Coach Nan of Accountable Coaching

Nancy Laura Joseph, PCC

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

 -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nan’s Path Toward Becoming a Coach

As a very young mother with an interest in business, I started on my professional entrepreneurial path by founding a company in the Boston, MA area. I became the CFO, General Manager/Co-owner of a portable neurological testing laboratory that serviced hospitals and physicians. Our expansion included all of New England with a separate New York franchise. I also had a penchant for investigating the world, and my visits to Europe culminated with a branch in London, England.

Fourteen years later, still in Massachusetts, I sold my Neuro-Lab interest and began a financial and managerial information systems service business for small companies in Massachusetts and California. My interest had no boundaries, and I loved learning about and helping a fascinating variety of industries become successful by supplying the tools and information they needed.

Simultaneously, I learned about and invested in real estate, small retail stores, and other service industry businesses.

With the advent of the IBM personal computer, I saw my future further enfold for many decades of entrepreneurial years in Massachusetts and later California after a move there.   

I was Owner/General Manager/Consultant of a consulting firm that provided automated, custom financial/managerial information system design and support for small to mid-range companies in New England. Along with a staff of fifteen fabulous employees, we supplied systems for a wide range of small and eventually much larger companies. Industries included sales organizations, retail sales, and manufacturing companies as large as Kyocera as well as small to large service companies, including the utilities sector like the New England Gas Company.   

An offshoot of the consulting firm was the creation of an independent and highly successful utility software for Great Plains Dynamics, which was eventually purchased by Microsoft.  

Gratefully, I achieved a long-term goal to retire early at age 55, away from the New England winters, to the warmth and sun of the desert of Palm Springs, California.

In California, I travel and took part in various types of volunteer work in what I refer to as my three-year (post-retirement) inner sabbatical. I was deciding what I was going to do with the rest of my life!

I enjoyed my various volunteer positions and I knew that I wanted to give back to the community.  I began searching for something that would make a positive difference in the personal and professional lives of others.

I recalled a powerful Coaching presentation at an annual consultants conference I’d attended a few years prior to retirement. The profound effect that that gentleman had on everyone in the audience! Keeping 2500 people enrapt for nearly six hours (with a lunch break, of course) was quite the feat!

I never cease to be amazed at the power of coaching to draw out the skills or talent that was hidden within an individual, and which invariably finds a way to solve a problem previously thought unsolvable. —John Russell, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd.

So I began research into the Coaching profession before I embarking on a complete change of profession and becoming an ICF Certified Life Coach. Coaching allowed me to put my energy into something that had the most meaning and relevance to my life experience and allow me to make a contribution to others.

Two years later in 2006, I received my first Coaching credential.  

I am privileged to have trained directly under and mentored by renowned Life Coach Dr. Maria Nemeth PhD MCC (as seen on Oprah), a worldwide Coach lecturer/author. Dr. Nemeth, a 25-year veteran psychotherapist, clinical professor, and CA State Board of Psychotherapists member, had moved her practice to the Coaching profession. A Master Certified (MCC) Coach, Dr. Nemeth founded an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified Coach training school: The Academy for Coaching Excellence, Sacramento, CA. As she puts it, "We turn timeless wisdom into practical tools to help purpose-driven people live a life they are proud of — and empower others to do the same.”   

I chose a goal to obtain the ICF Coach credential, considered worldwide as the “gold standard” in the Coaching field. ICF’s top priority is ethical Coaching, with guidelines of enforceable standards and accountability accompanied by rigorous education and practice requirements.

And Accountable Coaching was born. The name mirrors a passionate word of mine,  “Accountable,” a word I also used it in my prior consulting business name (Accountable Business Services, Inc.).

If you're interested in learning more, you can see more of my resume and hear from many of my clients!

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