InspireShift offers executive coaching specifically focused on the development of women leaders.

InspireShift’s founder, Arjan Eenkema van Dijk, believes deeply in the empowerment of women and has had a long commitment to this cause. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Stanford University Clayman Institute for Gender Research and its Center for Women Leadership. She also partners with iRelaunch, the pioneer and leading national return-to-work organization in a consulting capacity. She is a noted speaker at their conferences at Columbia University and Stanford University and facilitates groups for professionals returning to the workforce. Lastly she is co-chair of WEN the Women Entrepreneur Network in Westchester and Connecticut. WEN was founded in 2010 with the goal of providing a place for female entrepreneurs to connect and contribute to each other’s professional growth.

We are hired by companies, but we are also often engaged directly by women who are corporate executives, leaders and mid-level managers who want to advance their career, reach their leadership potential, or navigate complex work challenges.  Even the most successful and capable professional run into obstacles, leading to stress, reduced satisfaction and often diminished promotional opportunities.

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"I engaged Arjan to help refocus my professional goals. In less than 5 months, with Arjan's expert guidance, I realized a very positive career move I initially doubted would even be possible. Arjan stretched my thinking, kept me accountable and ensured I lived up to the goals I set for myself. She possesses a unique combination of intelligence, care, commitment, humor, insight, and persistence."

Joris van Roijen - Senior Manager, Ernst & Young Advisory
"Arjan’s guidance is direct, insightful and clear. She has a wealth of experience and provides great wisdom navigating complex strategic situations. I was originally hired as CFO and within a year promoted to also take on the COO position. I can’t imagine being where I am today in my career without her guidance."

Jennifer Solomon - COO & CFO, Arts Students League of New York
"Arjan combines a high measure of gravitas, a refreshing straightforward approach and a deep level of compassion with an acute business sense. She provides sharp insights, practical advice and honest feedback, which was pivotal to rethinking and improving my communication style. Through her expert guidance, I evolved my leadership style and executive presence. Arjan is brilliant, but humble; visionary, but grounded; logical, but intuitive."

Neil Hampshire - CIO, ModusLink
"Arjan is an extremely skilled executive coach and organizational strategist. She presents to hundreds of attendees at our iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences and consistently gets top ratings. She has also been a popular and well-regarded coach of our group coaching program. More recently she has taken on an important role with our corporate initiatives. Arjan demonstrates integrity, excellence and an energy level matched by few."

Carol Fishman Cohen - CEO, iRelaunch
"Arjan combines business knowledge with people insight. She possesses profound positive intelligence and superb communication skills. She walks the talk and lives by her principles. Arjan helped me evolve my thinking to successfully navigate complex situations presented by a rapidly growing and transforming business, leadership changes and a take-over. My team and I delivered superior results and I thank Arjan for her guidance."

Terry Stack - VP Treasurer, Harman International
"Arjan is a phenomenal executive coach. She has profound expertise in leadership development, communication and emotional intelligence. Arjan helped me create successful frameworks for solving the most complex strategic and human resource challenges. She is insightful, articulate and has a deep commitment to excellence. I have become a better leader as a direct result of our work together."

James Gomez - Division President, CalAtlantic Homes

Our executive coaching is focused on empowering leaders to achieve better results with more ease.

Whether you are established in your position or just accepted a new role, if you are ready to grow, develop and thrive in your career and vastly expand your abilities, satisfaction, results and compensation, we would love to help you accelerate to the next level.

Our areas of expertise are in leadership development, effective communication, positive intelligence, personal branding, executive presence, career transition and time management.

We count among our clients, C-Suite Executives at Fortune 500 companies, senior leaders and high potential middle managers, professionals as well as founders of start-ups.

With a global reach, InspireShift’s clients come from a wide variety of fields: financial services, marketing, law, education, consumer goods, healthcare, retail, publishing, investment banking, Information Technology, and not-for-profit. Our clients work in companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and multinationals, including Goldman Sachs, United Nations, JP Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, R/GA Advertising, New York Hospital, UBS, Pearson Publishing, Avon, Deloitte Consulting, Citibank, Ernst & Young, McCann Advertising, United States Navy, Tahari, MasterCard and Time Inc. (click here for a more comprehensive client list).

Executive Coaching with InspireShift focuses on:

Leadership Development

  • Develop executive presence
  • Enhance your leadership skills
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Build a more cohesive team
  • Create productive work environments
  • Reduce conflict
  • Increase your effectiveness
  • Apply time management

Position yourself for success

  • Establish yourself quickly and with ease in a new role
  • Enhance your visibility
  • Develop your personal brand
  • Capitalize on your strengths
  • Leverage career opportunities

Create more career fulfillment

  • Crystallize your goals
  • Design your career trajectory based on your values and interests
  • Apply positive intelligence
  • Increase your confidence
  • Reduce your stress level
  • Create work/life balance

Executive Leadership Goals

Awareness of one’s own proclivities, interests, experiences, management skills and professional abilities is the foundation to unlocking an executive’s full leadership potential.

Through a dynamic dialogue and collaborative partnership, combined with a variety of assessments, we help our clients create a greater awareness about their distinctive strengths, areas of development and opportunities for growth to advance a client’s full leadership potential. Often we will use additional personality and leadership assessments such as the MBTI I & II (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), STRONG Interest Inventory, and Hogan Leadership Assessments to gain greater insights in a client’s values, interests and natural tendencies around topics such as communication, conflict resolution and managing change.

Company Goals

In addition to increasing leadership potential, the coaching engagement typically focuses the executive on the company’s strategic business objectives, such as setting strategic direction, prioritization of initiatives, the processing of innovative business ideas and/or models, culture change in a team and improved team communications, or any specific opportunities and challenges the leader is faced with.

The Executive Coaching process is one that promotes self-awareness, includes customized assessments and develops action-oriented planning, along with constructive feedback and accountability to ensure the most effective results. The process focuses on delivering company goals by developing the individual, and highlights three main areas:

The process emphasizes three main areas:

  1. Developing further leadership skills
  2. Improving overall performance and effectiveness with a focus on company goals
  3. Creating greater fulfillment through a deeper level of engagement

Our Executive Coaching Methodology is focused on six A’s:

Each leader is uniquely different. Sustained success and fulfillment can only be achieved if a leader taps into his or her unique strengths, developing a leadership style that truly fits with his/her personality. Developing greater insight into the natural tendencies and unique qualities of the leader and supporting each leader to develop an authentic leadership style will not only bring to bear increased leadership effectiveness but also result in greater ease of steering an organization or department, and therefore deeper fulfillment and engagement for the leader.

The entry point to this synergistic process creates greater clarity and increased awareness about an individual’s leadership style and the current business situation.

Once we have more insight in a leader’s unique strengths and opportunities for development, we help our clients develop clearly defined and manageable objectives, create concrete plans, access new tools, and take the steps necessary to achieve the desired goals. Each action plan is unique to the individual client and dependent on the length of the engagement.

An individual’s leadership growth and development hinges on increased self-awareness and commitment to a well-defined action plan. To ensure this success, we incorporate a method for accountability and support. Progress is tracked and evaluated, and obstacles are defined and overcome in order to most clearly delineate an enduring course of action.

The above-described process leads to achievement — allowing the leader to create a greater impact towards the vision of the organization, improving his/her individual leadership and communication skills, and experiencing a greater level of personal fulfillment. This increased leadership effectiveness typically leaves a foot print on the organization.

We specifically focus on sustained achievement by developing a higher level of mindfulness and Positive Intelligence. While leaders’ knowledge of their field and their leadership skills determine their potential it is their positive intelligence and mindfulness that helps them live up to that potential. This process requires a deeper level of self-examination and mindfulness in order to invoke a growth mindset and an authentically optimistic and solution-focused approach. As we understand that success is closely related to the building of strong relationship, we help our clients to develop conversational intelligence, leading to relationships embedded in trust, respect and collaboration.

At InspireShift, our goal is not only to empower our clients to enhance their leadership skills, but also to encourage a leader to rethink his/her attitude and approach to long- and short-term scenarios. Over-arching career, business and personal goals as well as positive resolutions to day-to-day impediments are envisioned with positive, realistic outcomes.

Ultimately, this approach leads to sustained achievement, where an individual can create his/her greatest impact and become more personally fulfilled.

In certain circumstances, companies are willing to support your Executive Coaching expenditures. We are always happy to connect with your HR department after initial conversations take place to discuss this further.