Background

Besides my business degree, my left-brain continuing education over the years has included work flow simplification, office efficiency and productivity, Dale Carnegie, time management, etc.  My right-brain education has been less formal but just as extensive.

I organized home and corporate offices with my consulting business, Office Productivity Improvement.

I worked with Resources for Personal Empowerment, an inspirational self-defense program designed to prevent victimization and to further the healing of survivors of trauma or abuse.

I worked in the corporate world for more than three decades. 

My Life Coach training, certification, and continued involvement is with Martha Beck Inc., an elite training program based on transformational learning, adult development, and leadership development. 

Only a small number of applicants are accepted each year, and I was lucky enough to be trained by Dr. Beck herself and her co-trainers, Kim Barber and Stacey Shively.  Collectively, they have forty years of consulting, teaching, and coaching with formal educations at Harvard, Columbia, and the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah.

Martha and Polly - April 2005

By the end of 2005, I had received my Life Coach certification.  I have coached clients on a wide range of issues including relationships, career choice, life decisions, surviving trauma and abuse, grieving a significant loss, weight and health, and organizing. 

My background along with my brain research is broad enough that I can help enhance work and life by using the objectivity of the brain mechanisms - along with the subjective needs of the individual.  

While the basic brain mechanisms are pretty much the same across the board, the individual’s genes and experience-to-date play a role.  One size does not fit all, and I am able to gear each technique to the individual and to whichever goal they choose to address.  Depending on the client, I use left-brain (logical / objective) and/or right-brain (creative / intuitive) techniques specific to and compatible with their personality and their goals.

I’m a problem-solver; a main goal is always Resolution.  There’s a time for applying a temporary band-aid, then the problem should always be resolved as much as possible.  My skill in researching and my ability to think outside the box, especially when brainstorming, can offer many different solutions.

Breaking projects down into smaller and smaller (and, if necessary, even smaller) organized pieces makes them manageable, and the O in O’Connor definitely stands for Organized!   My coaching is time-efficient, results-oriented training.

Above all, I am flexible, empathic, fight against over-complexity, and am nothing if not rational. 

Trust: 

I have always kept confidences confidential.  Always will.  I don’t discuss my clients with anyone.

 

Passion

Helping people has been a lifelong passion.  Being able to apply actual brain science - using left-brain or right-brain methods where appropriate - to helping individuals achieve their goals is so real, so productive, and it is very exciting. 

 

Knowledge

My clients are way too busy to research the brain, especially with new information continually gushing forth, and too busy to spend time deciding how best to apply the research to their daily life and work.  That’s my job, and I love to work with them on it.

My neuro-research helps enormously whether I’m working with basic or more exotic goals of an individual, a group, or a company where people come to work in flip-flops with their dogs and sit around on the floor playing with toys to stimulate their creativity and imagination... or where corporate executives wear business suits.  I believe the actual, real, objective science with proven results, seen-on-brain-scans-by-neuroscientists, will help all work better, live better, feel better, BE better.  I use supporting research and illustrations in my training that persuades, encourages, and teaches us how to get the most out of our brains.

 

Cachet:

More and more individuals and corporations are using Life Coaches for many purposes, for many reasons, so having a Life Coach is not just acceptable, it’s very “in”. 

Mainstream articles have been increasingly published about the brain, especially regarding the amygdala, insula, basal ganglia, and neocortex, and their functional/behavioral applications. 

 

This is a new frontier, and we’re on the cutting edge.  It’s a “Neuro-Frontier”. 

Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D.

 


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