FosterEssence - Facilitating Major Transitions


You are Striving for More 

You are taking a courageous step forward to build your career to the next level. Perhaps you are leading your first big team or own venture. You are quite possibly making the most important decisions in your professional and personal life. Whatever your big moves are, you have the opportunity to expand your influence and impact.

We help you navigate the unknown and move through the milestones of change with clarity & confidence. You’ll take bolder action, think bigger and get the results you want, anchored in confidentiality & accountability.

Our mission is to foster change conversations that disrupt workplace complacency.

“You make the uncomfortable safe.”

Our unique approach results in having A Real Conversation™. We foster a learning environment where it is safe to question, to appear vulnerable, to observe, to explore, to experiment, to learn and to shift perspective, behaviour and results as systems-oriented leaders and teams. We uncover the conflict that is active two or three layers below the surface, the real issues that are not often voiced yet are the key to progress.

We work with individual contributors, managers and senior leaders to effectively navigate the uncertainty and discomfort of leadership challenges and role transitions. You’ll (re)activate inner confidence to think bigger, take bold action, and build connected, collaborative, engaged systems-oriented teams.

Spark the Leader Within. Shift from First Impulse to Best Instinct!

Leadership Coaching

Focus on what’s most important, right now.

Coaching helps to shift thoughts and feelings from the clutter of a busy and reactive mind to laser-focus on who you are as a change-capable leader. 

FosterEssence professional training & coaching services feature a proven learning methodology to uncover blind spots, shift perspective and be the leader you most want to be. Sessions are supported by a comprehensive online accountability for results toolkit to confidentially track & manage appointments, actions, metrics, and learning resources.

Shifting Gears: Cultivating Leaders with GRIT™

It is difficult to persevere through stress and overcome negative self-talk.

Shifting Gears: Cultivating Leaders with GRIT™ is for leaders who want to tap their inner and outer reslience to be more effective and productive and inspire others to do the same.

Through the Looking Glass

I step through the looking glass. Life is not what it seems. Or is it? I feel as though we step through the looking glass almost every day in our ever-changing world. Global events turn life upside down for some, right side up for others. At a turning point in my life...

The Busy Mind

Slow Down Your Thoughts Are you busy today? Do you feel and think: "I'm busy!!" The thoughts in your mind spinning, rotating from thought to thought without real action or true movement!? The Busy Mind is at work. In those moments, when caught in a busy mindset, I...

Showing Up Not Showing Off: Shed Complacency for Simplicity

Complacency? We have all been complacent. At some point. Complacent to not showing up as our true selves. Tolerant with our inner critic voice. Complicit to present ourselves as less than who we are, truly. We all have something special within us, a leader within. A...

Creative Tension

Language and words fascinate me. I find joy in understanding the connections between concepts and ideas. Between thoughts and deeds. I am particularly intrigued by the concept of 'creative tension'. Creative tension was popularized by Peter Senge, author of The Fifth...

Slow Down. Pack Your Patience.

It's hard to slow down at any time of the year, to practice patience. And, it's particularly hard during a change of seasons. Real and metaphoric. And, it’s that time of year, again. Back to school. Back to work ... well, we were still working and at a slower pace for...

Top Ten Considerations for Leading Across Generations

Leading across generations in today’s diverse five-generation workforce is a privilege. With expansive opportunities and challenges as multi-coloured as the generations themselves, we have much to explore and learn. We'll explore the differences that shape each...

The Epic Tale Part 2: Halfway to Somewhere

I am halfway to somewhere. I wake up disoriented, forgetting for a moment where I am. I feel a deep quiet within, a serene feeling brought on by the early sounds of nature and the rustic cosy cabin-like decor. The inner fog slowly clears.  I am in a tranquil place. I...

The Epic Tale Part 1: One Mosaic Piece at a Time

A Minority Everywhere I Go: Leading in A Global Mosaic by: Lucy Shenouda As I prepare to step into a new life, new role, new team in an ancient country and culture, I do so with a deep sense of self-assurance. This feeling is strong in spite of the objections of my...

What’s the way to a team’s heart?

What’s the way to a team’s heart? Do team’s have heart?! Do teams have laughter, joy, celebration? Yes! Firmly believing that a team has all of a human’s vital organs, a system in its own right is fundamental to building resilient teams. Teams do have a personality...

Take a Walk with a Turtle. Take a Six Second Pause.

“Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.” said Bruce Feiler, Author and Television Personality. I take a walk with a turtle. I behold the world in pause.  I look up at the blue skies, fascinated as the clouds roll by. Transfixed in a moment of...

High Impact & Return on Investment

Cross Discomfort Zones. Create Impact. Gain a High Return on Investment!

Learn how one manager crossed discomfort zones to mobilize herself & her team from #6 to a steady #1 in their region, and achieve a 345% ROI in Coaching.

Shift from First Impulse to Best Instinct™.

Professional Coaching. You’ve Got This!

For a definitive amount of time bi-weekly you have a leadership coach who focuses on you, supporting you with what’s on your mind, with your struggles, growth and highest potential. No judgement. Just present, listening, challenging and championing.

Shift from First Impulse to Best Instinct™.

Executive Coaching. Go Beyond!

Take bolder action, think bigger and get the results you want, anchored in the accountability provided by coaching. Shift from First Impulse to Best Instinct™.

Leadership Resilience. Lead with GRIT!

Real shifts happen when we foster our capacity to respond to rapid change with purpose and grit. Shift from First Impulse to Best Instinct™.

Stress Management. Release & Restore!

Cut through daily stressors, overwhelm and overall unhealthy patterns to be alert, present and in charge of your life. Shift from First Impulse to Best Instinct™.


Be Your Personal Best. 


Respond With Real Effectiveness.


Be Change-Capable.

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Learn how to identify your mental state, think responsively and act intuitively.


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