It was a very valuable use of my time and I appreciated Ed’s careful approach during a stressful time of weighing my future.
Ed is a people person through and through. Our different personalities complemented our working relationship very well and we were able to pull the best out of each other. I credit Ed with helping me to polish the business side of myself and encouraging me to focus my professional goals.
I was extremely sad to no longer work with Ed but he made it possible for me to land my new position- Employer Relations Coordinator by giving me an excellent reference during the interview process. He even coached me for the interview! He’s a one-of-a-kind boss.
Ed was kind, understanding, and extremely knowledgeable. His advice spanned beyond career coaching. He was receptive and truly interested in helping me make my next big step forward. And he never hesitated to tell it like it was! He was always direct and honest with me.
After going through Ed’s process and thinking about his advice, I decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in business. I returned to Temple University as a student of the Fox School of Business. I was thrown into calculus, statistics, accounting, data analysis, finance, law, PHP programming, IT architecture, operations management, etc… Subjects I thought I’d never study. The students were more serious, the professors more demanding, and the competition was more fierce than I had ever experienced. Professionalism was paramount. Fortune 500 internships were expected.
Because of Ed’s advice (and dumb luck – I had no idea what I was walking into), I joined one of the best business schools in the United States, and I’m now participating in one of the 15 best MIS programs in the country. When I feel overwhelmed by my workload or my work schedule, I rely on the perspective Ed gave me about my career and my future. I made the right choice.
His direction lead me to an internship at SAP, one of the largest, most innovative enterprise software & cloud services providers in the world. I worked on projects for Bristol Myers-Squibb, Coca-Cola, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, and plenty others. Now I’m interning at the same company under the global head of one of SAP’s most successful products.
I’m happier than ever, all thanks to Ed’s experience, compassion, and guidance. He’s a super guy.
Collaborating with Ed was a dream: he is skillful, personable, engenders trust as a colleague as well as a coach. Even under difficult circumstances, he makes the work a joy. He can handle whatever situation arises with grace and skill — and a great attitude. Ed is a positive and uplifting influence consistently.
Even more important a results of Ed’s skill and approach to coaching was the universally positive progress of his coaching clients and the trusting relationships he developed with them. He is an outstanding coach, a trusted colleague, and a good human being. I would bring Ed into any client of mine without hesitation.
Ed was an amazing coach for me as I was making some very challenging life and career transitions. He was compassionate, open, and nonjudgmental. He listened well, challenged me, and created safe space for me to express all sides of my thinking. He gave opinions in a way that I could hear while he always encouraged me to follow my own compass- even when it was quite different from his own leanings.
During the year that I worked with Ed I went from being very scared about not knowing what direction to follow in my next career steps- feeling like I was about to step of the edge of a cliff, to settling into my new direction with confidence and courage. I was so inspired by Ed’s work that I studied life coaching myself and have since opened my own business to coach artists and people wanting to nurture their creative lives. I am very grateful to Ed for his wise and kind support!
I found a great position in October. There’s recommendation #1 – his work was effective for me!
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In my experience, here are some strengths of Ed’s career coaching services:
– Well organized administratively
– Knowledgeable and professionally trained
– Experienced leader and career-development professional
– Interview tips and tricks were great and seemed effective
– Genuinely warm and friendly
– Genuinely cared about my success
– Always felt like Ed “had my back”
– Ed is highly intuitive
– Demonstrated appropriate humility and recognition of limitations
– Good listener
Here is an area of improvement. When I shared this item with Ed, he welcomed the feedback and expressed commitment to working on it:
– Sometimes too much ‘motivational’ communication coming at me rather than Ed asking pointed questions in order to spur self-motivation. Ed is a good listener, but my preference was for more listening and asking rather than telling.
In summary, Ed’s career coaching service met my desired outcomes and demonstrated every competency I expected, both in terms of “hard” skills and “soft” skills. I would therefore highly recommend Ed for career-coaching and executive coaching in general.