I’m an early-career human capital professional working virtually with a small team spread across the country—for a fast-paced, mission-driven non-profit. I came to Sharma through a professional development program that was offered to staff members—excited for the opportunity, but not quite sure how I was going to use it! I found out quickly! Sharma’s coaching style helped me unravel and dissect some of my personal leadership themes—and opened my mind to why I was running into certain challenges, and what I could do to convert those challenges into opportunities. Sharma’s coaching was invaluable to me in that it gave me the confidence to seek clarity, ask questions, and in turn helped me begin to influence my peers and senior leadership. I attribute many of my recent professional wins to Sharma’s coaching and guidance. Thanks, Sharma and M.A.D.E!
I recommend Sharma wholeheartedly. I was at a tricky point in my career and was looking for career guidance for my next step. I’m so happy I did it as not only did I feel Sharma’s help directed me from a career perspective but also more importantly helped me to explore what life vision, mission and values were. I’ve found this hugely beneficial as it has not only helped guide me when deciding which jobs to apply to but also with my day to day decisions, both in a professional and personal context. Sharma’s approach was spot on and felt very tailored towards my needs. Despite limited time together, she made a concerted effort to really get to know me. Rather than offer advice, her approach is to ask probing questions, helping me find the solutions from within myself. I directed the process and as a consequence took much more ownership over the whole experience. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Sharma to anyone and very much hope to continue working with her in the future.
My coaching experience with Sharma can really only be described as transformational. In working with her I feel that I’ve reached a turning point in my own leadership journey. My goal at the start of our partnership was to maximize the impact I had on my team, but throughout this experience, I’ve been able to accomplish and learn so much more. Before working with her, I was letting self-doubt and other rooted beliefs hold me back from my own power and potential. Sharma’s supportive, incisive guidance and questioning, and the M.A.D.E. To Lead framework pushed me to do that necessary self-work to uncover what held me back, make tweaks to the way I thought and operated, and ultimately create new empowering beliefs that have allowed me to step into my leadership. Even my manager in a recent professional development conversation commented on my growth in leadership, communication, confidence, and proactive action in the past couple of months. I’m excited to continue the work! Thank you, Sharma!
As a small business owner, it was easy for me to get caught up in the daily demands of making my agency run effectively. However, if I wanted my agency to be successful, I needed to ensure I was an effective leader. Working with Sharma Graham as my leadership coach pushed me to think critically about my actions as a leader and how that impacted my employees and business partners, client acquisition and retention, and production. Since I have no one who manages me, I needed a leadership coach to help me identify areas of strength and development and hold me accountable to carrying out action steps. Every meeting with Sharma concluded with concrete, relevant next steps that I could immediately apply to my work. This resulted in positive traction in my agency and my ability to continue to think critically about my leadership development ongoing.
Over the past year I have found myself facing a series of critical personal and professional questions – many of which I just did not feel prepared to answer. Specifically, I knew I was ready for the next chapter of my career but wasn’t sure exactly which direction to take. Personally, I was looking to grow in some key areas but, again, at a loss for how to approach it all. Given my needs and timeline, Sharma suggested the M.A.D.E VIP Experience – a day-long session designed to help me reflect on what I valued in life (personally and professionally) and assess if I was living up to these values. The day also connected how these values could inform and fuel my next steps. It was a challenging, insightful, and personally fulfilling day. To spend the entire day focused on ME!, my values, goals, needs, and opportunities was positively overwhelming. It was literally the best thing I have done for my development in years. Sharma was able to put me at ease and challenge me (almost simultaneously!) and her questions, activities and insights were thought provoking but also very practical. I have been using so much of what I have learned and consistently going back to my materials as I plan for my next steps. I look forward to a continued relationship!
Sharma consistently provides invaluable insight and a listening ear. Her strategic approach to human capital development has helped me build confidence and effectiveness as a manager and professional development coach. Knowing I have Sharma in my corner means the world!