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Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
— Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Nancy S. Carver 

Washington, DC

T 202.769.5503
M 202.821.9358
nancy.carver@voltapeople.com

MBTI® Type: ISTJ. Quiet; Organized; Loves the Details.

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

CERTIFICATIONS + coursework 

  • Certified Master Coach, Behavioral Coaching Institute (BCI)
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Assessment
  • Strong Interest Inventory® (SII®)

Why did you become a coach?

In order to be happy both professionally and personally, we need to step back and identify our "must-haves" and career drivers. Most people allow their career to happen and never take the time to create a vision and set goals. Often it takes a major life event for someone to slow down and consider the options, roadblocks, needs and must-haves. I believe people often have the answer to their problem right in front of them, but they can’t see it. My coaching style helps them to step back and consider their options, possibilities and passions, and once those are clarified, I can coach them through the transition process.

Is there a particular lens through which you approach your coaching?

My coaching primarily encompasses the career planning and career transition process. Many attorneys have spent their careers doing what they should have done and not very often doing what they wanted to do. Attorneys have spent so much of their time, energy and effort billing hours and reacting to fire drills that they find the rest of their life is out of balance. I coach them to identify and reconnect to their interests and passions – these often get pushed aside while reaching their billable targets. Once priorities are reordered, I work with them to move forward and coach them through the journey to explore options that are personally and professionally fulfilling.

What do you see as the key benefits coaching provides?

I see coaching as giving someone the luxury of spending time on themselves. It is very rewarding when I ask a powerful question that sparks a reaction in the person with whom I am working. Coaching allows one to step back and look through a different lens. Sometimes simply trying a different approach or looking at a problem from a different point of view leads to clarity. I worked with a coach and found that experience so personally fulfilling that I became a coach.

What makes you a successful coach?

I love what I do! I consider myself a problem solver although I am actually not the one solving their problem – I guide my coachees through the process. I ask powerful questions and reframe, reflect and probe my coachees to guide them forward. It is rewarding to see their eyes light up when they have that ‘aha moment’ after I ask the question that really makes them think.

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