My coaching career began by accident.

Once upon a time, I was a marketing executive at a highly respected leadership development startup. I loved my job, my colleagues, and the leaders and managers we served. As part of a company-wide credibility initiative, I began offering personal branding sessions to everyone in a public-facing role at the company. My goal was to help build our company's credibility by helping my colleagues develop their own.

Again and again, I found myself talking to people who were brilliant and talented, yet they couldn't see their own brilliance. I would point out traits and strengths that seemed quite obvious to me, and I was met with surprise and even awe.

We already have
everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement.
— Pema Chödrön

Where I saw strength and resilience, they saw weakness and self-doubt. Where I saw clear passions and motivators, they saw confusion and inadequacy. Many, though not all, were women. And to a person, the parts of their story where they felt especially insecure--the inconsistencies, the nontraditional choices, the resume gaps, the secret passions--were actually the most interesting and compelling and brilliant parts of who they were!

I was blown away. And fired up. I realized that I could help. I could help them begin to see how brilliant they were. I could help them understand that they didn't need more training or experience or credentials to become the people they wanted to be. Whatever they felt they lacked, it was already there inside them, just waiting to be unlocked. I was happy in my career, yet this knowledge tugged at some hidden place within me.

Fast forward to 2017, and our little startup was acquired by Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC) of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People fame and one of the most prominent firms in our industry. I was faced with a choice: do I continue on my current path with my stable, fun and lucrative career? Or do I answer the tug?

The rest, as they say, is history.



The Official Version

Robin Cangie is a career coach and former startup marketing executive. She helps entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and other independent thinkers lead more purposeful lives and careers. Her approach integrates 10+ years of experience in executive leadership, people management, marketing, and startups, plus a lifelong love of ideas and learning.

She has a BA in History and Philosophy from Linfield College and currently lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two spoiled orange cats.