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written by Forbes Coaches Council
Meet Edyta Pacuk, President of MarchFifteen Consulting
"Treat yourself like your best customer."
Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful leading business and career coaches. In this spotlight series, we profile our incredible members and share their advice with you. This week: Edyta Pacuk.
Edyta Pacuk, President and Founder of MarchFifteen, has over 20 years experience in leadership development. Specializing in leadership and executive effectiveness, she is known to be an innovative and results-oriented business partner to organizations in many sectors. Adept at identifying game-changing priorities and needs, she provides pragmatic advice and practical solutions for achieving individual, team and organization-wide goals.
Edyta holds Master’s degrees in industrial sociology, organizational psychology and adult education. She is a faculty member of The University of Toronto’s MMPA Program.
What inspired you to become a coach?
What made me interested in studying psychology was a deep need to understand myself better. I have learned that once you have a moment to reflect and gain a higher degree of self-insight, the choices that you make in life — both professionally and personally — become easier. My life mission is to learn and to help learn. The jump from psychology to coaching becomes then, an easy one.
What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?
What is the fear that’s holding you from your next step, and what is the complexity behind which you hide? Facing your fears and having the courage to simplify your life has been, in my experience, the catalyst of the most impactful introspection and personal transformation.
What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?
Most of our clients constantly face two major issues – (1) their need to translate the complexity into something simple and pragmatic; and (2) having time to step back and take a long and broad look at the issues they are facing. Thinking has become a scarcity. The advice is (a) be ruthless in identifying what you will and will not tackle; (b) develop courage to exercise executive negligence; and (c) treat yourself like your best customer. If you claim time to think do not sell it cheaply.