Patty Burgin, MA, MCC
Patty's POV . . .
"In the late 1990s, when I began to pay attention to the emergence of the new profession of Executive Coaching, I was still practicing as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Pastoral Counselor. I began to notice that many of my favorite therapy clients were saying things like, 'Patty, I'm just fine. I'm not anxious or depressed. I know myself pretty well and my relationship is great.' Then, just as I thought their next words would be, 'So, thanks. I think I'm done.' They would say, 'But I don't want to stop coming here.'
"Listening to these great teachers, many of whom were accomplished leaders of organizations, I remember tipping my head a little and asking, 'What would we talk about?'
"They helped me to refine my direction as as professional coach, facilitator, speaker and author. In the years that have followed, I've learned the craft of coaching, established SeattleCoach and was awarded the designation of Master Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Along the way I launched the SeattleCoach Professional Training and Development Program (2008). And since then, we've trained nearly 500 professional coaches and coaching leaders.
"My goal is for SeattleCoach to keep an energizing blend of the conventional and the innovative. We are positive, optimistic, competitive, and hard-working. Plus we are a very connected and fun tribe of ambitious people.
"I think of us as the small craft brewery of coaching programs. This means that we start with fantastic ingredients (people like you), add some world-class content and materials, and then blend in grace, truth, time, and connection. It's true, our goal is to get coaches through our training and development--but our goal is also to patiently make sure that our training and development gets very sustainably through you.
"Our training takes place in two principal modalities.
"First, in our Flagship Cohorts where Cohorts of up to ten participants meet together through 75 hours of coach-specific training. Most of these coaches are seeking international certification by our credentialing body, the International Coaching Federation.
"Second, we bring a shorter and more customized version of our training into select companies. Coaching for Leaders (CFL) helps companies to infuse coaching skills and presence into their overall definition and experience of effective leadership.
"Both of our principal modalities take place over six to eight months. And in both, coaches become members of the SeattleCoach tribe and build life-long alliances and friendships. Because when coaches have allies they do far better work and have far more fun.
"We are stocked with scores of unique personalities and styles, each one making us better whether meeting virtually or at our world headquarters on the dock on East Lake Union. I'm happy to say that as we've made the transition to virtual, we've kept our magic.
"These are our values and practices. Each one is baked into the way we develop each SeattleCoach: