“I was in the throes of a long term and floundering job transition when I reached out to Kim Geil for help. Through our weekly discussions and periodic check-ins via e-mail Kim helped me focus my efforts and maintain my motivation. Now less than a year later I have a job I love, a steady pay check and health insurance. I will be forever grateful for Kim’s expertise in guiding me through a process that upon its completion has had a major positive impact on my life. Kim is a great coach on both a pragmatic and emotional level and I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone.” -Ram M.
“When I met Kim, I totally trusted her, and my gut said to go ahead and have a strategy session. When we talked, it was clear that she believed in me! It gave me confidence, and a feeling that things were going to be okay. We started working together, and with her help I made some huge changes in my life that have positively affected my job, my relationships, and my environment. I don’t think things would have unfolded the way they did without Kim’s coaching. She gave me the hope I needed, and was a huge motivator. I am now finally in a place where I’m not worrying about the unknown, and just enjoying today.” – Anne H.
“For the past two or three years, my business has often felt like a runaway train that I can’t keep up with. Kimberly helped me boil-down the many challenges that I have with running my own business and helped me focus on the issues that matter most. Now I have specific, attainable goals that I’m excited to work towards!” – Josh B.
“Before being Kim’s client I felt that I didn’t match up with my peers or co-workers. I perceived myself as unfit because I was always tired and using poor coping skills to get through my workdays such as caffeine/stress eating. I left work at the end of shifts feeling inadequate and drained. During our coaching I came to realize I work in a terribly dysfunctional industry where my skill set was not valued. Money and speed are valued over experience and empathy, trust and time. The culture I trained in and now work in is toxic and I didn’t fit into this paradigm. Kim pointed out that with a mental shift maybe I am right and I don’t have to adapt to a toxic environment. It is actually OK and healthy not to want to be in this environment. As a result of our coaching I have incorporated small amounts of time for myself (that are guilt free) and I learned that if my day isn’t going well I have the power to change it. I feel empowered by these small yet significant changes I was reminded about my own unique set of character strengths. The biggest tip I want to share is that I did not have to just conform to the status quo of my profession and I do have valuable skills to bring to work. It’s a challenge for me not to let a negative interaction ruin my day or define me. I now feel like there is a way to redirect these feelings. It is an imperfect work in progress and that is OK.” – C.A. Sobanski, MD
“I started coaching with Kim because I was feeling dissatisfied in my current career. I knew what I was doing was making a difference and that I was good at what I do, but I was feeling burned out and not challenged. Kim gave me lots of great prompts and questions to help me assess areas of my life that might be contributing to that feeling. Some were around my job, some were bigger picture of my life in general. Relationships, hobbies, past passions I had left to smolder. Through this process I feel I reconnected with several things in my life that I love and wanted to revisit. I didn’t end up making a job change but I identified many of the hurdles that hold me back. I also identified that for me, although I am not ready to make a change now, I know that I want something “next” for me. I am not sure yet what that is, but I feel a greater sense of direction from zeroing in on things that make me feel alive and valued and incorporating them into my life in various ways, not just my job.” – Kim L., School Principal
“I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for helping me get myself back on track through the coaching sessions. At first, I wasn’t even sure what I needed to fix – I came with ideas of needing to eat better, ski more, spend more time with my family, and potentially find a new job. You helped me whittle it down to some attackable pieces so I could find some success and keep moving forward. First, your challenge for me to take an entire 8-5 day to myself to ski was sooo much what I needed. Spending that day to myself energized me and reminded me what’s important – getting outside and playing in the mountains. Next, you helped me figure out how to decide to return to my job next year or give my resignation by pushing me to value myself instead of just go with the status quo of “work is work and it stinks but we all have to do it.” I outlined 3 specific “asks” for my employer if they wanted to keep me. Then you helped me recognize that I had value. It sounds simple, but you repetitively gave me feedback in the form of questioning me “why aren’t you worth that” that grew roots enough for my to start believing and perhaps remembering that I should in fact prioritize myself as this is my life and nobody else is going to do it for me.I’m feeling better now about my choice to quit my job and brave the wilderness of the unknown job search while knowing that I deserve a job where I’m valued and supported and able to grow. Also, by the way, my current job is trying to find a way to keep me and get me to rescind my resignation…so we’ll see what they come up with.” – Dawn C.
“I had a coaching relationship with Kim Geil [for three months]. During that time I was able to focus on examining the bigger picture and realizing that my life consists of so much more than the small aspects I was focusing on. She helped me vocalize many of the thoughts and emotions floating around in my head in order to hear myself from an outsider’s perspective and gain a deeper understanding of what was driving my thoughts and choices.” – Danielle A.
“I was struggling with procrastination- (and perfectionism)-related issues as I prepared for my comprehensive exam, a requirement of my PhD program. Kim helped me to develop a number of positive and practical strategies for working through these issues, as well as helping me to identify patterns of what strategies were not working for me, and might actually be hindering my progress. Overall, I found working with Kim to be a thoroughly helpful and positive experience, and I would definitely recommend her to others!” – Lisa C.
“Before coaching with Kim, I was in a deep emotional hole, at a major personal crossroads, and confused about how to proceed with a pivotal decision that had to be made, which would change my entire future. Kim’s ability to cut through the noisy chatter of my monkey mind really helped me clarify the most important issues and re-frame my outlook into a more hopeful and empowering vision of the possibilities. And her support in taking action was instrumental in smoothing out what otherwise would have been a very rocky road.” – Diana D.
“Kim was friendly, insightful, and cultivated…she helped guide me in the right direction (changing my major) that I am currently still pursuing six months later. I would definitely recommend her to others.” – Amy N.
“I felt that I was about 70% effective at work for over two months. There were many things going on. I was doing what’s needed to move things forward, but I had the feeling that I was not organized, not energized, and not at my best at all. I am usually energized by having a vision for both short- and long-term, a future that guides me and my colleagues to move to a better state, but I was struggling with having any vision. [After working with Kim] I feel like I am at about 90% effective now. I achieved results: I was able to get tasks done. I felt clear about my priorities for the day, for the week, for the quarter, and then planning for the year. I don’t feel overwhelmed. I am confident about my choices and my decisions on what to do and what to let go of. This empowers me to then mobilize others on the projects that I want to focus on. I have more time to listen and support others around me.” – Hei F.