Instructor Spotlight features one of our amazing coaches and instructors of the JRNI Coaching Intensive!
Name: Charisse M. Williams
Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Trainer
JRNI Class Taught:
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1. Three words to describe yourself
Entrepreneurial, Creative, Funny
2. Your superpower is:
My ability to connect with people quickly.
3. What are you most passionate about and why?
Ensuring that everything I do is aligned with my talents, skills, values and purpose.
4. Area of coaching that interests you the most and why?
Executive coaching for new managers. Management requires a very complex set of skills that don't come naturally to most people. Folks often become managers with no training, support or preparation and it can be very stressful and lonely. New managers often feel the need to act like they have it all figured out to counter the imposter syndrome they might feel in the role. I've been there. Having the support of a coach was very critical to my management and leadership journeys.
I am very passionate about work/life balance and alignment. In the past, I have seen my self-worth as being too connected to my achievement at work. All that did was stress me out and burn me out. I learned that not only did I want to approach work differently, but I wanted to do different work, ie. coaching!
5. What got you into coaching and what do you love about coaching?
I had my first experience with a coach in 2008. I had completed the StrengthsFinder assessment, found it useful and hired a coach to do the assessment with my team at the nonprofit I was running. It was a game changer for me and my team and helped us maximize our collective strengths for greater effectiveness. Fast forward four years and I was named President of an arts education organization in need of a turnaround. I hired a coach to help me navigate the transition and get aligned with my staff and board. My coach was very skilled and supportive. Along the way, I began using coaching techniques with my staff with great success and developed an interest in becoming a coach.
In 2018 I received my first coaching training as a fellow at The Management Center (TMC) during which I coached nonprofit senior executives. I learned so much from the experience, and to this day, TMC is my go-to resource for management tools and best practices.
I received my yoga teacher certification in 2015 and began teaching classes, workshops and retreats. I have a regular personal yoga and meditation practice which greatly informs how I approach my work and how I show up in the world overall.
I love coaching because it allows me to show up to work every day as my complete self. Beginning my work as a full-time coach this year has been amazing. I feel like I am doing exactly what I am meant to be doing with my life. Coaching in these really challenging times has also had the added benefit of getting me out of my own head by focusing my energy and attention on the support of other people. It is so incredibly rewarding.
6. Your favorite thing about the JRNI Coaching Intensive?
As soon as I came across JRNI, I knew that it was my tribe. I love the energy, the warmth and the love of this community. There is nothing pretentious about it at all, which is very different from many professional and academic spaces I have been in before. JRNI has the same energy of my yoga communities, which I love.
That said, JRNI instructors know their stuff! I came out of every single class as a student like, "Wow!" I really appreciated the rigor of the curriculum, all the science and the resources. I also love the diversity of backgrounds that people bring to the experience. I could really learn something from everyone.
I feel like JRNI goes above and beyond to build community very intentionally. From the FB group, to office hours and the annual conference. There is so much here to take advantage of, all for an extremely affordable, accessible price. JRNI really is a treasure and I would not trade my experience for anything in the world.
7. What's your #1 advice to someone who is interested in becoming a coach?
Trust yourself. Trust that whatever life experience brings you to coaching in addition to your training will be enough to help you become a great coach.
8. Where can people find you online?
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