When our head of Human Resources, along with two members of our Executive Team, recommended we engage with Teresa Quinlan for Emotional Intelligence development, I didn’t know quite what to expect. Our first meeting with Teresa, brought a presentation on the ins and outs of emotional intelligence and its value to us as individuals, for the people we are leading, for our teams and the company.
In my first 1:1 session with Teresa, she asked for my goals, and set the stage for how we would go about, together, achieving those goals; through examination of my current behaviours, beliefs, habits, and use of my emotional information. Over the course of 3 months I have noticed some distinct results in both myself and in the Executive team.
First and foremost, I have become more emotionally stable and aware; I am more connected to my emotional triggers and am able to self-regulate at a greater level. I have been speaking up, using my skills in assertiveness, and contributing in a more sophisticated and influential way while also learning to balance that with my skills in empathy and seeking greater understanding in others – their emotions and beliefs.
Secondly, as a group of Executives, our meetings have become a lot easier to have. Individuals have stopped yelling and behaving poorly, others have learned to communicate more clearly and appropriately. We have been able to accomplish more in less time, with greater outcomes, and improved relationships.
PERRY MCPHERSON | PROJECT MANAGER | NORTH AMERICA CONSTRUCTION
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Teresa, in the Leadership program, over the last few months and she was able to make a clear impact in such a short time. Teresa has had a profound effect on my ability to be the best version of myself as a leader.
I am humbled enough to know that my leadership style is one that is continually evolving, and despite previous successes, I welcome the dynamics because I don’t ever want to become a relic. My goal, walking into working with Teresa, was to be as open to the feedback as possible and to experiment with consistent action. I feel confident that I met that goal and I know that this mentality opened my eyes to bettering myself for those I directly or indirectly lead.
As I alluded to, I am grateful to have spent time with Teresa and I hope to continue that journey. The level of mental clarity I have now when walking into tough conversations far surpasses where I was as a leader previously. Her sessions will be a big part of our future success. My message to anyone who may be considering becoming a mentee of Teresa’s coaching is this: Rest assured that it is time well spent and if you go into it with an open-mind and are willing to self-reflect, look at things in a new light, it will allow you to become a better version of yourself. I can validate from experience.
Eduardo Ruiz, Jr. | Director of Business Development
I had the opportunity to meet Teresa over coffee and very soon I felt a strong environment of trust was being formed. In a follow up session, I shared my Emotional Intelligence assessment that had been collecting dust for 2 years. I had completed it but not really acted on a number of the recommendations that came with the report. The questions she asked in the friendly, trusting environment allowed me to do a deep dive into my personal experiences. I quickly realized that it is only when you share your experiences with someone as skilled in Emotional Intelligence coaching as Teresa, does meaningful change happen.
Through Teresa’s encouragement, I was able to debate some long-held thoughts and beliefs and discard / resolve them. Also, I am more aware of my emotions, especially the ones that had been tripping me up in my career.
I am charting a new career path in the coming weeks. With the coaching I received, and will continue to receive from Teresa, I have 100% confidence that I will do well and will add even greater value to my clients and the organization I will serve.
Bryan Huck, CPA, CGA | Owner – Your Strategy Navigator
As I sit at my desk fielding many emails, texts, and calls with all my thoughts and responsibilities spinning, I am calm in the eye of this storm. I have been working on myself in earnest for many years, though at some points more intentionally than others. However, as my awareness of my inner calm is growing exponentially, I feel compelled to explore the why & the how. Largely because I have been at this for many years, but seemingly suddenly, I am experiencing the rewards of my 'inner work' as we have referred to this process in a deeper sense than ever before.
Teresa, YOU have exactly been, a support for me, a guide, a mirror, a confidante, a challenger, a listener, a heart, a head, a hand, and anything else that is needed and I am overcome with gratitude as the ripple effect is cascading into every relationship, every conversation, and inside all of me. It is the calm in the eye of every storm that comes my way. Your wisdom, your deep awareness of the underlying causes for certain behaviors and the emotions that drive the self-destructive or self-sabotaging behaviors, and your ability to balance compassion with your gift of straight talk, have been the catalyst for my journey into the heart of what has been nagging at me all these years.
You handed me the keys to my own internal kingdom. I am forever changed by these past several months.
Wishing you a ten-fold return on all the lives you are changing, because you are truly doing the most incredible work.
Catherine Fitzgerald | CEO | Catapult Leadership
I have always admired Teresa. When a problem, concern or situation arises in my personal or professional life Teresa is always the first person I turn to.
Teresa makes me think deeper about things; she brings me down to earth and helps me approach situations in a realistic and professional manner. Recently I have strived for more in my professional career and I have relied heavily on Teresa’s knowledge to help guide me in the right direction.
I can honestly say that it is because of Teresa’s coaching and inspiring approach to life that I have pushed my self further and because of this, have recently been given the opportunity to become a supervisor within my current workplace. I believe that our numerous conversations about emotional intelligence and her shear knowledge on the topic has helped me work through many challenging situations. She has taught me to always remain professional, civilized and approachable. I believe that this has played a key role in my direct supervisor and manager seeing me as someone who is worth investing in.
Thank you Teresa for always helping me to bring a calm and rational approach to life, and for your inspiring and positive attitude!
Jennifer Geddes | Supervisor Cambridge Community Alzheimer Program