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"I’ve faced down my crippling relationship with money, created a short- and long-term business and financial plan, and let my emotionality become a source of strength rather than paralysis." Read more

  • May 13, 2014

    So many people make the mistake of thinking that the most important issue in weighing whether something will succeed or not is if they can do what it takes to accomplish the goal.

    In this super competitive, lean and mean business environment I find myself working with clients all the time on how to make the most of situations in order to advance and succeed.

    You have to get to know how you lead – What are your strengths? What are your blind spots or deficits? Only then can you begin building your leadership toolbox, adding to the skills you already have.

    I think simple, memorable frameworks help so I created one. I call it Leadership: Inside, Outside and In-Between. Leading from the INSIDE are those internal characteristics necessary to lead. I define IN-BETWEEN as our interactive leadership skills. And, finally leading OUTSIDE, is about how we relate to the larger world outside of us, or the totality. 

    The other day I was speaking to a client. She was exploring how to best approach a career opportunity. This led us into a lively conversation of the context surrounding the opportunity.

    Why? Because without an exploration of the context she can’t be clear about which moves would result in better outcomes.

  • Apr 24, 2014
    posted in Life Coach, Therapy

    Life Coach versus Therapist - This or that?What’s the difference?

    There seems to be a good amount of discussion on the topic of the difference between life coaching and therapy, and I’ve had clients ask me about it. I have a unique perspective. I hold a Master’s of Science degree in Group Process/Psychotherapy from Drexel University and practiced for 20 years as a psychotherapist in private practice. Then 10 years ago I completed coach training and certification through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and went on to receive Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). I currently have a full-time coaching practice. I’m also the President Elect of ICF Philadelphia, and previously served two years as VP of Education providing continuing education learning for members.

    In my experience people seek out psychotherapy when they need help with challenging emotions from either within or as the result of circumstances. They want what’s “wrong” “fixed.” Where as, people generally seek coaching to enhance their life. They want to successfully move toward their future – either one they envision or they’re unclear about – and which they’re having difficulty actualizing on their own.

  • May 6, 2013
    posted in Life Leadership

    Life leadership focuses on harnessing our leadership potential in order to build positive, stable, creative personal and professional relationships and environments. It is about acting with a purpose rather than reacting without consideration of the outcome. It demands caring about and listening to what matters to others including our self. It means formulating a vision that benefits everyone and forging a path to achieve the vision.

  • Apr 30, 2013
    posted in Careers

    You’ve probably heard about how many resumes are being submitted per job post – sometimes a thousand. So getting a much-coveted interview is a real coup. In order to make a great impression and get an offer you have to be well prepared.

    Here are some tips to help you prepare and nail the interview:

  • Nov 12, 2012
    posted in Life Leadership

    I’ve been reading some books on neuroscience and what makes the brain “tick” (it’s fascinating how the wet ware between our ears processes incoming sensory information and creates thoughts, emotions, memories etc.) so, when Amazon did their usual data driven cross-sell and presented me with various titles that “others like me bought as well” I stumbled on an interesting book by Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a research psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of California who has been formally investigating well-being for over twenty-years.

  • Oct 29, 2012

    I’m not sure what I should be doing today. It’s Monday. But it’s also the day everyone from Georgia to Maine are bracing for Hurricane Sandy, billed as the biggest storm in most of our lives, 1000 miles across.

  • Aug 14, 2012

    An excuse is an internal explanation that helps us justify are actions.  Excuses make us exempt from responsibility for whatever we choose to say or do. When we make excuses we are making an allowance for what we are doing or not doing. The excuse frees us from any obligation or duty. It grants us a free pass, pardoning us from leading our life.

  • Feb 2, 2012

    I have a dirty little secret – I love sleep. I go to sleep before midnight every night including weekends and I wake up between 8 and 8:30 every morning without an alarm. This way I don’t get grumpy – as my friend Clare would say. So why is this a dirty little secret? Because somewhere along the line sleep deprivation got associated with being successful, a real go-getter, being a winner. Many of my clients suffer from sleep deprivation but the mere mention of getting more sleep is met with more resistance than pretty much any other challenge I make in my work. And believe me my work is often about turning the way one does things on tilt.

  • Dec 7, 2011

    One thing that has been sidelined since the economic crisis of 2008 is limited encouragement for our enormous creative talent to innovate, invent and create. Oh sure, people are working harder, longer with more output. But are we keeping the ball rolling or are we creating bigger and better balls? I fear we are merely keeping the balls rolling.

  • Nov 15, 2011

    We’re constantly hearing about how important it is for a leader to be present. I think this is because of the power of possibility when leaders are present: they can respond, shape and engage with what’s going on rather than missing things as they happen.

    And these are exactly the same reasons for any of us to practice presence. According to Peter Senge, author of The Power of Presence, when we are present, “We shift from repeating past patterns and mistakes to transforming the emerging future.”

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“My leadership coaching helps you identify who you are – both your strengths and vulnerabilities – and how to use them to go further than you ever thought possible in your career and life.”

Elizabeth C. Hechtman is passionate about people leading every aspect of their lives. For over 25 years she's collaborated with clients to be leaders in their families and relationships, at work, with friends, and with their finances, health and wellness.

Elizabeth's clients are c-suite professionals, entrepreneurs, middle managers, creative professionals, recent brides/grooms, stay-at-home parents, and singles. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.

She created this blog as a forum to disseminate the golden nuggets she learns everyday, bat around her views on leadership and and invite a rich dialogue about all of it.