Welcome! I’m Shawna Clark, the founder of Clark Executive Coaching. I started this company and this blog with the goal of empowering leaders of all levels to lead, achieve, and succeed. So what does that mean exactly? And why should you spend your precious time reading what I write? I’m glad you asked.

Let’s start with why. Hmm, that sounds familiar. Oh yes; excellent book. Definitely read it.

Now, about MY why. My wholehearted passion and mission in life is to make a positive impact on people, organizations, and the world through transformational coaching, consulting, speaking, and writing.

My background

I’ve spent over 20 years in corporate America in the areas of HR, communications, and marketing, in roles from generalist to director, supervising between 1 and 15 direct reports, and managing budgets from nearly zero to over $30 million. I’ve worked for public and private for-profits in addition to non-profits; in education, health care, technology, and retail industries, in companies ranging from 2 to 350,000 employees.

I’m proud of my record of achieving 100% favorable as an immediate supervisor in employee engagement surveys for leadership behaviors that are important to me:

  • Giving regular coaching and feedback
  • Setting clear expectations
  • Treating people with respect
  • Valuing employees
  • Giving recognition
So what does this mean for you?

I’ve learned a few things along the way. Some things came naturally to me. Others I learned the hard way. I’m here to share both with you. And in the 15+ years I’ve worked as a leader and with leaders in these various areas, companies, and industries, I’ve discovered three principles of leadership that are true anywhere.

My three tenets of leadership are:
  • What you do as a leader has a profound impact on those you lead. It can also have a profound impact on those you serve, your peers and leaders, and your organization. But it always has an impact on those you lead.
  • People leave or stay for their leaders, not jobs or companies. Even when they tell you they’re not leaving because of their leader, don’t believe them.
  • It’s up to you to be the leader you want to be. Don’t wait to be developed or procrastinate being the leader you want to be. Make this your top priority for a more fulfilling career now.
How can Clark Executive Coaching help you?

I know that being a leader is hard. It can also be one of the most rewarding things you do in life. Clark Executive Coaching is here to support leaders of all levels get from where they are today to where they want to be tomorrow. And I firmly believe that anyone who desires it can be a leader, no matter their title or experience.

Is the Lead, Achieve, Succeed blog right for you?

This blog is for you if you’re in a company role that’s responsible for talent/leadership development and you’re looking for best practices, research, and coaching tips for performance and retention.

It’s also for accomplished and emerging leaders looking for advice, support, and tools on how to be an even more effective leader. I’ll draw upon my experiences both as a longtime leader, in addition to my executive/leadership coaching practice.

What can you expect from this blog?

I’m a voracious reader and researcher (I started my career as a psychology researcher at UW-Madison), so you can expect to see links to some of my favorite books, compelling research, and practices/tools throughout my blog posts. I’m also biased about having fun as an essential part of learning and development. So expect some light-hearted takes along the way.

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