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, spirituality, 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 and that I help end unnecessary suffering.

I love clarifying confusing ideas and complicated situations that thwart progress and distract people from what’s most important. I help people get clear on what they want and own their path to it.

I’ve helped executives, managers, small business owners, engineers, marketers and people who are done having life happen to them and want create something better. Often that involves helping people:

  • Determine what their values are and turn up the volume on honoring them
  • 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
  • Resolve conflict and communicate more effectively
  • 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), Lawson ERP consultant and financial reporting manager.

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