There are three main functions of any coach: to strengthen your relationships with others, to improve your own well-being, and to boost your personal and professional performance.
An American, I have lived and worked abroad most of my adult life. I have lived in the USA, Kenya, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and now the United Arab Emirates.
I’ve coached school directors looking for better ways to train their teachers. I’ve coached PhD students to overcome their writer’s block and complete their all-important dissertations. I’ve coached college and university department chairs to understand more deeply their relationships with others and how that contributes to their influence in setting and changing policy. I’ve collaborated with business start-ups unsure where to start, then unsure where to proceed. I’ve coached artists to reconnect with their work where they felt they’d lost direction, and with their collaborators with whom they felt a drifting apart. Most of all, I’ve assisted people to discover or rediscover the networks they thrive in, and watched them locate the best path forward.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of my biggest influences at the moment. When you find yourself in a flow state, you reach peak happiness, and I believe that everyone has a right to be happy. A good coach will help you to ask the questions you need to find that flow state, and subsequently, that happiness you seek.
Whether you are doing projects that are creative and just for fun, or creative and you get compensated in some way, I can help you get there, especially if you feel stuck on something or you feel you are all over the place. It’s just a matter of asking the right questions – questions you already have, but aren’t aware that you have them inside.
My process for coaching is simple. We do a needs assessment, decide on a set of sessions and secure an agreeable price point, and we start on the path. Together.
I look forward to collaborating with you on this journey.
In his academic life, Dr Larry provides sessions for faculty at a college in the UAE on principles of learning, instructional design and development; activity planning and development; classroom observation and facilitation; positive psychology; and higher education leadership. He has taken the lead in developing new sessions for curriculum, assessment, and alignment of cognitive complexity in testing.
He has been a teacher, trainer, senior administrator, senior instructional technologist, and senior instructional designer over the past 35+ years, supporting teaching and learning at more than a half dozen institutions of higher education in the USA, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. He has been in his current position since 2015.
His main interest concerns how higher educational organizational culture can anticipate and meet the challenges of building a learning and instructional community in the 21st century.
Now, as an executive coach, he can work with you employing his background and experience to help you reach your goals.