What I believe:
In the fall of 2014, my co-founders and I raised $7 million from some of Silicon Valley’s top investors. That year we hit our milestones and tripled our team size. At the same time, I experienced burnout for the first time in my life.
Our company was a success, but in the process of building it, I failed to manage my health or do the necessary work to stay excited.
As I talked to other founders, I realized I was not alone. Managing companies through rapid change is hard. It requires dynamic leadership skills, as well as looking inwards to understand your strengths, weaknesses, and evolving professional motivations.
As I navigated this challenge, I began working with an executive coach who helped me redefine myself within our company and outside. Later, when we sold Looksharp, I got certified as an executive coach and now work with founders and new managers to help each one become the most authentic and effective version 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 within a trusting, supportive environment. My coaching focuses on four principles:
EQ. Successful leaders must develop 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. Inquiry and accountability is key to breaking habits 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.
Day to day, Nathan helps me move between my work as an early-stage founder, my personal life, and the rest of my life, while managing my health and sanity.
-Dhaval Bhatt, Founder, Scribbler
Nathan is by far, the best business coach and leader support system I have ever worked with. He is extremely emotionally intelligent, is able to separate messy internal situations into structured action plans, and is prompt in delivering quality advice.
-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 backgrounds including Co-Active coaching, conscious coaching, and my experience over the past 10 years as a founder and coach/advisor to 30+ founders in the US and abroad.
I provide a variety of services for companies who want to build a transparent and lasting culture.
This includes: Feedback and Communication Workshops, Emotional Intelligence Training, New Manager Training, and communication workshops specifically designed for offsites and team retreats.