What I believe:
In the fall of 2014, my co-founders and I raised $7 million for our company Looksharp. That year we tripled our team size. At the same time, I experienced burnout for the first time as a founder.
Our company was a success, but in the process of building it, I failed to manage my health or do the necessary work to grow into my new responsibilities.
As I talked to other founders, I realized I was not alone. Managing companies through rapid change is hard. It requires being emotionally self-aware and deeply understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, and evolving professional motivations.
I ended up working with an executive coach who helped me grow inside our company and outside. Eventually, I realized that while my strengths and passions are in coaching. After we sold Looksharp, I got certified as an executive coach and now work with a variety founders and new managers to help each one become the most authentic and effective versions of themselves.
So what do I believe? I believe your work should fulfill you. I believe the world needs you to be creative, motivated, and whole so you can bring your vision to life—because no one else will.
The Sharpend Approach:
Growth happens outside your comfort zone and in a trusting environment. My coaching focuses on four core principles:
EQ. Successful leaders must have exceptional self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation and empathy.
Systems Thinking. Your work output is the result of your intrapersonal health, interpersonal health, and environment.
Feedback. Feedback is the water that nurtures your growth.
Accountability. Accountability is key to re-writing your assumptions and creating transformation.
Nathan's coaching helped me repair my relationship with one of my co-founders and helped me develop leadership skills that changed the trajectory of our startup.
-Dhaval Bhatt, Founder, Scribbler
Nathan is by far, the best business coach and leader support system I have ever worked with. He is able to separate messy internal situations into structured action plans, and is incredibly emotionally in touch.
-Kelly Samuels, Director, Qode Social
Nathan has made me realize what a fantastic coach is—it’s someone who is able to push me in the direction that I know is right, but that I've been holding myself back from achieving. Nathan has a unique ability to see what is possible in me and find the ways to make these goals a reality. Working with Nathan has been a game-changer in my personal and professional life.
-Phil Levine, CEO, Golden Gate Recruits
I provide 1-on-1 coaching for startup founders and new managers with a focus on emotional intelligence.
My coaching pulls from a variety of schools including Co-Active coaching, conscious coaching, and the Enneagram. My work includes:
360 reviews to identify your strengths and weaknesses
Value definition and value-based decision making
Using the Enneagram as a tool for self-reflection and growth
I have been hired at a number of startups to work with the company’s executive team.
In this work I focus on a number of important areas, including:
Founder mediation to resolve deep-rooted founder conflicts
Exec team wide 360 reviews to improve self-awareness and collaboration of the exec team
Training on how to build a culture of feedback amongst senior leaders and the company as a whole