and of course external consulting and coaching roles. As I have matured in my own career, the element of performance coaching(executive/leadership) is where I am currently getting the most enjoyment and driving the most value for my clients.
My coaching philosophies and processes have also matured throughout the years. I started, as many do, by going through certification programs and learning the coaching process by applying the systems they teach. Those systems were a great way to get started, but they never quite provided the level of performance I was looking for, nor exactly fit who I am as a person. So, my philosophies and processes have evolved, and continue to evolve. I would define my process as a hybrid between coaching and consulting - with emphasis created by the client. My PhD is in organizational performance and leadership, so I understand the challenges of those areas as well as know some tried and true elements to drive performance. It always seemed disingenuous to try to coach someone to see a path forward when I could provide some specific and proven guidance.
Always learning and improving
Some of the key elements of coaching are the ideas of change, improvement, and discipline. I work to continuously apply these elements to my own life and coaching practices. I cannot think of a single client or organization with whom I have not learned something and improved. I think this is important to know as it demonstrates a level of fluidity, agility, and willingness on my part to always meet people where they are - which sets the stage for successful interactions.
Some of the Rest
While my purpose in life is to help others achieve success, there are other things that I enjoy. These include hiking and rucking (hiking with weight), experiencing different cultures and natural environments throughout the world, woodworking, flyfishing (Tenkara version), and spending time with our growing family.
I hope this begins to provide a small insight into who I am and I look forward to answering any questions you may have for me.