Picture of John Poelstra from johnpoelstra.comIn addition to over 25 years of professional experience working with people and organizations, I’m an experienced coach, consultant and mentor–backed by credentials as a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) with the Coaches Training Institute and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation.

I am also a Master Tilt Practitioner of Tilt 365, a science backed character strengths tool that aides in greater self-awareness and success.

My expertise and approach is influenced by a wide range of disciplines including: coaching, consulting, mentoring, business, technology, personal development, religion, and psychology.

Ownership & Clarity

I help people take complete ownership of their lives and live in ways that are most meaningful to them–even when they think it’s impossible. This is the crux of my beliefs.  I like to say that I’m in the “personal development” and “human potential” business.

I love clarifying confusing ideas and complicated situations that thwart progress and distract people from what’s most important. I’m known for asking “What problem are we trying to solve here?” when a discussion or problem veers off track and other people are afraid to speak up.

I help people get clear on what they want and own their path to it. I’ve helped managers, small business owners, engineers, marketers and people who are done letting life happen to them and want something bigger. Often that involves helping people:

  • Determine what their values really are and who they want to be
  • Find opportunities and options where none appear possible
  • Create more time for what’s important by saying “yes” and “no” to the right things
  • Manage projects more effectively
  • Get really clear on what they are committed to
  • Execute on their goals and commitments instead of failing
  • Speak their truth instead of holding back
  • Lead their lives instead of managing them

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How I Got Here

My skills and experience are shaped by many years working with people and organizations in a variety of industries. I’ve spent more than half of that time at Red Hat (the world’s largest open source software company) working in a variety of managerial and individual contributor roles ranging from software testing, project management, marketing and managing a team of program managers.  A majority of this time I accomplished this in a remote capacity (not co-located with the teams I led and worked on).

Prior to this I worked in finance as a bank auditor, certified public accountant (CPA), and financial reporting manager.

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