Alicia Reece is an accomplished certified Professional Coach and Senior Consultant. She has over 16 years of global diverse experience in Fortune 500 organizations across high technology, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. She spent nearly a decade with Cisco, a Fortune 50 IT company, both as a professional coach and in various HR leadership roles.
Currently Alicia is the Principal and owner of The Reece Group, a coaching and consulting business helping organizations, groups and individuals advance their goals in the areas of career, life and leadership. As a seasoned professional coach, Alicia enables her clients to move their goals forward by cultivating their emotional intelligence.
What inspired you to become a coach?
About ten years ago, after spending over a decade in the HR and leadership development industry, I noticed that I gravitated toward coaching clients to achieve happiness in their careers, lives and leadership journeys. Although I had strengths in many areas, coaching was the one strength that truly energized me. I could be having a challenging day, but the minute I started coaching someone, my energy levels would go through the roof. I always tell my clients that I get just as much from our coaching sessions as they do.
What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?
One of my favorite quotes is Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is continuing to do the same things over and over again expecting different results.” I love Albert Einstein’s quote because it challenges me to be agile and innovative in my thinking to drive my desired outcomes. I use this logic with my clients all the time to break free from limiting thinking that has not enabled them to achieve their goals.
What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?
The biggest hurdle that my clients face is feeling stuck in terms of their careers, lives, and leadership journeys, and not being sure how to move forward. Some of my clients will initially focus externally on things and people who in their minds could be getting in the way of them being able to achieve their goals. I encourage my clients to focus inwardly on cultivating their emotional intelligence to become self-aware of how they are showing up and what role they are playing or not playing to achieve their goals. As a result, my clients end up blazing a path to self-discovery, fulfillment and accountability.