Barbara has coached individuals from over sixty nations across the world. Her experience covers multiple industries including non-governmental organizations and international organisations. She has been an associate of the Center for Creative Leadership since 1985, working in CCL campuses worldwide. She was the CEO of VIMA International—The Leadership Group for twelve years where she was responsible for all line functions of staffing, finances, marketing, customer service, as well as delivery of leadership programs and simulations worldwide. Previously, Barbara was a university professor of business and political science. She worked as a manager at the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Alaska and for the Hay Consultants in Washington, D.C.
Barbara's experience inside corporations provides her with a clear understanding of organizational politics and business dynamics, while her academic background provides the theoretical underpinnings for her work. Barbara is the author of a business bestseller, Light Bulbs for Leaders: A Guide Book for Team Learning (Wiley: 1996). She has written three books and numerous chapters and articles, published in periodicals throughout the English-speaking world. She has given professional speeches and appeared on radio and television on four continents.
Barbara is recognised for challenging individuals and teams to reflect on the impact of their own behavior while influencing the behavior of others. Through her coaching experiences, she has observed the ability of individuals to recognise the impact of their behavior and to make changes that directly impact the success and profitability of their teams and organizations.
Master Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
Executive Coach, Center for Creative Leadership
Ph. D. from the University of Oklahoma (USA) in political science
Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma (USA) in human relations
Barbara believes that people can learn about leadership, can increase their emotional intelligence, and can change behavior through their increased self-awareness. The key is in their openness to look at themselves and to accept feedback. Her philosophy is one that relies on the individual to be introspective, to acknowledge the benefits of behavior change, and to be responsible and open about strengths and weaknesses. She believes in the complete confidentiality of the coaching relationship.