Optimists learn about business coaching

Sarah Mayle, of Sarah Mayle Coaching, was the featured speaker at the December breakfast meeting of the Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo.

Mayle became interested in coaching after working for 20 years in corporate Human Resources. Her role there was primarily devoted to training, and in so doing, she saw the need within her own organization for a more detailed and focused approach to becoming more effective.

In the corporate world, there can be a tendency for businesses and individuals to miss the opportunity to examine themselves; i.e., a “business as usual” atmosphere. Mayle motivates clients to make an intentional effort to clarify their issues, challenges, and upside potentials. Her coaching is mainly directed at people in leadership positions.

Once begun, Mayle’s coaching incorporates a values assessment and a plan to leverage those values. The assessment process then encourages the clients to narrow a long list of values down to a Top Ten, the presumption being that if an organization can maximize those ten, it will be well on its way to improvement.

Mayle was given a copy of the Optimist Creed as a gesture of appreciation.

Pictured are Optimist President Mike Myers, Mayle, and speaker host Kerry Powers.