The 3-Step Power Coaching & Leadership Assessment

for Your Business and Career Success


To be a success in life, you must acquire and develop leadership skills.  Leaders are not mythical creatures who periodically pop up amongst us—they are made, not born.  To grow in leadership, one must grow in influence, and these assessment tools are designed to garner feedback from you and others around you to identify areas and opportunities for your leadership growth.

Step 1 – Assessing Your Leadership Style




What The Leadership Assessment Measures

Following the Five Levels of Leadership, the assessment measures 64 attributes that measure an individual on the qualities that contribute to the success of leaders at each level:

  • Position – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on trustworthiness and commitment.

  • Permission – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on relational abilities and interpersonal skills.

  • Production – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on getting results individually, organizationally, and as a team.

  • People Development – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on reproducing and developing your skills in others.

  • Pinnacle – The leadership attributes included in this section focus on who you are as a leader over time, as well as your awareness of yourself and others.

Features of The Leadership Assessment

  • Measurements on 64 leadership attributes.

  • Complete anonymity for all rater feedback, including scores and written comments to ensure rater engagement, excluding direct manager scores.

  • Unlimited number of raters.

  • Feedback compiled into a full-color, easy-to-read report.

  • The ability to see results on an overall basis, as well as split out by rater type.

  • Leadership attributes summary at the end of the report that lists all items ranked from highest to lowest, based on overall average score.

  • Written comments provided by your raters listed in an unedited form.

  • Category scores in the areas of Position, Permission, Production, People Development, and Pinnacle from The Five Levels of Leadership.


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Business and Career Focus


Landing the job of your dreams or embracing the right business opportunity means you need to have a dream to begin with. These exercises will help you identify that dream. If you want to find the right career, your purpose in life, your passion, or simply want to make a career change, you have come to the right place. This is the starting point. There is no quick quiz to tell you the answer. Instead, go through the process—the two exercises contained here—and spend the time it takes to get the answers. These exercises are so powerful that 58 percent of the people who do them decide to change careers!


Step 2 – Assessing Your Business and Career Focus


The two exercises are: The Stories Exercise® and the Multi -Year Vision®.  In the first exercise, you will examine your accomplishments, looking at your strongest and most enjoyable skills. The core of most coaching exercises is some version of this exercise; however, this one holds you accountable for change. A coach may give you many tests and exercises; however, this exercise requires work on your part and will yield the most important results. An interest or personality test is not enough. There is no easy way. Remember: busy executives take the time to complete this exercise, so there is no excuse not to do so yourself.


Do not skip The Stories Exercise® . It will provide you with important information about yourself for the direction of your personal life, as well as your career. If you’re like most people, you have never taken the time to sort out the things you’re good at and are motivated to accomplish. As a result, you probably don’t use your talents as completely or as effectively as you could. Too often, we do things to please someone else or to survive in a job. Then, we get stuck in a rut—that is, we’re always trying to please someone else or always trying to survive in a job. We lose sight of what could satisfy us, and work becomes drudgery, rather than fun. When we become so enmeshed in survival or in trying to please others, it may be difficult to figure out what we would rather be doing.


“The direction of change to seek is not in our four dimensions:

                 it is getting deeper into what you are, where you are,

like turning up the volume on the amplifier.”

– Thaddeus Golas, Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment


When you uncover your motivated skills, you’ll be better able to identify jobs that allow you to use them, and to recognize other jobs that don’t quite fit the bill. Motivated skills are patterns that run throughout your life. Since they are skills from which you derive satisfaction, you will find ways to do them, even if you don’t get to do them at work. You still might not know what these skills are—they’re just something you do take for granted.


Tracking down these patterns takes some thought. The payoff is that your motivated skills do not change. Finding out what they are will help you discover what will keep you motivated for the rest of your life.


Look at Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Russell Simmons. They know what they enjoy and are good at— and that’s what they concentrate on. You can identify commonalities in your accomplishments—aspects that you must have that will make you happier and more successful. In my case, for example, whether I was a sales director, a consultant, trainer, speaker or a coach, I’ve always found a way to teach others.


One’s prime is elusive….You must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of life it may occur.”

– Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


“Smart business people know you have to develop the person before the career.”

Invest in you, your career, and your business.





Step 3 – Your Coach is Your Secret Weapon


“No matter where you’re from or what you’ve done, you’re never stuck in a particular circumstance, relationship, or cycle unless you say you are.”

― Russell Simmons


If you realize that you aren’t so clear on what your dream job is, or how to even approach planning the next steps in your career, join the very big club.  Although I’m sure the answers are somewhere inside you, as they were with me—and so many others— you will need to bring them up to the surface.


When I ran into a “career brick wall” a number of years ago, I decided to enlist the help of a career coach—a move I’d recommend to anyone who was in my boat. A coach, who was recommended to me by a friend, helped me figure out how to better integrate my passions into my job search and career choice. After meeting with her in a “boot camp”, combined with selected follow-up over several weeks, here are the important lessons she’s helped me understand:


1. You can turn being laid off into an opportunity.


The Chinese symbol for “crisis” is “dangerous opportunity”, because, in every crisis, there is an opportunity.  Though many people feel like getting laid off or leaving a job is a disaster, it can also be a present that gives you a start toward your next opportunity. At times, when one door closes many new doors can open.


My coach reminded me that this was an chance to get to know myself better and find a life and job that was better in line with who I am. Hey, what could be better than that?


2. The skills I needed to handle my time and money better.


Of course, when you’ve been laid off, the lack of income is definitely problematic. Fortunately, I had some savings and unemployment to keep me going for a few months, but my coach also taught me how to better manage my schedule and money better. I actually began using a budget, recognized how to spend money only on the essentials, realized that happiness shopping sprees are not a harmless diversion, and learned how to be content with what I had.


I also made a schedule of things I needed to do to stay on track with my job hunt, as well as things that would keep me sane, like yoga, meditation, and even pedicures. Come on, sometimes the best ideas come to you during a foot massage!


3. How to recognize behaviors and patterns in myself.


After reviewing my work and life experience through the thorough self-assessment process, my coach helped me connect some dots for myself. We mapped out where I had been and where I might want to go, but didn’t realize I could. Growing up and throughout my career, I loved reading, research, speaking, and some level of performing, but I hadn’t understood how to put them all into one job before. Together, we found new ways to pursue jobs that involved these newly identified skills.


She also encouraged me to develop the more hidden parts of my individuality through “extracurricular” activities—joining Toastmasters International, for example, has helped me build my confidence and presence in front of any audience. I would have never thought of that on my own, but now, in addition to coaching, I speak and facilitate trainings professionally—and I love it!


4. How to stop buying into get-rich-quick schemes and chasing the next “big thing”.


At several points during my career, I wanted to invent the next ‘big thing’, start a real-estate empire, or pursue other big, get-rich ideas otherwise known as “shiny object syndrome” that didn’t have anything to do with how I really wanted to spend my time. My coach reminded me that I had an opening to make the best use of all my talents—and that I shouldn’t go back to doing things I wasn’t passionate about— or just plain hated— solely for money’s sake. She taught me that the next job I pursued didn’t have to be my dream job, but, at a minimum, that it should get me a closer to my dream job, not farther away.


5. How to be comfortable with the unknown.


Most of us feel like we need to know it all—that we should have everything about ourselves and our futures figured out all the time. My coach got me to realize that it’s essential to live a place where we don’t have all the answers, and that the unknown is actually where the magic of our lives happens and unfolds. As long as you’re taking action to move in the direction of who you are and what you love, you’ll be presented with opportunities that you probably could have never planned for yourself. After all—as my coach reminded me—there are whole new industries and titles being created every day.


I now work doing PR, marketing, and video production for an agency—a much better fit than my old job. I’ve also continued doing comedy. I usually start my set with, “So my career coach told me to do comedy to cure my fear of public speaking. She’s a terrible coach—I just peed in my pants!”


Working with a career coach is a huge opportunity for growth and positive change in all areas of your life. My coach reminded me to be thankful for the opportunities I had (even the job loss), that I need to have patience, and that sometimes, it really is the journey that matters more than the destination.


“Smart business people know you have to develop the person before the career.”

Invest in you, your career, and your business.