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Leadership growth from the layer beneath
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YOUR ORGANIZATION AT ITS BEST
In ecology, the understory is the vital layer of vegetation beneath the main canopy of a forest, and integral to its ecosystem.

Each person comes to a coaching engagement with his or her own intrinsic layers of story and potential, which add dimension to their personal and professional identity, all together playing an integral role in the larger ecosystem of their business, community, and the world. If change is affected in one place in this greater human ecosystem, it has the potential to affect the whole.

With a whole-human approach and subtle but powerful insights, Understory Coaching helps business leaders achieve a clearer vision of purpose and effective action amidst the noise.

Whether through executive coaching or consulting with leaders to gain a clearer vision of the human resources and systemic changes the organization needs in order to excel, Understory Coaching helps clients clarify objectives, interpret data, make important – sometimes tough – choices, and act with conviction.     

Jodi Callahan PhD, AAC
Certified Coach | Executive Consultant

Let’s together make the world a more productive and engaging place. It’s a big goal, but fortunately, Understory Coaching has a plan: Coach leaders. For 20 years Jodi has been consulting to leaders across functions, industries, geographies and seniority levels. What they all have in common is unique talent, influence, and potential to have an even greater impact if they are supported in getting out of their own way. Jodi provides this support by listening deeply to things like identity, aspiration, and barriers to change. Jodi listens for the understory, expertly puts a plan into action, and holds the leader accountable to creating his or her own better future. Then, things start changing. Team members, customers, peers, shareholders, suppliers, loved ones benefit from the changes. Maybe some of that good change even rubs off and helps them do what they do a little bit better. And we’re a little closer to Jodi’s goal of making the world a more productive and engaging place for all people.
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"Jodi is not your typical executive coach who gives you the answers to the problems you or others think you have. She uses her vast and diverse knowledge of human behavior to help you first ask yourself the right questions. Finding the answer to questions like “what does the world need from me?” is not easy and Jodi is there to assist you in this search to discover what moves you and what really matters for you. Jodi combines elements from the business world and beyond to make this journey comfortable and successful."
Cristian Mandachescu
Chief Risk Officer, Scotiabank US