Hi and welcome to my blog. It’s a place I come to when inspiration strikes. I’ve always kept some sort of journal, whether a travel journal or a record of my personal journey. Many people told me how much they enjoyed my stories and asked me to share them. In early 2013, I reached a significant point in my life. I’d been living near D.C. for 15 years and felt empty, shallow, unfulfilled, and more importantly, unable to give – and giving is at the core of my soul.. After much self-examination and discovery, I realized my ONLY choice was to return to Seattle. I was born and raised in New England, but Seattle is my home, my heart, the only place I can live and thrive. So much so, that chucking everything that seemed stable in my life (my home, my job, my family), I took the biggest leap of faith I could imagine. I sold my house, quit my job, said goodbye to my sister and mother, and moved myself back to the only place I can be.
Returning to Seattle has been quite a journey. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve seen a lot. And I plan to continue sharing it all with you. Some days I write about my experiences, some days my thoughts, and others I’ll spend on more professional pursuits.
As principal of Andrea Cole Consulting, LLC, I am an organizational development professional. I help teams, organizations, and individuals reach out to be the best they can be. My work centers on two areas:
ACTION LEARNING COACHING: Action learning is a problem solving methodology that uses inquiry to get at the root of real, urgent problems; the type that keep leaders awake at night. As a Senior Action Learning Coach, certified through WIAL, I coach teams through the process, solving those problems with new insight and creativity. The outcome is not just solutions, but increased leadership skills, improved teamwork, breaking down of silos, and ultimately, culture change. I’ve worked with non-profits, government entities, and Fortune 500 companies. For more information on Action Learning, feel free to peruse my page dedicated to it.
CAREER COACH: Through resume writing, LinkedIn profile branding and usage optimization, marketing plan, interview prep, and offer negotiations, I help clients achieve their dreams. I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals who’ve landed with top companies, and more importantly, with their #1 company of choice! I am currently working on a project with Lee Hecht Harrison helping individuals impacted by Microsoft’s recent layoffs.
Helping others achieve their dreams is my passion. I’m having the time of my life. I hope you enjoy the journey as much. Thanks for reading!
I would love to hear from you. Contact me at:
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