HumanQ Coach Spotlight

HumanQ Coach Spotlight: Sarah Nordhausen

Coach Spotlight | Sarah Nordhausen | Palo Alto, California

HumanQ: What is something that someone taught you during your career that changed you for good?
Sarah : A mentor taught me that in coaching, there really isn't a "right" or "wrong" way to coach. It truly is about connecting and listening to the client; unearthing what they need in that moment; and delivering.
HumanQ: What legacy would you like to leave behind as a coach?
Sarah : I hope to contribute to a leadership culture where the balance of accountability AND compassion is seen as possible and not mutually exclusive. I want to help those with power to learn that empathy, curiosity and direct communication are essential workplace skills, and that psychological safety is key in achieving results.
HumanQ: If you had a Magic Coach Wand and could help someone develop a new way of thinking overnight, what would it be?
Sarah : My magic wand would allow people to understand and embrace the power of choice. This is why coaching can be so powerful - it can get people in action in an intentional way by gaining new perspectives.
HumanQ: What do you think stops us from being our best selves and living our best lives?
Sarah : One of the most pervasive is the volume level of the inner critic - those limiting thoughts and behaviors that hold us back.
HumanQ: What is the most powerful question a leader can ask someone they are coaching?
Sarah : "What is most challenging for you about ____ right now?" This gets to the heart of the matter!


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