The ongoing task of developing talented people requires many kinds of conversations. No matter how effective you are as a coach and manager, you will face situations that require tough conversations. In fact, working with hard-working, high-achieving, committed people requires challenging conversations if they and you are to continue to grow and excel.
The Coaching for Challenging Conversations Program was designed for three main groups:
Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.
An exceptional workshop facilitator and trainer, Karyn Garossino has considerable experience in coaching for challenging situations. Her resilience, poise and skill under pressure were built from the ground up. Karyn first learned these skills as an athlete then deepened her theoretical understanding of them through academic study in Psychology and Education. Karyn excelled in the intense world of high performance sport as a competitive figure skater. Her career spanned ten years of international competition, including five world championships and culminated as a 1988 Olympian and Canadian champion in 1989. Her experience as a national level coach, executive coach and now trainer, focuses on application – helping others deal with challenges that require skill and poise under pressure while still getting results.
Garry Watanabe started out his career as a lawyer and spent five years developing his corporate experience in the competitive world of law. During this time Garry came to realize that his passion for coaching and developing others was overtaking his desire to be a lawyer. This passion drove Garry to obtain his Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology and seek out coaching opportunities. Garry spent the next ten years as a national level coach, first directing programs at Carleton University and then heading to Southern California to coach in the most competitive swimming environment in North America. He now focuses on applying the principles of coaching, mental fitness, and challenging conversations to a wider range of performers in his work with Performance Coaching.