Since I began my business 11 years ago, I've helped numerous CEOs and executives increase their personal productivity and improve their business' bottom line. I can quickly identify where people are wasting their time and improve their productivity by at least 10%, as long as they're willing and interested. Various coaching clients have told me I've decreased their stress by 75%, increased their productivity by 40%, and even saved them 37 hours and $30,000 a month. My work has helped improve business' bottom lines by millions of dollars and trained many people on how to organize their lives and even achieve inbox zero.
I thought I'd always work in corporate America.
Before I got married, I was a software developer. My last role was as the Nordic IS/IT director for Kraft Foods in Stockholm, Sweden, and my plan was to return to corporate America when my three kids were older. But by the time my youngest was two, I was craving a deeper purpose beyond being a stay-at-home mom.
It all started when I lived in Eugene, Oregon and local moms began hiring me to organize their homes because they were amazed by mine. Once I realized this was an entire industry, I launched a part-time business. My business went full-time incredibly fast, even though I wasn't planning on becoming an entrepreneur.
Since the beginning, I wanted to help corporations with their organizational processes and productivity.
Even as a home organizer, it was clear I had a knack for understanding people's issues, recognizing an opportunity for improvement, and helping them transform their behavior. My first large corporate client was Martin Ambros in 2011. He's an inventor who worked at Boeing before starting his own business — a brilliant, amazing guy who was really struggling with his personal productivity. After my help, he saw a huge return on investment, so he asked me to also coach several of his employees.
After moving to St. Paul, Minnesota in 2013, I rebranded myself as an executive coach and productivity consultant and renamed my business CTC Productivity. It took off from there.
I currently have a team of three excellent subcontractors. One works as my assistant handling bookkeeping and my newsletter, another is a Microsoft expert who helps clients fully leverage their technology, and the third handles process improvement so that businesses can eliminate waste and streamline departments.
My process improvement expert focuses on eliminating wasted time. For example, she'll review how a company fulfills orders and identify how it can be done faster. She may recommend automating a part of the process or giving someone authority to approve certain purchases or expenses to avoid a lengthy chain of command. She knows exactly how to map a process to spot the waste and be able to propose numerous options to optimize a company's workflow.
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My morning time is precious and when I do my best thinking.
I've always worked from home, so luckily the pandemic hasn't done much to change my routine. I wake up at 6 a.m., while my teenagers and husband are still asleep, and block out the first two hours of my day for what I call focus time. This is a strategy I also teach my clients, to reserve their best time of day for their deepest, hardest thinking.
I eat breakfast around 10 a.m., and then go back to work to meet with clients, connect with my team, make sales calls, and more. I make a point of using each day of the week wisely. For example, I know that I can read on a Saturday morning, but I can't reach out to a client or make sales calls on a weekend.
My workday ends at 4 or 5 p.m. when my husband and I head to CrossFit. After dinner, my we watch TV, usually historical fiction. I hate wasting time, so I like to watch shows that also teach me a little bit about history.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, I often focus on my work as a board member for the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) where I lead their productivity initiative. I joined this organization when I started my business, and it's been an integral part of my success. It's great to have people to bounce ideas off of, discuss how to approach difficult clients, and create a community, especially when you're in an unregulated industry.
My one-on-one executive coaching package costs $1,900
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