Coaching Without Borders GmbH
HOW IT ALL STARTED
I was “discovered” as a coach in 2005 in Italy, when I was approached by Al Ringleb, the director of the MBA program where I was an alumna of the class of 2003. He said, “I want to have a leadership program for the students with certified coaches, and I think you would be a great coach!” I replied, “What’s a coach?” (Back then there wasn’t a coach on every corner like there is now!)
I was running my own business as a broker in the Natural Stone import/export business, so I wasn’t sure about the proposal. However, the more I learned about coaching, the more I realized it would be something I would love. So I agreed to embark on the certification program and work part-time as a coach for the MBA students, while still running my stone business in parallel.
I was teamed up with Carla, Bing and Deby, 3 amazing people to design and deliver the first ever coaching and leadership program at CIMBA. Through the Coaches Training Institute’s Certified Professional Co-Active Coaching Program as well as through my colleagues, fellow participants, and my own coach, I learned loads and began a journey of personal work which changed my life forever.
How I got into “corporate work”
I had another lucky break when I was selected by Jim Mustacchia to join the coaches team of a newly launched experiential leadership program for a famous global company in 2007. From there, I met someone who brought me into another company to do coaching work, and from there, another company, and so on.
I am forever grateful to Al Ringleb and Jim Mustacchia who took a risk by selecting me as a coach for their customers when I was relatively young and inexperienced. I was inspired by their courage; I do my best to have the courage to take similar risks for promising colleagues and interns.
In 2010, working only a few days a year in Italy and travelling more than staying home, I decided to close the stone business and move to Zurich where I already had friends and clients. My coaching business continued to expand and in 2012 I took on my first assistant. Since 2015 I have the privilege to be supported by Jordana Arend (who is more of a CFO than an assistant).
I have a network of around 2 dozen fellow coaches around the world who I partner with to co-lead larger deliveries. From US, to Portugal, to Spain, to the UK, to France, to Greece, to Israel, to Turkey, to Australia… We are really without borders. We work with leaders and teams in global organizations in Europe, the US and Asia.
Margo McClimans and Jordana Arend