Kate Steinbacher, PCC
Kate Steinbacher, President of The Coaching Advantage LLC, is a successful coach, business owner, public speaker and writer. She holds a BA from Stonehill College, MA and is a graduate of Coach University, with over 200 hours of coach specific training.
Her experience as a fortune 500 corporate HR manager, trainer and communications specialist made her an advocate for partnership, collaboration, taking action and building on ones strengths and experiences to create a life and work that is fun, flexible, energizing, contributory and financially rewarding. Her coaching clients have realized gains in all areas of their personal and business worlds including organization, accountability, focus, communication skills, self-development and bottom line financial success.
Yet she came to coaching only after driving delivery trucks, running an HR department, and traveling the world as a cruise director…
Don't Wait for Your Ship to Come In - Swim Out To It!
"I gained my management expertise," recalls Kate, "during 10 years as a Human Resources professional at United Parcel Service, managing a department of 10 in a district of 2200 on Long Island, NY. I discovered I could do just about anything I put my mind to, including drive trucks and supervise a group of men to accomplish a task, regardless of their age, background and whether or not they liked me! And, mostly we all had fun doing it!"
Then at 30 she went through an early 'mid-life' crisis.
"I decided that big bucks, 70 hours a week at work and very little time for fun was not the life I was going to choose", says Kate, shaking her head. "I quit my job, sold my house, and spent a month in Africa and two months on a cruise ship in the Pacific to try to discover my next life adventure. I have always been a person who thinks in possibility! Why can't an ex-truck driver be a cruise director on a glamorous yacht?"
Using her HR skills, she fashioned a resume showcasing her strengths to the travel industry and landed a job with a tour company taking groups to the USSR. This blossomed into 7 years spent at sea and around the world honing her management skills as a Cruise Director aboard one of the worlds' most prestigious sailing yachts: Sea Cloud.
"As Cruise Director and Customer Service Manager in a multi-national environment, I learned about strategic planning and managing people to accomplish goals", recounts Kate, "as well as methods of providing and maintaining extraordinary customer service. I saw the world from a rich person's point of view, creating wonderful fun memories in the process - and got paid to do it! Not bad for a truck driver!"
Making Change an Ally for Success
Building on her travel experiences and worldwide contacts, she created and owned (for 11 years) a successful special interest travel business, ETA, Inc. which offered travelers the opportunity to be guests in the homes of Lords and Ladies, attend private musical performances and experience art collections not open to the public. Here she honed her skills in marketing, sales, finances and the fine art of collaborating with various expert partners to achieve success.
At 44, she discovered 'interdependence' and met a man who loves to travel, learn new things, and believes as she does - that strength, vulnerability, loving, caring, pain, joy and a sense of humor is what makes life worth living.
"Tom and I have created a lifestyle that encompasses our needs, wants and values", reflects Kate. "We each have our own businesses that we are passionate about. We take care of our health. We spend time with family and friends, traveling, diving, skiing and just plain being, and of course, sprinkled with lots of laughter!"
As you can see, Kate loves to reinvent herself, utilizing her vision of possibility, enthusiasm, and strengths, including building awareness and creating new growth and direction for others and herself.
"Change has always been an ally for my success! The Coaching Advantage is where I encourage others to make that a reality in their own lives and businesses. I am passionate about business! My mission is to foster positivism, possibility, collaboration, growth, empowerment, enhanced performance and individual and corporate greatness through the use of professional coaching skills. All of this is administered by means of expert listening, straight talk and a sense of fun. Of course results are important, but I also help my clients embrace abundance, hugs and laughter!"
Kate Steinbacher provides one-to-one coaching for select business teams, leaders and executives. If you would like to discover if she might be a great coach for you, please email Kate to arrange a time to talk.