John Poelstra Portland, Oregon
Business Coach, Life Coach, Money and Finance Coach
BS, Certified Professional Co-active Coach, Associate Certified Coach (ICF), Certified Public Accountant (inactive)
Hi, I'm John. Thanks for stopping by.
My introduction to professional coaching started several years ago when I was stuck in a career others envied and hamstrung by the limitations I thought I had to accept.
I wasn't happy and couldn't figure out how to change it. I was tired of waiting for life to happen to me while I followed the steps of what "you are supposed to do" and figure it out myself.
When I got clear about what I wanted and took complete ownership everything changed.
Today I help mid-level professionals and entrepreneurs break out of the cycle of doing what they are supposed to do and have the life they want. I’ve helped executives, managers, small business owners, engineers, marketers and anyone who is done having life happen to them.
We get really clear about what you really want and together create ways to get you there. We go deep into who you are being in the situations you want to create lasting change.
We might be a great fit if you are:
⭑ Tired of "tips and tricks" and advice that doesn't work
⭑ Determined to find more meaning and satisfaction in your life and committed to finding it
⭑ Desiring to actively author your life instead of react to it
⭑ Serious about what you're up to and yet not too serious that you can't laugh at yourself
⭑ Open to what you don't know might be possible instead of clear about everything that isn't
⭑ Fun, likable and inspiring
My work with people is a unique form of coaching, consulting and mentoring, rooted in my training, professional and life experiences.
Our sessions together will be rigorous, thought provoking and challenging. They won't always be fun, but you will laugh, grow and change in ways you never imagined.
4 reviews (5.0)
John is a great coach. He uses variety of methods - so that coaching with him is neither boring nor one size fits all - and despite my initial scepticism, he was quickly able to identify, how to work with me in an effective manner. He helped me a lot to gain self-confidence and better understanding of myself - which helped me at work as well as in my private life. Plus it was fun! I also appreciate that John is as coach able to work with non native English speakers without any problems. I can very highly recommend him. Thank you, John!Jana Gutierrez
Before I started working with John I was more of a go with the flow type of person. Johns style of coaching creates a safe and judgement free environment that allows me to better understand what I really want to accomplish. He challenges me to rethink my normal patterns of thinking while pushing me just far enough outside of my comfort zone to make consistent progress. As a result Ive become more assertive, found more time for myself, and am getting clearer about what I really want.Greg Sterling
I've worked with John professionally at Red Hat and later did coaching with John. In our coaching, I appreciated John's sense of humor and his deep questions. John helped me think through my values so that I'm spending my time effectively and getting energy from the things that I actually want to do the things that I need to do. If you feel overwhelmed or lacking focus, John can help. John isn't into discipline gimmicks or one-size-fits-all techniques for getting life under control. John works from the perspective of "getting clear on what I want." This drives the changes I decide are most important. Using this question and my values as a filter makes it much easier to spend my time on the right things. I'm twice as productive when I own my time instead of letting other things "own" it. John strikes an effective balance between empathy and challenging accountability. He turns questions on their head and looks at problems in ways I would have never considered. If you want to get "unstuck" or be an effective leader of your life, try one session with John and see what it's like. Please listen to John's podcast if you want to hear more about his personality and his style. One of the latest ones, "Preparing For Your Next Job Interview (#79)", is full of examples of what I found that it's like to work through a coaching session with John. When I get stuck at work, I like to re-listen older episodes like to "Just Do Something (#26)" or "What Could be Fun? (#16)". Whenever I come back from a vacation, I like to sit down and re-listen to "Keeping the Vacation Glow Alive Longer (#11)". Everyone takes vacations, and this helps me respond to the feeling of dread/whiplash that can happen when that large email inbox is waiting for me when I get back. John also has some of the best guidance for running effective meetings that I've ever found. Two episodes that changed the way I handle meetings in my life: "How to Handle Dominant People at Meetings (#17)" and "Dealing with Worry at Software Project Meetings (#2)".Ken Dreyer
Before working with John my life was good, but I had no idea how much better it could be. I sensed that I wasnt living up to my true potential. I knew I was good at certain things and had some vague long term goals, but Id never made the time to articulate a crisp vision of the future I wanted or how I would get there. Working with John helped me discover the gap between my big dreams and executing on them. Previously Id had lots of great ideas and goals, but they never materialized. Through a variety of exercises and conversations, John helped me uncover and state my true values and priorities, and from them, create a mission statement and goals that were in alignment with them. It was awesome. I started to getting traction right away. In a matter of weeks I achieved goals I had been dancing around for years. For example, I got a grip on my monthly finances and designed a long term financial road map, started sharing more activities and passions with my wife and kids, moved into a daily work-out routine, and unleashed some entrepreneurial ideas and made them a reality. John was an instrumental guide and a key pillar to make all this transformation possible. He was always open, supportive, and flexible but, never too lax. He added the right amount of structure and pushed me hard when I needed it enabling me to harness my own drive and discipline. I loved it. I would work with John again in the blink of an eye. I highly recommend working with him. It could be one of those life changing experiences that seriously wakes you up to a new way of living you didnt know was possibleJay