Hi! I’m Talia Rhea (“Ray”), a Certified Professional Coach committed to building better leaders – both on and off the clock.
But it wasn’t all that long ago that I was a wide eyed, 20 year old newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps (USMC). (Yup, I graduated early!)
The only problem? I was given the responsibility of leading Marines – all of whom were older than me, many of whom were seasoned combat veterans – with all of ZERO leadership experience.
Talk about trial by fire!
Over the course of my military career, I had the privilege of working closely alongside an unprecedented number of senior leaders (e.g., senior enlisted, general officers, senior executive service members, etc.), where I was able to witness their leadership (or lack thereof) on full display.
To say I learned a lot of lessons – both what TO do as well as what NOT to do – would be an understatement.
Since then, and in my time post USMC, I’ve come to realize that while leadership is something we actively observe and absorb, it is not something we are consciously taught.
And yet, it directly affects every single component of our lives!
That epiphany came in 2022. Today, I coach driven individuals - from working moms to CEOs - to identify the gaps in their leadership rhetoric, incorporate soft skills competency, and ultimately, lead themselves and others in a way that builds trust, confidence, comradery and – most importantly - achieves results.
I want that for you as well!
M.A. International Affairs & Public Policy
B.A. English & Communications
P.M.P. (Project Management Professional)
iPEC Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
International Coach Federation (ICF) Member
Energy Leadership Index, Master Practitioner
“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult.”
-Warren G. Bennis
MY COACHING PHILOSOPHY
Coaching is an intentional investment in your future self.
It is not a luxury, or self-care, or something you can afford to put off until a better time. It is a mental discipline, an exercise regimen—no different than eating well and going to the gym—that is deeply integral to our personal growth and quality of life.
Coaching is not for everyone.
Very few people can convince us to take ownership of something for which we are not ready. The inverse is also true: once we decide—truly decide—to take ownership of a problem or situation, very few people can talk us out of it. I am a firm believer in the idea that while the inherent value of coaching requires no explanation, it is ineffective to impose that value upon people before they are ready.
Coaching results compound in value.
What if going to the doctor for a sprained ankle simultaneously improved your gut health, your cognitive function, your vision prescription, eliminated every risk factor for cancer, and gave you muscle tone you’ve always wanted? (That would be a pretty amazing doctor!)
Now what if going to that same doctor not only improved your overall health, but your friend’s health and your mom’s health and your coworker’s and your partner’s…and and and…you get the idea. That is the effect of great coaching!
Not only does it address the circumstances in your own life, it spills over to affect everything and everyone with whom you come into contact. Because you are different, you begin to see the world differently.
This is why I believe coaching is the single greatest investment you will ever make!